We call it our Signature Event, and that’s because it’s one of Long Beach’s most anticipated gatherings of the year. While the theme changes, the mission does not – our aim is always to raise money and awareness for our cause. This year we did both (as well as raise the bar…figuratively and literally) at Bon Appétaste held at Friedmans Home Experience August 26. The early evening gathering included local chefs and mixologist demonstrating their talents with local food trucks and restaurants providing everything from lobster to barbecue to Mexican specialties. Live and silent auctions, music by the Architects of Jazz, and games, such as the Wine Grab and Cork Pull, proved that everyone is a winner. But the real winners were the kids with special needs as more than $106k was raised in their honor.