L.A. LGBT Center’s 14th Annual Simply diVine Food Festival
From WEHOville: With 82 of L.A.’s most popular restaurants, wineries, spirit vendors, distilleries, and craft breweries participating, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 14th annual Simply diVine will be serving up at full capacity to guests on Saturday, April 27. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., at Hollywood Forever—best known as the final resting place of many of Hollywood’s founders and stars.
All proceeds support the Center’s programs and services.
“We couldn’t be more excited to showcase the best food, wine, beers, and spirits Los Angeles has to offer, especially when the Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary,” said event co-chair and celebrity chef Susan Feniger. “This year, we will be opening a new culinary arts training program at the Center’s new Anita May Rosenstein Campus, where LGBTQ youth can learn a truly marketable skill to help propel them to success in the professional world. In addition, the new kitchen will produce fresh meals for youth and senior residents as well as drop-in clients impacted by homelessness. Cheers to the Center—and to you—for building a world where LGBT people thrive! I want everyone to come out and support Simply diVine!”
To commemorate the Center’s intergenerational Anita May Rosenstein Campus, general admission tickets may be purchased now through Saturday, April 27, for $125 (regularly priced at $150) with discount code CAMPUS19. Tickets can be purchased online. Hollywood Forever is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Those looking for a more intimate and exclusive experience can get a one-hour early entry to the main event at 5 p.m. with a Club VIP ticket, which includes service from private bartenders; tastings of rare wines and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; live music and celebrity chef experiences. Complimentary drive-on VIP parking included.
This year’s restaurant and food partners include: BADMAASH; Bestia; The Black Cat; Border Grill; Bourbon Steak; Braise and Crumble Cafe; Burgerim; Cassells; Chef Michelle and Company; Connie & Ted’s; Crossroads Kitchen; CUT by Wolfgang Puck; Da Kikokiko; Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt; Gracias Madre; Gwen; hinoki and the bird restaurant; Hock+Hoof; Holbox; Huntington Dining; Ike’s Love & Sandwiches; Jaffa; JAR; Kismet; Kreation Organic; The Lobster; Lovely Eats; Lucques; Mrs. Fish; My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream; Nomad Ice Pops; Otium; PARKSBBQ; Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique; The Pie Hole; Pizzeria il Fico; Rao’s Hollywood; Röckenwagner Bakery; Rossoblu; Salazar; Salt’s Cure; Shannon Swindle; The Sycamore Kitchen; Tartine Bianco and The Village Idiot.
This year’s beverage partners include: Ambros Banana Whiskey; Angel City Brewery; Angelisco Tequila; Blue Bottle Caffee; The Boisset Collection; Brown-Forman; Chareau; Classic Wines of California; Cutwater Spirits; Epic Wine & Spirits; Hop Valley Brewing; House Wine; Infinium Spirits; J. LOHR Vineyards & Wines; Jardesca California Aperitiva; Kikori Whiskey; Lagunitas Brewing Company; Le Grand Courtage; Middlebar; Mulholland Distilling; Obvious Wines; Planet Wine / Atlas Wine; PRP Wine International; Recover 180; Rutherford Wine Company; San Antonio Winery; Satori Brands; Scharffenberger Brut; Seedlip Drinks; Stella Rosa Wines; Stolen Spirits; Tequila Partida; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Turquoise Life; Winebow; Woller Brands, Inc.; and Zonin Prosecco.
Sous chef sponsors are Hollywood Forever and Wells Fargo; Sommelier sponsors are Bank of America, Comcast NBCUniversal, David Bohnett Foundation, RideYellow, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Pastry Chef sponsors are Blue Bottle Coffee, EndemolShine North America, Gilead and Keller Williams Beverly Hills; In-kind sponsors are Acqua Panna, Angel City Brewery, Jersey Mike’s, Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, and San Pellegrino. Media sponsors are Gayety, iHeart Media and the Fight Magazine.
In addition to Feniger, Simply diVine will be headed by returning co-chairs David Bailey (HGTV’s “Selling L.A.” and Keller Williams Beverly Hills)—who, like Feniger, also serves on the Center’s board of directors—and Laurie Deddens, beverage steward at Pavilions West Hollywood. Jory Burton from Sotheby’s International Realty returns as this year’s Host Committee Chair.
Music and entertainment at the main event will be provided by Emi Secrest and DJ SACCS. All online ticket sales end on April 27 at 5 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door ($160 per general “foodie” ticket) on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.
Reported by WEHOville.