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Two fundraisers for food and wine lovers to help Japanese earthquake victims

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We’ve all watched the horrors of the Japan earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis. There are moments when we feel so helpless, but this weekend there are two easy and fun ways to support the people of Japan right here in L.A.

The lovely folks at Monopole Wine in Pasadena have worked wonders in the past few days to pull together generous donations of wine and food for a last minute Japanese Tsunami Fundraiser happening this Saturday night.

For a $50 recommended donation, lucky attendees will have the chance to sample magnum sized wines from renown California wineries such as Fess Parker, Schramsberg and Far Niente accompanied by great food donated by Pasadena restaurants.

Items for the silent auction and raffle have been donated by Au Bon Climat, Penfolds and Monopole’s neighbors, The Pasadena Playhouse. There is a $50 recommended donation, and all proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

If your tastes run more towards yummy baked goods you’ll want to check out the Bakesale for Japan, organized locally by L.A. food blogger Breanne Varela, and in conjunction with food bloggers across the country. Local food bloggers will be bringing their treats for lucky consumers to several eateries, including Angeli Café, Black Cat Bakery in the Fairfax District, and Akasha in Culver City, throughout the area. A bonus- 1,000 paper cranes will be folded at the bakesale locations.
For more locations and further details please visit: www.bitesofsugar.blogspot.com

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