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Extravaganza For the Senses: Feasting for Philanthropy

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Last night Hollywood's Sunset Gower Studios were filled with guests indulging in some of the city's most beloved sips and bites all to benefit the good work of the Saban Free Clinic.

The annual Extravaganza for the Senses brought together people from all walks of life who purchased tickets to meet and mingle under the summery skies to enjoy the food and drink from several local chefs, restaurants, wineries, and more. In one section, a complimentary massage area was set up to help people relax--though to that purpose there were a staggering quantity of winemakers on hand, as well as sponsor spirit Absolut Vodka and Angel City Brewing, pouring glasses for the cause. A DJ played familiar tunes, and the mood was convivial as guests filtered through the lot of the historic studio.

But food was the raison d'etre at Extravaganza of the Senses, and it was easy to indulge with bites from all sorts of cuisines and specialties. Highlights included the refreshing Burmese Melon salad from Susan Feniger's Street, 25 Degrees' mini-bacon cheeseburger, Momed's Duck "don't call it a taco" taco, Reservoir's fried shrimp with jicama, and Angelini Osteria's Bolognese lasagna. Though the tastes were meat-heavy, many booths went with the savvy of salads for this hot summer night. Sweets lovers were well-tended to, thanks to the gorgeous chocolates from Valerie Confections, Dr. Bob's ice cream, Hansen's Cakes' mini-cupcakes, and MILK's assorted frozen treats.

LAist last checked out Extravaganza For the Senses in 2008; hope to see you there in 2011!