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Sunset & Dine: A Tradition Continues

By Genie Davis

September 12, 2016

Held on the campus of The Center at Blessed Sacrament in the heart of Hollywood, the fifth annual Sunset & Dine event took place September 1st, featuring an abundance of area restaurants and bars. A silent auction, free attendee raffle tickets for a Mama Shelter gift card, and both DJs and live entertainment curated by Amoeba Music, completed the fun and festive night.

Amoeba Music at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Amoeba Music at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Center itself is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness and isolation in Hollywood, providing a safe and welcoming space for those who are homeless, and serving as a hub of leadership in fighting chronic homelessness. The Center also offers a variety of quality-of-life engagement programs such as art, poetry, recovery groups, and other holistic activities.

Along with supporting the Center, the event featured title sponsorship from Stop the Housing Ban, the Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods & Jobs, whose booth at the event provided information on voting against the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. The initiative is essentially a new housing ban whose passage could increase rents, cost jobs, and worsen homelessness issues.

The Coalition to Protect L.A. Jobs & Neighborhoods / Stop the Housing Ban at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Coalition to Protect L.A. Jobs & Neighborhoods / Stop the Housing Ban at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The importance of understanding this initiative and the Center’s worthy fund-raising goals aside, Sunset & Dine is a terrific night of food-driven entertainment. The range of restaurants and bars made the event a lot of fun, from sushi to cream puffs, from delicious craft cocktails to tastes of trendy new dining spots.

Food stand-outs included Dandy Don’s HomeMade Ice Cream complete with sundae-topping bar; the delicate yet spicy flavor in the thin sliced hamachi from new, sleek Paley. restaurant; mini-pies including the superlative Mexican chocolate from The Pie Hole, promoting their new Hollywood and Vine location; and vibrant, crisp salads from Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Wood & Vine, and Sweetgreen.

Dandy Don's Homemade Ice Cream at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Dandy Don’s Homemade Ice Cream at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Pie Hole at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Pie Hole at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Paley. at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Paley. at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

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Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Wood & Vine at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Wood & Vine at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Sweetgreen at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Sweetgreen at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Cleo at The Redbury served up some delicious mini Feta tarts, grape leaves, and hummus. The Melt offered a rich macaroni and cheese, as well as a salad featuring grilled cheese croutons. Not cheesy enough? Magnolia also served up a stellar mac n’ cheese, while Smoke’s Poutinerie offered a massive helping of their definitive dish: crispy fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.

Cleo at The Redbury at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Cleo at The Redbury at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Melt at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Melt at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Smoke's Poutinerie at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Smoke’s Poutinerie at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

There were well-known chain spots such as Dave & Busters, who dished up their mac n’ cheese take, and the Hollywood McDonald’s branch, providing samples of McCafe coffees and sliced apples; and there were food booths from local spots like ikabsa, whose Arab cuisine included a really terrific sweet rice, and 100% organic sourcing. Ciabatta Bar’s marinara sauce pasta and delicious breads were a great introduction to the spot, and Blue C’s sushi was a beautifully crafted mix of sweet – green tea flavored rice crisp, and spicy fresh fish. Blue C also provided a “Plate Stackers Club” card which rewards repeated dining visits with $10 off customer meals.

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The team from Blue C Sushi at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

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Ciabatta Bar at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

In the beverage area, The Well was extremely popular with their delicious on-draft Old Fashioneds; next door, Stolen Rum topped smoky tastes with whipped cream, and handed out mens and ladies T-shirts to attendees. Tinhorn Flats and 33 Taps offered tasty brews, with Devotion Vodka, Diablo Beverages, John & Pete’s Fine Wines and Spirits, and Evian also quenching thirsts.

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The Well / Vintage Bar Group served cocktails at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Stolen Rum at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Stolen Rum at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

LA Arts Online took photos of event participants, available for free download on their website; and Amoeba made the evening hum, first spinning records, and then hosting Gabriel Garzon- Montano live on stage. Another nice touch: a wheel spin for a $1 charitable donation, which provided prizes such as $5 off at Amoeba’s vast music store, canvas bags, and psychedelic turntable covers.

Exhibition booths such as property developments Eastown, The Camden, and Hollywood Proper Residences showed off sleek and attractive living space, while the Los Angeles Film School and Emerson College Los Angeles offered information about their educational programs. Blessed Sacrament School also had a booth, showcasing their Pre-K through 7th grade classes.

Eastown at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Eastown at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Emerson College Los Angeles at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Emerson College Los Angeles at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Los Angeles Film School at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Los Angeles Film School at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Hollywood Proper Residences at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Hollywood Proper Residences at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

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Blessed Sacrament School at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

At the Silent Auction, a strong mix of restaurant gift cards, Pantages Theatre tickets, and a hotel stay at Loews Hollywood netted eager bidders.

One of the most appealing aspects of the event – besides the great food and drink, music, and worthy cause – was the mix of attendees. From families to foodies, there was something for everyone to enjoy, and the low key vibe made this year’s Sunset & Dine a great spot to linger as the sun sunk behind a skyline dotted with palm trees and the neon marquis of Hollywood Boulevard’s El Capitan Theater.

The full list of food, drink, and exhibition vendors on hand include:

Blue C Sushi

Chocolate Bar

Ciabatta Bar

Cleo at the Redbury

Dandy Don’s HomeMade Ice Cream

Dave & Busters

Devotion Vodka

Diabolo Beverages

Evian Water

Fabiolus Cucina

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

ikabsa

John & Pete’s Fine Wine & Spirits

Kiki Made Kitchen

Magnolia Hollywood

McDonalds of Hollywood

The Melt

Noodle World Jr.

Paley.

The Pie Hole

Primo’s Donuts

Smoke’s Poutinerie

Stolen Rum

Sweetgreen

33 Taps

Tinhorn Flats

Urban Masala

The Well / Vintage Bar Group

Wood & Vine

Assemblymember Richard Bloom

Blessed Sacrament School

The Camden

The Center in Hollywood

Coalition to Protect L.A. Jobs & Neighborhoods/Stop the Housing Ban

Eastown

Emerson College Los Angeles

Hollywood Proper Residences

LAArtsOnline.com

The Los Angeles Film School

MarkyMakeup.com

Pantages Theatre

Hollywood Wilshire YMCA

Special thanks to all our sponsors! The title sponsor was  Stop the Housing Ban, the Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods & Jobs. Premiere sponsors included Hudson Pacific Properties and The Los Angeles Film School. Gold sponsors included The Camden, Emerson College Los Angeles, and Paramount Contractors & Developers. The event was also made possible in part by these community sponsors: Amoeba, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, LAArtsOnline.com, NthoNet Inc., Siren Studios.

DJ from Amoeba Music at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

DJ from Amoeba Music at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Fabiolus Cucina at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Fabiolus Cucina at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)


Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.

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