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LATEST Simply diVine new: 80+ of LA’s best restaurant and beverage partners joining us April 27!

Foodies Rejoice! More than 80 of L.A.’s Best Restaurant and Beverage Partners Serving It Up at Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Simply diVine on April 27

The Premier Food and Wine Event for LGBT People and Allies
Will Help Celebrate the Center’s 50th Anniversary

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2019— With 82 of L.A.’s most popular restaurants, wineries, spirit vendors, distilleries, and craft breweries participating, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 14th annual Simply diVine will be serving up at full capacity to guests on Saturday, April 27, from 6–9 p.m., at Hollywood Forever—the fascinating landmark best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth. All proceeds support the Center’s life-changing and life-saving programs and services.

“We couldn’t be more excited to showcase the best food, wine, beers, and spirits Los Angeles has to offer, especially when the Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary,” said event co-chair and celebrity chef Susan Feniger. “This year, we will be opening a new culinary arts training program at the Center’s new Anita May Rosenstein Campus, where LGBTQ youth can learn a truly marketable skill to help propel them to success in the professional world. In addition, the new kitchen will produce fresh meals for youth and senior residents as well as drop-in clients impacted by homelessness. Cheers to the Center—and to you—for building a world where LGBT people thrive! I want everyone to come out and support Simply diVine!”

To commemorate the Center’s intergenerational Anita May Rosenstein Campus, FOODIE general admission tickets may be purchased now through Saturday, April 27, for $125 (regularly priced at $150) with discount code CAMPUS19.

Those looking for a more intimate and exclusive experience can get a one-hour early entry to the main event at 5 p.m. with a CLUP VIP ticket, which includes private bartenders; tastings of rare wines and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; live music; celebrity chef experiences; and more. Complimentary drive-on VIP parking included.

This year’s restaurant and food partners include: BADMAASH; Bestia; The Black Cat; Border Grill; Bourbon Steak; Braise and Crumble Cafe; Burgerim; Cassells; Chef Michelle and Company; Connie & Ted’s; Crossroads Kitchen; CUT by Wolfgang Puck; Da Kikokiko; Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt; Gracias Madre; Gwen; hinoki and the bird restaurant; Hock+Hoof; Holbox; Huntington Dining; Ike’s Love & Sandwiches; Jaffa; JAR; Kismet; Kreation Organic; The Lobster; Lovely Eats; Lucques; Mrs. Fish; My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream; Nomad Ice Pops; Otium; PARKSBBQ; Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique; The Pie Hole; Pizzeria il Fico; Rao’s Hollywood; Röckenwagner Bakery; Rossoblu; Salazar; Salt’s Cure; Shannon Swindle; The Sycamore Kitchen; Tartine Bianco; and The Village Idiot.

This year’s beverage partners include: Ambros Banana Whiskey; Angel City Brewery; Angelisco Tequila; Blue Bottle Caffee; The Boisset Collection; Brown-Forman; Chareau; Classic Wines of California; Cutwater Spirits; Epic Wine & Spirits; Hop Valley Brewing; House Wine; Infinium Spirits; J. LOHR Vineyards & Wines; Jardesca California Aperitiva; Kikori Whiskey; Lagunitas Brewing Company; Le Grand Courtage; Middlebar; Mulholland Distilling; Obvious Wines; Planet Wine / Atlas Wine; PRP Wine International; Recover 180; Rutherford Wine Company; San Antonio Winery; Satori Brands; Scharffenberger Brut; Seedlip Drinks; Stella Rosa Wines; Stolen Spirits; Tequila Partida; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Turquoise Life; Winebow; Woller Brands, Inc.; and Zonin Prosecco.

Sous Chef
 sponsors are Hollywood Forever and Wells Fargo; Sommelier sponsors are Bank of America, Comcast NBCUniversal, David Bohnett Foundation, RideYellow, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Pastry Chef sponsors are Blue Bottle Coffee, EndemolShine North America, Gilead, and Keller Williams Beverly Hills; In-kind sponsors are Acqua Panna, Angel City Brewery, Jersey Mike’s, Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, and San Pellegrino. Media sponsors are Gayety, iHeart Media, and The Fight Magazine.

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, like Feniger, 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.

Music and entertainment at the main event will be provided by Emi Secrest and DJ SACCS.

For the latest news and updates about the event, follow @lalgbtcenter on social media and check simplydivinela.org for a complete list of participating food and tasting partners. Don’t forget to tag @lalgbtcenter in your photos by using the hashtag #simplydivine.

WHAT:          Simply diVine

The 14th annual tasting event benefiting the Los Angeles LGBT Center is a celebration of delicious food, wine, spirits, craft beers, and more! 

WHEN:          Saturday, April 27
5–6 p.m.:         CLUB VIP Early Entrance

                        6–9 p.m.:         FOODIE General Admission 

WHERE:       Hollywood Forever

                        6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

                        Los Angeles, CA 90038

TICKETS:     FOODIE General Admission:            $125 with discount code CAMPUS19

                        CLUB VIP:                                         $500

To purchase tickets, visit simplydivinela.org.

NOTE: All online ticket sales end on April 27 at 5 p.m. Tickets available at the door ($160 per general FOODIE ticket) on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.

All proceeds support the Center’s life-changing and life-saving programs and services.

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center’s nearly 700 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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