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The perfect way to end summer is with bare feet in the sand, eating tasty food, drinking good wine and all for a good cause. That is what An Evening on the Beach is and that is why it is the Please The Palate pick of the week. I look forward to An Evening on the Beach every year. I put the date on my calendar and wait in anticipation. This year, I had a last minute trip up to Mendocino for an event that was set to end at 4pm. I booked the 5:20pm flight out of Santa Rosa and left the event a little early to make my flight. I landed at 6:50pm, hopped in my car and headed straight to the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica. I arrived at 8:00pm, two hours after the event started but nothing would stop me from attending.
I have never been a big sports fan so I have never had a loyalty to a team. Sure, as a child, I was a big fan of the Dodgers, specifically Steve Garvey, and slept in my number 6 t-shirt every night. But when I went to college at UC Santa Barbara, we voted off our football team my freshman year in lieu of raising tuition. Then, when I returned to Los Angeles after college, we lost the LA Rams. Since 1994, Los Angeles did not have a national football team and I really did not care. But this year, the LA Rams returned to Los Angeles and there is something special about that. A city like Los Angeles should have a football team and it is nice to have the team return that I grew up with. With their first season underway, most of the players came out recently for the Inaugural Taste of the NFL – Los Angeles Rams event at the Globe Theater at Universal Studios Hollywood. taste-of-the-nfl-los-angeles-rams-events-2016-42 Taste of the NFL is a national organization where the country's top chefs and the NFL's greatest players raise money in support of food banks across the United States. Taste of the NFL - Los Angeles Rams event was hosted by the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.With one in seven people in Los Angeles County experiencing food insecurity, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in our community. Since 1973, they have been sourcing food and other products and distributing them to needy people through charitable agencies or directly through programs and have distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food.