6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles
Celebrating its 15th delectable year, the premier food and wine event in Los Angeles for LGBT people and their allies known as Simply diVine takes over the iconic Hollywood Forever on Saturday, April 18, from 6–9 p.m. Guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s best food, wines, craft beers, cocktails, juices, specialty coffees, and much more at the fascinating landmark best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth. All proceeds support the Center’s vital programs and services. Guests looking for a more intimate experience can enjoy a one-hour exclusive early entry to the main event at 5 p.m. with a CLUP VIP ticket which includes access to the CLUB VIP Lounge all evening with private bartenders; exclusive acoustic live music; tastings of rare wines; celebrity chef experiences; and more. Complimentary drive-on VIP parking included. To date, some of the restaurant partners include Bourbon Steak; Crossroads Kitchen; Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt; Friends and Family; My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream; Nomad Ice Pops; Rao’s Hollywood; Red Bird; Salazar; Salt’s Cure; and Valerie’s Confections. Current beverage partners include Austin Cocktails, J. LOHR Vineyards and Wines; Kikori Whiskey; MiddleBar; Obvious Wines; Rekorderlig Cider; Wooler Brands, Inc.; and Zonin Prosecco.
Sous Chef sponsor is Hollywood Forever; Sommelier sponsors are idobi Network, RideYellow, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Pastry Chef sponsor is Keller Williams. Media sponsor is The Fight Magazine. In addition to Susan Feniger and David Bailey (HGTV’s Selling L.A. and Keller Williams Beverly Hills), Simply diVine will be helmed by Amy Gordon Yanow—all 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 Host Committee Chair. Music and entertainment at the main event will be provided by The Brandon Brown Collective and DJ Asha. NOTE: All online ticket sales end on April 18 at 5 p.m. Tickets available at the door ($170 per FOODIE general ticket) on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out. Also, 5 – 6 p.m.: CLUB VIP Early Entrance. 6 – 9 p.m.: FOODIE General Admission. FOODIE General Tickets: $125 through February and $150 beginning February 15. CLUB VIP Tickets: $500 through April 18.