Last week I stepped into Playa restaurant for a tasting of an exciting event that AltaMed is hosting later this month. They are putting on an all out gala “East LA Meets Napa” at Union Station (800 N Alameda St in Los Angeles) Friday, July 20th from 6p.m. to 9p.m. Bringing together the richness of Mexican food and success of Latino-owned restaurants and vineyards in California. The ticket will allow you to sample some amazing dishes and taste all the squashed grapes from Northern California. The preview proved to be very delish with samples from Chef Rocio Camacho from Rocio’s Moles de Los Dioses, Chef Hugo Molina from Seta Dine: Lounge, Chef John Rivera-Sedlar from Rivera Restaurant and Playa Restaurant, and wines from Black Coyote, Alex Sotelo Cellars, and Gustavo Thrace. This was just a sneak preview and it was just enough to wet my palate and leave me begging for more. Wild horses couldn’t keep me from attending East LA Meets Napa this year after the gorgeous food I had. This is NOT an event you’ll want to miss either. Plus you’ll feel great knowing all proceeds from East LA Meets Napa will benefit AltaMed Health Services.
AltaMed has also teamed up with author Sergio C. Muñoz, Jr. for a release of their new book “In Their Own Words II” where local Latino chefs and restaurant owners share inspiring stories along with traditional recipes. On Thursday, July 19th from 6p.m. to 9 p.m. a fun book release party will be had in honor of the new publication. El Cholo Restaurant in Pasadena will host this unique event. The event will include a brief program featuring readings and remarks from the owners of El Cholo and the writer, Sergio C. Muñoz, Jr. of Intelatin along with AltaMed. Expect lots of food, wine and music. Grab your tickets while you can.
To buy tickets for either or both events visit: www.eastlameetsnapa.com
Here are a few pictures from the preview sampling:
Let me end by saying I am so proud of AltaMed for providing many underserved communities with quality care for the past 40 years. This organization continues to prosper and grow bringing more people/families the health care they need.