Eat Drink Give - Celebrity Chefs to Serve Up Gourmet Specialties to Raise Funds for At-Risk Children

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Food and wine enthusiasts won't want to miss Children's Bureau’s 3rd Annual Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting featuring tapas-style food, excellent wines and silent auction filled with must-have items featuring travel, jewels, sporting event tickets and more.

Tickets are on sale for Children’s Bureau’s 3rd Annual Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting to be held on Thursday, October 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the agency’s Magnolia Place Family Center located just west of downtown Los Angeles at 1910 Magnolia Avenue. The evening will include tapas-style food from an elite line-up of chefs, wines from the finest vineyards on the West Coast and silent auction filled with over 60 must-have items.

Celebrity Chefs on board include Mayet Cristobal (The Getty Center), Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière), Jim Dodge (Bon Appétit Management), Rochelle Huppin (Chefware, Inc.), Loretta Keller (COCO500), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Kristine Kidd (Former Food Editor of Bon Appétit Magazine), Tim McGrath and Phyllis Vaccarelli (Westlake Culinary Institute) and Jet Tila (The Charleston).

“I’ve always had a soft spot for children and admire the work Children’s Bureau does to connect struggling families to the tools they need for a better future, one where their children can thrive. This year's Celebrity Chefs and Wine Tasting event showcases some of the best chefs in the country including my dear friends, Traci Des Jardins and Loretta Keller. It's going to be an evening that food and wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss!” said Mary Sue Milliken.

Participating wineries include Anthill Farms Winery, Emmolo, Foxen, JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset, Pali Wine Co., Ramey Wine Cellars, Scholium Project, Ste. Chateau Michelle and Walter Hansel Winery. Stella Artois beer will also be served.

The event is expected to raise $300,000 for Children’s Bureau’s child abuse prevention programs. Tickets and information about the chefs, wineries and auction items are available online at http://www.all4kids.org/celebritychefs2012. Details about the evening are also being posted on Children’s Bureau’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Event Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor - Bon Appétit Management Co.; Platinum Sponsors - Breitburn Energy Partners and Lockton Insurance Brokers, Inc.; Gold Sponsors - AECOM, CBRE, City National Bank, Ernst & Young, Latham & Watkins, Paul Hastings, RT Specialty, Skadden, US Bank and Wells Fargo; Bronze - Gibson Dunn, Bain and Co., Korn/Ferry International, Mark C. Lemons Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation; Associate Sponsors - Shelli Herman & Associates, Nestlé, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP and Houlihan Lokey; Media Sponsors - Pasadena Magazine and The Sound 100.3 FM.

Since 1904, Children's Bureau (http://www.all4kids.org) has been a nonprofit leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. More than 28,000 children and families are helped each year throughout Southern California with services that include school readiness, parenting classes, family resource centers, support groups, mental health counseling, foster care and adoption. Children’s Bureau is the largest investor in child abuse prevention in the country and is developing a national model to transform an entire at-risk community through its Magnolia Community Initiative.

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