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These Are the Coolest Food Events in Los Angeles Right Now, August 2018

One of the year’s tastiest food festivals for charity is back

Stu and the Kids 2017

Welcome to EventWire, Eater LA’s handy listing of local eating and drinking festivities. This weekly go-to runs down worthy events for food enthusiast consideration, and is presented in chronological order.

Sunday, August 5
Stu and the Kids Fundraiser

What: Stuart Skversky, a former Los Angeles-based private chef who cut his teeth at Spago and Patina, moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2009 to volunteer at the local orphanage teaching English, cooking, and baking. In an effort to help the children, orphans from the Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand and Burma, after graduation, Skversky founded Stu and the Kids, a 501c3, tax-exempt nonprofit that provides scholarships for higher education. On Sunday, August 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Vibiana, bites will be provided by a hard-hitting roster of restaurants that include Republique, Bar Ama, Jitlada, Spago, and Redbird.
Where: Vibiana 214 S Main St, Los Angeles
Details: Tickets begin at $125, and can be purchased here

Wednesday, August 8
Bludso’s “Slow & Low Country” Pop-Up

What: Culver City’s Hayden is participating in a fun Southern pop-up in August, working a night alongside barbecue legend Kevin Bludso of Bludso’s Bar & Que. A menu of country classics will feature Bludso’s curry oxtails with red beans and rice and Hayden chef Ari Kolender’s lowcountry boil served family style.
Where: 609 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Details: Reservations can be made on Resy, and walk-ins are welcome

Monday, August 20
Winemakers Dinner at Gabi James

What: Los Angeles certainly suffers from a dearth of Spanish restaurants. Filling the South Bay gap is Gabi James, which will be hosting its inaugural winemakers dinner this month with Michael Cooper of Vinos del Viento Winery. Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier will serve a menu with highlights that include duck leg confit with Merguez bread crumbs and braised short rib with horseradish gremolata.
Where: Gabi James 1810 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach
Details: The five-course dinner with pairings is offered at $100 per person

Saturday, September 8
L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade

What: Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne, and David Lentz’s annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Fundraiser is back for its ninth year. The food festival with what is always one of the year’s most impressive roster of chefs from across the country raises funds to find better treatments and cures for children with cancer. This year’s headliners include Chris Bianco, April Bloomfield, Evan Funke, Giada De Laurentiis, Adam Perry Lang, Nancy Silverton, Steve Samson, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo.
Where: UCLA’s Royce Quad 10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles
Details: Tickets begin at $195, and can be purchased here

Thursday, September 13
An Evening on the Beach

What: Benefiting St. Vincent Meals on Wheels of Los Angeles for the eighth year is An Evening on the Beach. With beer and wine tastings, live music, and tasting portions by Zach Pollack of Alimento and Cosa Buona, Gino Angelini of Angelini Osteria, Genevieve Gergis of Bestia and Bavel, Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish, it should certainly be a tasty way to help a great cause.
Where: Jonathan Beach Club Santa Monica 850 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica
Details: Tickets are $190, including parking