Emmy Nominee Ben Feldman Shares His Haute Secrets to LA

Ben Feldman attends Crab Cake 2013 at The Pikey on September 8, 2013 in Los Angeles
Ben Feldman attends Crab Cake 2013 at The Pikey on September 8, 2013 in Los Angeles

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Ben Feldman admits it: he’s a crabby guy. The  Emmy-nominated who is best known for stints on Silicon Valley and Mad Men, is also, along with L.A. based-chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, as well as Duff Goldman, a host of Crab Cake LA, the ultimate East meets West coast event in support of Chrysalis, a non-profit dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals.”

“It’s insanely exciting to watch the back yard crab parties of our childhoods morph into the incredible event we get to throw thousands of miles away as adults,” says Feldman, “And to do it all while benefitting such an incredible organization- I feel like we’re scamming someone- Just not sure who yet.”

The 4th Annual Crab Cake LA event will be held at the Maple Block Meat Co. in Culver City on Sunday, July 31, from 2-6pm. Guests in attendance will enjoy live Jazz music and a signature menu prepared by celebrity chefs and hosts Michael & Bryan Voltaggio and Duff Goldman who will be serving up traditional Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs, Peel ‘n Eat Shrimp, Hush Puppies, Corn on the Cob, Boiled Potatoes, and Smith Island Cake. If that wasn’t enough, Crab Cake LA will also have the added flavor of wood-smoked meats including signature BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches courtesy of Chef Adam Cole of Maple Block Meat Co.

Tickets beginning at $150 are available for sale now at http://crabcakela2016.eventbrite.com. VIP Tickets are also available starting at $250 and will include early admission, a limited-edition T-shirt and a crab cracking experience with one of the event hosts during VIP hour.

Now, it’s time to join Feldman as this charitable crab enthusiast shares his haute secrets to the City of Angels.

Ben Feldman, Duff Goldman, Michael & Bryan Voltaggio
Ben Feldman, Duff Goldman, Michael & Bryan Voltaggio

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Where were you born: Washington DC

How long in LA: 12 years

Neighborhood: Hollywood/Weho

Occupation: Impersonator of mostly made up people

Favorite Restaurant: Redbird

Best Sushi: Sushi Park

Best Italian: Mozza. It’s boring to say that but it’s true

Best dessert: There’s some burnt wood/apple thing at Ink. its literally my favorite dessert ever

Best place for a romantic date: Little Door

Best Sunday brunch: Mother’s Day or Easter or any other special brunch at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons; life changing

Best place for a power business meeting: Soho House

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Petit Ermitage

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: West 3rd Street/Douglas Fir

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Wanna Buy A Watch

Best Spa: I hate spas

Favorite Charity Event: Mine! Crabcake LA.

Favorite Cultural Event: Summer concerts at Hollywood Bowl

Favorite Cultural Institution: LACMA

Best Steakhouse: chi Spacca

Best Pizza: Vito’s on La Cienega

Best Lunch: Larchmont Wine & Spirits LA (best sandwich in la)

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Easton Gym LA

Best Massage: Anyone that’ll come to our house

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: The Broad/Norton Simon (in Pasadena)

Describe your city in three words: Hard To Get

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Lautner House

All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: Wherever there’s a BBQ

Best Aspect of Los Angeles: Like its inhabitants, if you pay it some money, it’ll be whatever you want it to be