Under the Toque

Under the Toque is a unique culinary experience that captures Long Beach’s distinctive flavors and culture. Some of the area's best chefs create an inimitable evening of great dining that also includes live and silent auctions, with proceeds benefiting Mental Health America of Los Angeles.

Creating culinary creations for us at this year's event are chefs from the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, The Westin Los Angeles Airport, Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown, Hyatt Long Beach, Los Angeles Airport Marriott, and Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach Hotel.

Photos from the 2023 UTT Gala

2023 Honoree

MHALA honored Patti LaPlace for her commitment to mental health advocacy at our 2023 Under the Toque gala.

LaPlace has spent more than 30 years working in the mental health field, including at the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

She is currently executive director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and a lecturer at the university’s College of Health and Human Services. LaPlace sits on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including MHALA.

Over the course of her career, Patti has been recognized for her work with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, California Park and Recreation Society, Mental Health America, Long Beach Police Department, and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

Thank you to our 2023 Under the Toque Sponsors


Farmers & Merchants Bank 



Century Housing 

Marsh McLennan Agency 



California State University, Long Beach 

Hotel Association of Los Angeles

Long Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau 

Patterson Construction 




Johnson & Johnson

Los Angeles Business Council

Sunstone Management Inc.

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To participate as a sponsor or chef, contact MHALA's Development Department at development@mhala.org.