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MaxLove Project Farm to Fork App-Off Competition

MaxLove Project, an Orange County nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of child cancer survivors and their families—will host the inaugural Farm to Fork App-Off competition 6-10 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at The Lost Bean in Costa Mesa, presented by Fermentation Farm.

The App-Off will become the premier spring fundraiser for MaxLove Project with proceeds supporting their Culinary Medicine program collaboration with CHOC Children’s Hospital. That program is dedicated to teaching the importance of food as medicine in a groundbreaking program pioneered by the use of mobile kitchens.

Attendees will vote on their favorite appetizer of the evening, made with a secret ingredient provided by Melissa’s Produce, from these 4 Orange County chefs:

-Chef Amy Lebrun of Lido Bottle Works in Newport Beach
Sustainable Seafood and Locally-Sourced Global Cuisine

-Chef Cathy McKnight of Eilo’s Kitchen, an Airstream Food Truck
Paleo, Vegan, Vegerarian and Gluten-Free Foods

-Chef Blake Mellgren of Craft House in Dana Point
Southern-Inspired American Cuisine

-Chef Loreta Ruiz of La Vegana Mexicana in Downtown Santa Ana
Vegan Mexican Cuisine

The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind championship belt created for the event. Attendees will also be able to enjoy offerings from Fermentation Farm in Costa Mesa, as well as wine and beer tastings, live music and a commemorative MaxLove wine glass.

App-Off Tickets, are available at

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