I get to participate in some amazing experiences and events thanks to The JetSet Family, but every so often, one comes around leaving you with an unexplainable high days later. This is exactly how I felt after attending Eat Drink and Support benefitting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
I knew even before walking in that this afternoon was going to be special for me. Giving back to the community and helping those in need is a top priority in my life, and to combine that with my love of music and the culinary arts was the perfect mix on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon.
Big name chefs, celebs, and musicians have places to go, people to see, so watching them commit and dive right in to make this event a huge success showed how they are not just another face on TV, or frontman in front of 50,000 people. They cooked and prepped and even made time to mingle with every single guest who wanted the chance to chat with their favorite personalities.
By bringing together musicians and culinary masters for a casual, and extremely delicious Saturday afternoon was brilliant because of the mixture of guests it attracted. Many would never have known the need in our community to help feed the homeless is great. Did you know that one in seven people living in Los Angeles County struggles with food insecurity? I didn’t. And one in four may not know where their next meal is coming from.
Upon hearing those facts, suddenly, the celebs began to blend into the background, as you knew just by attending, the change was starting with you. Everyone was making a difference. Each ticket purchased gave the LA Food Bank the ability to provide FOUR HUNDRED meals to those in need. Let me repeat that: 1 ticket = 400 meals. No wonder the event sold out in minutes giving 500 lucky attendees the chance to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Here’s what else happened…
The line for Dave Grohl’s BBQ was around at least 400 people deep. He not only showed up 10 pm the night before with his Cadillac of grills to cook us up savory smoked meats straight through the night, but he also served the dishes to himself AND jumped up on stage with Chevy Metal and Foie Grock proving once again that he is the nicest and hardest working man in show business. But we already knew that from the 47,000 articles we’ve already written about him here on The JetSet Family.
The first 100 people to arrive ready to donate bags of food, received an official Back Beat BBQ tee which was a treat in itself.
Chefs Bruce Kalman and Tyler Anderson served pork meatball parm sandwiches and two pizza options: brussel sprout, guanciale, potato, and smoked mozzarella and Margherita from their new project Square Peg Pizza.
Everyone’s favorite, Chef Antonia Lofaso, prepared the most ridiculously delicious Collezione Rigatoni with braised pork, foraged mushrooms, and ricotta salata; while executive chef Nick Shipp (pictured below with Ben Ford,) took charge of the afternoon’s sides and greens including fire-roasted corn with avocado cilantro butter, cotija cheese, and smoked paprika and green bean and fennel ratatouille with pickled raisins. It was the kind of side you went back for seconds…thirds…fourths…you get the picture.
Chef Duff Goldman was a blast. He was serving up warm bread pudding a la mode with chocolate sauce.
But my favorite part? 10 C-CAP school-aged culinary students worked side-by-side with Dave Grohl, Antonia Lofaso, Bruce Kalman, Tyler Anderson, Nick Shipp and Duff Goldman, which made me so happy. Anytime kids are asked to be involved my heart just melts.
Then there was the entertainment which cannot be ignored. While I was jonesing for my Chevy Metal fix, the chef-led alt-rock band Foie Grock, including Bruce Kalman, Duff Goldman, Geof Manthorne and Brent Woods, were AWESOME. Prior to Saturday, I wasn’t familiar with this chef-supergroup, and they rocked. Before you knew it Dave Grohl snuck away from his BBQ duties and jumped up on stage for one of the best covers of “Fortunate Son,” I have ever witnessed.
Our longtime JetSetFam.com followers know we’ve been fans of Chevy Metal for years now. It’s always a treat when Taylor Hawkins steps away from the drum kit and takes center stage. Remember that time at The Roxy he broke into Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song?” That is not an easy tune to cover, and he was AMAZING. But like all Chevy shows, Knoxy and I on the car ride up were taking bets on the setlist, and while The Stones, Queen, and my personal favorite, “Jail Break” were on the money, they totally switched up the list making this one of the best Chevy shows I’ve attended.
But let’s rewind a bit shall we? Right before Chevy took the stage, I was walking back to grab some water when I was stopped dead in my tracks faced with the rock star I had hanging in my bedroom when I was in 5th grade. For all that’s good and holy, I was staring straight into the face of Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe. I can’t explain how much I love that band, his Heroin Diaries book, his photography, and their biography, The Dirt, which I’m on pins and needles to see this spring.
So while this is all swirling in my head a mile a minute, totally trying my best not to completely fangirl out because I’m working, we smiled for more than a second and I mentioned a mutual friend of ours that means the world to both of us. Friend doesn’t even come close to how important she is to us, she’s more like a surrogate mother. And that was the moment my 5th grade dreams came true. His entire face lit up and was so happy to hear her name that we took a selfie and sent it to Earline letting her know that her “two favorite Nikkis” were sending her much love in New Orleans from L.A. Then he told me he was actually performing with Chevy Metal and I ALMOST DIED from excitement so I politely excused myself or he would have seen my head explode, and that would have been mortifying
As I mentioned, Chevy is always a good time, but to see them play with Nikki “Looks That Kill,” and “Live Wire,” is something I will never forget. Ever. Oh, and did I mention, I MET NIKKI SIXX? So grateful that Knoxy was caught us chatting it up and snapped this photo because I still don’t believe it happened.
The day was pure magic and for this, thank you producers Paul Vitagliano, K.C. Mancebo of Clamorhouse, and Billy Harris for organizing this amazing event. I applaud the all of the sponsors involved (Wells Fargo,The Breville Cafe, Imperial Western Brewery, Brilla, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Arrowhead, fresh juice from Naked; mocktails created by Redbull; and organic frozen Good Pops and Krispy Kreme,) and the chefs and celebrities for donating their time and efforts to shine a big bright spotlight on what an amazing job the LA Food Bank is doing to make a difference.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed enough food for more than 1 billion meals since 1973 and is a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator. Eat, Drink and Support is the last event closing out the Food Bank’s 45th anniversary year.
And P.S. a very special thank you to the one and only Mr. DJ Lance Rock for always being such a kind gent. Our paths have crossed quite a few times over the years, and quite honestly, I adore him for being such a special part of my daughter’s life. You shined that kindness once again last Saturday, and I’m so grateful you are in our world.
For more information, visit lafoodbank.org.