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Food and Wine Festival to Benefit AbilityFirst

First published in the June 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Come celebrate the AbilityFirst Food and Wine Festival, presented by CHUBB. It is an outdoor gourmet food-and-drink festival taking place on Sunday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gardens at the historic Laurabelle A. Robinson House in Pasadena.
This year’s AbilityFirst Food and Wine Festival will bring nearly 400 guests together for an evening featuring more than 20 top restaurants, cocktail bars, wineries and breweries.
Some of this year’s AbilityFirst Food and Wine Festival restaurants and desserts include Alexander’s Steakhouse, El Cholo Café, Gale’s Restaurant, Mi Piace, Porto’s Bakery, Ruth Chris Steak House, Tam O’Shanter, We Olive, Lark Cake Shop, Poppy Cake Bakery Company, Nothing Bundt Cakes and more.
Beverages featured include cocktails and spirit tastings from Dulce Vida Tequila, Krafted Spirits, and The Raymond 1886, JuneShine, Golden Road Brewing, Gerlach’s, along with specially curated wines from Boisset Collection. Pasadena’s very own Cerveceria Del Pueblo will be pouring its distinctive beers showcasing flavors from South America, and Califia Farms and PepsiCom which will be serving nonalcoholic beverages.
Proceeds from this year’s AbilityFirst Food and Wine Festival will directly benefit AbilityFirst, which has targeted programming to help an individual successfully transition from childhood to adult life; providing employment preparation, training and experience; building social connections and independence; and offering both their participants and their caregivers an opportunity to refresh and recharge through their recreational activities.
AbilityFirst’s person-centered programs empower individuals to discover what is important to them in their lives and to develop the skills that are important for them to achieve their goals.
Additional sponsors include, Bank of America, GHJ & Advisors, The Hartford, Longo Toyota-Longo Lexus among others.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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