Lengthy Lunch: Some 400 attendees, including chefs Mario Batali, Tim Love (pictured), and Aarón Sánchez, gathered for a luncheon in New York City’s Hudson River Park to celebrate Hellmann’s 100th birthday. Batali served mayo-based dishes to guests at the 320-foot table, which was deemed the longest picnic table in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty.
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Say Cheese: December 2013

Abbe Lewis - December 2013

Lengthy Lunch
Some 400 attendees, including chefs Mario Batali, Tim Love (pictured), and Aarón Sánchez, gathered for a luncheon in New York City’s Hudson River Park to celebrate Hellmann’s 100th birthday. Batali served mayo-based dishes to guests at the 320-foot table, which was deemed the longest picnic table in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty.

Lemon-Aid Stand
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation rallied culinary and entertainment stars for the fourth annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, held at the Culver Studios Mansion in Culver City, California. Chefs from across the country flew in for the sold-out event, with more than 1,700 guests in attendance and over $530,000 raised for the nonprofit, which fights childhood cancer. Pictured: a not-so-crabby chef David Lentz of The Hungry Cat in Los Angeles, who dished up “fruits of the sea,” including a shot of uni and steamed rock crabs. Photo by Alex J. Berliner/ABImages.

Wine Country Celebration
More than $60,000 was raised at the third annual Bounty of the County, held at Sokol Blosser Winery in Dundee Hills, Oregon. The event, benefiting the Yamhill Enrichment Society, celebrated the rich food and agriculture in Yamhill County, with over 50 chefs, farmers, and winemakers participating. Pictured: Baird Family Farms’ Trevor Baird noshes on his farm’s peaches, flanked by Red Hills Market chefs Shiloh Ficek and Jody Kropf.

A Grand Reopening
In September, San Francisco’s iconic Fog City Diner reopened its doors as FOG CITY with a grand celebration that included live music, cocktails, and bites from chef/owner Bruce Hill’s new menu. Proceeds from the event went to Raphael House, which helps at-risk families achieve stable housing. Pictured, from left: Fog City Diner founder Bill Higgins with founding chef Cindy Pawlcyn, plus Tyler Florence, Cecilia Chang, and Bruce Hill. Photo by Drew Altizer.