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February 12th, 2018 by Cherry

Brandon Cohen (BAC Talent) and Raol Peter Mongilardi (Filmmaker & Author) are hosting the 2018 Gifting Your Spectrum fundraiser to benefit Autism Speaks on February 24th in Los Angeles, CA. Lisa Lew and Peter Brennan (P&L Media Emmy Producers) will host the event at their Sunset Plaza Hollywood Hills private estate.

BIOGRAPHY - All-4-OneHollywood is supporting Autism Speaks with attendees enjoying Grammy Award winning group ALL-4-One, Chaz Dean (Celebrity Hairstylist and founder WEN Hair & Body Care) styling the fashion show presented by Maison Privée / BELLO Mag. Among the silent auction items are Christian Louboutin, Tyler Shields, Helen Ficalora, MLB Players Association, LA Lakers, Perry White, John Varvatos, Fossil Watches and more.

Hollywood | Autism Gifting Your SpectrumIt is time to consider what people with Autism can offer versus what they cannot. – Temple Grandin

 

Autism has no borders. In Gifting Your Spectrum we unite all ethnicities and our brothers and sisters in the Arts, Music, Science, the Military, Education, Medicine, Government and the Autism Speaks global services where everyone is welcome in peace and progress.

 

Event gift bags are worth three times the ticket price including, Burke-Williams certificates, WEN Hair & Body Care by Chaz Dean, Stare Cosmetics, Laugh Factory tickets, CBT candles and other items. Autism Speaks regional board directors will be present, as well as surprise guests. Sponsored by: Reed Smith Law Firm, Third Wolf, Heavenly Tea, Buff Bake, Maxime Salvador, Kind bar, Bai, Dekke Hud, BodyBuilder, GoGo squeeZ , STRYVE, Zico, Pioneer Professional Audio, Chandon, Emerald Hare, Justin’s, Popsicle LA. The Kitchen, Custom Comfort, GLO, Primal kitchen, Carbonadi Vodka, AirSelfie, Helen Ficalora, SnapDog, GBK, Bluewater Entertainment , Good Greek Grill.  EventBrite tickets available at ​www.giftingyourspectrum.com.

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January 31st, 2018 by Cherry

Foodies unite for the COCHON555 return to Los Angeles on March 11th at the Viceroy Santa Monica. The Culinary conception has Five Chefs, Five Pigs, Five Winemakers, Five Somms, Five Barkeeps … all for ONE charity – Piggy Bank!

“The tour is about uplifting small, family farmers through epic culinary moments,” said founder Brady Lowe. “We create and restore connections between the farmer and chef who want to raise, source and serve food raised with purpose and passion. Together, through eating, we become stewards of the good food movement, motivate change and influence our food system from pasture to plate.”

Cochon555 is back on the road and it’s heading to the Viceroy Santa Monica that will be hosting this culinary delight on Sunday, March 11, 2018 with over a hundred prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps celebrating heritage breed pork and local family farming. It’s whole pig cookery with no waste and chefs using their ability to transform dishes that will have you saying ‘souie’ in a bite size taste. Every chef has a 200 pound pig to make a dish to impress the judges and guests at the event and the winner will compete for the regional grand prize to be crowned the ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ of Pork and four day wine & gastronomy in Rioja, Spain. All of the winners will meet at the National Cochon where the best ‘Three Bites’ will compete ‘head to tail’ to be crowned King or Queen for 2018!

Tickets for general admission start at $130; VIP tickets (early admission + exclusive access to cocktail competition and allocated wines and spirits) are $200.

 

Where:           Viceroy Santa Monica 1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

When:              Sunday, March 11, 2018

Time:               4 p.m. for VIP entry, 5 p.m. for General Admission

The ultimate aim of Cochon555 is to provide education to chefs and consumers and to create experiences that guests can sink their teeth into: honest food from real farmers. Through education, the Cochon555’s goal is to raise the bar on building a sustainable and profitable relationship for brands and chefs participating in culinary festivals. Every event is a fundraiser for Cochon555’s sister charity, Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (flood, fire and disease).

Dishes for the competition are just the beginning — all in, we’re talking about 1,500 pounds of responsibly raised heritage breed pork – guests will also enjoy innovative preparations and cocktails from some of the most critically-acclaimed kitchens and bars in Los Angeles.  The Welcome Lounge ushers guests in to the Buffalo Trace Punch Bar and our Signature Starter Bar and Cheese Experience spotlighting Cello, La Quercia, Cypress Grove and a local cheesemonger. Sip sparklers from Dry Soda and Topo Chico and experience craft cocktails including the Manhattan Project featuring premium bourbons from Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, and Breckenridge topped with Luxardo cherries. Learn about pairings at the TarTare Bar aligned to the wines of Antica Napa Valley, Rosé from Whispering Angel paired with organic pâtés and mousses from Les Trois Petits Cochons, a “Taste the City” culinary spotlight featuring the racy portfolio of Wines of Germany and an array of wines grouped under the “5 Winemakers” banner will feature Silver Oak; Pax Wine Cellars; Twomey Cellars and more. Cochon555 will debut a new experience called Trompo “Hora de Familia” in celebration of its first Global Cochon555 event in Mexico City later this year. Guests wanting a sweet bite will enjoy the Pop-Up Pie Shop presented by Mike’s Pies and Swine and Sweets, an innovative spin on dessert spotlighting notable pastry chefs working with Perfect Puree of Napa Valley.

Additionally, running in tandem with tour are a pair of internal competitions – Punch Kings, a whole-bottle punch bowl competition featuring Breckenridge Bourbon and five of the market’s top barkeeps, and Somm Smackdown, a face-off of the nation’s top sommeliers pairing the best wine with heritage pig.  A portion of all event proceeds will also benefit the Piggy Bank initiative to support local farms.

 

About the Cochon555 US Tour

The Cochon555 US Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through an innovative nose-to-tail pig cooking competition. This epic pork feast visits 15 major cities in North America annually. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions and cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and culinary schools each year. Since 2009, 108,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $1,100,000 has been donated to charities, and over $1,200,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more information, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.

About Piggy Bank

Launched in 2015, Piggy Bank is creating a farming sanctuary for heritage breed pigs, many of which are endangered.  Piggy Bank will provide genetics and access to shared business plans for raising heritage pigs to emerging family farms. Piggy Bank aims to change the future of food by creating a community in which small farmers can learn about safer, more responsible practices and share genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. Piggy Bank is building a model of socially responsible agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization which accelerates impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. For more information or to donate, visit www.piggy-bank.org or follow @PiggyBankOrg on Twitter.

About Viceroy Santa Monica

Located on iconic Ocean Avenue, Viceroy Santa Monica embodies luxury California living at its finest. The property boasts 162 meticulously appointed guestrooms originally designed by internationally acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler. Expansive executive suites updated by Dawson Design Associates offer sweeping ocean views. Enhanced by unique décor elements that blend hints of British colonial and lavish Regency style with modern materials and a bold color palette, as well as first-class amenities and unparalleled guest service, Viceroy Santa Monica provides visitors with a refined beachside experience unlike any other. On-site amenities include access to two plunge pools surrounded by chic cabanas offering privacy in style; CAST Lounge, an upscale and stylish nightlife destination with curated specialty cocktails in the hotel lobby; and a one-of-a-kind dining experience at CAST Restaurant, an acclaimed restaurant with a locally influenced menu utilizing seasonal and authentic flavors with distinct Los Angeles flare. If you would like to check out Viceroy Santa Monica on social media please use the relevant handles here: @viceroysm (Instagram), @ViceroySM (Twitter). For more information and to make a reservation, please visit www.viceroyhotelandresorts/en/santamonica or call (800) 622-8711.

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June 28th, 2017 by Cherry

 

It’s the 4th Annual Bob Hope USO K-Earth 101 Comedy Radiothon at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on June 29th

 

“K-Earth 101, the Laugh Factory, and all of these talented and incredible comedians continue to pull out all of the stops to make this annual event an amazing experience,” said Bob Hope USO Executive Director Bob Kurkjian. “We look forward to the laughs and we ask that Southern California will tune in to K-Earth 101 on June 29th and do their part to support the troops and their families.”

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Some of the biggest names in comedy are giving back to the troops this Thursday at the Hollywood Laugh Factory

Conan O’Brien, Bob Saget, Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz, Thom Tran, Steve Hofstetter, Robert Wuhl, Finesse Mitchell And Others to Entertain America’s Troops

The Bob Hope USO Comedy Radiothon event is airing live on Gary Bryan’s K-Earth 101 morning show on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 from 6:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is the fourth year of the event and the show will feature star-studded acts for over 200 members of all branches of the military and their families to raise funds for Bob Hope USO.

Bob Hope USO is bringing hundreds of our nation’s troops to the Laugh Factory for this annual event as part of their long tradition of entertaining and lifting the spirits of the men and women in active service.

“K-Earth 101, the Laugh Factory, and all of these talented and incredible comedians continue to pull out all of the stops to make this

Bob Hope USO K-Earth 101 and Hollywood’s Laugh Factory Entertain the Troops 6/29 with A-List Comedians
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Bob Hope USO is bringing hundreds of our nation’s troops to the Laugh Factory for this annual event as part of their long tradition of entertaining and lifting the spirits of the men and women in active service.

USO programs and entertainment are all provided for free to military service members and their families. Several companies will be present to support Bob Hope USO at the event as well, including Keyes Automotive, Delta Airlines, Stater Bros., and Northrop Grumman.

As a non-profit organization, Bob Hope USO relies on private, tax-deductible contributions from individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support its programs and services.

K-Earth listeners that wish to support Bob Hope USO during the radiothon can do so at www.BobHopeUSO.org.

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ABOUT BOB HOPE USO
Bob Hope USO provides USO services and programming to members of the military and their families across 50,000 square miles of Southern and Central California. Bob Hope USO is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating under a charter from USO, Inc., providing morale and recreational services to over 200,000 members of the U.S. Military and their families. Although Congressionally chartered, Bob Hope USO is not a government agency and relies entirely on contributions from patriotic Americans and philanthropic corporations and organizations.

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October 26th, 2016 by Cherry

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con Partners With Guitar Center For Charity Auction Event To Be Held Sunday October 30 at 3:00PM

 

The World’s Largest Retailer of Musical Instruments and Pro Audio Gear Teams with L.A.’s Very Own Pop Culture Extravaganza to Auction a Gibson Flying V – Signed by Stan Lee – With Proceeds Benefitting Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory

I LOVE how Stan Lee is giving back to the community this Sunday with a extra special auction benefiting the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory! He recognizes the importance of giving kids the opportunity to be creative since with him we wouldn’t have comics/graphic novels as the art form we have today! This year Stan Lee’s ComiKaze Expo aka Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con has partnered with the Guitar Center and Gibson Guitars for a one of a kind collector item that will appeal to the fanboy/fangirl AND music lover in all of us with the one of a kind Gibson Flying V. I’m hoping to get a peek of this work of art before Sunday. If I do I’ll post it on twitter but no matter what grab your tickets and meet me at the LA Convention Center this Halloween Weekend and get your Boo on with kids of all ages and those of us who ‘kids at heart’!

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All music-loving attendees of Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con will be heading to the Main Stage of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 PM where one lucky convention-goer will become the owner of a Gibson Flying V signed by Stan Lee – all courtesy of the Los Angeles Comic Con and Guitar Center.

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The one of a kind electric guitar will be auctioned off by the Los Angeles Comic Con with all proceeds generated from the auction benefitting the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, a downtown Los Angeles center that teaches the comic arts free of charge to local youths.

 

Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory (BHAC) is dedicated to helping young people explore careers in Film, Television, Broadcasting, Digital and the Creative Arts industries. BHAC provides professional training and workshops that prepare students in becoming solid candidates for these industries. Through innovative programming such as Cartoons and Cereal, and Comics & Culture – Limited Edition, BHAC partners with multi-media professionals to bring technology and pop culture to our most under-resourced communities.  BHAC works to create career pathways for ages 6-22, to develop the next generation of leaders in these fields and create an economic equity for our most underserved.

“We are extremely thrilled to be joined by Guitar Center whose awesome contribution of a Gibson Flying V will serve to benefit an outstanding cause.  There are lots of musicians on the L.A. Comic Con team and they all regard Guitar Center as a home away from home for all of their musical and sound needs.  It will be a joy for all of us to work alongside Guitar Center to help benefit the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory,” said Regina Carpinelli, President and Founder of Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con. “We are also really happy to have the chance to help expose future comic artists and comic lovers to the comics industry. These young Los Angelenos are the future of this business.”

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“Guitar Center is pleased to partner with Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con Expo to help benefit such a worthy cause,” said Brian Berman, Vice President of Marketing at Guitar Center. “We’re looking forward to a phenomenal turnout for the auction and we appreciate the opportunity to support the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory and their mission to remove barriers and create pathways for artists to continue their craft.”

 

Set for October 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is L.A.’s ultimate comic and pop-culture convention, a 3-day mega-celebration featuring the biggest stars and creative talent in pop culture.

 

About Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con: 

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is Los Angeles’ biggest and best large-scale, multi-media pop culture convention. Held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con assembles the most exciting and innovative in comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all things pop-culture. Partnering with comic legend Stan Lee himself and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is the only pop-culture convention owned and operated by true pop-culture icons. With a mission to provide celebrity, creator and talent access that is unequalled in comic conventions, Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con’s unique panels, autograph sessions and photo-ops give fans once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to truly interact with their favorite creators and major players in the entertainment industry.  Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is a partnership of Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, Cassandra Peterson, and Comikaze Entertainment, Inc.  Visit http://www.stanleeslacomiccon.com/.

 

About Guitar Center:

Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment. With more than 270 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years. In addition, Guitar Center’s sister brands include Music & Arts, which operates more than 120 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students, and Musician’s Friend, a leading direct marketer of musical instruments in the United States. With an unrivalled in-store experience, an industry-leading online presence and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. For more information about Guitar Center, please visit www.guitarcenter.com.

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March 4th, 2016 by Cherry

Tacolandia 2016Head DTLA for Tacolandia 2016 on Saturday, June 11th from 3 -7pm at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. L.A. Weekly is presenting the fourth annual gourmet taco festival with over 100 top taco vendors selected by the World’s First Tacorazzo, Bill Esparza. I attended my dream foodie event last year and was impressed with the selection of tacos! They had tastes for everyone from BEEF, Pork and CHEESE to  vegetarian to seafood and everything in between ..

I got my taco on at #TacolandiaLA #laweekly #Tacos #tapatico #latortillafactory #califia #tabasco #foodieporn #dtla #snapcollage #collage @cushwayapps

Oh my gob #elsonorita is winning the taco wars! The portobello and beef tacos are so yummy and the sweet! <mix drop> #TacolandiaLA
 Enjoy tasty samples of signature gourmet tacos as you listen to live mariachi music and cash bars with beer, wine and cocktails. Tacolandia 2016 will be LA Weekly’s largest event of the year and one not to be missed!
All Flavor No Grease, Amor y Tacos, Anepalco’s Café, Aqui es Texcoco , Barrio Café, Bistro LQ, Breddos Tacos, B.S. Taqueria, Bull Taco, Burritos La Palma, Cacao Mexicatessen, Carnitas El Momo, Chef Adria Montaño, Chef Katsuji Tanabe, Chef Priscilla Curiel, Chichen Itza, Cielito Lindo, Colonia Tacos Guisados, Comida, Coni’Seafood, Corazón de Tierra, Corazon y Miel, Dia de los Puercos, Dos Chinos, El Colimense, El Coraloense, El Marinero By Chef Ninive, El Sonorita, Frida Tacos, Galaxy Taco, Gracias Señor!, Guerrilla Tacos, Huitlacoche, Kaya Street Kitchen, Komodo, La Calaca Fish Tacos, La Embajada, La Monarca Bakery, La Taquiza, Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca, Las Molenderas, Loteria Grill, Mariscos Guerrerense, Mariscos Jalisco, Mexicali Taco Co., Mexicano & Flautas, Mi Ensenada Fish Tacos, Naugles, Oaxaca on Wheels, Petty Cash Taqueria, Pez Cantina, Primera Taza, Puertos del Pacifico, Puesto, RBTA x Monkey Bar, Revolutionario LA Food, Rocio’s Mexican Kitchen, Slapfish, Soho Taco, SOL Cocina, Sonoritas, Prime Tacos, Taco Libre LA, Taco Maria, Tacos Kokopelli, Tacos Quetzalcoatl, Tacos Super Gallito, Tamales Elena, Tlayuda L.A., Tortas Ahogadas Ameca, Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara in LA, Urbana Anaheim and Zema Latin Vibes are the confirmed restaurants that will be serving.
You had me at #friedcheese #eatpuesto you've won #TacolandiaLA #cheese #puesto #foodieporn
 Presale tickets for Tacolandia go on sale at 10am on Tuesday March 8th buy your tickets before a day of good food under the sun sells out and use my code TACOCHERRY to unlock the ticket types for purchase. If you don’t use my code TACOCHERRY you can buy them with the general public on Monday, March 14th at 10AM.
The Eat Eloy Aluri Taller pork guacamole #carnita was pretty tasty #TacolandiaLA

General Admission tickets will be available for $40 and include entry into the event, entertainment, access to cash bars, as well as tacos from over 100 vendors. A limited number of VIP admission tickets will be available for $60. VIP Admission tickets include all general admission perks plus a VIP gift bag, separate entrance, and access to an exclusive VIP lounge with its own bar.

Sponsors of this year’s Tacolandia include: Presenting sponsor Tabasco, Exclusive Beer Sponsor Estrella, Hustler Hollywood, Spearmint Rhino, Masienda, Del Real Foods, Jarritos, Diabolo, Beautiful Things LA, DRY Sparkling, Califia Farms, Beautiful Things LA, Zouq, Farm Fresh to You, Destiny Candle, Goorin Brothers and Live Nation.

Tacolandia is proud to announce the El Pueblo Park Association and Food Forward as our charity beneficiaries for this event.

El Pueblo Park Association (EPPA) was founded in 1982 to foster public interest in, and good will for, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (El Pueblo). They are a volunteer group dedicated to promoting the historic plaza and its historic buildings. In addition, they are devoted to expanding El Pueblo’s use as an educational and cultural facility by: raising funds for the restoration, conservation and promotion of El Pueblo as a unique gathering place for the celebration of the historical and multicultural heritage of Los Angeles and sponsoring exhibitions and special events at El Pueblo.

Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. HARVEST FOOD • FIGHT HUNGER • BUILD COMMUNITY They are a volunteer-powered group of Southern Californians who are passionate about making change around hunger in our community. Food Forward convenes at private properties, public spaces, and farmers and wholesale markets to recover excess fruits and vegetables, donating 100% to local direct-service agencies who feed our community’s most vulnerable. Combined, theirr diverse distribution partners provide food to over 100,000 clients a month across Southern California.

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About L.A. Weekly:

L.A. Weekly, and more recently laweekly.com, has Los Angeles covered, with investigative reporting, comprehensive calendar listings and forward-thinking cultural coverage, including daily blogs like the highly regarded Squid Ink, which covers the city’s food scene. We keep our readers loyal with stories by some of the country’s finest writers—now accessible through our mobile platforms. L.A. Weekly has won more awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies than any other paper in the country, and in 2007 was the first newspaper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its food criticism.

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February 9th, 2016 by Cherry

oink oink it’s time to save the date for the 2016 COCHON555 IMG_7240taking place at the Viceroy Santa Monica on March 13th.  The culinary competition returns to Los Angeles.

 

 

You can enter to win two VIP tickets by watching a video and joining the Good Food Movement!

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Cochon555 is the stand-up tasting reception featuring five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs for a cause Sunday, March 13 at Viceroy Santa Monica (Official Host & Hotel). The 2016 tour benefits Piggy Bank a sanctuary that will provide free heritage breed pigs and business plans to emerging family farms. You can purchase tickets for the weekend at www.cochon555.com and for a behind the scenes look at the culinary competition, watch Cochon555’s stunning video here http://j.mp/555_Trailer.

IMG_0156I was excited to attend the 2015 Cochon555 and was fascinated by the chef’s creative uses of the entire heritage pig. The weekend had three back-to-back events with Chef Walter Manzke of Republique being crowned the ‘Prince of Porc’. He won the title preparing a whole pig menu featuring the ‘Large Black’ raised by Cook Pigs Ranch.  Chef Walter went on to compete for the national title in Denver, CO.

Cochon555 uses heritage breeds and last years’ winner used the ‘Large Black’ a Chinese breed brought to England, known for its taste, pasture foraging skills and overall hardiness. The micro-marbling, short muscle fibers and excellent bellies produce exceptional bacon and moist meat with old world flavor providing Chef Walter ideal meat for his winning menu of five uniquely created delicious bites. Walter’s winning dishes included Pork Belly with Black River Caviar, Jambon-Beurre, Pork Ceviche and Arroz Caldo, a Filipino Rice Porridge. Along with two exclusive dinners hosted by 2014 King of Porc Ray Garcia, Cochon555’s stop in Los Angeles raised awareness for heritage breed pigs raised by family farms. For photos of the 2015 LA event, click http://bit.ly/1EUAf5s.

The Los Angeles flavor-studded weekend supports a great cause by starting with two unique dinners bringing together five guest chefs, world-renowned winemakers and beverage experts to create a multi-course, interactive dining experience to benefit Piggy Bank. Friday kicks off with a Late Night Asian Speakeasy, an all-inclusive guest chef’s dinner party paying homage to Chinese, Sichuan, Korean, Thai and Japanese restaurants. On Saturday, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series is multi-course seated feast featuring five guest chefs cooking courses paired with premium beverages. Tickets to the dinners are available online at $125 per person and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank. On Sunday, the epic feast features celebrity chefs cooking whole hogs in a stand-up reception of epic proportions. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets as the event is expected to sell out earlier this year. Cochon555 is running a 21-day contest, “Can’t We Just Be Friends”,  giving away two VIP Tickets worth $400. Friends of the good food movement can sign up for the latest news on the weekend and enter the contest here: http://woobox.com/jnesum.

IMG_7248The Cochon555 US Tour would not be possible without our amazing lineup of sponsors including Viceroy Santa Monica, Williams-Sonoma, Wines of Germany, The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley, DRY Sparkling, Breckenridge Distillery, Anchor Distilling, Buffalo Trace, Martinez Lacuesta, Creminelli, Wines from Rioja, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Tenuta Sassoregale, Tequila Don Julio, Creekstone Farms, Junipero, Eagle Rare, Common Cider, Antica Napa Valley, Don Amado Mezcal, Fidencio, Mezcales de Leyenda, Rhum Clément, Plantation Rum, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Koch el Mezcal, La
Venenosa, Mezcal Derrumbes, Azzurro Wine Company, Luxardo, Pax Wine Cellars, Ridge Vineyards, Scholium Project, Sandhi Wines, Pisoni Vineyards, Arista Winery, Rappahannock River Oysters, Hedley & Bennett, La Brea Bakery, Cypress Grove Chevre, Coach Farm, Parrano, Sun Noodle, California Olive Ranch and Birchware. The beverage program includes Cochon555’s Punch Kings local barkeep competition a spotlight on Five Winemakers including sought-after wines and a Wines of the World spotlight Sommelier Smackdown. The official chef lineup and more tasty experiences will be announced with the Official Chef Announcement lineup 45 days in advance of the event. For an in-depth look at the Cochon555 movement and tickets to this must-do culinary weekend, please visit www.cochon555.com.

About Cochon555 US Tour

The Cochon555 US Tour, executes a variety of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs with the world’s first nose-to-tail pig competition. Created in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breed pigs, this epic pork feast visits 20 major cities in North America annually with over 60 events.

All Cochon555 events cultivate a long-term impact for heritage species raised by family farms, reaching the top culinary markets in North America while promoting our sponsors’ messages to 16,000 guests by drawing from the biggest names in the hospitality industry, including 2,200+ chefs, 150+ family farms and 16 culinary schools. Since 2009, 50,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $500,000 has been donated to charities and over $750,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. Together with winemakers, brewers, distillers and craft food makers they create authentic culinary events celebrating champions in the good food movement. For more details about the events and to see videos referencing all the events in the Cochon555 family, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.

About Piggy Bank

Launched in 2015 by Brady Lowe, founder of the Cochon555 US Tour and Taste Network, Piggy Bank’s mission is to create a heritage breed pig sanctuary that provides free genetics and business plans to emerging family farms. The sanctuary will change the future of food by uniting a community working together for safer, responsible farming practices and sharing of genetics, livestock and the sharing of information. Piggy Bank is dedicated to creating the first Open Source agriculture platform through the responsible farming of heritage species. The Piggy Bank farm, located in Missouri, will raise pigs to be gifted only to communities dedicated to elevating the cause and expanding the model of social and agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank is a project of The Giving Back Fund, Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with federal tax exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Follow the Piggy Bank conversation on Twitter @PiggyBankOrg. For more information about Piggy Bank or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Kerith Dilley or visit www.piggy-bank.org.

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December 4th, 2015 by Cherry

Let’s kick off the holiday foodie season at the second annual L.A. Weekly’s Sips & Sweets on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 8 – 11 pm t Magic Box @ The Reef

 

I plan to attend the fun event full of delicious food, drinks and SHOPPPING all in one place! You get the chance to nibble from 20 of Los Angeles’ top bakers, try handcrafted cocktail sips from 15 mixologists and the chance to ‘buy local’ with more than 25 artisanal craftspeople!

L.A. Weekly’s own food critic Besha Rodell and Roxana Jullapat have personally selected what you will be eating, drinking and shopping at Magic Box @ The Reef. Tickets are still available to join us on Saturday, December 12th from 8 – 11 pm where you’ll be able to buy holiday gifts and trinkets for the holiday season. Everyone will appreciate a unique gift for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, festivus or office gift exchange.

This year’s pastry chef and baker lineup features sweets from Shannon Swindle of Craft LA, Clemence Gosset of The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, Mariah Swan of bld Restaurant and ICDC, Ledlow, Luis Ayala of Broken Spanish, Paige Russell of Hatchet Hall, Elizabeth Belkind of Cake Monkey Bakery, Megan Potthoff of WP24, Sherry Yard of Helm’s Bakery, Courtney Reed of Belcampo Meat Co., Zenai Leal of Salt’s Cure, Monica May of Nickel Diner, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and other tasty surprises!

Hand-made cocktails will be prepared by Mikki Kristola of The Varnish, Robin Chopra of Corazon Y Miel, Karen Grill of Sassafras Saloon, Ryan Wainwright of Terrine, Darwin Manahan of Osso and Cliff’s Edge, Ben Scott of Alexander’s Steakhouse, Avery Underhill of Butchers & Barbers, Christiaan Rollich of the Lucques Group, Josh Goldman of the Soigné Group, Michael Lay of Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria, John Kelly O’Hare of Sonny’s Hideaway, Gabriella Mlynarczyk of Birch and The Loving Cup, Jesus Gomez of 1886 Bar, Edwin Osegueda of Faith and Flower and Adam Nystrom of EP + LP and be prepared for surprises that will make you want to add these drinks to your own shindig!

All pastry chefs will offer tasty samples of their famous sweet and savory treats, while each bartender will present sips of their signature holiday drinks.

General Admission tickets include: entry into the event, unlimited food samples from over 20 LA pastry chefs, beer, wine and artisanal cocktail samples and access to our handcrafted vendor village with 20+ vendors. VIP Admission ticket includes: all of the General Admission perks plus 1 hour early entry into the event and a special VIP Gift Bag.

A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Food Forward. Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.

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L.A. Weekly, and more recently LAWeekly.com, has Los Angeles covered, with investigative reporting, comprehensive calendar listings and forward-thinking cultural coverage, including daily blogs like the highly regarded Squid Ink, which covers the city’s food scene. We keep our readers loyal with stories by some of the country’s finest writers—now accessible through our mobile platforms. In 2007 L.A. Weekly was the first newspaper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its food criticism. This year, restaurant critic Besha Rodell was honored with a James Beard Award, widely considered food writing’s top prize.

 

Sips & Sweets 2015
Presented by LA Weekly

LA Weekly is proud to present Sips & Sweets 2015! In its second year, our now annual holiday party will feature over 20 of the city’s top bakers, over 20 of LA’s most respected mixologists and more than 25 artisanal craftspeople. Join us Saturday, December 12th from 8pm – 11pm and sample delicious confections, sip on handcrafted cocktails and shop for amazing holiday gifts and trinkets. Curated by the LA Weekly’s own food critic Besha Rodell and Roxana Jullapat, this eating, drinking and shopping extravaganza is one not to be missed.

Sips & Sweets

Saturday, December 12, 2015
8pm – 11pm with a VIP Hour from 7pm – 8pm
Magic Box @ The REEF

1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

21+ event. All guests must have a valid ID for entry.

LA Weekly’s Sips & Sweets Charity partner

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September 12th, 2015 by Cherry

 

I’m so excited to cover the first annually Putting for Pups Golf and Gala on Sunday, September 13 at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena. Lori is one of the organizers bringing attending to the Dog & Cat meat trade in China. She’s gathered animal lovers from all walks of life for this fundraiser and I’m excited to have gotten a chance for a Q&A with EG Daily. Her name might be familiar as the voice of  many animated characters including the Emmy award-winning “Rugrats”, where she is the voice of lead character Tommy Pickles. She can also be heard as the voice of Buttercup in “The Powerpuff Girls” animated series, as Babe in “Babe – Pig in the City”, and as Rudy Tabootie in Nickelodeon’s© “Chalkzone”. Additional voice-over credits include Dizzy in the TV animated series, “Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles”, “Eek the Cat”, “Duck Days”, “Duckman”, “Jungle Cubs”, “Problem Child”, and “Baby Blues”. She also provided the voice of Froggie in the feature film “The Little Rascals”, Bam Bam in “The Flintstones”, and Lorenzo in the Academy Award winning feature film, “Lorenzo’s Oil” as well as being a singer.

How did you get involved with No to Dog Meat?

I’d been hearing about it along with Last chance for animals and other animal support groups.

When did you first learn of the UK based nonprofit?

Lori Alan started posting and doing events for it which was where I became more aware .

What can the average person do to help with No to Dog Meat if they aren’t in the LA metro area?

Come to the event (if in LA), visit the site “Putting for Pups“, learn about it at the NoToDogMeat site! It’s unbearable to look at these Precious animals in Horrific conditions it is so painful to see, it will be hard not to want to do something . Get more awareness. More voices can make a bigger impact .

Are you a dog and/or cat lover?

I am a huge Animal Lover. I tend to lean into dogs more  because Im allergic to cats but I still love cats!!! I will stop in the middle  of an intersection and block all taffic to help out an animal in need. I have made it one of my missions of my career to be a voice for animals  and animal cruelty  awareness. I honestly can’t believe at this time how much awful treatment of animals is still going on!

Who’s your best pet friend?

Best Pet friends are my 3 Dogs  BBY a two lb Chihuahua, Juju a 5 lb Chihuahua and Bumblebee a Huge 110 lb  Rottweiler …Oh we also have many birds that enjoy out property along with a whole family of Lizards that hang out on our Patio furniture 🙂

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July 2nd, 2015 by Cherry

Anyone want to meet me next  Friday, (July 10th) at 7pm in San Diego? I’m excited to do ‘good’ at the first Geeks for Peace event hosted by Morgan Spurlock at the Moniker Warehouse at the 2015 SDCC.  The party will be co-hosted by Kevin Smith and Gotham Chopra and will feature special guests including Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Frances Fisher, Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Scott Grimes (American Dad, Justified), Efren Ramirez (Napoleon image002Dynamite), Eddie Matos (Finding Carter) and Adrian Pasdar (Heroes, Agents of Shield).  The Band From TV will perform and guests will also include an art auction.

The Geeks for Peace event was conceived by Spurlock after he was presented with the Peace Hero Award by the youth of Kids for Peace in 2013 for his commitment to kids, peace, healthy living and using his voice for good. Funds raised during Geeks for Peace will help Kids for Peace support and expand their programs to underserved youth in the U.S., Pakistan, Iraq, Liberia and Kenya.

 

 

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November 20th, 2014 by Cherry

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