Our best photos from L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade

The annual food festival raised more than $1 million for childhood cancer research as chefs from across the country served their best bites

On a sweaty, humid afternoon this past weekend, celebrities and chefs (and some who occupy both categories) mingled among Angelenos at UCLA's Royce Hall for the annual L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade, a food festival dedicated to raising funds to combat childhood cancer. This year's event was hosted by chef Suzanne Goin, wine director Caroline Styne and chef David Lentz, and raised more than $1 million. Everyone from Lena Dunham to Colin Hanks sampled bites both sweet and savory: Avocado tartare from Ludo Lefebvre's Trois Mec, falafel-battered onion rings from Susan Feniger's Mud Hen Tavern, pork pozole and fried pig ears from Redbird, ricotta cheesecake ice cream from Tyler Malek's Salt & Straw. A brief intermission during the afternoon saw a spirited auction take place, with a real battle occuring over the last item: a Women's Dinner featuring five talented female chefs, Goin among them. Three donors vied for the winning bid, ending with Goin taking the stage to announce that she would award all three of them—at $50,000 each—the multi-course dinner. Now that's girl power.

We tasted our way through the festival, sipped on drinks from Beau du Bois and Craftsman Brewing and gawked shamelessly at attending celebs. Check out our best photos from the day—and read more about this impactful event here.

L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Papa Shrimp poke from A-Frame at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Lamb ribs tikki masala from The London West Hollywood at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Pork pozole with fried pig ears from Redbird at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Sausage and baby kale pizza from Urban Pie at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Erin Kuschner
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Michael Cimarusti from Providence and Connie & Ted's at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Olive oil poached albacore tuna toast from Love & Salt at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Braised chicken with oatmeal griddle cakes and fresh peach salsa from Salt's Cure at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Rosé & Waffles from Salt & Straw at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Erin Kuschner
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Tyler Malek from Salt & Straw at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Lamb bacon BLT from a.o.c. at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Nam Khao Tod from Night + Market at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Erin Kuschner
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Kris Yenbamroong from Night + Market at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Negroni from The Corner Door at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Heirloom tomato slurpee with avocado cream from ink at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Erin Kuschner
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Ray Garcia from Broken Spanish at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Tigelle with housemade lonza from Scarpetta at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Erin Kuschner
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Freddy Vargas from Scarpetta at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Scallops from The Hungry Cat at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Erin Kuschner
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El Silencio mezcal cocktail at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Photograph: Erin Kuschner
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David Lefevre from Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing with Dynamite and The Arthur J at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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