Project Angel Food, the beloved Los Angeles non-profit, hosted its foodie fundraising event, “DELISH – party with culinary experiences” on Sunday evening, September 29 at the new Siren Cube at Siren Studios in Hollywood. All proceeds from the event benefited Project Angel Food and its meal prep and delivery program. The mission of Project Angel Food is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency, because hunger and illness do not wait. Their motto – “For Life, for Love, for along as it takes.”
The fabulous food frenzy event was co-hosted by Annabeth Gish from FX’s latest hit “The Bridge” and Hollywood insider John Mcllwee. Additional members of the host committee include Bill Damaschke, Lisa & Dave Dinsmore, Kacy & Kirk DeMicco, and Sheraton Kalouria. Music was provided by celebrity disc jockey DJ ID Required. DELISH was sponsored by Tortilla Republic West Hollywood, Brown-Forman Beverages and Time Warner Cable.
DELISH featured endless food and drink stations serving so many tasty treats and delicious drinks that after four or five stations, I felt like I needed to be wheeled out. It was a really neat experience to sample food from various restaurants, bakeries, shops, and company’s signature products. Tickets to the event were $100. Not only were attendees sampling bites, but guests were inspired to create new dishes, and learn the “how-to’s” of turning simple dishes into memorable ones. Culinary experts and ace mixologists were on hand to guide guests as they mixed and matched their picks of the many food and beverage options available.
It’s fun to sample a variety of small bites of food, like having your own personal tasting menu. Some of my favorites treats were cold flavorful teas from the Tea Bar by Bird Pick, Pinot Grigio by Drew Barrymore (yes, the actress) which you can buy at Bevmo, Activate water (vitamins shoot down into the water from the cap), cheesecake in mini cupcake bites (some with green tea, blueberry sauce, and banana/nutella in the middle) from The Cheesecake Dude, exquisite chocolates by MarcoPaolo, Fluff Ice (Thai tea flavor) from Lamill Coffee Fluff, beef, pork, and turkey flavored jerkies from Krave Jerky, carnitas and sweet potato hibiscus flower tacos from Tortilla Republic (To die for!), and angel food cake with your choice of filling and topping. My friend Brian’s favorite bite was the spicy ahi roll from Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen and I saw him get excited about the empanadas from World Empanadas and the BBQ short rib from Star King Korean BBQ.
Project Angel Food Bakers via chefs and volunteers also bakes Thanksgiving pies for $20 – Angelic Apple Crumb, Perfectly Pumpkin, and Heavenly Chocolate, all for a a good cause – Project Angel Food. You can pick up the pies in Hollywood Tuesday, November 26 – Thursday, November 28. If you order more than ten, free delivery options are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or order online at www.angelfood.org to buy a pie that helps others. The travel safe attractive box comes with a tent card for display noting your kind gesture of caring.
This year’s DELISH had an increased number of food & beverage providers and a new children’s section which I found delectable. I left with a big candy bag and memories of my favorite childhood candy. They were even giving away Easy-Bake Ovens to the first 25 ticketed kids in attendance. For this year’s DELISH, the growing list of featured participants included: Activate Water, Art of Tea, Barrymore Wine, Bird Pick Tea & Herb, Chambord, Dassai Sake, Deep Eddy Vodka, Early Times Fire Eater, El Jimador, Epicurean Events Los Angeles, First Crush Winemaking, Fluff Ice, Frosted Cupcakery, Golden Greek Produce, Handsome Coffee Roasters, Jack Daniels RTD, Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, Kitchen 24, Lybations LLC, Marco Paolo Chocolates, Marino Ristorante, Mark & Stephen’s, Mwokaji Cakery, Pop Chips, Pretzel Crisps, Project Angel Food Bakers, Project Angel Food Kitchen Cabinet, Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen, Star King Korean BBQ, The Cheesecake Dude, The Shugah Mama, Tortilla Republic West Hollywood, Ventura Limoncello, and World Empanadas.
The night was a celebration of delectable treats all for a good cause – Project Angel Food.