Chef Roy Choi with his Kogi truck

Chef Roy Choi with his Kogi truck

 

LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade, the all-star food festival and charity event, returns Saturday, September 12. Tickets are now on sale for one of my favorite food fests.

Last year, Alex’s Lemonade made the switch from Culver City to UCLA. This year it returns to the campus at Royce quad area.

Chef Bruce Kalman, Union Restaurant

Chef Bruce Kalman, Union Restaurant

 

There were many wonderful bites last year but here are some of my favorites including the pasta from Chef Bruce Kalman representing Union. I’m so looking forward to his new pasta bar at Grand Central Market as well. Until then, get over to Alex’s Lemonade.

 

Celebrity mixologists will entertain with fabulous drinks

Celebrity mixologists will entertain with fabulous drinks

 

Be on the look out for members of the LA Cocktail Community slinging drinks. It’s always fun to see Christiaan Rollich representing Luques, AOC, Tavern and spy the antics of Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest. I’m also looking forward to drinks from the boys at The Varnish, The Corner Door with Beau du Bois and Jeremy Lake representing Ascendant Spirits.

In fact, we’ll be well watered between the wine and cocktails!

boudin from Chef Donald Link, New Orleans

boudin from Chef Donald Link, New Orleans

 

I’m heading to New Orleans soon and will hopefully check out one of Chef Donald Link’s places. Maybe Cochon or Herbsaint. But if you can’t get to NOLA, him coming to LA for Alex’s Lemonade is the next best thing. His boudin last year was fantastic.

Rosa pizza from Pizza Bianco, Phoenix, Arizona

Rosa pizza from Pizza Bianco, Phoenix, Arizona

 

Since I didn’t get the pizza from Pizza Bianco the year before, I made sure I went straight to this booth from Phoenix right away. The Rosa pizza was the best. They will be at this year’s event again so get there early.

goat meatball from Chef Steve Samson, Sotto

goat meatball from Chef Steve Samson, Sotto

 

One of my favorite bites last year was the goat meat ball from Chef Steve Samson at Sotto. Goat is definitely one of my favorite meats just after pork. And of course I love meat balls.

Chef Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec and Petit Trois

Chef Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec and Petit Trois

 

I’m embarrassed to say I still haven’t made it over to either Troi Mec or Petit Trois. Chef Ludo gave me a baleful stare when I admitted as such but luckily I did get to try his avocado sushi rice with salt cod cream.

avocado sushi rice with salt cod cream from Chef Ludo

avocado sushi rice with salt cod cream from Chef Ludo

Again, this is another booth I didn’t get to try the year before so I was lucky I got to it early enough to snag a plate.

grilled beef tongue lettuce wrap from Chef David Lefebvre, MB Post and Fishing with Dynamite

grilled beef tongue lettuce wrap from Chef David LeFevre, MB Post and Fishing with Dynamite

 

Every time I encounter Chef David LeFevre, I’m reminded just how far Manhattan Beach is but really, it’s not that far for his fab food at Fishing with Dynamite and MB Post. I still haven’t been to his new steak house, the Arthur J but hope to soon. Until then, I have Alex’s Lemonade in September!

fried chicken sandwich from Night + Market

fried chicken sandwich from Night + Market

 

As I walked by the Night + Market booth, Chef Kris Yenbamroong waved me over. He made sure I got his fried chicken sandwich which is occasionally available at the restaurants but I hadn’t tried it yet. Oh my word, fried chicken skin… extra pieces all piled on moist fried chicken. Yeah, baby! Does this mean I’m telling you to stop by the booth? No, I want all the bites to myself. Heehee.

See you in September!

LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade

  • UCLA’s Royce Quad
  • Saturday, September 12
  • 12-4 PM
  • Program at 1:30 PM

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