The Sugar Games



Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food, and Carolyn Kellogg, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, set to judge.

Los Angeles, CA:On January 16, 2014, PEN Center USA and Angel City Brewery will present THE SUGAR GAMES: A Literary Dessert Competition at Angel City Brewery (216 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For the competition, the public is asked to create homemade desserts inspired by books or literary figures—think Lord of the Pies or Ezra Poundcake. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded by our judges, Evan Kleiman (Culinary Merit) and Carolyn Kellogg (Literary Merit).
THE SUGAR GAMES dessert registration will begin at 6:30 PM. The competition will begin at 7:30 PM. THE SUGAR GAMES is free to spectators and desserts can be entered into the competition for $10 each. Once we have our winners, we’ll cut up all the desserts and eat them. The Angel City Brewery crew will suggest beer pairings.

Evan Kleiman is a true culinary multitasker. Chef, author, radio host, restaurateur and sought-after speaker, she has been called "the fairy Godmother of the L.A. food scene" for her central role in bringing a community of food people together through her radio show, Good Food. As host of Good Food on KCRW since 1997, Evan has conducted more than 6,000 interviews with figures ranging from celebrated chefs to scientists, artists, and local farmers, enabling her to explore every aspect of food and how it intersects with human life. As proprietor and chef of Angeli Caffe for 28 years before its close, Kleiman's improvisational style, rooted in the Cucina Povera of Italy, showed her reliance on simple ingredients and economical ingenuity to produce delicious and satisfying food with a fresh, honest, pared down aesthetic that people intuitively understand and appreciate. When Angeli opened in 1984 Evan was credited with reintroducing rustic Italian cooking to the United States. As a natural extension of her longtime exposure to everything having to do with food, Kleiman's interest now extends to issues of food policy and agro-ecology. The founder of L.A.'s Slow Food Chapter, which she ran for eight years, Evan now serves on the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. She is an active speaker on issues of food culture and sustainability and, just to maintain a balance, is also attempting to become the Queen of Pie. Kleiman is the author of eight books on Italian food, the video app "Easy As Pie," and a 2-hour video "Perfecting the Pie Crust" on

Carolyn Kellogg writes about books and publishing at the Los Angeles Times. She is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. She has an MFA in fiction, has taught at UCLA Extension and the University of Pittsburgh, is widely published, and has appeared on CBS This Morning, NPR, Bullseye, and KCRW.
PEN Center USA, a literary nonprofit based in Beverly Hills, has a membership of more than 600 professional writers. PEN Center USA strives to foster vital literary communities and has a long, successful history of planning literary events in and around Los Angeles.
Angel City Brewery™ is excited to be part of the renaissance of Downtown L.A. by bringing old-world, small-batch, craft brewing to the new world of the expanding Arts District. Angel City is committed to the continued growth and revitalization of its neighborhoods by being a supportive partner of the arts and business communities, as well as the burgeoning craft beer movement in Los Angeles.

For more information on THE SUGAR GAMES, please contact Michelle Meyering, Director of Programs and Events at PEN Center USA:

Credit for Carolyn Kellogg photo: Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times