Lucy's El Adobe Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Fundrai$er For St. Vincent Meals On Wheels
Hollywood, CA - Lucy's El Adobe, for decades a hub of hospitality and home-style Mexican fare for icons from the political, entertainment, media and sports worlds, will be marking its 50th anniversary on February 11, 2014 from 5 pm to 9 pm with a celebratory dinner benefiting the nation's leading senior nutrition program, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.
Lucy Casado, namesake and owner of the restaurant she and her late husband Frank founded in 1964 across from the legendary Paramount Studios, still operates the restaurant with her daughter Patricia, arriving daily to greet customers and chat with patrons, many of whom have been enjoying enchiladas, tostadas and Lucy's classic margaritas since its opening.
Today, having weathered more than a few dips in the economy and many a foodie trend over the past half-century, Lucy's El Adobe is still going strong in its original location, a fact Lucy would like to acknowledge by "giving back to the community we've been fortunate to serve. The first organization we would like to recognize is St. Vincent Meals on Wheels," Lucy notes, adding, "we have a lot in common, since we've both always been dedicated to feeding Angelenos with love."
As with a number of storied Hollywood eateries such as Chasen's, Jimmy's or the Brown Derby, Lucy's history has a rich vein of political and celebrity lore, owing to "Frank's love of politics, and my love of music and the arts," explains Lucy. Veteran L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez noted that "Eating at Lucy's and getting her blessing is practically a rite of passage in L.A. politics," as evidenced by the roll call of public servants who've dined there: President Bill Clinton, Senator Bobby Kennedy, Senator Ted Kennedy, President Ronald Reagan, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mayor Richard Riordan, Mayor Jim Hahn and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
News clippings and photos adorning the entry wall also bear testimony to Lucy's association with another of the Golden State's native sons: current Governor Jerry Brown, who commandeered the eatery as his unofficial campaign headquarters back in the 1970s. It was at Lucy's that he first met singer Linda Rondstadt, who, along with regulars such as Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton, songwriter Jimmy Webb, and Lyle Lovett, established the homey caf� as a music industry haunt.
Film and television stars are no strangers to Lucy's either: fans include Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jack Nicholson, Drew Barrymore, Neil Patrick Harris, Diane Keaton, Winona Ryder, Kevin Costner, Warren Beatty, Tom Selleck, Lily Tomlin, and Henry Winkler, not to mention iconic figures of social activism such as Cesar Chavez and the Dalai Lama, and sports legend and entrepreneur Magic Johnson.
St. Vincent Meals on Wheels is the country's largest, privately funded senior nutrition program, preparing and delivering more than 4,000 meals daily in its kitchen near Downtown L.A. The February 11th fundraiser will feature a buffet dinner of Lucy's specialties, with 100% of the evening's proceeds donated to STVMOW.
"We're thrilled to celebrate Lucy's 50th Anniversary and feel truly blessed by the generosity of Lucy and her family, who have been such loyal friends to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. Not only is our program lucky to have Lucy's in the community, so is all of Los Angeles. May Lucy's be blessed with at least another 50 great years!" commented Sr. Alice Marie Quinn, DC, who founded St. Vincent Meals on Wheels nearly 38 years ago, and who, like Lucy, still runs the daily operation.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the fundraiser ($100 per person), please visit STVMOW website.