The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 13th annual Simply diVine, the premier food and wine event for LGBT people and their allies, will take place on Saturday, March 24, from 6–9 p.m. Held for the first time at Hollywood Forever—one of the world’s most fascinating landmarks best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth—guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s most popular restaurants, food trucks, wineries, distilleries, breweries, and more. All proceeds support the Center’s life-changing and life-saving programs and services.
“This year, with our new home at the iconic Hollywood Forever, Simply diVine is giving you more than ever before—more of L.A.’s premier food, wine, and spirits, more space, more fun,” said event co-chair Susan Feniger. “There’s never been a better time to show up and support the LGBT community. We need everyone in this fight as we keep working to build a world where all of us can thrive.”
Early-bird FOODIE tickets may be purchased now through Wednesday, February 28, for $100, which includes general admission entry to the main event from 6 to 9 p.m. After February 28, FOODIE tickets will increase to $150.
Those looking for a more intimate experience can get a one-hour exclusive early entry to the main event at 5 p.m. with a CLUP VIP Lounge ticket offering private bartenders from The Chapel at the Abbey; tastings of rare wines and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; entertainment by Rachel Sorsa Band; magic by Bill Bailey (from Magic Castle); celebrity chef experiences with Susan Feniger (Border Grill) and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill Restaurants & Truck); and more. Complimentary VIP parking included.
To date, some of the restaurant partners include Blue Window, Border Grill, Café D’Etoile, Connie & Ted’s, Craft, Crossroads, Hinoki & the Bird, Joan’s on Third, Kismet, Melody, Pot, Rao’s, Rossoblu, Shake Shack, Tavern, and The Village Idiot.
Wineries, craft beers, spirits, specialty coffees and juicers include Classic Wines, Common Cider Company, Equality Vodka, Health-Ade Kombucha, Henry Wine Group, Hollywood Hot, Jardesca, JFC International, Le Grand Courtage, Middlebar, Mosaic Wine Alliance, Mulholland Distilling, Nosotros Tequila, Planet Wine, Riboli Family Wines, Southern Wine & Spirits, and Treasury Wine Estates.
Sous Chef sponsors are Hollywood Forever and Wells Fargo; Sommelier sponsors are American Airlines, RideYellow, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Pastry Chef sponsors are Endemol Shine North America, Keller Williams Beverly Hills, and Sysco; In-kind sponsors are Aqua Panna, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water.
In addition to Feniger, Simply diVine will be helmed by returning co-chairs David Bailey (HGTV’s Selling L.A. and Keller Williams Beverly Hills)—who also serves on the Center’s Board of Directors—and Laurie Deddens, beverage steward at Pavilions West Hollywood. Jory Burton from Sotheby’s International Realty returns as this year’s Host Committee Chair.
Entertainment for CLUB VIP guests will be provided by Rachel Sorsa Band. Music and entertainment at the main event will be provided by DJ Young Wags.
For the latest news and updates about the event, follow @lalgbtcenter on Twitter and check simplydivinela.org for a complete list of participating tasting partners. Don’t forget to tag us @lalgbtcenter in your photos by using the hashtag #simplydivine.
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