Friday, July 11, 2008

Eat, Drink and Raise Money for a fellow Bartender in Crisis!

Bastille Day Becomes "BalshStille Day" to Help A Friend In Need

Join Foodie and Cocktail-Loving Angelenos opening their hearts and wallets this Monday, July 14 at The Foundry on Melrose in honor of Willy Balsh.

Balsh, a recent culinary school graduate, dreamed of one day becoming a restaurateur. Upon proving his skills during an externship at Craft, he was offered a position at the famed eatery, and worked as a waiter at night in another Westwood restaurant to keep on top of his bills.

In late May, while riding his Vespa along busy Olympic Boulevard, he was struck by a car making a left hand turn and immediately rushed to Cedar-Sinai Hospital’s ICU. He suffered swelling of the brain, leg lacerations and a collapsed lung. A piece of his skull had to be removed and after 3 weeks of recovery, he woke up. By sheer force of inner strength, he is recovering and awaiting the next round of surgeries.

Like many of our brothers and sisters working in the restaurant industry, Willy does not have health insurance. Not only will his physical recovery be a long one but the road to fiscal healing is going to be tough.

I am proud to say that the troops out here in LA-LA-land have rallied and invite you to take part in their dining and drinking fundraiser in honor of their friend. It is going to be a great night filled with our top mixologists, bartenders and chefs. I will have already left for Tales of the Cocktail that morning but I encourage you to please go – especially if you work in this field. Any one of us could wind up in the same situation in the blink of an eye.

Where: The Foundry on Melrose
When: Monday, July 14, 2008
Time: 7-11
Cost: $40.00

Eric Greenspan-Owner and Executive Chef of The Foundry on Melrose
Ray England-Sous Chef at Craft Los Angeles
Lisa Vega- Pastry at Providence Restaurant

Eric Alperin- The Doheny (formerly of Little Branch NYC & Osteria Mozza)
Christine D'Abrosca- Beverage Manager at Malo Restaurant
Chris Ojeda- Osteria Mozza & For Medicinal Purposes Consulting
Marcos Tello- Comme Ca & The Edison
Damian Windsor- Gordon Ramsey at The London

There will be a handful cocktail extraordinaires coming from NYC and San Francisco to help out!!!

Entertainment Provided by DJ Spider

The event is sure to be packed so get there a bit early to buy your tickets. $40 is a pittance for the best cocktails and food LA has to offer: cooked, baked, shaken and stirred with love. (Be sure to say I sent you!)

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