THIRD ANNUAL CULINARY EXPERIENCE GALA SET FOR MAY 17, 2009 - Flavors of Los Angeles Benefit’s The American Liver Foundation

The Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation (ALF) will hold its third annual Flavors of Los Angeles event on May 17, 2009 at The City National Bank Plaza in downtown Los Angeles helping fund research, provide patient services and education for over 100 known liver diseases.  The Flavors Gala spotlights Los Angeles’ premier chefs and creates a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience for each guest that will be prepared and enjoyed under the stars in Downtown Los Angeles.  

“Flavors of L.A is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary experience with some of L.A.’s finest Chefs preparing a unique menu before your eyes and being able to ask them questions while they are doing it. The support these chefs are lending to our life-saving mission cannot be measured,” said Michael Hausknost, Board President, ALF Los Angeles Chapter. “I strongly encourage anyone with a taste for fine food and wine to join us for this year’s Flavors L.A. fundraiser. I promise it will be an evening you will not soon forget.”

Flavors guests will experience a five course culinary extravaganza with wine pairings for their personal table prepared by the top ten Restaurants and chefs in Los Angeles, including Executive Chef, Celestino Drago, Drago Centro and Executive Chef, Shigefumi Tachibe  Chaya Downtown Culinary connoisseur and Honorary Chair, Sophie Gayot, of, is scheduled to appear. Members of the National Culinary Council for this fantastic event include Jacques Torres, Known as “Mr. Chocolate” & Food Network host, Patricia Wells, Paris-based journalist and author, and Roy Yamaguchi, founding Chef & owner of Roy’s Restaurants.

The evening under the stars begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction.  Flavors guests will then be escorted to their table where they will join their own personal Chef Host.  Guests then go on to enjoy the signature cuisine and wine pairings of their chef.  Nowhere else can Angelinos see these culinary experts at work—creating a menu that goes above and beyond the usual restaurant fare—while also benefiting a worthy cause.
“Proceeds from Flavors aid ALF to help those touched by liver disease and create awareness of the over 100 liver diseases,” added Taly Fantini, executive director, ALF.  “We provide hope to more than 600,000 Californians touched by hepatitis C and many more residents in the five-county area touched by one of over 100 liver diseases.”

A limited number of individual seats ($250) are available for Flavors of Los Angeles by contacting the Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation at (310) 670-4624 or [email protected]

Current sponsors are City National Bank, Thomas Properties Group, St. Vincent Medical Center and One Legacy.

About the Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation                          
The Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of hepatitis and other liver diseases through research, education and advocacy on behalf of those affected by or at risk of liver disease. It is through the generous support of our community partners that we are able to challenge liver diseases, afflictions that affect 1 in 10 Americans in their lifetime. More than 83% of the funds raised by our Chapter go toward our mission. Get the facts about liver disease:  30 million Americans are touched by liver disease. Liver disease doesn't discriminate: it affects all races, ages, and genders.  Hepatitis C is four times more prevalent than HIV and there is no vaccine.  More than 600,000 Californians are infected with Hepatitis C.  More than 17,000 Americans are awaiting a life-saving liver transplant.  For more information about liver disease and to request information packets, liver wellness educational programs; professional and patient liver updates throughout the year; referrals to local doctors in your area; research awards program; support groups; and much more contact:  GO LIVER HELPLINE 1-800-GO-LIVER.

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