Spend ‘Day at the Beach’ at Taste of Larchmont Aug. 26

| August 1, 2019 | 1 Comment

TASTE OF LARCHMONT in 2017 with Anne Loveland and Councilman David Ryu, plus Sue Carr at far left and Janet Loveland at right.

Take an evening stroll along the boulevard in Larchmont Village and enjoy sampling cuisine from more than 20 restaurants at HopeNet’s annual “Taste of Larchmont” fundraiser Mon., Aug. 26.

The event, themed “A Day at the Beach” this year, will also feature food, desserts and beverages at the pavilion area set up in the public parking lot at 209 N. Larchmont Blvd., between Burger Lounge and Bellacures. There will also be live music and a raffle for several prizes offered by local businesses.


Begun in 1993, the event started as the collaboration of residents and business owners in the neighborhood, including Larchmont Chronicle founders Jane Gilman and Dawne Goodwin, to help HopeNet’s food pantries.

The origin of the event was sparked by a need to deal with people asking for food and money along the boulevard, Gilman said.

The year 1993 was the Chronicle’s 30th anniversary, and Goodwin and Gilman wanted to mark the anniversary with a celebration.  Bruce Friedman, then chairman of the board at HopeNet, suggested setting up a “Taste of Larchmont,” with proceeds going to support the food pantries of the nonprofit.

HopeNet had begun in 1988 as a coalition of 12 local churches and a temple. The agency has since expanded  from Wilshire Center into other parts of Koreatown to Hollywood, Los Feliz and Silver Lake, and it provides groceries from 13 food pantries to “food insecure” people in all of those neighborhoods.

“Taste of Larchmont” proceeds go into the operating fund of Hope-Net, Inc. All 13 HopeNet food pantries operate rent-free and are run by volunteer staff; the executive director is the only administrative staff of the organization. The proceeds of the event go almost exclusively toward the direct purchase of grocery items for free distribution at the food pantries, which serve 300,000 people annually.

Tickets for the Aug. 26 event, at $50 each, are available through hopenetla.org or by calling 213-939-9949 or at the event.

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