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
By Erin Kuschner |
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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

"Papa Shrimp" poke from A-Frame at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 20
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Papa Shrimp poke from A-Frame at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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Pork posole with fried pig ears from Redbird at L.A. Loves Alex'
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Pork pozole with fried pig ears from Redbird at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Pizza from Urban Pie at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Sausage and baby kale pizza from Urban Pie at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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Olive oil poached albacore tuna toast from Love & Salt at L.A. L
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

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

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Braised chicken with oatmeal griddle cakes and fresh peach salsa
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

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

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

Rosé & Waffles from Salt & Straw at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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

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

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

Lamb bacon BLT from a.o.c. at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Nam Khao Tod from Night + Market at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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

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

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

Negroni from The Corner Door at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

Heirloom tomato slurpee with avocado cream from ink at L.A. Love
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Heirloom tomato slurpee with avocado cream from ink at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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Ray Garcia from Broken Spanish at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 201
Photograph: Erin Kuschner

Ray Garcia from Broken Spanish at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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

Tigelle with housemade lonza from Scarpetta at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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

Freddy Vargas from Scarpetta at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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

Scallops from The Hungry Cat at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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

El Silencio mezcal cocktail at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2015.

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