Assembling Around the Pool for Charity

Actor David Arquette with Sophie Gayot
Actor David Arquette with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

We can all thank actor David Arquette for welcoming us to his beautiful Beverly Hills house for the 2013 Vintage Hollywood 12th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Event.

Some Los Angeles chefs offered delicious tasting bites like the scallop ceviche by littlefork, an array of grilled cheese sandwiches by chef Eric Greenspan, tuna tartare tacos by soon-to-open Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica, and burgers by probably the best burger chain The Counter. Let’s not forget the oysters by Christophe Happillon‘s The Oyster Gourmet, and the savory finale of cheeses from the celebrated Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.


While Andrea Fiuczynski, President of Christie’s Los Angeles, conducted the live auction over the gorgeous circular swimming pool, I sampled a few sweet endings: pastry chef Karen Hatfield‘s strawberry shortcake parfait and raspberry sorbet by Florentino Ice Cream. The beginning of the evening was conducted by “Wheel of Fortune” announcer and KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO afternoon drive host Jim Thornton, who was the emcee.


The happy guests got to try wines from some two-dozen vintners including Clos Pepe, Hitching Post, La Fenêtre and Terra Valentine. Many bottles were poured…


The Vintage Hollywood foundation was formed to raise funds to support charitable organizations, both large and small, that work to promote the health and well-being of Southern California’s diverse community. Since 2002, the Vintage Hollywood event has raised more than $1,000,000 to benefit organizations including United Friends of Children. The 12th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Event held this year benefited OPCC. Founded in 1963, it is the largest and most comprehensive provider of housing and services on the Westside of Los Angeles to low-income and homeless youth, adults and families, battered women and their children, at-risk youth and people living with mental illness. OPCC serves more than 8,000 people annually, empowering them to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient.


You can click on each photo to enlarge. Photos © Sophie Gayot

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