Top chefs prepare gourmet feast for the Homeless – celebrity volunteers in the serving line for Thanksgiving meals at the L.A. Mission


 Volunteer celebrities join the Thanksgiving dinner serving line for the homeless. There are nearly 45,000 in Los Angeles alone. Photo by George McQuade III

Wednesday, November 25th Los Angeles Mission Event

WHAT:     Men, women and children in need gather at the Los Angeles Mission for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this Wednesday, November 25.

Wells Fargo Bank is the major financial sponsor of this event.

Practical help beyond the meal includes foot washing, new socks, blankets, and free tarps to help people on the street survive colder winter weather. There is also the opportunity for men and women to learn about the Mission’s long-term program to get off the streets.

Chef Michael Voltaggio leads a team of Los Angeles’ top chefs.  Joining him this year are Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish and BS Tanqueria), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes) and others.

WHEN:    Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (the day before Thanksgiving)

4:00 am to 10:00 am: Live trucks may park in Mission parking lot located at 316 Winston Street (immediately adjacent to the kitchen)

4:30 am – Food preparation begins in the Mission kitchen.  Chefs on site early morning to prepare their own recipes.

Reporters welcome to join in food preparation with LA Mission kitchen crew.

Early morning breakfast served to overnight guests.

Live shot opportunity – lots of food prep visuals

6:00 am – 5th Street is closed to traffic

8:00 am – Event tent set-up begins.

Breakfast sandwiches served to all guests lining up for the event.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Live trucks park on San Julian Street dead end at 5th Street.

11:00 am – Thanksgiving meal service begins on the street

3:00 pm – Event ends


WHERE: Los Angeles Mission, 303 E. 5th Street, Los Angeles (Skid Row) CA 90013.  The event is on 5th between Wall Street and San Pedro.

WHO:       Celebrities, political leaders and chefs (listed above) along with other notables will be there to support the Mission by serving the homeless.

Editors Note:

  • Excellent opportunities for live TV segments in the early morning hours and at midday.
  • Radio remotes also accommodated.
  • Numerous still photo ops: celebrities and politicians serving the homeless plus many other compelling picture possibilities. Call for early morning location arrangements.

Newport Beach, a breathtaking escape on Labor Day weekend or any holiday trip

Newport Beach

An estimated 100,000 people visit Newport Beach daily.

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Newport Beach

A big attraction at Newport Beach is the seal.

Newport Beach, which is nestled between Laguna Beach and Costa Mesa is a seaside city in Orange County, California.  Its population was 85,287 at the 2010 census and is fast approaching 100,000). Newport Beach is also home to Newport Harbor.  Balboa Island tucked up against Newport Harbor has a village atmosphere with cool shops, tons of fun and romantic views at night. There is even a late running (up to 10:00 p.m.) three car ferry that shuttles vehicles and tourists on foot across the harbor in less than five minutes. IMG_0342 - Copy

“The weather here is so warm and even,” said Princeton. “We get this kind of weather, in the 70’s year- round. It is home to surfers like me. When I have out-of-town visitors I describe Newport Beach as a total paradise with rugged trails, never ending waves and boutique restaurants to die for.”

Princeton offers to take tourists and visitors to the best Newport Beach hotspots and restaurants. If you love seafood, don’t forget to check into Bear Flag Fish Co. (Crystal Cove Promenade, 7972 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657) The clam chowder is so thick the clams nearly standup in a delicious bowl. The fish and chips are just one of the local’s favorite dish, too. The fish tacos are huge servings, especially the “Special Taco- Halibut”, which is a meal in itself. The Bear Flag was named #25 among the best 50 tacos in America by The Business Insider Magazine. Once inside the café you will notice a wall and display of fresh fish you can order to take home and cook yourself, or if love sushi, just checkout the sushi bar. It is owned by Thomas Carson, but goes by the name of “Thos” Carson.

Princeton guides people to some of the best kept secrets and highlights in this city that will be 110 years old in 2016. He loves Balboa Peninsula, a five mile-long tract of beaches from West Newport past Balboa Village, nicknamed “Home of the Fun Zone.” Other highlights include, Cannery Village/Lido Village a former fishing village with nice boutiques, galleries and great seafood cafes. Other favorites Princeton enjoys showing off are: Corona Del Mar, “Crown of the Sea, which lives up to its name; Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, an upscale area of shopping and stylish restaurants on one side of PCH and across street from the historical Crystal Cove State Park. There’s a pedestrian tunnel right under PCH to the park.

Resident tour guide, Buddy Princeton gives exclusive tours of his backyard, Newport Beach.

Resident tour guide, Buddy Princeton gives exclusive tours of his backyard, Newport Beach.

Another huge drawing card is Fashion Island, Newport Center, which has luxury boutiques, restaurants on gorgeous landscaped plazas, palm trees and eye-popping fountains. Other great spots to see include Mariner’s Mile, Westcliff, which is the nautical heart of Newport Beach bursting with brokers, waterfront eateries and boats for hire. And finally the Upper Newport Bay, which is the Back Bay and one of the largest coastal wetlands in SoCal offers 1,000+ acres of active land and water adventures.

According to published reports, The Newport Beach’s median family income and property values consistently place high in national rankings. The Daily Pilot, a newspaper published in the neighboring city of Costa Mesa but which serves the greater Newport-Mesa community, reported in 2010 that more than a quarter of households have an income greater than $200,000, and the median value for homes exceeds $1 million. After you spend time on the beach, you could spend many hours just touring neighborhoods of multimillion dollar homes. And in some neighborhoods, each house has a different look and designs with the neighborhoods surrounded by water. Princeton suggests that the best way to get your maximum holiday or vacation opportunities is to take the scenic Pacific Coast Highway to obtain a full day’s worth of shopping at the world-class Fashion Island or boutique-filled Balboa Blvd. You can also auto-ferry it to the old-fashion Marine Ave of Balboa Island. Every picture you take says Princeton is postcard perfect with images that pop right off the screen.