This year, I was fortunate enough to attend the 2014 Plate By Plate tasting and fundraiser in Los Angeles, California.
Plate By Plate is part of an organization called Project by Project (PbP), a national volunteer organization. PbP works with a partner community organization to customize each campaign according to their needs. 100% of proceeds raised are given to the partner organization, resume-writing workshops, tutorials for immigrant children, and parent-child activities to enhance community connectedness. Every year, PbP selects a theme and a local partner to build a relationship with. As Yulree Chun, President of PBP - LA, said: it is a two-way street of education, development, and growth.
This year’s theme was mental health, and the local organization chosen was Pacific Asian Counseling Services.
PACS’ mission is to “enrich the lives of children and families through counseling and caring”. They also provide culturally sensitive and language specific services with expertise in the immigrant Asian Pacific Islander populations.
The event took place at the Petersen Automobile Museum, a dream come true for a car nut like myself. I was fixated on the Mustang exhibit (drooooool).
It was great seeing community staples like The Park’s Finest serving up delicious(ly large) portions of their signature cornbread and coconut beef!
If it weren’t for Cafe Dulce's delicious donut holes and cappuccinos, I think I would have slipped into a food coma before the event officially started.
Um, there was a bar. Made of ice. ICE!
Attendees were given a voting ticket and encouraged to vote for their favorite dish and drink of the night. Congratulations to Scratch Bar (they did individually crafted four course tastings) and Harlowe (a delicious dragonfruit daiquiri) for winning by landslides!
It was a beautiful night….
…with beautiful people. It was nice seeing old and new friends again, and an unforgettable welcome back to LA for me. It was a fantastic evening for a fantastic cause, shoutout and thank you to PBP for making it happen!