It seems that spring has brought with it an abundance of good food and good causes. Beyond the many restaurants and eateries that have jumped at the chance to provide Japan with support in the wake of the current disaster, there are many providing other charities with support, as well.
Food truck fest: On Saturday, 15 gourmet food trucks will gather in North Hollywood for a street festival to support the community. In addition to the food, there will be 40 vendors and live entertainment, including extreme martial arts and the Millennium dance group. A portion of the proceeds will go to MuttmatchLA, an organization that finds homes for abandoned and unwanted dogs.
Breadbar: Breadbar is currently supporting UNICEF's Tap Project to provide safe, clean water to children around the world. The restaurant is encouraging diners to donate $1 or more for the usual complimentary tap water served at the restaurant. Then, for each dollar paid, the restaurant will match it, all proceeds going to the project. 8718 West 3rd St., Los Angeles; (310) 205-0124.
Westfield Century City Mall, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 277-3770.
Get your wine on: The Capital Grille has released a limited-production Napa Cabernet Sauvignon for its second annual Artist Series Wine Event. With each purchase, the restaurant will donate $25 of it to the national charity Share Our Strength in support of its mission to end childhood hunger in America. 8614 W. Beverly Blvd., Suite 157, Los Angeles; (310) 358-0650. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa; (714) 432-1140.
La Brea Bakery: Along with Foundation Rwanda, La Brea Bakery will present the first annual Food & Fotos LA on April 7 at 6 p.m. The event will feature award-winning photography and cuisine from some of the city's top chefs, with proceeds used to help sponsor education for 1,500 Rwandan children. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
SLS Hotel: This will be the spot of Austria Uncorked, an event featuring hundreds of Austrian wines paired with cuisine from José Andrés of The Bazaar and dessert by Wolfgang Puck. There will also be a VIP hour just before the event, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, a local education program that provides nutritious meals to home-bound seniors and other residents in need across Los Angeles. It's not until May 2, but purchase tickets now.
-- Emma Wartzman