This Sunday October 23rd, start starving yourself, to get ready for the third annual ‘Inside Out Community Arts’ Taste of Abbot Kinney The full name, just like the event, is quite a mouthful. Abbot Kinney is well known for its incredible restaurants. Taste of Abbot Kinney is a charity driven event, which offers the public a chance to sample dishes from the most exquisite restaurants for just one price, all for a good cause.
If you missed the first two, here’s a brief update. Cecilia Najar, a former food writer started the event three years ago as a fundraiser for Inside Out Community Arts. She always loved what this organization stood for and how it helped out so many kids. Now Inside Out Community Arts produces the event itself. After the event production costs, all proceeds go to Inside Out Community Arts.
Inside Out Community Arts is a wonderful organization that helps kids. After school arts programs and support are offered. Middle school and high school teens have a place to call home. It’s a great organization.
Last year’s event, there was a miscalculation of how much food was needed, only to leave many hungry and upset ticket holders. However, the organizers did make it up the following week to everyone that paid.
This year’s Taste of Abbot Kinney has worked out the kinks. They have brought in the big guns to run the show. The fearless leader and 2011 event chair is Joe Miller, chef and owner of Joe’s restaurant and Bar Pintxo. Adam Gertler is the event reception host, from the Food Network.
Also new this year, is the new VIP reception with chef demos, a raffle, VIP gift bag, and early passed tastes from 3:00-4:30 p.m. which will run $100.00. Then starting a bit later from 4:30-6:30 p.m., one can save a bit of money and pay $60.00 for a “Tasting Tour of Abbot Kinney.”
The event will include a DJ, live music, exclusive tastes, cocktails and demonstrations from some of the street’s Executive Chefs including Joe Miller and Yoshi Shima.
This year’s silent auction will feature hotel packages at Hotel Erwin, Hotel Wilshire, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. A recent addition is a prestigious collection of original artworks by twentieth century masters, Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Miro, Renoir, Dali, and more donated by the Andrew Weiss Gallery. All guests are also invited to participate in the Opportunity Drawing which will feature special items from Abbot Kinney merchants, tickets to LACMA’s “California Design” exhibit, and packages at local restaurants including James Beach, Gjelina and Terranea Resort.
Participating restaurants include: Gjelina, Hal’s Restaurant & Bar, Joe’s Restaurant, Lilly’s French Café & Bar, Shima Sushi, Primitivo, Casa Linda, Lemonade and more.
Taste of Abbot Kinney’s event venue is 901 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, courtesy of Continuum. This venue was formerly the legendary design studio for Charles & Ray Eames.
So treat yourself, and enjoy a delicious and tasty Sunday while helping out a great cause. See their website for full details and to buy tickets. http://www.insideoutca.org/ For more info and a free listing of art and entertainment events, see http://www.ktrpromo.com/