Two Hot Tamales – Queens of Food Fare

If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets for one of the most delicious food events of the year there’s still time.  The Food Fare will take place this coming Thursday – there’s a daytime session (10.30 – 2.00) and then the eventing session kicks of with a VIP event at 5.30 and for the rest of the rabble at 6.30. With over 150 of LA’s best restaurants there – not to mention the vino poured it’s such a great deal and for such a good cause.

The Food Fare began with a cooking demo by the late great Julia Child back in 1979 – oh how I wish I’d been here for that – I wonder what she cooked? This year two other star chefs are being honored – Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Border Grill and Street.

Last year the Border Grill truck was parked outside serving the most delicious corn tamales – they were so good and so memorable I jumped at the chance of including the recipe in my upcoming book Made in America. Little parcels of deliciousness.

I was lucky enough to photograph and interview these two formidable women this morning for Made In America – what struck me as we chatted was how much they give back. It’s hard enough making a living in the restaurant business these days and so it surprises me that people think it’s okay to ask our chefs to give all the time. And they do – be it time, food, gift cards, free drinks – there’s no such thing as a free lunch – or is there? Milliken and Feniger talked about how important it was to see where the money goes – both had visited Planned Parenthood downtown and were inspired by what they had seen – like with all things the more involved you get the better the experience.

Advance tickets for Food Fare are $150 for the daytime session (10:30 am to 2:00 pm) and $225 for the evening session (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm). Tickets are available online at or by calling (213) 284.3316 or can be purchased at the door for $175 for the daytime session and $250 for the evening session. And don’t forget to become a fan of the PPLA Food Fare fan page on Facebook.


  1. Great article, Lucy. I’ll be there helping my friend Susan The Baker, and can’t wait. What a great organization and cause.

  2. Lucy this event sounds wonderful. Wish I could attend. I met Mary Sue and Susan last year at an event at Ciudad. They are wonderful women on a great mission! xo

  3. little parcels of deliciousness – so profoundly written. I love these ladies and have loved them since the 80′s with CITY restaurant and of course, border grill. There is really no better tamale – anywhere. This sounds like a great event. I am going to follow on FB so I am first to buy tickets next year. Chomping at the bit for your book – can’t wait.

  4. I wish I could go. It should be a delicious time.

  5. I wish I were going – sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon!