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And the Winner Is….

Posted by Austios on August 5, 2011

Thank you to all who participated in my Plate by Plate 2011 ticket giveaway contest! It was quite competitive, but I’m proud to announce that the winner of the contest is Tammy Tu!!

Tammy is a personal chef in the Los Angeles area and you can follow her on Twitter here. Tammy and I have mildly gotten to know each other on Twitter, so its nice to see the tickets go to someone I know. Not that giving them to some other stranger who won fair and square would’ve been worse, I’m just saying. =P

I will be emailing the grand prize winner, as well as the 1st prize winners. If you did not win anything, I still highly encourage you to come support our efforts in helping AYC achieve their goals for 2011 and buy purchasing tickets for the event. If you cannot attend but would still like to donate, please visit for more information on that.

Thank you again to all who participated and I hope to see you all This Saturday at Vibiana Cathedral!!


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Plate by Plate 2011 Ticket Giveaway Contest!!!

Posted by Austios on August 2, 2011

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I would like to make an announcement. As many of you know, I am heavily involved with Project by Project, a 501(c) non-profit organization who’s mission is to partner with a fellow non-profit who is looking to create more awareness for themselves among their community. We accomplish this through aiding in their programs, helping to market and advertise their mission, as well as fundraise on their behalf.

I am proud, with 2011’s theme being “Education”, that our partner is AYC Youth and Family Services in San Gabriel. They provide social services to their local community through educational programs, after school programs, and recreation.

Project by Project’s marquee event, Plate by Plate, for 8 years, been one of Los Angeles’ most popular tasting events. All of our net proceeds from the event go directly to our partner. Our committee has been working tirelessly for the past 7+ months organizing a fantastic event for the general public, our friends and family can enjoy, but we all still have to remember that ultimately, it’s to benefit our partner as we support them in their cause.

This year, on August 6, from 7-10 PM, Plate by Plate will be held at the gorgeous Vibiana Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles. We have pushed the envelope and will have nearly 40 restaurants and dessert purveyors, and over 15 beverage vendors, including Jar, Picca, Church & State Bistro, M Street Kitchen, Charlie Palmer, Fraiche Culver City, Plush Puffs, Guelaguetza, Starry Kitchen, Haven Gastropub, Gorbals LA, XT Patisserie, Maximiliano, Raphael, and many many more!! We also will have Julian Cox from Sotto pouring his signature cocktails and Chef Walter Manzke cooking up some tasty bites at our VIP reception.

With that said, with the event just a few days away, I am announcing that like Kevin_Eats, I will be giving away two (2) general admissions (unlike Kevin who is giving away VIP tickets) for the event this Saturday. The contest will run through this Thursday evening. I will be announcing the winners Friday morning at 8 AM. The grand prize will be the 2 tickets, which includes admission to the event, which of course is open food and open bar, as well as free priority access to our afterparty at Exchange LA. I will also have five 1st prizes (no limit), which will be an exlusive $25 discount code on the regular ticket price admission to the event.

To enter, please enter the following 5 trivia questions about some of our participants. Please send your answers by 11:59 PM PST to with “PbP 2011 Ticket Giveaway” in the subject line for your chance to win! Please consult of our list of participants for possible answers. The first person to answer all of the following questions (or as many as possible) correctly will receive the grand prize, with the following 5 individuals receiving the 1st prize.

1. The chef/owner of this participant was just named Food & Wine’s best new Chef for 2011.
2. This participant is among a list of great chefs who were formerly the Executive Chef at the now shuttered Bastide as well as Patina.
3. This participating restaurant is located right next door to the owner’s other restaurant.
4. This participant holds an annual tasting benefit in Healdsburg, CA, with proceeds going towards Share Our Strength, and organization focused on fighting and ending childhood hunger.
5. This participant’s owner also has a restaurant in Venice, CA that has been there for 20 years.
6. This participant’s chef/owner was a past contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.
7. This West Coast beverage participant isn’t even based in California.

Please keep in mind the answer must be in restaurant’s name as it appears on the list of participants.

Good luck! Once again, submit your entries to by 11:59 PM Thursday 8/4. Winners will be announced Friday 8/5 at 8 AM.

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