Los Angeles – The American Cancer Society put on the 30th California Spirit fundraiser at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City on Sunday evening. Festivities began with an exciting evening that included samplings from the best chefs, wineries, and mixologists in Los Angeles, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and a raffle for a 2015 Ford Fusion Energi from the Southern California Ford Dealers.
The much-awaited evening featured food from Los Angeles’ quintessential bistro Bouchon Beverly Hills with chef/ proprietor Thomas Keller in attendance, hand crafted cocktails created by renowned mixologist Julian Cox, and the opportunity to sample from the kitchens of the newest additions Catch & Release, Redbird, and ICDC. Together with Barrel & Ashes, chi SPACCA, Lemonade, Knuckle & Claw, Picca, Tavern, A Sweet Savory, and wine and spirits from Malibu Vineyards, Mystic Hills Vineyard, The Wine House, Greenbar Distillery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and LVP Sangria the event provided guests with a taste of the city’s finest offerings.
California Spirit 30 was hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito. The New York Times bestselling author of Cook Your Butt Off!, DiSpirito appears as the Healthy Food Coach on ABC’s hit series Extreme Weight Loss and is the founder of an innovative food delivery service (www.roccodispirito.com). In addition, the honorary co-chairs at this year’s event were Sherry Lansing, Phil Rosenthal, and Bill Chait. This year’s Diamond Sponsors were Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer and Mel Keefer, with Sherry Lansing serving as this year’s Platinum Sponsor.
For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With the generous support from millions of people, the American Cancer Society has been able to translate their research findings into action and by doing so, has seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s. The California Spirit 30 fundraiser aims to raise funds to continue to support incredible research that leads to finding a cure for cancer over a spectacular evening filled with fantastic food, wine, and spirits from Los Angeles’ renowned chefs, top mixologists and premiere California vintners.