LA Loves Alex's Lemonade
Volunteers hand out lemonade in a nod to the festival's origins.
Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, of Border Grill
Sweet corn esquite with heirloom tomato salsa and cilantro pesto on a butter-grilled telera crouton.
Suzanne Goin and Christina Olufson, of A.O.C., Lucques, and Tavern
To the left, Spanish fried chicken with romesco aioli. On the right, a panna cotta with melon, roasted figs, and balsamic.
Charcoal grilled Indian spiced Leg of Lamb with chutneys, pickles, yogurt and naan by Michael Schwartz (Miami).
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
Heirloom Tomato Fattoush with yogurt and pomegranate seeds by April Bloomfield (New York).
Donald Link, of Peche
Louisiana crab pasta with fresh chili and mint.
Eric Alperin, of Varnish
Rum shot ice luge and a lemon-infused Black Grouse Whisky punch.
Ludo Lefebvre, of Trois Mec
Barbecue carrot with orange segments, avocado, a dollop of yogurt, and watercress flowers.
Nancy Oakes and Dana Younkin, of Boulevard and Prospect
Charred Zabuton beef and red yuzu kosho.
Matt Molina, of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza
Roasted Carrots with ceci and cumin vinaigrette.
The Kid Zone
Kid-friendly bites, like Rita’s Italian ice and Pinks Hot Dogs, are set up alongside coloring books by Tom’s Shoes and gardening projects led by Edible Gardens LA.
Zach Pollack and Steve Samson, of Sotto
Warm bean salad with fried artichokes, crispy lamb, and fiore sardo.
Sneaking into Pizzeria Bianco
Evan Kleiman sneaks a feel (and sniff) of Chris Bianco's dough and Scott Tremonti of The Urban Oven lends a hand making pizzas while Chris takes a break.
Chris Bianco, of Pizzeria Bianco
The Pizzeria Bianco booth commanded the longest line for the entire event. Chris Bianco pumped out his revered Rosa pizza until supply (but not demand) ran dry.
Brian Huston and Donald Madia, of The Publican / One Off Hospitality
Publican Country Rib with watermelon, cherry tomato and green coriander.
Christiaan Rollich, of A.O.C., Lucques, and Tavern
The Pinkerton, with Bols Genever, lime, black strap molasses, apple, angostura bitters, and North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.
Naomi Pomeroy, of Beast
Beef with chanterelle mushrooms demi-glace cream on brioche.
Adam Perry Lang, of Daisy May's BBQ
Certified Angus Beef BBQ with pickles, onions and toast.
Pressed Juicery and Caffe Luxxe
The caffeine was provided by Caffe Luxxe with their 48-hour steeped Iced Coffee, Hot Hand Pour-Over Coffee and Apricot Zest ice tea. Just across the way, Pressed Juicery offered sips of there blends like the Citrus 2 with apple, lemon, pineapple and mint.
John Sundstorm, of Lark
Charred Hamachi with half-dried cherry tomatoes, toasted garlic dashi vinaigrette and pickled cucumbers.
Neal Fraser, of The Strand House
Fluke Crudo with pickled fruits and vegetables and horseradish snow.
Jonathan Waxman, of Barbuto
Gnocchi with seasonal vegetables, which turned out to be corn and tangerine-colored cherry tomatoes.
There is always plenty of wine to be poured at LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade. The Celadon Grenache Blanc from Garber & Co and Block Seven 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from Elizabeth Spencer Wines were two of my favorites.
David LeFevre, of Manhattan Beach Post and Fishing with Dynamite
Vietnamese Carmel Pork Jowl with green papaya salad.
David Lentz, of The Hungry Cat
"Fruits of the Sea," including the ever-popular Uni Shot and steamed Maryland rock crabs.
Michael Tusk, of Quince
Porchette Della Casa with pepperonata and wild fennel foccacia.
Jenn Louis, of Lincoln Restaurant, Sunshine Tavern, and Culinary Artistry
Oregon Dungeness crab fritter with tomatoes and cucumbers.
Anthony Keene, of Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood
Merguez sausage with harissa-pickled vegetables and Kennebec potato chips.
Michael Cimarusti and Sam Baxter, of Connie & Ted’s
Fried Pacific Oyster sandwich with coleslaw and spicy mayonnaise.
Maria Hines, of Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, and Tilth
Vegetable crostini caponata with fresh mozzarella. This dish was so popular, they were out of caponata by the time I photographed it!
Matthew Accarino, of SPQR
Chilled Corn Panna Cotta with smoked mushroom and black truffle.
Tim Staehling and Eamon Kelly, of The Hungry Cat
These guys were mixing up Tito’s Vodka and Alex’s Lemonade Concentrate.
Giada De Laurentiis
Crispy stuffed shell stuffed with turkey sausage and ricotta and Eton Mess Cups filled with mascarpone and strawberries.
The event ended with a series of desserts, like this cornbread strawberry shortcake by Zoe Nathan (left). Not to be missed were the delectable assortment by Vosges Haut-Chocolate (right), a with beer and ice tea pairing. The Naga Truffle, with India curry powder and coconut, was a standout bite.
Charm City Cakes West and Hedy Goldsmith
There were gorgeous cakes by Duff Goldman (left) and delicious lemon cream zeppole (right) and South Philly lemon ice pops by Hedy Goldsmith.