In a year that's been all about Julia, the Planned Parenthood Food Fare also serves to remind us of other important aspects of Mrs. Child's legacy. Thursday, March 11th marks the 31st year of the event, which was inaugurated with a live Julia Child cooking demo in 1979.
Though it's been a long time since Julia was the main draw, there are plenty of other treats to attract Planned Parenthood Los Angeles supporters and food lovers. This year, there will be food from Anisette, Ammo, Blue Plate Oysterette, Clementine, Foundry on Melrose, Michael's, Drago, Gelato Bar, Pazzo, Pitfire Pizza, and the Goin/Styne restaurant trifecta, wines from Beckmen, Rosenthal from Malibu, Summerland, and Bonnie Doon Vineyard, plus a row of food trucks that will line up in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium parking lot. Given the mob scene at the recent Street Food Fest, PPLA's Food Fare is a much calmer (albeit expensive) way to sample from the trucks such as Border Grill, Grilled Cheese, and Kogi. Alain Giraud will be honored as Food Fare's Chef of the Year, James Perse has designed a limited edition t-shirt to support the occasion, and the fundraiser's silent auction and raffle are among the city's best.
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Food Fare tickets cost $125 in advance for the daytime session (10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) and $175 for the evening portion (6:30-9:30 p.m.), or $150 at the door for daytime, $200 for evening. Purchase tickets online or at (213) 284-3361. (Twitter: PPLAFOODFARE) Remember, Julia would be proud.