Dine on Larchmont Blvd. this Monday, August 26, at the 28th Annual Taste of Larchmont and celebrate the end of summer at one of the Boulevard’s signature events, which also benefits our neediest neighbors. This year, organizers expect about 500 people to attend the evening’s “Day at the Beach”-themed festivities, which include tastings from more than 20 local eateries, music, a silent auction and a raffle.
Proceeds from the event benefit Hope-Net, a non-profit that operates 13 faith-based food pantries in the metro Los Angeles area. The Taste of Larchmont provides about 25 precent of HopeNet’s annual budget, which is critical for the small non-profit’s ability to continue to serve the community.
Since its founding in 1988, Hope-Net’s food pantries have served moer than 3 million people and continue to have a positive impact in our community. Last year, Hope-Net provided free, nutritious food and vital resources to more than 200,000 individuals and families. Most of Hope-Net clients are not homeless, but live on a low or fixed income and must make the agonizing choice between paying rent or putting food on their tables.
“Our pantries seek to not only provide sustenance, but also as much healthy and nutritious food as possible,” Levi Webb, Hope-Net’s Executive Director, told the Buzz. “My job is to raise funds so that our local food pantries have extra dollars to offer fresh produce and culturally appropriate foods so it’s not just a box of macaroni and cheese or canned beans. Our pantries are operated by volunteers who contribute countless hours and treat each client with dignity and respect.”
Webb, who joined HopeNet last year, is coordinating his second Taste of Larchmont and said he’s been able to grow the organization’s budget to support more pantries. As of today, Webb said they’ve sold 120 tickets, but he hopes to sell twice that number before the event on Monday evening. (According to Webb, many people just purchase their tickets on Larchmont on event night, since it’s such a good deal and supports a great cause.)
The $50 tickets allows guests to stroll up and down the Boulevard while enjoying food and drinks prepared by more than 20 of the Larchmont area’s most prominent eateries, including:
Erin McKenna’s Bakery
Fancifull Fine Foods
Jeni’s Ice Cream
La Brea Bakery
Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese
Le Pain Quotidien
Le Petit Greek
Salt and Straw
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