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2nd Annual Waves of Grain at Shade Hotel, June 30

Waves of Grain

Over 40 Craft Brewers at Waves of Grain

It is that time of year again, beer festivals are upon us and the fine crafted brews are flowing. June 30, Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA is hosting their 2nd Annual Waves of Grain Beer Fest; this time benefiting the Richstone Family Center in Hawthorne, CA. The Richstone Family Center is an organization dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse. Child abuse is a rampant epidemic in this country and the children need all the help they can get. As my daughter works for DCFS this is something that means a lot to me, so I had to get involved in supporting them.

I was at the first Waves of Grain Beerfest last year and it was a blast. Last year they had 25 breweries represented; this year it will be more than 40 American craft brewers representing. The list includes Anchor Brewing, Beachwood, Ballast Point, Cosmic Ales, El Segundo Brewing, Monkish, Strand Brewing, Smog City, Stone, Dogfish Head and a host of others. If you enjoy craft beer you are going to really enjoy this. If being able to enjoy great craft beers and help a worthy cause at the same time is not incentive enough; they are also having a barbecue with a whole roasted pig. I have not steered you wrong yet, this is going to be a very fun event; you do not want to miss it. Continue reading

Sativa’s Graduation Party

These photos are from Sativa’s graduation party which was held Saturday. From what I could see, Sativa has a very large extended family and a lot of friends that all wanted to congratulate her as she prepares to go to school back east in Boston. As I was leaving, her mother mentioned how many times they had large family gatherings and no one takes any photos that are seen by more than a couple people. I am sure she is going to cherish these for a very long time.

In addition to taking the photos, I am able to host them for you as well; of course, you get a copy of the originals without any watermarks. If you ever want to memorialize any event, I am there to help. Continue reading

Photos from Taste of the Nation LA

These photos are from Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Los Angeles which was held Sunday at Media Park in Culver City, CA. Taste of the Nation, put on by No Kid Hungry, featured some of Los Angeles’ top chefs with more than 50 food options with everything from tacos and hamburgers to shrimp and tasty little desserts. To tell you the truth, there was far more food available than I could itemize. Judging by the lines and aromas emanating from the various booths, it was all pretty good. I was able to try a few samples, each of them quite well done. In addition to the various foods there were beer samples poured by some of my favorite local craft breweries, lots of wine options and even some specialty mixed cocktails. This was one of those events that it would be a good idea to have a designated driver.

Taste of the Nation has been fighting childhood hunger for 25 years by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. In addition, through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. In addition to ticket sales, a burger competition between top chefs along with live and silent auctions helped raise funds to support local recipients including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, St. Joseph’s Center, California Association of Food Banks, and California Food Policy Advocates. It was a beautiful Southern California afternoon with several hundred attendees all having a good time supporting a good cause. You can learn more about Taste of the Nation and Share Our Strength at NoKidHungry.org Continue reading

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