By the time the first guests walked into the Eat, Drink and Support benefit at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Dave Grohl had been making brisket, ribs, and pulled pork for around 36 hours. Grohl spent the night before the Saturday (Dec. 22) event at the Food Bank’s downtown warehouse cooking meats to serve at his Backbeat BBQ pop-up — then sliced the brisket himself for the line of foodies that snaked through the venue.
Union alum Bruce Kalman recruited his musician-turned-chef friend for the event, which saw Kalman and Grohl team up with chefs Antonia Lofaso, Duff Goldman, Nick Shipp, and Tyler Anderson for a benefit supporting the L.A. Food Bank — an event organized in just four short weeks by Billy Harris, Paul Vitagliano, Kalman, and Grohl.
In addition to the food, the 400 ticketholders were treated to sets by musicians Jessarae, Jessica Childress, and bands Foie Grock and Chevy Metal. Kalman told The Hollywood Reporter that any time Harris calls him about a charity event he’ll try to make it work.
“As long as I’m available, I do it,” he said. “Giving back is really important and it feels really good and to have a voice and to be able to help people.”