The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 12th annual Simply diVine, the premier food and wine event for LGBT people and their allies, will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 6–9 p.m. Held directly across the street from the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s most popular restaurants, food trucks, wineries, distilleries, breweries, juicers, and coffee roasters. All proceeds support the Center’s programs, including life-changing services for LGBT youth, seniors, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Those looking for a more intimate experience can get exclusive early access at 5 p.m. with a Club VIP Lounge ticket offering private bartenders from The Chapel at The Abbey; tastings of rare, high-end wines and Tito’s Handmade Vodka specialty cocktails; celebrity chef experiences by Susan Feniger (Border Grill, The Blue Window), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill Restaurants & Truck), Kajsa Alger (the Blue Window), and J. Scot Jones (Crossroads); music by the Denise Fraser Trio; and magic by Bill Bailey. Complimentary valet parking included.
“For more than a decade, Simply diVine has combined two of my passions—food and charity. Mix in some great company spent in the beautiful outdoors, and you have one amazing experience,” said Feniger. “My fellow chefs—Suzanne Goin, Suzanne Tracht, and Mary Sue Milliken, just to name a few—are selflessly sharing their culinary talents for a wonderful cause. With more than 50 restaurants, wineries, and beverage partners participating this year, we are going to raise a tremendous amount of money so that we can continue to build a better world for LGBT people—one person at a time.”
Restaurant partners include Ayara Thai Cuisine, The Black Cat, Blue Window Dumpling and Noodle House with Bon Appetit, Border Grill, Chef Draden, Coolhaus, Connie and Ted’s, Craft, Crossroads, da Kikokiko, Duff’s Cakemix, Farmboy Kitchen, Gracias Madre, Jar, Madcapra/Kismet, Milo+Olive, Pizzeria Il Fico, POT, RAO’S Hollywood, Salt & Straw, Sotto, Tavern, Terrine, and The Village Idiot.
Wineries, craft beers, spirits, specialty coffees and juicers include Amazebowls, Angel City Brewery, The Assembly, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Classic Wines, Health-Ade Kombucha, Humm Kombucha, Hollywood Hot Sauce, Intelligentsia Coffee, Jardesca California Aperitiva, JFC International, J. Lohr Vineyeards & Wines, Kikori Whiskey, Mighty Swell, Mosaic Wine Alliance, Mulholland Distilling, Pochteca Liqueurs, Popdup, Sapporo USA, SelvaRey Rum, Selective Origins, Verve Coffee Roasters, and Young’s Market Company,
Sous Chef Sponsor is Wells Fargo; Sommelier Sponsors are American Airlines, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and H&R Block; Pastry Chef Sponsors are Bon Appétit Management Company, Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills, Sysco, and Yellow Cab; Official VIP Vodka Sponsor is Tito’s Handmade Vodka; and In-Kind Sponsors are Acqua Panna, All-Clad, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Chopin Vodka, Gem & Bolt, Jenn-Air, and Panda Express.
Simply diVine will be helmed by returning co-chairs, celebrity chef Susan Feniger (Border Grill, The Blue Window), David Bailey (HGTV’s Selling L.A. and Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)—both of whom serve 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.
Entertainment at the Club VIP Lounge will be provided by Denise Fraser Trio. Music and entertainment at the main event will be provided by DJ Asha.
For the latest news and updates about the event, follow @lalgbtcenter on Twitter and check simplydivinela.org for a complete list of participating tasting partners. Don’t forget to tag us in your photos by using #simplydivine @lalgbtcenter.
The 12th annual tasting event benefiting the Los Angeles LGBT Center is a celebration of delicious food, wine, spirits, craft beers, juices, and specialty coffees.
Saturday, March 25
5 – 6 p.m.: Club VIP
6 – 9 p.m.: General Admission
Los Angeles LGBT Center
1116 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(Enter event at N. Las Palmas Ave. gate)
General Foodie Ticket: $125
Club VIP Tickets: $500
To purchase tickets, visit simplydivinela.org.
All proceeds support the Center’s programs, including life-changing services for LGBT youth, seniors, and people living with HIV/AIDS.