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Chefs To The Rescue

Foodies, mark your calendars: Food Finders will host its third annual Chefs to the Rescue fundraiser Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The nonprofit organization’s event is set to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Long Beach Masonic Lodge, 3610 Locust Ave. and will feature prominent local chefs cooking up small gourmet plates of “edible extras” that highlight how people can reduce food waste.

Dishes will consist of “tasting samples and small plates made from perfectly edible and safe rescued, recovered or repurposed food that otherwise would end up being tossed away,” according to organizers.

“We are making inroads on reducing hunger and food waste, but we have a ways to go, so this event is designed to remind people that food and water are precious commodities,” Patti Larson, executive director of Food Finders, said.

Participating chefs include: Raquel Jubran, Lasher’s Kitchen; Austin Harrell, Parkers’ Lighthouse and Queensview Steakhouse; Genio Mostajo, Tortilla Joe’s; Alfonso Ramirez, Catal; Will Gotay, St. Jude’s; “T” Visoth Ouk, Rising Phoenix Catering; AC Boral, Rice & Shine and Dine LBC; Tia Baker, The Federal; Philip Pretty, Restauration; Maralyn DiPiazza, DiPiazza; Kyle Johnson, MarketLOVr; Jason Mercado, Salvation Army Hospitality House and Sweet Mission Cooking Company; Kamone Keo, Delightful Crepes Café; and Pejmon Noori, Proper’s Pickles.

Tickers are available now for $45 online and are expected to sell out. Visit for details.

New Shore Lawyer

Lungu Law Group recently opened a professional office at 5320 E. Second St., Suite 6, in Belmont Shore.

Owner Deanny Lungu, a personal family lawyer, is celebrating his new business with an October/Halloween promotion. He said the first five people who make an appointment this month for a family wealth planning session will be treated to a “hauntingly good” dinner you can “sink your teeth into” at Open Sesame. Lungu also is offering a waiver of a $750 planning fee for homeowners with trick-or-treaters.

Lungu said it’s a “scary good deal” and always a good time to plan and protect your assets to make sure your kids are taken care of if the unthinkable should happen.

For details, call (562) 533-2022 or email

Reef Deal

The Reef, a waterfront restaurant with views of the city skyline, is offering 60-cent Dave’s Margaritas Thursday, Oct. 11, plus a 1958 Throwback Menu Oct. 8-21.

Because The Reef is part of Specialty Restaurants Corporation (SRC), which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the themed restaurant is paying tribute to SRC’s founder and World War II veteran David Tallichet — the man who gave Dave’s Margarita its name.

David’s son John Tallichet, who currently runs the family chain, added that the 1958 Throwback Menu features some of the most popular items at The Reef. Menu highlights include a Teriyaki Steak, Crab Cakes, Pineapple Cheesecake and Mai Tais.

For details about The Reef or other SRC venues, visit

New Trucks

As of Oct. 1, all new trucks entering service at the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles must be 2014 models or newer, according to San Pedro Bay port officials.

The ports are rolling ahead with efforts to improve air quality and reduce health impacts from air pollution, and the truck standards now in effect are part of the Clean Trucks Program. The new requirement applies only to trucks registering for the first time — trucks registered prior to Sept. 30 are grandfathered in so long as they stay current with annual dues and emissions regulations.

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