This Saturday, April 16th, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the historic Hollywood Palladium, L.A. Shanti, the first nonprofit organization to provide direct services to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, is proud to present A Taste of L.A. Shanti: An Evening of Wine, Food & Auction. In its fourteenth year, this prestigious event has become a popular L.A. tradition and one of the premiere wine tasting events in Southern California. Tickets are still available for this evening of Hollywood nostalgia, glamour and charm while enjoying samples from the finest wineries and the city’s most popular restaurants.

With samplings of food and wine from over 50 restaurants, the event is expected to attract 2000 guests and celebrities, including actor Brian Poth of CSI: Miama, actress Shelly Morrison of Will & Grace, former Apprentices Elizabeth Jarosz and Kirsten Kirchner, Amy McCarthy, and “The Gal Pals” from Bravo’s hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Girl.

In addition to the food and wine extravaganza, the A Taste of L.A. Shanti will also feature exciting live and silent auctions where guests can bid on hundreds of fantastic and unique items including walk-on roles on hit television shows, a seven-day Caribbean sail on a private yacht, exclusive wine tastings, and even a pure-bred golden retriever puppy with one-year of veterinary services.

Tickets for A Taste of L.A. Shanti: An Evening of Wine, Food & Auction are $95 for advanced purchases and $125 at the door, if available. The Hollywood Palladium is located at 6215 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call L.A. Shanti at (323) 962-8197 ext. 323 or visit their website at

All proceeds benefit L.A. Shanti, a nonprofit organization that provides free emotional support and education services to people from diverse communities facing life-threatening illnesses. Innovative programs offering Tools for Living include HIV risk reduction workshops, support groups for woman with cancer and substance abuse prevention for youth, among many others.