Over 2,000 Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) supporters and foodies gathered together at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on Thursday, March 2 for PPLA Food Fare, one of LA’s best and oldest annual culinary fundraisers. Celebrating its 38th consecutive year, PPLA Food Fare delighted adventuresome attendees with an exceptional variety of food and drink from some of Southern California’s best restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and libation purveyors.
PPLA Food Fare’s VIP sponsor reception included remarks from President and CEO, Sue Dunlap; Annie Miler, Food Fare’s Chef of the Year; and Pam Beeks and Kathy Katz, PPLA Guild Co-Presidents. VIP sponsor guests enjoyed exclusive food and drinks, including ham biscuits, deviled eggs and shrimp ceviche from Chef of the Year Annie Miler of Clementine, paired with specialty cocktails from VIP
Libations Sponsor Greenbar Craft Distillery and VIP Wine Sponsor Four Brix Winery. Past Honorees include: Bravo TV’s Top Chef Season 14 Winner Brooke Williamson, Nick Roberts, Suzanne Goin, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Joseph Miller, Alain Giraud, Jenny Rush and Celestino Drago.
At the main event, a record number of enthusiastic PPLA supporters explored the offerings on display throughout the Barker Hangar, sampling gourmet food and libations in a spirited and festive atmosphere. In between eating and drinking, attendees shopped at retail vendor booths and placed bids on various raffle and auction items, including sought-after wines, one-of-a-kind prizes and luxury travel experiences.
PPLA Food Fare is PPLA’s largest annual fundraiser, and with threats of defunding looming from Washington, the event attracted more attendees and sponsors than ever before. Just days before the event, PPLA Food Fare sold out of tickets and had raised over $1M according to preliminary figures, which for PPLA, is the highest amount the event has ever raised. Of that total, over $700,000 was raised in sponsorships alone, setting a new record. PPLA Food Fare is hoping to continue this upward trend in the years to come. As always, funds generated at PPLA Food Fare benefit the health care and education services that PPLA provides at their 19 health centers throughout LA County.