In the crowded field of charity food events, one in particular always stands out. And hey, not every fundraiser can brag about its Julia Child founding story. The 32nd annual Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Food Fare happens on Thursday, March 10th at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Being well-organized and civilized means guests need not push through throngs of other attendees, or stand in long lines for a sample of tuna tartare or burrata drizzled with basil oil. I’ve been to this fundraiser in the past, and believe me, it takes a LOT to get me out to Santa Monica on a weekday. In addition to the ample food sampling, there are terrific silent auctions for the morning and evening sessions (I’m always a soft touch at these things, having organized many myself and knowing how much work they require), and overall an upbeat vibe. Those (predominantly) ladies of the PPLA Guild sure know how to put together a smoothly run food party.
Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Border Grill Restaurants will be honored as Chefs of the Year, and the roster of participating restaurants includes AOC/Lucques/Tavern, Ammo, Church & State, Clementine, La Sandia/Zengo, Pitfire Pizza, Pazzo Gelato, Michael’s, Lemonade, and Joe’s. A couple of food trucks will be on-site, too. Sales from goods purchased on-site from Linda’s Gourmet Latkes (next best thing to homemade), Valerie Confections, Compartes Chocolatier, and other local treat makers and retailers benefit Planned Parenthood L.A.’s crucial reproductive health work.
Tickets cost $150 in advance for the daytime session from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and $225 for the evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It’s a hefty chunk of change, but given recent developments in Washington, the urgency and importance of this cause is more critical than ever.