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Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and David Lentz Rally America’s Top Chefs and Mixologists for 2nd Annual Event to Help Fight Childhood Cancer

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 18, 2011) — L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin, partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), announces that Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, David Burtka, have  joined the culinary cookout as the 2011 Honorary Celebrity Hosts. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary friends around the nation who will donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) in their quest to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer. The cookout is scheduled on Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 12 – 4PM at Culver Studios. The Presenting Sponsor for the cookout will be Volvo Cars of North America.

“We’re so thrilled that Neil and David have agreed to participate and lend their support to this event,” said Goin. “This is not only a culinary celebration for adults; we’ve designed it to celebrate children.  We reached out to Neil and David, because as past supporters and new parents, they perfectly represent the compassion that encompasses ALSF.”

The 2nd Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade invites food and wine lovers from all corners of the globe for an afternoon of fantastic fare, cocktails for a cause, a lemonade stand sponsored by Daily Grill, children’s activities, silent and live auctions, and much more. In addition to General Admission tickets of $175, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade will offer two other ticket tiers: a $400 level for VIP early entry and special seating; and a $1,200 Premier Ticket level. The Premier Ticket will include early admission, special seating and an exclusive Meet-And-Greet dinner the night before the event prepared by Nancy Silverton and Chris Bianco from Phoenix’s celebrated Pizzeria Bianco. All other participating chefs will also be in attendance at the Meet-And-Greet dinner.

Children are welcome to accompany their parents to the Sunday festivities and those under 10 receive complimentary admission. Tickets for all levels are available for purchase online at www.lucques.com, www.thehungrycat.com or www.AlexsLemonade.org/campaign/la-loves-alexs-lemonade. All proceeds will benefit ALSF.

The L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2011 event is shaping up to surpass first year aspirations, with returning chefs Michael Tusk, Chris Bianco, Susan Spicer, Marc Vetri, Jonathan Waxman, and new participating chefs John Besh, Michelle Bernstein, Michael Cimarusti, April Bloomfield, Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo and Gabrielle Hamilton, coming together to cook for childhood cancer cures (for a complete list, see page 2). Guests will also experience the cocktail artistry of major mixologists, including Eric Alperin (The Varnish), Neal Boderheimer (Cure), Matthew Jeronimo (The Hungry Cat), Greg Lindgren (Rye on the Road) and Steve Wildy (Vetri Family) who will craft signature drinks for attendees.

“We were astonished and thrilled by last year’s response,” said Caroline Styne. “The best part for us was producing an event that was something that we would love to attend as guests ourselves. Accomplishing that element was truly gratifying, and our goal is to bring new experiences to this year’s cookout to make it even more satisfying to both participants and guests.”

For information on how to become a sponsor, contact David Brownstein at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, (610) 649-3034 or David@AlexsLemonade.org.  To view a video montage visit http://www.inventunique.com/sizzles/alexslemonade/montage_cut2.mov

Meet the 2011 Chefs & Mixologists

  • Eric Alperin (Los Angeles, CA) - The Varnish
  • Michelle Bernstein (Miami, FL) - Michy's
  • John Besh (New Orleans, LA) - John Besh Restaurant Group                  
  • Chris Bianco (Phoenix, AZ) - Pizzeria Bianco
  • April Bloomfield (New York, NY) - The Spotted Pig
  • Neal Bodenheimer (New Orleans, LA) - CURE
  • Michael Cimarusti (Los Angeles, CA) - Providence
  • Vinny Dotolo (Los Angeles, CA) - Animal
  • Neal Fraser (Los Angeles, CA) - Grace
  • Suzanne Goin (Los Angeles, CA) - Lucques, AOC, Tavern
  • Gabrielle Hamilton (New York, NY) - Prune
  • Maria Hines (Seattle, WA) - Tilth
  • Brian Huston (Chicago, IL) - The Publican
  • Paul Kahan (Chicago, IL) - Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, Big Star
  • Tony Keene (West Hollywood, CA) - Gordon Ramsay at the London W. Hollywood
  • David Lentz (Los Angeles, CA) - The Hungry Cat
  • Greg Lindgren (San Francisco, CA) – Rye on the Road
  • Joseph Manzare (San Francisco, CA) - Globe
  • Jeff Michaud (Philadelphia, PA) - Osteria
  • Matt Molina (Los Angeles, CA) - Osteria Mozza
  • Russell Moore (Oakland, CA) - Camino
  • Zoe Nathan (Los Angeles, CA) - Huckleberry
  • Lachlan Patterson (Boulder, CO) – Frasca Food and Wine
  • Gilbert Pilgram (San Francisco, CA) - Zuni
  • Michael Schwartz (Miami, FL) - Michael's Genuine
  • Jon Shook (Los Angeles, CA) - Animal
  • Nancy Silverton (Los Angeles, CA) - Osteria Mozza
  • Susan Spicer (New Orleans, LA) - Bayona
  • Stephen Stryjewski (New Orleans, LA) - Cochon and Butcher
  • Johnathan Sundstrom (Seattle, WA) - Lark, Licorous
  • Michael Tusk (San Francisco, CA) - Quince
  • Marc Vetri (Philadelphia, PA) - Amis, Osteria, Vetri
  • Jonathan Waxman (New York, NY) - Barbuto
     

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