L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Returns Saturday, September 28

Michael Voltaggio - you want to eat my chicken oysters

ink’s Michael Voltaggio – you want to eat my chicken oysters

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, one of my favorite food festivals returns to LA, Saturday, September 28, The food festival will once again be held at the Culver Studios in Culver City from 12-4 p.m.

Proceeds benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which seeks cures and better treatment for kids with cancer.

Here are some highlights from last year. Quite a few of these chefs are returning. This year, I look forward to trying Pizzaria Bianco (his stand was mobbed last year), food (hopefully BBQ) from Adam Perry Lang and I’m making a beeline to the Beast (Portland) and Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink (Miami) booths.

ink.'s chicken oysters

ink.’s chicken oysters

I’m so sad ink’s Michael Voltaggio won’t be here this year as I enjoyed the chicken oysters last year but I see one of my favorite chefs, Ludo Lefebvre will be there serving food from Trois Mec.

fried chicken from Animal

fried chicken from Animal

Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook from Animal and Son of a Gun will be back. I wonder what they’ll do this year. Last year’s fried chicken was such a substantial and appreciated bite.

wine tasting

wine tasting

There’s also plenty to drink at LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade. There are wine tastings, craft beer and cocktails (and water!) so remember to hydrate. You’ll need it with all that food, too.


Craftsman Brewing Company

I think there should be beer floats this year!

Sotto's Steve and Zack

Sotto’s Steve and Zack


Sotto is always a sure bet for a great bite. I’m hoping for some of their fantastic pork.

Pressed Juicery

Pressed Juicery


Juicing has been a big trend lately. Last year I got to sample Pressed Juicery which I liked because it didn’t taste too sweet and artificial.

Spotted Pig

NYC’s Spotted Pig


Two years in a row, I have loved the offerings from Spotted Pig. One of these days, I’m going to the actual restaurant in New York City.

Hungry Cat

Hungry Cat


Hosted by the dynamic duo Chef Suzanne Goin and Carolyn Styne along with Chef David Lentz, their restaurants are the cornerstones of the festival. I love the raw bar from Hungry Cat. Last year I tried a little tequila with my sea urchin — yes, directly on top of the uni, and it was fantastic. I look forward to what treats AOC, Luques, Tavern and the new Larder at Maple Drive bring.

Alex’s Lemonade

  • 9/28, 12-4 p.m.
  • Culver Studios, Culver City

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Check out more of my pictures from the day on Flickr

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