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Cooking Up a Gourmet Food Event

February 09, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

The chairmen for Food Fare '86, the Los Angeles Planned Parenthood Guild's huge gourmet food event March 5 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, must be gaining tons. With panache and flamboyance, they've been darting here and there assembling 70 chefs, caterers, cooking teachers and retailers to participate in their cooking extravaganza, and, with those contacts, can one resist food?

Benefit co-chairs Mmes. Donald J. Alschuler and David Kelton are working with Mrs. Gordon S. Bodek, who is in charge of caterers, vendors and teachers. Mrs. Charles Speroni is liaison to the chefs. Mrs. John Cacavas is auction chairman.

This is the format: chefs from La Toque, Valentino's, Max Au Triangle, 385 North, India Restaurant, L'Orangerie, Trumps, Chaya Brasserie and others will demonstrate the techniques that establish their reputations. Guests will sample the fare. Food, cookware and gift items will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $35 for the morning event, which begins at 10:30, and $50 for the evening event. The latter begins at 6 p.m. and includes a mini-supper and Robert Abell's live auction, featuring a $1,000 shopping spree at Robinson's and round-trip tickets for two to Paris.

Planned Parenthood is eager for support; call (213) 223-4462 for tickets.

Mrs. Robert C. Rusack is guild president. The organization is the largest private provider of reproductive health service in Los Angeles County through its nine centers.

Philanthropists Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels not only will perform for the United Hostesses' Charities membership luncheon Feb. 19, but they're in the spotlight to be honored by the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center support group for their dedication to the community.

Louise Taper, president, and Bea Stern, special events chairman, and Ginny Clements are major movers in the event. Bonwit Teller will present the spring-inspired fashion show featuring young California designers.

Charities supports the medical center's Cardiac Catheterization Center, among other projects.

The 50th anniversary of the dedication of Town and Gown Foyer at USC is giving Town and Gown a prime reason for festivity.

With the theme "Catch a Shining Star!," they'll have Sylvia Fine Kaye, composer and lyricist (her melodies have graced Broadway, films, radio and television for the past 40 years), as their guest of honor. They'll also show David Hayes' fashions in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. More than 1,000 are expected, so this one's too big for Town and Gown facilities.

Town and Gown's Court of Recognition members--those who have helped to refurbish the campus facility over the years--also will be honored: Anna Bing Arnold, Charlotte S. Davidson, Lillian Fluor, Cecele Birnkrant Greenwood, Fern Heath, Elaine Stevely Hoffman, Katherine B. Loker, Eileen L. Norris, Virginia Ramo, Blanche S. Seaver, Nadine Watt and Marion Wilson.

Mrs. Conrad Solum Jr. and Mrs. William Thomson are co-chairmen; Mrs. George Griffith is fashion coordinator--all working with a team that includes Mrs. Jack Conley, president, and Mrs. William Cruse Jr.

The group, USC's oldest women's support group, has 900 members and has raised more than $4 million, including funds for a scholarship endowment, the Town and Gown building, a dormitory, and the newest, stained-glass windows provided by Mmes. Barbara Davis and Julie Kohl.

The highest honor bestowed annually by the Los Angeles Urban League--the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award--goes to Quincy Jones, composer, producer and lyricist, March 20 at the Century Plaza.

According to president John W. Mack, he will be given this "thank you" for his "magical music which has spanned four decades" and for his advancement of civil and human rights.

Vidal Sassoon is dinner chairman. Howard P. Allen, the 1985 recipient and the chairman of Southern California Edison, will present the award to Jones.

Proceeds from the dinner will provide financial support for the league. Seats are $250.

Delta Zeta Lamplighters 30th annual Flame Fantasy luncheon and couturier fashion show is scheduled for Feb. 22 in the Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire.

The sorority has supported the deaf as its national philanthropy since its founding in 1902. Proceeds will benefit the House Ear Institute of Los Angeles, as well as Gallaudet College in Washington.

Gunn Trigere of Beverly Hills presents the fashion.

Mmes. Delton M. Gates and Jimmy L. Miller are co-chairmen. Assisting are Mmes. Tom Dessel, Ruth Wilt, David Soros, Delton Gates, William Nitterhouse, James McKee, Arthur Brill and Joe H. Frye.

Dr. and Mrs. William House and Dr. Howard House will join special guests including Betty Bragg, national director of Delta Zeta, and Ruth Walsh, president of Lamplighters.

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