Dave Grohl&#zero39;s Backbeat BBQ Headlines L.A. Food Bank Fundraiser


The Foo Fighters frontman joined celeb cooks Bruce Kalman, Duff Goldman, Antonia Lofaso and extra for a pre-Christmas food-and-music occasion benefiting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

By the time the primary friends walked into the Eat, Drink and Support profit on the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Dave Grohl had been making brisket, ribs, and pulled pork for round 36 hours. Grohl spent the evening earlier than the Saturday (Dec. 22) occasion on the Food Bank's downtown warehouse cooking meats to serve at his Backbeat BBQ pop-up — then sliced the brisket himself for the road of foodies that snaked by the venue.

Union alum Bruce Kalman recruited his musician-turned-chef good friend for the occasion, which noticed Kalman and Grohl workforce up with cooks Antonia Lofaso, Duff Goldman, Nick Shipp, and Tyler Anderson for a profit supporting the L.A. Food Bank — an occasion organized in simply 4 quick weeks by Billy Harris, Paul Vitagliano, Kalman, and Grohl.

In addition to the meals, the 400 ticketholders had been handled to units by musicians Jessarae, Jessica Childress, and bands Foie Grock and Chevy Metal. Kalman instructed The Hollywood Reporter that any time Harris calls him a few charity occasion he'll attempt to make it work.

"As lengthy as I'm obtainable, I do it," he stated. "Giving again is de facto vital and it feels actually good and to have a voice and to have the ability to assist individuals."

In placing collectively this specific occasion, the quick timeline simply earlier than the vacations meant a way more intimate affair than a 30-chef profit. "There's so many transferring elements to arrange an occasion like this with sponsors and volunteers and permits and simply so many issues to do. You know, you’ll be able to't simply arrange a desk and begin serving meals — as a lot as we'd wish to."

Lofaso echoed Kalman's sentiment, including that she'll do as a lot as she will for her hometown. Said Lofaso, "I've received a ton of L.A. satisfaction. Anything that I can do for Los Angeles, I'm in."

Grohl's BBQ lasted simply an hour and a half into the occasion earlier than working out, although he spent one other half hour chatting up followers earlier than becoming a member of Kalman and Food Network star Goldman's band, Foie Grock, for a food-themed cowl of Credence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son." (L.A.'s self-proclaimed "No. 1 chef-led different rock cowl band" options Kalman on lead guitar and vocals and Goldman on bass.) Later, he joined Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins in his "70s filth rock cowl band" Chevy Metal. (The band was additionally joined by Lisa Loeb, Nikki Sixx, and even Hawkins' 11-year-old son, Shane, who joined his dad for a canopy of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You.")

Before Chevy Metal's set, which wrapped near a half hour after the occasion's scheduled finish time, friends centered on the meals. In addition to Grohl's barbecue — which he additionally served two weeks in the past at Kalman's son's birthday celebration, the place Lofaso was in a position to attempt it — highlights included Kalman and Top Chef castmate-turned companion Tyler Anderson's pizza (brussels sprout, guanicale, and potato; margherita; and a basic "Jersey" pie) and pork meatball parm sandwiches from Square Peg Pizza, their new Hartford, Conn. venture opening in 2019; Goldman's heat bread pudding with honey vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce; Lofaso's rigatoni with braised pork, foraged mushrooms, and ricotta salata; and Nick Shipp's fire-roasted corn with avocado-cilantro butter.

Drinks had been supplied by Breville espresso, Santa Margherita wines, Imperial Western Brewery, Arrowhead, Naked juice, and Redbull, plus extra desserts together with Good Pops, Jeni's ice cream, and Krispy Kreme donuts.

Net proceeds from ticket gross sales went to the Food Bank, together with a $10,000 donation from the Wells Fargo Foundation; 2664 kilos of pasta and sauce — nearly 16,000 servings — from Barilla; and nonperishables donated by friends. Every $1 donated gives sufficient meals for 4 meals to feed hungry kids, seniors, and households.

Kalman and Goldman each instructed THR that music has performed as massive a job as meals of their lives. "I'm a musician," Kalman stated. "I've been taking part in for a protracted actually very long time and my dad was a music instructor. I had a rock band all by highschool and into school."

Said Goldman, "I really began the bakery as a result of I used to be making an attempt to be knowledgeable musician, so I used to be promoting muffins to become profitable to pay hire after which the bakery form of blew up."

An occasion that would mix his two loves was a no brainer — particularly because it meant that he may get face time with "all of the individuals which can be consuming our meals or watching us on TV," he stated. "It's very nice as a result of often once you're filming you're taking a look at a digicam and … not seeing the people who [are around you]. So with the ability to meet everyone and you already know, they offer you excessive fives they usually'll be like, 'You know, that final thing you judged, you completely received it flawed.' I like that stuff — hanging out with everyone after which simply assembly new mates."

This article initially appeared on THR.com.