I’ve been on the Taste of the Nation Los Angeles committee since last year in an effort to help non-profit Share Our Strength achieve their goal of ending childhood hunger. Leading up to the June 10 event at The Lot in Hollywood, I took a southern swing to experience how the charity’s Laguna Beach branch supports the cause. Organizers gathered high-profile chefs from as far away as Philadelphia and paired them each with a California farm, as 400 guests enjoyed food and wine with a Pacific Ocean backdrop.
Floyd Cardoz (North End Grill) made the trip from New York City.
The event was heavily weighted toward wine, but Haven Gastropub did fill glasses with three beers: Breakfast Stout, Imperial Russian Stout and Cream Ale.
William Bradley (Addison) made sure to invite his team to join him in our photo.
Alan Wong is another event veteran and co-chairs the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.
Craig Strong (Studio) cultivated a row of garden beds since arriving at the Montage three years ago from The Langham Huntington, Pasadena.
Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach even featured a room of strawberry desserts starring Harry’s Berries, plus jars of their fire engine red strawberries, which we call “red gold.”