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Experience the Sweet Life: Savor Los Angeles is July 30th

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Cupcakes from Frosted (Julie Wolfson/LAist)

Cupcakes from Frosted (Julie Wolfson/LAist)
For its inaugural event, Savor Los Angeles will offer guests a sweet escape for a very good cause. Presented by Parallel Lines, the dessert-centric food event will bring together like-minded businesses who focus on using fresh and organic ingredients, alternatives to sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup, provide vegan options, and, well, that are just simply delicious.In a luxurious environment set up at Miauhaus Studios on the Miracle Mile guests can nibble on treats from local bakeries and purveyors, including Babycakes NYC, Frosted Cupcakery, Gotta Have S’more, N’ice Cream, p.o.p. candy co., Plaisir, Popcakes, Pure Cheesecakes, Sweets For The Soul, The Crosby, XT Patisserie, and more. Plus, of course, treats go down better with beverages, like coffee from Intelligentsia, champagne, and paired cocktails.

Savor Los Angeles benefits CoachArt, a non-profit group focused on giving children with serious health issues the chance to learn and practice arts and sports with volunteer coaches.

We reached out to the organizers of Savor Los Angeles to learn more about the genesis of the event and the beneficiary organization.

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LAist: This is the 1st ever Savor event--what was the inspiration for creating a dessert- based food fundraiser?
Savor Los Angeles: We started talking about forming a group called Parallel Lines years ago. Though we didnʼt necessarily intend to launch with a dessert-based food event, we knew we wanted to create a platform for adventures and bring people together. One thing we found we all really really enjoy is food so planning started for a food-focused concept, and what better way to start than with dessert!

We began approaching individuals and organizations we were interested in showcasing because we feel they are doing important, exciting work. Our focus centered on those that share our similar ideas in creative-based endeavors: good presentation, fun, in addition to a commitment to things that are good for us (i.e. quality ingredients) & our environment (i.e. organic and sustainable practices).

We also wanted to create a space for people to discover things that may be of interest to them, but may have in some way or another have yet to experience.


A treat from BabyCakes NYC (Photo by current events via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
How do think our relationship with food is changing as we become more aware of the politics and health risks of certain ingredients?
We feel, in Los Angeles in particular, given the knowledge at our fingertips and available resources weʼve become a diverse group of eaters and with many food requirements/ preferences from vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, celiac, diabetic, the list goes on. It seems that there are more and more chefs becoming aware of this and catering to these needs, and in many cases birthing projects because they themselves are affected by these dietary restrictions/choices.

Weʼre thrilled that there are great options that cater to these groups without sacrificing taste. For example, BabyCakes NYC, one of our partners for this event offers all-natural and organic ingredient alternatives for their delicious cupcakes and treats. Another one of our partners, NʼiceCream, makes organic gelato and sorbet fresh daily.

With CoachArt as beneficiary, the event seems focused on working to make children's lives better. How can we help our kids make better food choices?
CoachArt is involved based on our interest in fostering creativity. This ties in to our event in that if we choose alternatives to conventional offerings and get creative in the foods we make perhaps our children will follow. Weʼre by no means saints ourselves, but to answer your question: to be a good example for our kids in the choices we make and continue to support organizations that make it easy (and yummy!) to make good food choices.

Tell me more about CoachArt and why they were selected as the beneficiary?
CoachArt is an amazing program and encourages one-on-one interaction between volunteers (a.k.a. coaches) and children with life-threatening illnesses. There are in-hospital creative workshops and/or volunteers can “coach” a young person by providing weekly lessons to them in the arts or athletics (cooking included!).

There are other great organizations that help children such as The Pablove Foundation, but we selected CoachArt because weʼve volunteered with them personally and plan on continuing in the cause with them. Weʼd also like to bring awareness to the program since there are many young people out there who truly need “coaches” and access to activities was so influential in our own upbringing. Not to mention, volunteering with CoachArt is an extremely rewarding feeling!

Support the vision of Savor Los Angeles and the good work of CoachArt, all while enjoying sweets and sips on Friday July 30th from 7-10 p.m. at Miauhaus Studios. Tickets are $35 General Admission and $55 VIP, and are available online. 21+ only.