GREAT CHEFS OF LA "GO GREEN, GO ORGANIC" National Kidney Foundation of Southern California Showcases L.A. Top Toques and Tastemakers Led by Chefs of Honor Neal Fraser, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
One of the city’s most anticipated culinary extravaganzas, the 23nd Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles brings together L.A.’s top tastemakers for an afternoon of food, wine, music and auctions to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California. GCLA draws more than 500 people each year, and has raised more than $4.5 million for the foundation since its inception in 1987. The recently introduced “Go Green, Go Organic” theme promotes eco-conscious living and sustainability, utilizing organic foodstuffs and eco-friendly products throughout the festivities.
George & Ann Lopez
Kidney disease survivor George Lopez and his wife and kidney donor Ann Lopez, both national spokespeople for the National Kidney Foundation, welcome supporters and celebrity friends such as Andy Garcia, Jennie Garth, Peter Facinelli, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Stanley and Deana Carter to the event, which will recognize Chefs of Honor Neal Fraser (Grace, BLD) and Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Border Grill, Ciudad) for their outstanding contributions to the L.A. culinary scene and past work with the NKF. The Chefs of Honor will present awards to their fellow participating chefs to spotlight the use of local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
Hostess Chef Candace Kumai, The Stiletto Chef of TLC’s “Cook Yourself Thin,” will serve as emcee for the event, and will also host the GCLA Webfire Challenge webisode series sponsored by 944 magazine. The four-part video series pits Great Chefs Neal Fraser (Grace, BLD), Jimmy Shaw (Loteria Grill) and Jonathan Burrows (Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs) in a cook-off that tests their creativity and quick-thinking skills, with George Lopez lending his humorous insights and commentary to the challenge. The GCLA Webfire Challenge kicks off on Oct. 19 on 944.com/greatchefs, with the top toque announced in the finale episode during the week of Nov. 2.
Ticket giveaways and other exclusive promotions for the event will be offered through the official Facebook Fan Page and on the Twitter feed @greatchefsofla, where hungry fans can follow the latest chef news and exciting developments for GCLA.
Featured chefs include:
|• Adam Horton, Saddlepeak Lodge
• Akasha Richmond, Akasha
• Andrea Cavaliere, Cecconi's
• Benjamin Ford, Ford's Filling Station
• Bob Lynn, La Grande Orange
• Brain Moyers, BLT Steak
• Calogero Drago, Celestino Ristorante & Panzanella
• Celestino Drago, Drago Restaurant, Enoteca Drago, Il Pastaio, Drago Centro
• Chris Moran, Events D'Elegance
• David Linville, Charlie's Malibu
• Frank Leon, LaLoggia Ristorante & Bokado
• Keven Alan Lee, EAST Restaurant & Lounge
• Giacomino Drago, Il Pastaio
• Govind Armstrong, 8 oz.
• Jason Johnston, Dakota
• Jesse Perez, Fuego at Hotel Maya
• Jimmy Shaw, Loteria Grill
• Joachim Weritz, Moonshadows
|• Jonathan Burrows, Mr. Cecil's California Ribs
• Jorge Chicas, The Bazaar – SLS Hotel
• Josie Le Balch, Josie Restaurant
• Margarito Cid, Harry's Oklahoma Style Smokehouse BBQ
• Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger, Border Grill & Ciudad Restaurants
• Michael Fiorelli, mar'sel
• Neal Fraser, Grace & BLD
• Paolo Sicuro, Via Alloro
• Roberto Maggioni, Lago
• Sam Marvin & Christopher Goossen, Bottega Louie Restaurant & Gourmet Market
• Simon Dolinky, BLVD 16 at Hotel Palomar
• Steven Fretz, XIV
• Tanino Drago, Tanino Ristorante & Panzanella Ristorante
• Yoji Tajima, SHU – Sushi House Unico
• Leyna's Kitchen
Wines and beverages will be provided by:
944 and Get Hip Get Green, an eco-conscious leader in producing stylish reusable bags, totes and water bottles, sponsor the GCLA “944 Get Hip Get Green” Lounge, outfitted with environmentally friendly lounge furniture provided by Girari Sustainable Furnishing. VeeV Açai Spirit, a leading distiller in promoting social responsibility in the beverage industry, will pour cocktails at the “Go Green Go Organic” Spirits Bar. Guests will use biodegradable utensils by Sysco's Eco Company line.
Guests will receive Get Hip Get Green’s reusable gift totes stuffed with $250 worth of goodies from leading green and eco-friendly companies, including LaRocca Skincare, Healing Skin, Utter Cream, Eco-Panda, Herbal Water, Nelson J Salon, Alterna, OPI, Explorer’s Bounty, Celtic Sea Salt, Edward & Sons Trading Co., Pop Chips, Robert’s American Gourmet and Little Laura’s Sweets, among many others. Signed copies of Skinny Bastard, the latest book by Skinny Bitch authors Kim Barnouin and Rory Freedman, will also be included in the gift bags.
About the Kidney Foundation of Southern California
The National Kidney Foundation is the major voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. Through its offices nationwide, the foundation conducts programs in research, professional education, patient and community services, public education and organ donation.