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Party Report: L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Was a Hit

By Lesley Balla
September 30, 2013

As usual, there was a lot of yellow at Saturday's L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade afternoon picnic, from the lemonade itself to the lemon aprons on all of the chefs to Lena Dunham's bright yellow backless frock. Held once again at Culver Studios in Culver City, the party was moved to the back parking lot due to a wedding taking place on the front lawn later that day, but that just allowed more room for roaming and noshing. It was hot, but there were enough bites and sips to cool everyone down, including an ice luge for shots, fantastic California wines and Craftsman Brewery beers.

There were pizza ovens, giant big-rig smokers for big beefy ribs, lots of grills fired up and deep fryers working overtime for all of the delicious morsels that were served. Chefs were in town from all over - a lot from Portland and Seattle, many from San Francisco, New Orleans - and of course our own top guns from LA. Hosted by Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and David Lentz, the the afternoon generated more than $530,000 to help fight childhood cancer, including a women chefs' dinner that went for around $30,000. This was their most successful fundraiser to date, with more than 1,700 revelers walking around and covertly snapping photos of Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris and Laura Dern. Take a look at the slideshow for some of the sights and bites of the day.

Places Mentioned

Quince

Italian • Downtown

Food28 Decor27 Service26 Cost$177
 
 
 
Lark

American • Central District

Food27 Decor22 Service25 Cost$51
 
 
 
SPQR

Italian • Lower Pacific Heights

Food24 Decor21 Service23 Cost$68
 
 
 
Connie and Ted's

Seafood • West Hollywood

Food24 Decor21 Service22 Cost$51
 
 
 
MB Post

American • Manhattan Beach

Food26 Decor22 Service23 Cost$48
 
 
 
Osteria Mozza

Italian • Hancock Park

Food27 Decor24 Service24 Cost$72
 
 
 
Tilth Restaurant

American • Wallingford

Food26 Decor20 Service24 Cost$56
 
 
 
Border Grill

Mexican • Downtown

Food22 Decor18 Service20 Cost$36
 
 
 
Border Grill Las Vegas

Mexican • The Strip

Food25 Decor21 Service23 Cost$38
 
 
 
Border Grill Santa Monica

Mexican • Santa Monica

Food22 Decor18 Service20 Cost$36
 
 
 
Pink's Hot Dogs

Hot Dog • Fairfax

Food22 Decor13 Service18 Cost$12
 
 
 
The Hungry Cat

Seafood • Hollywood

Food24 Decor19 Service22 Cost$51
 
 
 
Lucques

Mediterranean • West Hollywood

Food27 Decor26 Service26 Cost$65
 
 
 
Pizzeria Bianco

Pizza • Downtown Phoenix

Food26 Decor20 Service21 Cost$24
 
 
 
Lincoln Restaurant

American • Boise-Eliot

Food27 Decor25 Service27 Cost$42
 
 
 
Animal Restaurant

New American • Fairfax

Food26 Decor20 Service24 Cost$59
 
 
 
Trois Mec

French • Hollywood

Food26 Decor20 Service25 Cost$122
 
 
 
 
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