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Project Angel Food's Delish Fundraiser - Culinary Decadence Meets Extraordinary Benevolence

By Chase Masterson

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Project Angel Food, the non-profit organization responsible for providing over 13,000 nutritious meals every week to Angelenos in need, hosted a new food-centric fundraiser at Siren Studios in Hollywood. 


Project Angel Food becomes Delish


The event, entitled: DELISH, went well beyond the typical food tasting by engaging attendees in the various “extras” or “How-to’s” that can turn a plain, simple dish into one that is forever memorable.  DELISH featured teams of culinary experts and mixologists who guided guests on a foodie’s dream adventure in which attendees were able to partake in their choice of diverse food & beverage experiences as they sampled food and cocktails from all of the exciting participants.


A Campfire 'Smores bar: Elegant Childhood Treats!


Many of the food stations and interactive experiences featured starring talent from HUNGRY: the New YouTube Food Channel and its growing list of All-Star Programs including “Duff's Food World” starring Duff Goldman, “Beer Cocktails with the Beer Chicks,”  “The Casserole Queens,” “Drink Inc.,” and “Rosa & Rico…On A Roll.”


Life-saving taste and glamour, under the Hollywood Sign


Additional experiences were provided from a growing list of participants, which includes Chambord Flavored Vodka, The Cotton Candy Girls, Dassai Sake, Jackie Sorkin (The Candy Queen), Little Black Dress Vodka, Mionetto Prosecco, Southern Comfort, Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant, Project Angel Food’s own bakers and more.  DELISH is sponsored by City National Bank, Brooks Brothers and AIDS Healthcare Foundation.


Jacqui Farina and Arthur Wayne


“We are all endlessly fascinated by what food is, how it is prepared, and how it makes us feel. Food is more than a meal.  With DELISH, we show how a great food dish is more than the sum of its ingredients.  It’s about the experience,” says Jacqui Farina, Director of Special Events at Project Angel Food. 


Generous Sponsors include AHF, Brooks Brothers, and City National Bank


Margaret Steele, CEO of Project Angel Food, adds, “At Project Angel Food, we’ve always been more than just a meal delivery. Sometimes the only contact our clients have with the outside world is with our staff or volunteers. We deliver more than just meals. We are a community. DELISH is a new opportunity for us to create community with food. Our selection of experts at DELISH highlighted the various processes that make food so entertaining and captivating to us all.”


Gourmet cupcakes galore!


DELISH attendees chose from two levels of participation: the Sous-Chef level at $100.00 or the Chef level at $175.00.  At the Sous-Chef level, guests were able to enjoy all the delicious food and beverages available throughout the evening; additionally they had the opportunity to partake in three of the unique culinary experiences and receive a grocery tote.  The Chef level also allowed for guests to enjoy all of the evening’s delectable edibles and refreshments; guests at the Chef level were able to partake in all of the evening’s culinary experiences.  Chef level participants also received a commemorative DELISH designer apron courtesy of Brooks Brothers and a grocery tote.


Project Angel Food's Pumpkin Cupcakes


“Project Angel Food took over three levels of Siren Studios, including the garage/entrance level where we greeted guests with a wine bar and Rosa’s Bella Cucina Food Truck,” said Scott Bussell
of PR Shop L.A. “Considering that this was our first year putting this together, we had a great turnout with well over 300 attendees.”

Annabeth Gish & John McIlwee

Susan & Jamie Luner enjoy DELISH


VIP guests included George Kotsiopoulos, Style Expert and Co-Host of “The Fashion Police” on E!; Annabeth Gish, “Pretty Little Liars”; Jamie Luner, “All My Children”; Robert Kovacik, Anchor/Reporter, NBC Los Angeles; Bruce Seidel, CEO, Hungry, The New Food-Centric YouTube Channel; John McIlwee, Entertainment Business Manager; Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer,
Dreamworks Animation; Robin Fujimoto, Project Angel Food Board of Directors Chair; Duff Goldman, Pastry Chef and TV personality; Patrick O’Neill, Exec. Creative Director, TBWACHIATDAYLA; Arthur Wayne, Vice President, Global PR, Brooks Brothers; Steve Erle, Fashion and Rock & Roll Photographer; Kirk  DeMicco, Director; Michaline Babich, Producer; Jack Lippman, Agent; Patrick Guzzo, Partner, Barrymore Wines; Manny Patel, DJ; Margaret Steele, CEO, Project Angel Food.


Peter Gurski & Smores!


DELISH participants included:

HUNGRY, the food-centric YouTube™ channel - www.youtube.com/Hungry

From renowned television producer Ben Silverman's multimedia studio Electus, HUNGRY is the one-of-a-kind online destination to satisfy your food obsession. From intense culinary challenges and unique dining experiences to hilarious food pranks and gastronomic adventures, HUNGRY’s dynamic original series create the perfect blend of strong characters and diverse personalities with real, helpful, and highly entertaining tidbits on all things food. Conceptualized under the leadership of veteran food television executive and HUNGRY CEO Bruce Seidel (formerly of Food Network and Cooking Channel) with ongoing consultation from celebrity chef Duff Goldman and a partnership with top entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), HUNGRY launched in June 2012.



Project Angel Food Bakers Do Gooding Cookies - @ProjAngelFood -www.angelfood.org 


A holiday treat: The Do Gooding Good Cookies, available in tins!


From the healing and comforting kitchen ofProject Angel Food comes three kinds of Do Gooding Good Cookies: chocolate chip, ginger snap and iced lemon. All of the cookies sold are baked and packaged in the Project Angel Food kitchen from recipes developed and tested by Project Angel Food, using real butter, cane or beet sugar. The cookies contain no corn syrup, preservatives, hydrogenated or partly hydrogenated fats.


The containers are tastefully designed and take little effort to open. Inside you'll find 10 cookies neatly stacked and ready to be eaten. Each container is $3.99 and can be purchased at Pavilions in Hollywood (727 N Vine St.) and West Hollywood (8969 Santa Monica Blvd.) and 100% of the proceeds go to Project Angel Food.


Duff Goldman – Charm City Cakes West  @duff_goldman  Cupcakes


Duff Goldman's Chocolate Cupcakes!


What does food pop culture look like through the eyes of a chef who has not only worked in some of the world's greatest kitchens, but also has the internal monologue of a Monty Python movie? Get inside the head of Duff Goldman, and explore the world of food via Duff's experiences. Duff's Food World explores everything from one-of-a-kind dishes and dining experiences like "dining in the dark" and "naked sushi in Vegas," to tasty and often hilarious "Internet and TV Food Clips of the Week," to unique food festival field trips like the notorious Spam Festival or Fungus Festival (will he bring his own?). Duff picks his favorite "Food Porn Clip of the Week," man-on-the-street food pranks and historical re-enactments of great moments in food. Duff's Food Tube premieres a new episode on HUNGRY every week.


Drink, Inc.: The Nettle Cocktail made with absinthe and Mionette Brut -  @DrinkInc - http://bit.ly/DrinkIncHungry  


Mionetto Brut Cocktails? You bet!


Nominated for “Best Web Series” by LA Weekly, Drink Inc. follows the eccentric adventures of two top L.A. mixologists: Steve Livigni and “Best YouTube Celebrity” nominee Daniel K. Nelson. As the owners of some of the city’s most renowned bars, Steve and Daniel create show-stopping cocktails inspired by the likes of seafood, bacon, soul food, and spicy Thai sure to impress even the most discerning palates. Whether breaking down an entire pig, hauling a 180-pound swordfish, going on a police ride along, or visiting unique restaurants – their one-a-kind concoctions never disappoint.


Beer Chicks   @thebeerchicks   Pork Sliders and The Bear Chicks Gin Fizz - http://bit.ly/BeerChicksHungry   

Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune – known as The Beer Chicks – seek to change the country’s perception of beer and want to celebrate its innate sophistication, complexity and flavor. They dive headfirst into the evolving world of brewskis, and quench viewers’ thirst with delicious cocktails like Secret Beer Sangria, Beer-most, Beer Chick’s Gin Fizz, and Ass Over Teakettle Quadruple Martini. They are the authors of “The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer” and cover everything from beer basics to the science of beer, food and beer pairings, home brewing, and more.


Casserole Queens  @CasseroleQueens   Mac n’ Cheese - http://bit.ly/CasseroleQueensHungry  


Casserole Queens serve up dished from their New York Times Bestselling cookbook!


Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollack – better known as the Casserole Queens – are best friends whose delicious cooking goes far beyond casseroles. Authors of The New York Times’ best-selling “The Casserole Queens Cookbook,” their stylish outfits and vintage dishes may be retro, but their recipes are modern twists on comforting classics – perfect for Sunday Suppers and easy entertaining, tiki party or burger bash anyone? Stop by their Austin kitchen for inventive comfort food, killer casseroles, spirited cocktails and even decadent desserts. A graduate of the prestigious French Culinary Institute, Sandy derived the Casserole Queens idea after many family holidays with full bellies of the signature dish. Crystal, a Southern Belle and former citizen of Corporate America, brings over 10 years of marketing experience not to mention generations of fine cooking.


Rosa & Rico’s Italian Food Truck - @RosaBellaCucina


Rosa's Bella Cucina: Food Truck Favorite!


Nothing is ever easy for Rosa Graziano and Alberico “Rico” Graziano. Roommates and co-workers, these siblings scream at each other and agree on almost nothing. The vivacious and outgoing cook Rosa Graziano and her aspiring actor brother Rico sell their traditional New Jersey Italian deli food on the sunny streets of Los Angeles from their customized food truck, Rosa’s Bella Cucina. Can meatball sandwiches, arancini, and prosciutto and mozzarella sandwiches make it in LA? Can Rosa and Rico? 


Barrymore Wine Pinot Grigio - @BarrymoreWines  


Wine provided by Barrymore


A pale straw color, this charming Pinot Grigio has hints of fresh apricot and lively citrus flavors. Drew Barrymore has created this wine in honor of her family. Her travels throughout Italy inspired her to create a Pinot Grigio that she enjoys with family and friends, and hopes that you will as well.


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - @TheCoffeeBean - www.coffeebean.com


In 1963 Herbert B. Hyman started The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. His dedication to finding and serving the best coffee and tea in the world made him the founding father of gourmet coffee in California.  Now, over 40 years later, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has grown into one of the largest privately-owned, family-run coffee and tea companies in the world. Along the way, The Bean, as it is affectionately known, has become the model for a successful coffee and tea company.


The Cotton Candy Girls - @cttncandygirls – www.CottonCandyGirls.com


The Cotton Candy Girls: a definite favorite!


Custom Colors, Mixed Flavors, or just your basic package with flare! Cotton Candy Girls offers an exciting twist on your favorite carnival treat. Available for private parties, birthdays, theme parties, premieres and red carpets, weddings, bar mitzvah's you name it! Having a christmas party and want red and green cotton candy? Or all white for a wedding or red carpet. We've got it all!


Chambord - @idrinkchambord - www.chambordonline.com  


Chambord Flavored Vodka? Mmmmmm!!


Poundcake topped with Sliced Fruit and Drizzled with Chambord, the world-renowned black raspberry liqueur.


Dassai Sake - @DassaiSake - www.asahishuzo.ne.jp/en/ 


Dassai sake is created using a careful combination of tradition and cutting edge technology. Our brewery is a medley of ancient tools and innovative equipment. We have come to use what works, and leave what does not, choosing what our experience dictates is best from both the old world and the new.  In short, Dassai sake is all about quality, and not quantity, both in how we brew it, as well as in how we hope you enjoy it.


Epicurean Events Los Angeles - epicureaneventslosangeles.com/


Epicurean Events Los Angeles and their Mashed Sweet Potato Bar!


Epicurean Events gourmet catering & full service event coordination offered a Mashed Sweet Potato Bar at DELISH, in addition to a wide range of custom menus to Los Angeles food lovers. Chef Joe Melillo prepares craveable, sophisticated creations from market fresh food for his clients' weddings, premier parties, corporate functions, events' large and small.


Jackie Sorkin, The Candy Queen - www.hollywoodcandygirls.com 


The Cotton Candy Girls: a definite favorite!


Jackie Sorkin is Hollywood's resident "Candy Girl" and CEO of The Hollywood Candy Girls INC. She is best known for her role as star of TLC's Sugary Show, Candy Queen!  Today, Jackie's quirky, creative, Willy Wonka-esque business have earned her fans from all around the globe who all have one thing in common... a love of all things S-U-G-A-R! Jackie's bubbly and super energetic personality drive her desire to create supremely sweet experiences for all kinds of events. These qualities, together with Jackie's respect for her clients privacy, have made her a popular event planning choice for celebrities as well as high profile corporations and private clients.


Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups - @JustinsNutButta - www.justinsnutbutter.com

Think of your favorite peanut butter cup.  Next, magnify that feeling by a gazillion – that’s ours.  Nuts? Yes.  Crazy?  No!  Just imagine what happens when I take the best tasting organic peanut butter in the world and delicately place it into the highest quality organic and fair-trade chocolate available.  Yup.  Peanut Butter Cup Perfection.


Little Black Dress Vodka Vodka School - www.lbdvodka.com  


Sponsors include Little Black Dress Vodka, always a favorite.


Little Black Dress Vodka is designed for women by women because no one understands your taste more than someone in the same shoes. Our distinct flavors can be dressed up or down to be the perfect fit for any occasion. Raise a glass and give us a taste of your flavor.


Mark and Stephen’s Gourmet Jams and Mustards -



Stephen Gatta and Mark Peterson's Gourmet Jams, Jellies and Mustards


Gone are the days of plain old orange marmalade to spread on toast in the morning. Today, jams, jellies, conserves and the like all have very upscale versions that can go on bread or bagels, but these also are designed for many other uses. Sold in gourmet stores, the newest line comes from Mark & Stephen's, Los Angeles.


Mionetto Prosecco - @LiveMionetto - www.mionettousa.com 

The Prosecco grape originated during Roman times and is one of the oldest grapes in Italian history. Its origin and name can be traced back to the town of Prosecco in Trieste. Prosecco grapes are transformed into sparkling wine using the Charmat method in which stainless steel tanks and yeast are utilized to produce a natural second fermentation. The process takes approximately 60 days depending on acidity, residual sugar and pressure. The Charmat method allows Prosecco to preserve its original flavors and perfumes longer. Prosecco is traditionally a dry wine with hints of apple and citrus.


Southern Comfort Holiday Punch - @southerncomfort - www.southerncomfort.com


Southern Comfort Holiday Punch


Southern Comfort is a unique blend of natural fruit, spice and whiskey flavors that together create a distinct taste. It's this combination that makes Southern Comfort great tasting on its own or mixed in your favorite drinks.


Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant - @TakamiSushi - www.takamisushi.com 


Sponsors include Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant


Famed for breathtaking high-rise city views enjoyed from every table and vantage point, Takami soars 21 stories above Downtown L.A. The restaurant offers award-winning selections of hand-crafted sushi and robata, as well as one of L.A.’s most comprehensive offerings of sake, wines boutique and cult, and a contemporary and inspired menu of cocktails and bar bites.


Williams Sonoma Pumpkin Cupcakes - @WilliamsSonoma - www.williams-sonoma.com 

As well as gourmet cupcake mix!


Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of home furnishings and gourmet cookware in the United States. They brands are among the best known and most-respected in the industry. They offer high-quality, stylish products for every room in the house: from the kitchen to the living room, bedroom, home office and even the hall closet.


Supporters purchased mementos at the Delish Store


"Feed Beeds," created by volunteer Angels, provide one full meal per purchase!


Project Angel Food is the only daily meal delivery program serving all of Los Angeles County, cooking and delivering 11,000 free meals every week; they have delivered more than 8 million meals since their inception in 1989. More than 688,000 meals were delivered in 2011 to 2,176 unduplicated clients, including 567 new intakes during the year.


Project Angel Food. For LIFE, for LOVE, for as long as it takes.

922 Vine Street, Los Angeles, California 90038 . projectangelfood.org


Published on Nov 27, 2012

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