On Thursday May 3rd, A Better LA hosted its first annual "In the Art of the City" event at the Vibiana Cathedral in Los Angeles, California. Guests enjoyed a VIP cocktail reception followed by an interactive dinner orchestrated by Patina’s catering. Highlighting a collection of LA’s most famed chefs—the dinner portion of the evening featured chefs: Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group; David Feau of The Royce at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena; Josiah Citrin of Melisse; Celestino Drago, Giacomino Drago, and Tanino Drago of Drago Centro; Ian Gresik of Drago Centro; Megan Logan of Nick+Stef’s Steakhouse; Robert Luna of Mas Malo; Monica May of Nickel Diner; Kris Morningstar of Ray’s & Stark Bar; Philippe Muze of Patina Catering; and John Sedlar of Rivera.
The excitement continued with both a live auction hosted by Sharon Stone and a silent auction featuring works by local LA artists Edgar Arceneaux, Tim Biskup, Eugenia P. Butler, Corazon Del Sol, Alexandra Grant, Alvaro Ilizarbe, Lisa Leone, Shana Lutker, Rodney McMillian, and Mear One.
Exhibiting LA’s culture at its finest live entertainment throughout the night included: Santana lead-singer Andy Vargas, flamenco guitar player from East L.A., African drummers from Leimert Park, and the Crenshaw High School Gospel Choir. Afterwards guests danced the night away at the after party to the sounds of DJ’s Adam 12, Fatlip, Kiilu Grand, Rashida, Stonerokk, and Tendaji Lathan.