On a sunny day at UCLA’s Royce Hall Quad, many culinary and entertainment stars got together for the 6th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade event. The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started in 2000 when cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott decided to open a lemonade stand to raise money to find a cure for all children with cancer. Alex, who succumbed to her cancer in 2004, left a legacy that evolved into a national fundraising movement. On Saturday, September 12, many prominent local and national chefs cooked their finest food for the guests, all in order to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade.
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Chef John Besh flew in from New Orleans to make a delicious Crab and Tasso Fried Rice, while Chef Scott Conant flew in from New York to make a delicious tagliatelle for the guests. In the meantime, Roy Choi had both the Kogi Truck and his new A-Frame restaurant in attendance, with Roy personally greeting and passing out some excellent Hawaiian Shrimp Poke. Chef Ray Garcia of the B. S. (Broken Spanish) made some delicious tacos for everyone.
Celebrity chefs such as Giada de Laurentis cooked for the crowd, while many wineries and spirits companies made cocktails and tasted wines for everyone. And who could resist Pink’s Hot Dogs, especially with Richard and Gloria Pink greeting fans of the iconic hot dog stand. Wandering around, everyone had a story to tell, from the two boys who raised over $12,000 for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Kid’s Campaign, to the little boy and his parents who were tossing a yellow ball into a container after writing on it what they were grateful for. The day was capped by silent auctions, raffles, TV celebrities and more, all geared towards helping show why L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade. All in all, it was an excellent day for everyone in attendance.