Win A FREE $100 Gift Card For Akasha Restaurant & Copy Of New Celebrity Chef Cookbook!

* Congratulations To Our Giveaway Winner, Adrienne!

As a thank you to our wonderful readers, we are holding our first giveaway that isn’t a copy of Beyond The Brochure. This giveaway–a $100 gift card for the Akasha Restaurant in Culver City (one of our favorite places!) AND a celebrity chef cookbook– is the perfect solution to your search for a fabulous item to donate to your preschool or elementary school auction or fundraiser. Restaurant gift cards are always hot ticket items at school fundraisers! Or, enter to win it for yourself or a gift for a friend!

Enter to WIN a FREE Akasha Restaurant Gift Card For $100 and a copy of “Cart For A Cause,” fabulous cookbook featuring Chef Akasha and numerous other talented and celebrity chef’s recipes ($25.00). All proceeds from the cookbook go to benefit St. Vincent Meals On Wheels. 

It’s easy to enter! To enter, leave a comment on our blog telling us why you would like this gift card and cook book package. You must leave your email (you can avoid spam by using format csimon2007 at gmail dot com)

Deadline to enter is Wed. Dec. 22 at 6:00 p.m. Winner will be selected at random. 

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About Akasha Restaurant, Culver City:

From the menu at Akasha
AKASHA fea­tures New American cui­sine offer­ing com­fort food with big fla­vors and sus­tain­able ingre­di­ents, for car­ni­vores and her­bi­vores alike.
Akasha is a self-trained chef and artisan-style baker who has been cater­ing events in Los Angeles and other parts of the coun­try for over twenty years. She began her pro­fes­sional career at the Golden Temple, a now defunct but once pop­u­lar veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant in Los Angeles. It was in this kitchen that Akasha dis­cov­ered her pas­sion for mak­ing deli­cious dishes with good-for-you ingre­di­ents. After the Golden Temple she became Michael Jackson’s per­sonal and con­cert tour chef. AKASHA is her first restau­rant ven­ture, the result of a vision she has had for many years.
Her cook­book HOLLYWOODDISH includes tales of Hollywood’s 100-year pas­sion for organic foods and healthy lifestyles and sto­ries of her favorite cook­ing expe­ri­ences: mak­ing hol­i­day din­ners for Billy Bob Thornton, cater­ing par­ties for Pierce Brosnan, pro­duc­ing events at the Sundance Film Festival, and work­ing as a pri­vate chef for Barbra Streisand.
She lends her time and exper­tise to groups such as Share Our Strength, Environmental Media Association, Common Threads and Pediatric Aids. She has appeared on The Food Network (The Best Thing I Ever Ate), Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Planet Green, and nation­wide news programs.

The Los Angeles Times uses words like, “enticing, simple, gusty” to describe the cuisine at this “wildly successful” place with a “hip urban vibe.”
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Christina Simon: Los Angeles, California, United States I'm the mom of two kids who attended The Willows School in Culver City and Viewpoint School in Calabasas. My daughter is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism ('23) and my son is a sophomore at UPenn/Wharton ('26). I live in Coldwater Canyon with my husband, Barry, and our dogs. Contact me at

9 thoughts to “Win A FREE $100 Gift Card For Akasha Restaurant & Copy Of New Celebrity Chef Cookbook!”

  1. Our high school marching band will host another fundraiser in the Spring — I'm sure they'll love to add this prize package to their raffle. They're an awesome group of motivated kids who love music.

  2. Akasha is one of my favorite restaurants and I know all our preschool moms and dads would feel the same way. It would be a hot item at our Spring Auction and raise a ton of money for a great cause! adriennet1 at yahoo dot com.

  3. First of all, I would love to win because I am a big fan of the food at Akasha – delicious! Plus I always need a great idea for a silent auction donation!

  4. Sounds like an amazing giveaway to me! I'm always up for trying a new restaurant. Or, I could be convinced to donate it to our school's gala. Only if I'm feeling very giving that day and not too hungry 🙂
    Mcboyter at aol dot com

  5. Love food and love cooking — and just got the annual auction donation form in the mail . . .
    sydnsela at gmail dot com.

  6. thanks for the contest, Christina! i would love to win this for date night, which happens to seldom in our household! This would help!
    Keep up the great blogging – thanks!

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