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An Evening at the Beach?

perk Jul 20, 2012 07:41 PM

A friend of mine asked me to go to this event on Thursday. It's a benefit for Meals on Wheels, with an impressive lineup of chefs and wineries. I think this is the third or fourth year. Has anyone been? Know anything about it? It's in Santa Monica....at the Jonathon Club.

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    maudies5 RE: perk Jul 20, 2012 07:57 PM

    I understand your dilemma. There are now so many benefits which feature chefs. For the last 2 years I have gone with http://www.alexslemonade.org/campaign....
    This is an incredible event. Great food, iconic chefs from all over the US and it is a lot of fun,How can one go wrong with unlimited seafood (including shrimp and oysters) from The Hungry Cat and unlimited pastries from Huckleberry. Providence loves giving samples-- last year it was awesome clam chowder. Sotto had crazy good pizza, and Animal had something divine. Nancy Silverton personally served up ribs. OMG.

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      perk RE: maudies5 Jul 20, 2012 10:40 PM

      I've wondered about that event. It sounds amazing.
      I think for this one each of the chefs has a grill....so that should be intresting. And I do love that it's actually right on the sand.

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      Juji RE: perk Jul 26, 2012 04:29 PM

      Did you decide to go? I'll be there. What are you most excited to try? There are quite a few chefs whose food I have not had the chance to sample, so I'm really looking forward to it. And I love Melville, Beckman, Justin, Dierberg and Star Lane wines.

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        perk RE: Juji Jul 26, 2012 09:15 PM

        Just got home. Thought it was a terrific event. Sorry I missed Dierberg, though. Also enjoyed the red at "Three Sticks". I'd never heard of them. Very nice blend. So much good food. I think my favorite was the kimchi burger from Savory. I thought it was very well organized. No line longer than three people. Staff cleared plates quickly. We were right on the sand....and the sunset was lovely. As we were leaving, people were doing 'smores in the bonfire. Music was playing....people were beginning to dance. I'll definitely go again next year. Did you enjoy it?

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          Juji RE: perk Jul 26, 2012 11:01 PM

          I agree, thought it was super enjoyable. Didn't make it to Three Sticks, sorry to have missed it. Did manage to try quite a few offerings from the various wineries, though. Thought the Justin Isoceles was great (no surprise) as well as the Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir. Melville and Dierberg were as good as always. I really liked the dish from Mark Peel and the noodles with chicken (can't remember the chef). There was a spicy shrimp that was good and also a Santa Maria bbq tri tip. And the best was the mini butterscotch budino from Mozza, that was a revelation. I agree that the crowd was not overwhelming like it can be at some tasting events which made it super easy to navigate. I heard the kimchi burger was spicy so I avoided it, I guess I should have been more adventurous. All in all a really wonderful evening.

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