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The Saban Free Clinic’s 14th Annual Extravaganza

Chrystal Brandi EforS - The Duo Dishes If you missed last week’s teaser post, then maybe it comes as a surprise to you that The Saban Free Clinic hosted its 14th Annual Extravaganza for the Senses event again here in Los Angeles. The Sunset Gower Studios lot was the location for more than 40 Los Angeles restaurants and nearly 60 wineries and breweries to share their food and beverages with the crowd. Your golden ticket purchase included unlimited tastings of any and everything you could imagine with each and every dollar from the proceeds going towards the Clinic’s continuing efforts to provide health care to those who may not be able to afford it. It’s a very true and worthy cause. Amir was out of town, so I took my good friend Brandi along for the ride. Check out some of the photos of the amazing food and wine we had the opportunity to try.

VIP Access EforS - The Duo Dishes
Once we received our bracelets, it was time to get down to business.
25 Degrees Tuna EforS - The Duo Dishes
A crispy, crunchy and tender tuna burger from 25 Degrees. This may have been one of Brandi's top favorite nibbles of the evening.
Almond Butter Pad Thai Vegan EforS - The Duo Dishes
Experience Raw's spicy vegan version of Pad Thai. It's made with almond butter, gluten-free sea kelp noodles and tons of spices and herbs. Very spicy indeed!
Angelini Osteria Bolognese EforS - The Duo Dishes
A melt-in-your-mouth good lasagna bolognese from Angelini Osteria. This bolognese might make you slap somebody. It was that good! Definitely my favorite of the evening.
Canele Salmon EforS - The Duo Dishes
Fennel salmon on toast from Canele. It was great to see Chef Corina again after our one night cooking in her kitchen at Canele. That was an unforgettable experience!
EforS Crowd - The Duo Dishes
Watching the crowd from afar. Lots of mingling, eating, sipping and signing up for all of the amazing gifts featured in the silent auction of course.
Earlz Grille EforS - The Duo Dishes
Huge hot dogs from family-owned Earlez Grille. We got a dog (NY beef for me, turkey for Brandi) with everything on it, including NY style onions!
El Huarache Mole EforS - The Duo Dishes
El Huarache Azteca's famous mole rojo. There was also a mole verde. You can see it if you look closely.
Laetitia Wines EforS - The Duo Dishes
Sipping on the Estate Chardonnay from Laetitia Vineyard & Winery.
Upstairs2 Grilled Cheese EforS - The Duo Dishes
Upstairs2 Three Grilled Cheese with gouda, gruyere and goat cheese. The bibb lettuce salad had sunchokes, white mushrooms, fennel and a Spanish sherry vinaigrette.
Saban Free Clinic Auction - The Duo Dishes
Tables full of goods in the silent auction. There were so many donations up for the auction. The selection was unbelievable.
Balloons Overhead EforS - The Duo Dishes
Up, up and away! Balloons floating over the heads of the crowd.
Tito's Martini Bar Vanilla Mango EforS - The Duo Dishes
Tito's Martini Bar offered vanilla bean and mango cocktails. These babies were strong!
Simplethings Pumpkin Whoopie EforS - The Duo Dishes
Oooh, a mini pumpkin whoopie pie from Simplethings. They have delicious mini pies too! Try the new turtle pie with caramel, chocolate and a big pretzel stuck in the middle.
Rush Street Beef Sliders - The Duo Dishes
Rush Street dished out sliders on our favorite bread--King's Hawaiian buns!
Pizza Antica Guanciale EforS - The Duo Dishes
Pizza Antica pulled out the pork with guanciale (or pig cheeks) and pancetta over the sweetest corn we've had all year. That is no lie!
POM Wonderful EforS - The Duo Dishes
The lovely folks from POM Wonderful had a table set up to hand out juice and cocktails. They had the same black current and blueberry flavors offered at Bren Herrera and I's Blogging While Brown panel. So refreshing!
Francis Ford Coppola Sante - The Duo Dishes
It's the Francis Ford Coppola Votre Sante Pinot Noir and Chardonnay up for tasting.
Orecchiette Lamb Ragu EforS - The Duo Dishes
A delicious orecchiette with lamb ragu from Oliverio.
Vineyard Owners EforS - The Duo Dishes
Numerous vineyard owners inform tasters about their wines.
First Street Vegan Sushi EforS - The Duo Dishes
First Street Cuisine Catering's vegan sushi with brown rice, cucumber, carrots and shiitake mushrooms.
Momed Shawarma EforS - The Duo Dishes
Momed's Duck 'Shawarma' peppered with oven-dried tomatoes and served with tabbouleh.
Berries Cream EforS - The Duo Dishes
Sweet strawberries and cream trifles from Food for the People.

It was a pleasure to once again be invited to attend The Saban Free Clinic’s Extravaganza for the Senses. The work they do for the local Los Angeles community should be applauded, and hopefully this year’s event proved to be yet again a big push for their services. There should also be a big thanks for each vendor who contributed food, beverages and silent auction goods. The entire event was a true testament to community support for the greater good. Until next year!

To find out more about The Saban Free Clinic, please visit their website.

The Saban Free Clinic provided media passes for this event. The opinions expressed here are our own.


19 thoughts on “The Saban Free Clinic’s 14th Annual Extravaganza

  1. i love that you got to meet my fab POM friends! I wanna know!? How was that sushi?? So jelly you’re constantly surrounded by such wonderful eats!

  2. You west coast, big city folk make me ill with your extravagant gourmet food events! (just kidding but slightly green with envy)

    I am not sure which enthralled me more, the sliders or the pork cheek. That event was a wonderland. To quote Napoleon Dynamite, “LUCKY!”

  3. Wow. A win-win situation indeed. My eyes cannot seem to tear away from that orecchiette with lamb ragu. Love your style, fashionista! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Wow! Looks like it was a great event. I’m glad you didn’t take an up close pic of that braised pork cheek…I would’ve had to taken a bite outta my computer screen lol! Yum!

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