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Raise a glass to a “Simply diVine!” evening of indulgence with L.A.'s top chefs

BEVERLY HILLS -- The sight: a quaint, boutique-lined cobblestone path nestled in the chic Beverly Hills shopping district.

The sound: the clinking of glasses.

The smells: wafting aromas hinting at a smorgasbord of sweet and savory delectables.

And the tastes: oh, the tastes! Cuisine from the city’s hottest restaurants and premium wines from the most popular wineries in California and beyond.

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s “Simply diVine: A Summer Soirée for the Senses” on Saturday, Aug. 21, will be a decadent outdoor evening set at the scenic Two Rodeo Drive, where guests will sip, sample and savor beneath a blanket of stars.

One of the chefs serving up this celebration of food, wine and spirits is celeb chef Susan Feniger, who owns participating restaurants STREET, Border Grill and Ciudad. Feniger serves as event co-chair alongside fellow center board member David Bailey.

“Sampling fabulous food, sipping fine wine and celebrating with friends — it’s the perfect way to spend a warm Los Angeles summer evening," said Feniger, whose many television appearances include a turn on "Top Chef Masters" this year.

Participating restaurants include 8 oz., AOC, The Bazaar, Beechwood, Jar, Josie and Umami Burger.

An exclusive VIP Tasting before the main event will offer 50 guests a chance to sample fine wines in the exclusive Wilshire Room at McCormick & Schmick’s. VIP guests will also enjoy reserved seating at the main event.

“On a night that’s all about decadence, the VIP reception is the perfect way to deepen your indulgence and sip some of the finest — and often hard-to-find — wines,” Bailey said.

"Simply diVine" includes an extensive silent and live auction featuring travel and restaurant packages, fine wines and more. All proceeds benefit the center's programs and services.

To purchase tickets click here or call (323) 993-7638.