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Joe Miller Receives Chef of the Year at 34th Annual Planned Parenthood Food Fare

Beloved Westside restauranteur Joe Miller has been pleasing the palettes of customers for over 20 years
Beloved Westside restauranteur Joe Miller has been pleasing the palettes of customers for over 20 years
John Blanchette

LA’s premiere culinary celebration offers a sampling of the region’s finest
restaurants, wineries, and gifts at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Thursday, March 7th, with over 100 of Los Angeles’ best restaurants, caterers, wineries, florists and entertainers in attendance. Joe Miller, whose restaurants have been feeding Westsiders for over 20 years is being honored as "Chef of the Year."

The Food Fare benefits Planned Parenthood and began 34 years ago, with a simple cooking demonstration from Julia Child in 1979. Over the last three decades it has grown to become the oldest and most celebrated culinary event in Los Angeles.

Food Fare is a unique opportunity for LA’s food-lovers, Planned Parenthood (PPLA) supporters and the general public to sample the finest food and drink that L.A. has to offer, all in one place.

Some of the participating restaurants this year include: Angelini Osteria, Church and State, Drago Centro, Hart and the Hunter, Maison Giraud, Milo and Olive, Salt’s Cure, Superba Snak Bar, Tar and Roses, and Joe’s Restaurant as well as some of the city’s most popular
Food Trucks, including The Border Grill Truck and The Grilled Cheese Truck.

Food Fare will also feature a raffle, an online and live auction with items ranging from dream vacations to Chicago and Telluride to unique entertainment experiences, plus much more.
For the fourth year, Food Fare is honoring one of its participating chefs as Planned Parenthood’s Chef of the Year. This year, PPLA is pleased to announce Joe Miller, chef and owner of Joe’s Restaurant and Bar Pixto, as PPLA’s Chef of the Year. “As a big supporter of Planned Parenthood over the years, it is truly an honor to be named as PPLA’s Chef of the Year! I am very touched to be part of this fantastic event for a cause that is close to my heart," said Chef Joe Miller.

In addition to gourmet treats and unique offerings at Food Fare, delicious libations participants like The Beer Chicks’ Beer Garden, Summerland Winery, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, and La Fenêtre Wines will be pouring their latest bottles, and Tequila Revolucion will be offering their smooth premium tequila. VeeV Açai Spirit will also be pouring as the exclusive VIP spirit and champagne sponsors.

Food Fare attendees will also find a lovely assortment of culinary gifts, home accessories, jewelry, handbags, cashmere wraps, throws, and pillows all for purchase, with proceeds going to PPLA.

In honor of Food Fare 2013, Velvet by Graham and Spencer has created a limited edition tee shirt that features a custom design utilizing the Planned Parenthood slogan, “Love Carefully,” and will be sold exclusively at the event.

“It’s an honor to be part of such an important cause as Planned Parenthood,” said Velvet designers, Jenny Graham and Toni Spencer. “We are thrilled to be back this year with our exclusive design for the PPLA Food Fare. We love and support Planned Parenthood and we are happy to be able to contribute to a such a wonderful event.”
We are also pleased to announce that Food Fare 2013 will be honoring longtime supporters of Planned Parenthood and Food Fare, Nicole and Allan Mutchnik, as "Advocates of the Year."

Nicole and Allan have supported PPLA across two decades, with Allan serving on the Board of Directors since 1998.

Advanced tickets for Food Fare are $150 for the daytime session (10:30 am to 2:00 pm) and $225 for the evening session (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm). Tickets are available for sale online at or by calling (213) 284-3200, extension 3700. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, the day of the event for $175 for the daytime session and $250 for the evening session. For additional information about the event and sponsorship
opportunities, please visit

Follow us on twitter at or become a fan of the PPLA fan page on Facebook. Food Fare is produced by the Planned Parenthood Guild, a group of nearly 200 women dedicated to providing financial and volunteer support for Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles (PPLA). Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ 19 health centers provide care to over 136,000 women, men, and teens each year. Over 93% of the care Planned Parenthood provides is preventative, including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, annual exams, and STD testing and treatment.


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