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  • pinitbutton So Crowded, It Was Hard to Walk
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Savore Catering team: Daniel Elkins, Richard Lauther, Michael Morisette with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

On Saturday, July 9th, over 4,000 people partied on the backlot of Paramount Studios in Los Angeles at the 37th annual Block Party of the Concern Foundation. The event was so successful that it was packed like the Paris métro at 6 p.m. A record was broken with the amount of money raised that evening with the ticket sales, plus the live and silent auctions: a million and half dollars. Among the lots sold was dinner with me while I review a restaurant!

Because of the crowds, I couldn’t get to most of the 80 restaurants that participated, along with pastry shops, wineries, and bars. To see some of the participants, look at the photos in the gallery below. One of the most memorable displays was put on by Savore Catering, which cooked more than 1,000 eggs for 58 minutes in a 147-degree-Fahrenheit water bath to prepare their “farm egg on baked heirloom beans with béarnaise” to the hungry hordes.

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  • pinitbutton Food, Fun & Fighting Cancer
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Farshid Hakim, owner of La Provence Pâtisserie & Café with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

The winning dish at Concern Foundation’s 36th Annual Block Party, held on July 10 at the Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, was the sweet corn agnolotti by Savore Catering. But honestly, I could not try every single one served on that fun night. Out of the 63 restaurants and refreshment stations, an increase of six from last year, I only had time and room to try ten. My apologies to the rest.

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  • pinitbutton We Invent the Future
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James Hausberg (Board Member Concern), Frank Mottek, Governor Gray Davis; Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


This is what the 37th Governor of California, Gray Davis, said last night at the first Speaker Series event at the Carroll & Co store on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills. The “we” he was referring to is the Golden State.



 The Speaker Series, hosted by Frank Mottek from the KNX AM1070 Business Hour, benefits the CONCERN Foundation for Cancer Research. Over the past 42 years, the foundation has raised over 42 million dollars to finance research to fight this deadly disease. Derek Alpert, the foundation’s president, was happy to report that 95 cents of every dollar collected actually goes back out. The highlight of the financing campaign is the Block Party held every year at the Paramount Studios back lot on Melrose, where more than 70 restaurants and wineries come together to showcase the best of what they have to offer. Derek’s goal this year is to raise about $2 million at the fundraiser, which will take place July 10.


Note: Carroll & Co., the elegant menswear store, will donate 10% of each sale when shoppers mention the CONCERN Foundation through Sunday. And Porta Via, the restaurant across the street that provided hors d’oeuvres and wine for the Series, will be giving 20%.



  • pinitbutton So Important for All of Us
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Concern Foundation 35th Annual Block Party at Paramount Studios

By Sophie Gayot


For its 35th annual block party, held Saturday, July 11, at the Paramount Studios backlot, the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research chose to add the number 2 to its logo to stress the fact that cancer is now a concern for the children and grandchildren of the founders of the foundation, which has been active for 41 years.


President Derek Alpert announced that $1.3 million dollars had been raised during the sold-out event, where over 3,000 participants were able to taste the food and desserts of over 40 local restaurants; to name just a few: Charlie’s, Chaya Brasserie, Il Cielo, La Cachette Bistro, Huckleberry Café & Bakery, La Provence Pâtisserie, Vibrato Grill.


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