Sweet shoes; Anaheim White House cooking; free seeds
Shoes and cakes: High heels from Jessica Alba and comedian Richard Lewis (yes, really) will be auctioned off and cakes from such bakeries as Sweet Lady Jane's, Huckleberry, Clementine and Big Man Bakes will be sold at the second Sugar & Stilettoes Bake Sale for Charity May 19 to benefit the West Side Food Bank and St. Joseph Center's Food Pantry. Last year's event raised more than $7,000 and drew more than 200 visitors.
Cooking for kids: More than two dozen chefs and other food personalities will be gathering at the Anaheim White House April 26 to benefit Orange County's motel kids -- children of transient parents who live in the area's rundown motels. The event is organized by White House owner Bruno Serrato, who was named one of 10 heroes of the year last year by CNN for his work helping the kids. Tickets are $250 and include passed appetizers by such chefs as Anahita Naderi, formerly of Mélisse, and Christophe Happilon of the Oyster Gourmet, followed by a five-course meal cooked by Anaheim White House executive chef Eddie Mezza; Jean Pierre Dubray, formerly of the Ritz Carlton San Francisco; Pascal Olhats of Pascal Restaurant; Pierre Sauvaget, Michel Blanchet of the Small Smoked Seafood Co.; and Maurice Brazier, chef of the White House's catering division. For more information, call (714) 722-1381.
Garden starter: The nonprofit Urban Farming is going to give away 7,000 plants and 500 seed envelopes to 700 people May 10 at the Hollywood Home Depot (5600 Sunset Blvd.; at the corner of Sunset and North St. Andrews Place) to kick off their "Urban Farming 100 Million families and Friends Campaign." Each person who receives free plants and seeds will register their garden and become a part of the Urban Farming Global Food Chain. Urban Farming is a Michigan-based group that has helped create gardens in a variety of unusual locations.
-- Russ Parsons
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