Third Annual LA Food and Wine Festival Comes to Downtown

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Over 120 chefs and 200 wineries will be featured in seminars, tasting events, and cooking demos

Curtis Stone to Host Lexis Live on Grand

Over 120 chefs and 200 wineries will converge beginning August 22 for four days and nights for the third annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival taking place along Grand Avenue, in Santa Monica and in Beverly Hills. Tastings, seminars, cooking demos and live music are all part of the city’s largest epicurean gathering.

The festivities kick off with Giada’s Festa Italiana (Thursday, August 22, 2013; 7-10PM; $195 GA/$250 VIP). Hosted by the Food Network star along the cultural hub of LA on Downtown’s Grand Ave., guests will enjoy the flavors of Italy by some of the city’s most renowned chefs including Gino Angelini (Rivabella), Fabio Viviani (Café Firenze), and Ori Menashe (Bestia), and vintners that include Barrymore Wines, while serenaded by a pop-up performance from the Los Angeles Opera’s Josh Guerrero.

The Power Lunch Series (Friday, August 23, 2013; 12:00-2:30PM, $125) begins Friday's activities. Held across town in some of the city’s most desirable dining rooms, the “Power Lunch” series includes Richard Reddington, George Mendes and Benjamin Dayag at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills; the dynamic duality of Michael Mina and Scott Conant plating at Scarpetta at Montage Beverly Hills; the partnership of Peter Armellino, Matthew Accarino and Sven Mede at Shutters’ One Pico restaurant; and a meal at Hinoki & The Bird featuring dishes from Charles Phan, David Myers & Kuniko Yagi with cocktails crafted to complement the meal by Mixologist Chris Hopkins of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

A bounty of famous chefs will be present, including Thomas Keller, Ziggy Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Curtis Stone, David Lefevre, Josef Centeno, Neal Fraser, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, Roy Yamaguchi, Michael Chiarello, and Ricardo Zarate, participating in events such as Eater Presents: Asian Night Market (Friday, August 23, 2013; $125 GA/ $175 VIP); Lexus Live on Grand Hosted by Curtis Stone (Saturday, August 24, 2013; $250 GA/$350 VIP) with a performance from Gavin DeGraw and the Lexus Grand Tastings (Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25, 2013; $150 GA/$195 VIP). The Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival benefits local charities including Share Our Strength. Tickets for the gastronomic gathering are available on-line and at the door to each event, and purchasing tickets is available at www.lafw.com



Michelin starred honorees, James Beard Award winners, Food & Wine Best New Chefs, and 200 wineries, will once again converge on the City of Angels during the annual epicurean jubilee produced by Coastal Luxury Management

The sixth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, is set to feature three-nights and four-days of unrivalled tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, book signings, cooking demonstrations, and special events, showcasing the finest in food and drink culture.
In past years, the star-studded lineup has included 2016 James Beard Award winners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo as well as celebrated chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jonathan Waxman, Tyler Florence, Curtis Stone, Giada De Laurentiis, Grant Achatz, , Rick Bayless, Duff Goldman, Michelle Bernstein, Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Symon, Roy Choi, Michael Chiarello, Scott Conant, Carlo Mirachi, Michael Voltaggio, Robert Irvine, Guy Fieri, Fabio Viviani, Jet Tila, Andrew Zimmern and Graham Elliot, plus local favorites Tim Hollingsworth, Michael Cimarusti, Bruce Kalman, David LeFevre, Jessica Koslow, Ludo Lefebvre, Neal Fraser, Ori Menashe, Walter Manzke, Jason Neroni, Josef Centeno, Sang Yoon, Ricardo Zarate, Ben Ford, Alvin Cailan and Ray Garcia, to name a few.

In addition to the extraordinary culinary talent on-hand, Los Angeles Food & Wine has been lauded for its headlining musical performances from award-wining artists, including Questlove and The Roots, Beastie Boys founding member Mike D, 2015 Academy Award-winner Common, and Grammy-nominee Gavin DeGraw.

In the next several weeks, the festival will be announcing confirmed programming and participants for 2016. Please continue to check www.LAFW.com for updates!

Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28, 2016

Headquartered in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, with main events directly in front of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad museum (with closures along Grand Avenue, between 1st and 3rd street), the 6th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival will also feature tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, cooking demonstrations, and special events located across parts of greater Los Angeles including Downtown, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and more.


The Derby World Famous Restaurant is an award–winning upscale dining establishment located in Arcadia, California that serves mouth watering cuisine to the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding communities. Since its inception in 1922 The Derby, due to its close proximity to the racetrack, has always attracted horse owners, celebrities, and racetrack enthusiasts. Year after year, decade after decade, The Derby has consistently delighted race fans with delicious food, an inviting ambiance, and excellent service.

The Derby is a full service restaurant with the capacity and experience to handle large parties, professional business meetings, celebrations, and special events. The Derby is well equipped to host your next event offering many amenities including: close proximity to Santa Anita Park, complimentary valet parking, patio dining, full bar, excellent wine list, free WiFi, banquet menus, and group friendly dining rooms. Join us today for an amazing dining experience.

In every era, fans delight to eat in restaurants of great athletes and celebrities. When Woolf purchased The Derby in 1938, he was at the top of his game. Racing had no competition from Super Bowls and television hype. It dominated much public radio interest and many daily newsprint inches. Even movie-house newsreels reported the preparation and conclusion of high stakes and match races. The $100,000 Stakes Race, the Santa Anita Handicap, was the richest prize in racing at the time. All these elements made Woolf a legend, and The Derby was where he could hold court away from the track. Who wouldn't want to be served in the eatery of one of the most recognized athletes of the day?

George Woolf envisioned his Derby Restaurant to be a gathering place for jockeys and race fans. It was planned as a source of retirement earnings that would allow him to reflect back on his hall of fame career. Each wall, adorned with memorabilia of prestigious horses and races, would cause diners to revisit glorious wagers and harrowing photo finishes. This vision has been fulfilled by the Sturniolo Family, who not only serve the food that delights customers, but also preserve the atmosphere made great by its connection to the sport of kings.

1938 was also the same year Seabiscuit became a thoroughbred legend. Imagine 10,000 fans arriving to watch - not a competitive race- but a simple workout. That was the fame of Seabiscuit. When he ran a race, crowds filled the stands and infields, President's cabinet meetings were delayed until radio broadcasts finished and the horse recorded more newspaper type inches than either FDR or Hitler. Horseracing existed before George Woolf and Seabiscuit, and The Derby restaurant has a history that precedes them, as well. Hudson M. Proctor was The Derby's founder.

Named the Proctor Tavern when it operated in 1922, its close proximity to the racetrack attracted horse owners and horse betters alike. In 1931, it moved to its present location, where only through your imagination can you hear the echoes of the day's last race called bounce off the foothills. It was here that George Woolf became co-owner in 1938 with his partner. Bill Peterson. Woolf was a premier rider and accepted only quality mounts. Fate brought him together with Seabiscuit when the scheduled jockey, Red Pollard, was injured. That was to place Woolf on Seabiscuit during a near miss in a photo-finish of the Santa Anita Handicap, and later, in a victorious match race against Triple Crown winner, War Admiral. These illustrious events added to the fame and mystique of both rider and horse. The storied success of its jockey-owner, increased The Derby's popularity.

In 1946, George Woolf was fatally injured when he was thrown from his mount "Please Me" during the running of the fourth race at Santa Anita Race Track on January 3, 1946. It is unclear if his horse stumbled or if he momentarily blacked out. The controversy would be debated, but it was clear a racing great was lost. Bronze statues of George Woolf and Seabiscuit remain at Santa Anita today, silently observing the atmosphere they helped to establish. Some believe that the spirit of George Woolf watches over the restaurant he helped to establish, as well.

Some of The Derby's great mementoes provoke intermingled memories of Woolf, Santa Anita, Seabiscuit and the Premier Stakes Races that made them great. As you enjoy The Derby's delightful ambiance you may picture yourself astride a horse in the starting gate viewing the field of appetizers and entrees. The Derby maintains its ties to the track all the way to the titles of its menu items. Like George Woolf you need to remain calm and not make too quick a selection. Woolf earned the reputation as the "iceman," a jockey able to carefully select the right moment to make his move, giving him the greatest advantage. You may want to let other members of your party select their dinners first, and only then calculate an order from one of the featured items. But The Derby's ultimate appeal is not in the imaginative setting but the pride of selection, food preparation and great service.

The great Seabiscuit was known for taunting other horses. He would allow them to run alongside, pacing himself until they had run themselves out and then simply pull away. The Derby is much like that. Allowing other steakhouses to flaunt themselves with braggadocios advertising, it quietly runs alongside knowing that its strength will show in the run toward the wire. Patrons may sample the fare elsewhere, but when it comes to placing their bets on the best dining in the San Gabriel Valley, they often return to The Derby.

Foodie Universe's Restaurant Reviews

Los Angeles had its first ever Wine and Food Festival from August 25-27. Friday night's festivities kicked off at the Marriott Downtown for $125 a head. On Saturday or Sunday at the LA Convention Center's Kentia Hall, tickets were $65 per person or $120 per couple.

The festival's main attraction was the 100+ wineries that poured. There were an array of chocolates, cheeses, and more from dozens of gourmet food companies. Several celebrity chefs participated in the festival by giving cooking demonstrations.

What I didn't realize until later was that the festival was actually a wine and food festival, not a food and wine festival, meaning that the emphasis was on the wine. But first, let's talk about the food.

These live cooking demonstrations were the most notable food events at the festival (which had more to do with wine than food, hence the name). I went to see Ann Gentry of Real Food Daily. She is experienced in cooking demos, since she has been a guest on various television shows and teaches cooking classes nationwide.

Lentil walnut pate with tofu sour cream

I like Real Food Daily a lot, but their food is hit and miss with me. For the cooking demo, Ms. Gentry prepared a lentil walnut pate with tofu sour cream. The tofu sour cream was the most interesting part to me, because it bore no resemblance to tofu. Ann used a powerful (and expensive) blender called the Vitamix to create it--I would be quite surprised if I could accomplish the same thing with my $15 blender at home! According to her anecdotes, the lentil walnut pate is a huge hit and reminds some people of duck liver pate (which I haven't eaten, so I can't compare). I didn't care for this particular dish, but I like her concept: fusing gourmet eating with healthy, vegan food. For those who want to make Real Food Daily style food at home, she has a cookbook, which she was selling and autographing after the demo.

A couple of booths at the festival featured cheese. At igourmet's display, we particularly liked the grana padano, which was sort of like a softer version of parmasean the tartufino speziato, a soft, smooth cheese flavored with black truffles, and the Cabot Habanero Cheddar. While I don't really care for spicy cheese, I was so impressed by how spicy this cheese was that I couldn't help but be pleased. I don't know what I'd do with it though, and it's probably too spicy to eat much of it plain. All of the cheeses were excellent, though.

Igourmet sells their cheeses online. Normally I would be skeptical about ordering cheese online since I can't taste it first, but now that i have tasted ten of their cheeses and liked them all, I am looking forward to placing an order.

If you want to try them out, use the code GRE7 on orders over $35 placed before 9/30/06 and you'll get a free European cookie assortment. Yum. You can also get frequent flyer miles when you shop with them (check out Dealmine to find out where). If you hadn't already guessed, in addition to being a foodie, I'm a serious bargain hunter and deal-getter.

Basiltops gave out free samples of their pesto on bits of bread or freshly cooked pasta. Several of their pestos are dairy-free, and all of them are packed in squeeze top bags that are supposed to keep the pesto fresh for 6 months. I especially liked the chipotle pesto, though it wasn't as spicy as I wanted it to be.

Sambazon Acai is a new acai drink that you may have seen with the other bottled juices in stores like Whole Foods and Wild Oats. It's a deep purple drink that has a strong berry flavor on its own, but comes in flavors like supergreen and mango. It also comes as a protein shake, a powder, and as a sorbet. While I liked it, I'm not one to believe in the magical properties of certain fruits, vegetables, or supplements, so I probably won't be buying it due to its somewhat high price relative to similar products.

Other food booths included Everybody's Nuts, which was giving away free boxes of pistachios with dollar off coupons. Even though I don't really care for nuts, I ate several boxes of the roasted flavor. Metromint gave out samples of peppermint and spearamint flavored water. Drinking the water reminded me of getting my mouth rinsed out at the dentist, or of drinking water while chewing Dentyne Ice.

What I was most impressed by at the festival was the quality of the wine exhibitors. When I go wine tasting, I usually only like about 5 wines out of the 30 I might try in an afternoon. At the festival, though, I liked almost every single wine I tried.

In addition to your usual reds and whites, there was a booth with almond champagne by Wilson Creek, which I believe they sell at Trader Joe's a rum booth and a chai liqueur booth. I really loved the chai liqueur, which was smooth like Baileys. It has a rum base, but with all the cream and spices, it doesn't taste rummy. They have a wealth of recipes on their website, since you're probably not sure what to do with this new drink aside from drinking it straight.

While no convention center can ever truly disguise its concrete floors, terrible acoustics and and industrial flourescent lighting, the festival atmosphere was much more elegant than I expected thanks to red carpets and black tableskirts.

One of the more amusing wine labels

Even the wines with silly names, like Lodi Vineyards' 7 Deadly Zins, tasted good. One of the best things about the festival was that almost nothing was being sold there, including the wine, so there was no pressure to buy. On the minus side, if you really liked a particular wine, you'd have to find out where it was sold and plan to buy it later. I think this fact, along with generous samplings from other vendors, made most of the vendors extra friendly because they weren't as worried about making a sale. I often get the brushoff at wine tastings because I am not a wealthy fifty year old, so it's always a nice change of pace to be taken seriously.

One of the few items that was for sale was chocolate, and one of our favorite stops was the chocolate disk booth. They had six different chocolates with varying cacao content designed to match port and various reds. Normally, 70% chocolate makes my mouth feel painfully raw almost instantly. There must be something to be said about the quality or formulation of this chocolate, because I had no problems whatsoever. Still, I bought the 54% chocolate, since I love port. (Unfortunately, there were very few dessert wines being poured at the festival.)

Those who like cigars could see how they're rolled and ask an expert questions.

SeokRyuJu - Korean pomegranate wine

Woorisol, a Korean alcoholic beverage company, had a huge display of at least ten different drinks, all of which they were pouring. Their products are relatively inexpensive and come in a variety of sizes, including small bottles that are great for one person, which you can buy in Koreatown.

Yipsejoo - More Korean wine

The Korean alcohol that people are most likely to be familiar with is soju, a rice-based alcoholic beverage whose alcohol content ranges from 20-45%, for which it is sometimes referred to as Korean vodka. (The Japanese make a version of this drink, too, which is called shochu.) I also tried a Korean rice wine, cheongju, which had little in common with Japanese sake. I have to say that I greatly prefer the Japanese rice wine I've had over the Korean rice wine I tried at the festival, which I found overly sweet and a bit mediciney.

When the party's over, public transit is the way to go

In my opinion, the main obstacle that the festival needs to overcome is the cost of entry. I was under the impression that the festival was geared towards both the general public and the food service industry, but for $65 a ticket, the festival is probably too pricey to appeal to most people. I think $25-30 a ticket would be a more attractive price. After all, for $65, I could drive to Santa Barbara, taste 20 wines, and come home with a bottle. For a couple, that $120 would buy you a nice dinner on the way home, too.

Overall, I very much enjoyed myself. How could I not, with so much alcohol in my bloodstream? But seriously, the festival was a great way to try a ton of wines, cheeses, and other products that I probably never would have otherwise tasted.

Hollyfood! 'The Taste' Food Festival Takes Over Los Angeles

The biggest celebrities in Hollywood these days might surprise you. Nope, not Anne Hathaway or Johnny Depp it&aposs the all-star lineup of celeb chefs appearing at the epic LA Times and Food and Wine&aposs "The Taste" festival taking place over Labor Day weekend.

Spread over four days, "The Taste" runs September 2-5 and celebrates the epicurean explorations of restaurants, world-class chefs and the very best in food and wine. With events happening at locations between Rodeo Drive, The Studios at Paramount and throughout Downtown L.A., event-goers can sample from 40 of Los Angeles&apos best restaurants and wineries, breweries and distilleries, as well as catch classes and presentations from their favorite chefs du jour.

Angelino organic-loving foodies might want to check out the Secrets from the Kitchen & Cellar event on Saturday September 3rd in Beverly Hills. Chef Aarti Sequeira, who won season six of The Next Food Network Star, will be one of many celeb chefs on site. Sequeira combines her food knowledge, love for cooking and enthusiasm as seen in her daytime cooking series Aarti Party, and takes an approachable and delectable Indian cuisine spin on all-American classics.

Also noteworthy is season five winner of The Next Food Network Star, Melissa d𠆚rabian, who landed the ultimate foodie dream job: her own Food Network show. Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d𠆚rabian shares tasty, healthy and easy recipes and sticks to her $10 promise: Four people, ten bucks, infinite possibilities. Melissa will be appearing at the Picnic in the Hills Labor Day celebration on Monday, September 5th also in Beverly Hills. This is definitely one for the kids, too, with homemade veggie chips and cupcakes courtesy of Sprinkles.

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After a successful kick-off event for the industry launch at the newly opened The Manufactory at the ROW DTLA. The Los Angeles Times FOOD BOWL will return with a diverse program this May. The city’s adventurous new food festival will again featuring hundreds of events all over Los Angeles, with a mix of local favorites and world-renowned chefs. To find out more about the month long FOODIE-CENTRIC FESTIVAL during the entire month of MAY sign up for updates and check out a partial list of amazing events that will be the backbone of the event featuring LA’s “TOP CHEFS” and trendsetters in FOOD, DRINK , MIXOLOGY and so much more.


The citywide food festival will feature hundreds of events across Los Angeles with a mix of local favorites and world-renowned chefs

LOS ANGELES – Feb. 5, 2019 – The Los Angeles Times announces participating chefs and event highlights for its third annual Food Bowl, a monthlong festival in May celebrating the city’s dynamic food scene. Spanning 31 days of food, Food Bowl will feature many of Los Angeles’ best chefs and restaurants alongside world-renowned chefs in rare local appearances.

Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Mexico), Daniela Soto-Innes (Cosme, USA), Gaggan Anand (Gaggan, Thailand), Virgilio Martínez (Central, Peru), Koji Kimura (Sushi Kimura, Japan), Angela Dimayuga (Standard International), Rodolfo Guzmán (Boragó, Chile), Musa Dağdeviren (Çiya, Turkey), Andrew McConnell (Cutler & Co., Australia), Frederic Morin and David McMillan (Joe Beef, Canada) are among the visiting chefs and experts scheduled to appear.

L.A. chefs including Niki Nakayama (n/naka), Michael Cimarusti (Providence), Arjun, Nakul and Pawan Mahendro (Badmaash), Nicole Rucker (Fiona), Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos), Jordan Kahn (Vespertine), Wolfgang Puck (Spago), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), Nancy Silverton (Mozzaplex) and Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market) and sommelier Helen Johannesen (Helen’s Wines) and many more will represent their hometown through a series of special one-off collaborations and events.

The Times Food staff, led by Editor Peter Meehan, will honor the legacy of critic Jonathan Gold through the continuation of the Gold Award (previous winners as selected by Gold include Wolfgang Puck, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken) to be announced alongside the Restaurant of the Year on May 1 at the opening event. The festival will also highlight and help tackle the issues of food access, sustainability and waste reduction. The full line-up of dining events, panel discussions, culinary collaborations, volunteer projects and other food-inspired happenings will be announced April 1 at lafoodbowl.com.

Food Bowl highlights include:

  • Opening Night: LAMESA with Enrique Olvera: An event at the Million Dollar Theater downtown with chefs, architects and musicians from Mexico City and Los Angeles discussing the connections and unique relationship between these two great cities as they celebrate the 50 th anniversary of becoming sister cities.
  • CDMX Launch Party: The 2019 kickoff event for L.A. Times Food Bowl will feature an all-star lineup of chefs and guest tacqueros from Mexico City, as well as the announcements of the Gold Award and Restaurant of the Year at Grand Central Market following LAMESA.
  • L.A. Times Food Bowl Night Market, May 8-12: A Food Bowl favorite featuring a bustling outdoor celebration of L.A.’s diverse food scene with a series of special events curated by Peter Meehan, Times Food Editor, and The Times Food staff. Night Market will feature dozens of food vendors, pop-up experiences, special chef collaborations, musical performances, art installations and DJs in Grand Park. Night Market special events include Test Kitchen, Taco Tribute, Fried Chicken Party, Dumpling & Noodle Night, and an all-star BBQ festival featuring America’s best pitmasters from California, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
  • Outstanding in the Field: A series of long-table feasts inspired by locally-sourced ingredients set in spectacular locations, including Manhattan Beach and Tehachapi.
  • Natural wine showcase featuring leading winemakers, sommeliers, chefs and special guest host Eric Wareheim.
  • A food and film festival featuring screenings and talks in various neighborhood restaurants around the city, bringing together food and cinema.
  • Collaborations to highlight pizza, burgers, Champagne and sparkling wine, science and food in space, and Korean cuisine and culture. There will also be a Vespertine X Food Bowl special event.
  • Things in a Bowl, a month long menu special served in a bowl. But here’s the twist: The dish must use the special ingredient of The Times’ choosing: artichoke.
  • Other event categories include Brunch & Lunch, Classes, Markets & Tours, Cocktails & Canapes, Exclusive Dinners & Dishes, Giveback, Kids in the Kitchen, Panels & Talks, Pop-Ups & Parties, and Test Kitchen, with event submissions now open until March 1.

Los Angeles Times Food Bowl charity partners include L.A. Regional Food Bank, Food Forward and Midnight Mission. Festival sponsors include founding partner Citi along with High West, Jose Cuervo, Sapporo and Wines of Germany. For additional information, to register a participating event or for festival updates, visit lafoodbowl.com. Connect onFacebook, Twitter and Instagram @LAfoodbowl (#LAfoodbowl #31daysoffood).

Innovative PR: Jennifer Betts

Los Angeles Times Food staff (L-R): Lucas Kwan Peterson, Andrea Chang, Peter Meehan, Jenn Harris and Amy Scattergood in the back row critics Patricia Escárcega and Bill Addison, behind the newspapers, in front. (Tiffany Roohani)


Over the past four decades, Emeril Lagasse (link) has become a living food legend. With his effervescent personality, showmanship in the kitchen, and easy-to-follow yet, delicious recipes, Emeril Lagasse has become the household name in regards to celebrity chefs.

With his shows as the cornerstone to his success, Lagasse is back at it yet again with the launch of his newest series, Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse, which can be streamed exclusively on Amazon. The show highlights 25 chefs around the world and their love of cooking, including reunions with Lagasse’s good friends and award-winning chefs José Andrés, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sánchez and Nancy Silverton.

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival celebrated the premiere of the chef’s new show along with his lifetime achievement of bringing cooking into America’s homes by showcasing the best chefs in America in Downtown Los Angeles during the Amazon Presents Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse Event where the aroma of food floated majestically through the air.

Destination Luxury was there on the scene to commemorate the special night and experience the culinary adventure of the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival presented by Coastal Luxury Management and founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus. Having witnessed and tried Lagasse’s exquisite dining at the Bon Appetit’s Hospitality Uncork’d event and at several Las Vegas foodie events, we were still blown away by his display in Los Angeles. Set on the streets of Grand Avenue in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, twenty-four chefs, including local Los Angeles champions Alvin Cailan of Eggslut and Ramen Champ and Walter Manzke of Republique and Petty Cash, whipped up scrumptious dishes for event attendees.

Other crowd favorites included the delectable tamales that were made on site from Joe’s Stone Crab Miami Beach by Chef Andre Bienvenu. Chef Ryan Denicol of Chi Spacca’s gave Food & Wine event attendees a taste of his delicious and to-die-for Charcuterie Board featuring ‘Nduja Pork Butter with Sicilian Oregano Salame and Pancetta Tesa and Butcher’s Pate. Chef Jason Dady of the Jason Dady Restaurant Groups brought from Texas a taste of Mexican Street Corn Elote presented on a half a lime, packing in many flavors with perfect amounts of acid, creaminess, and spice. Frania Mendivil, Executive Pastry Chef of Patina Restaurant Group, presented an interactive dessert demonstration, letting event goers have a sight and taste of liquid nitrogen candy.

Wine tastings were provided by 58 wineries, including Villa Sandi prosecco from Italy, Champagne Henriot from France, and Adelaida Cellars from Paso Robles. Lucie’s and Small Town Brewery put together a fun ice cream float bar featuring alcoholic root beer floats with vanilla ice cream and ginger ale floats with raspberry sorbet.

L.A. Food & Wine Festival is a Huge Success!

Walt Disney Concert Hall is now the site of the annual food and wine festival.

"The city of Los Angeles has been an incredible partner to us in this endeavor. We never could have done it without their complete cooperation." That comment from the two entrepreneurial gents who founded the L.A. Food & Wine Festival, David Alan Bernahl II and Rob Weakley , was uttered to me late Saturday night at the conclusion of the Grand Lexus Event downtown, almost the last event of the annual four-day festival celebrating the food and wine of the nation and particularly California. I must admit that I had my concerns about the viability of the new venue alongside the venerable ten-year old Walt Disney Concert Hall on Grand Avenue and 1st Street. Their two previous festivals had been at L.A. Live near the Staples Center, humungous street-long events which captured the air of a large part of downtown. This third year was a new, untested venue. and yet I think showman Walt Disney would have loved seeing this wonderful food-and-wine extravaganza co-existing with Disney Hall. Grand Avenue is one of the most iconic streets in the country, wrapped in cultural sophistication due to it proximity to such neighbors as Disney, the Colburn School of Music, the Music Center, Grand Park, MOCA, and the almost completed Broad Museum. My Huffington readers may recall that I have been spending much time of late at MOCA celebrating its various exhibits, from Urs Fisher to the Frank Gehry Beijing display. and trying to shore up the support for its departing director, Jeffrey Deitch. But food and wine is a natural supplement for this austere neighborhood, so the new festival is a welcome annual addition. I talked to 'the boys' about their plans for next year, and they did admit that they might progress it a bit down the avenue to include the street in front of Eli Broad's ambitious new edifice. I would suggest to Rob and David that they rename the festival to include the words "music" and "art" since they seem to be including more of the musical arts to the event. They founded the prestigious Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival held every year in April, and revealed to me that they will be opening a new restaurant shortly downtown on Hope in the art district. I also must celebrate the more than 100 chefs who joined them this year during the four day festivities, and tonight I greeted many of them. old friends and new. Plus more than 100 wineries have joined in, with mixologists and sommeliers coming from all over the nation to participate. (Editor's note: I make it a practice not to drink and drive these days, so my friends in the wine business know I am not shirking my reporting duties when I neglect to sample their wares, although I did make an exception tonight for a sip of the magnificent Justin Wine and its partner, Landmark Wines. just a sip, of course.)

Festival organizers David (left) and Rob (right) with supporters.

Nobu Malibu Chef Gregorio Stephenson and G.M. Brian prepare their dishes.

Justin and Landmark Wines were the only beverages that I quaffed this night.

Caulfield's new chef, Stephan Kalt, served up a delicious dish.

..of duck hash with a quail egg.

This marks the 12th food and wine charity benefit which I have attended thusfar in 2013, with just one more to go on Sept. 28th, the L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Culinary Cookout charity event at Culver Studios to raise money for children's cancer research and treatment. These events raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local L.A. charities, so I swig my stomach medicines and attend them to publicize and praise their efforts. David and Rob told me that their festival this year supports Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry ® campaign. This is the charity which is striving to see that we end chilldhood hunger in America by ensuring that all children get the healthy food they need every day. Did you know that every day one in five children, some 16 million kids in America, go to bed hungry? In California the number is one in four! Don't get me started on that soapbox.

Restaurateur Drew Nieporent comes every year, and eats his way through the town.

Legendary chef John Sedlar reminisced about my first review soem thirty years ago.

Chefs plating the food for 50 luncheon guests at L'Ermitage's Livello Restaurant.

I was selective about the F&W festival events I attended this week, but one that I wouldn't miss was the lunch at L'Ermitage Hotel on Burton Way in Beverly Hills hosted by G.M. Sal Abaunza. My readers know that I have become a huge fan of the Livello Restaurant here and its new chef, Benjamin Dayag. On Friday he was joined by Chef Richard Reddington of REDD in San Francisco and George Mendes of Aldea. Together they served up a festival feast which was memorable for its delicious simplicity. Reddington sent out marinated yellowfin tuna, followed by crispy chicken thighs. Chef Mendez followed with an arroz de pato of duck confit and chorizo, while Ben finished with a honey citrus cake. As I waited for my car. Chef Reddington told me he was off to try the new Connie and Ted's, and I gave him a copy of my recent Jay Weston's Restaurant Newsletter extolling the virtues of that New England Seafood Shack in West Hollywood. Tonight he told me that he had a spectacular meal there, and noted that this format would work anywhere in this country. Agreed.

Arroz de Pato was the main entree by Chef Richard Reddington at the festival lunch.

Two girls from Ireland promoting butter and cheese with Mary Wagstaff (center), PR for the event.

I left the Saturday night event satiated and satisfied, agog at the beautiful sight of the Walt Disney Concert Hall lit up to celebrate its 10th anniversary. And driving home up First Street toward Beverly Hills, I must admit that I made one stop. at Tommy's The Original, for a gooey chile cheeseburger. After all, that is one thing never served at a posh food festival. Too bad, it's awesome.

Why You Can’t Miss the 6th Annual LA Food & Wine Festival

One of the most highly anticipated food events of the year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is making its way back to Los Angeles the last weekend in August and will be featuring a myriad of celebrity chefs and hosts. The festival presented by FOOD & WINE and Lexus spans four days and features tastings, seminars, book signings, cooking demonstrations, luncheons and dinners showcasing the best of the best in the culinary world.

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Guests will also feast on tastes from L.A.’s top restaurants and enjoy wine and cocktails from the industry’s best mixologists.

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FOOD & WINE is always on the cutting edge of what’s new hot and trendy in food, drink and entertainment and they are pulling out all the stops for this year’s festival. Anyone who is anyone in the food world will be there.

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You are totally going to want to score tickets for the entire list of events.

Yours truly is really looking forward to these the most:

Amazon Presents Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse

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The inimitable Emeril Lagasse hosts an evening that brings chefs from all over the country to celebrate the food they are most passionate about. The walk-around tasting that spans one of the most iconic blocks of downtown Los Angeles on the steps of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad features exciting culinary creations from all over the map.

The inspiration for the global take on cuisine comes from the upcoming Amazon Original Series, Eat The World, which follows world-famous Lagasse as his award-winning friends and colleagues José Andrés, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sánchez and Nancy Silverton introduce him to the history, techniques and cooking traditions of their favorite locales across the globe.

Guests will sample food from some of the best chefs in the country as they highlight the dishes that inspire them all while enjoying a plethora of beer, wine and cocktails.

LIVE on Grand hosted by Tyler Florence

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An unbelievable strolling reception with an extraordinary performance by a musical guest. This exceptional evening stars 30 chefs and 50 wineries serving up delicious tastings for you to enjoy while enjoying the Cityscapes of one of the greatest cities in the world. This is the culmination of a city-wide celebration of all things Food, Wine, Celebrity, Music and Los Angeles.

Street Gourmet LA

The 1st Annual LA Street Food Fest this Saturday in Downtown LA.

A couple of weeks ago I was at the Tiara Cafe for the LA Street Food Fest vendor's meeting. The gracious host Fred Eric, Tiara Cafe's tireless chef/owner, fed us and then left the room to Shawna Dawson of Sauce LA, and Sonja Rasula of Unique LA.They are the dynamic duo behind this very timely, 1st Annual LA Street Food Fest.

Shauna and Sonja have put together an impressive fleet of the über-fashionable food trucks that have swept LA by storm and some stars of the LA street food landscape.

Gathered around tables with notebooks and pens at the ready were Don Chow, team Nomnom,QzillaBBQ, Buttermilk, Fresser's,Antojito's Carmen, and Sabor da Bahia.

With the popularity of these trucks I would have expected a group of fans to mob the street truck chefs and empresarios for their autographs. This pre-game rally had the feeling of a Food Truck fan fest with all the stars in attendance.

The festival will give the attendees a bit of time to reflect on the tremendous leap into LA street food culture in the past year. It's the year that Kogi changed our world. It's been a couple of years since the traditional street vendor in LA ducked for cover because of the authorities, amrks the end of an era when makeshift grills and fryers on Breed St. were silenced.

More than ever, the lonchera, or food truck, has become a symbol of Los Angeles food culture. Where rap from Compton and Long Beach became mainstream in the late 80's, the new fangled food trucks of 2010 are a little bit of East LA and San Fernando for everyone. LA has its very own melting pot. and it resides in a mobile kitchen. The majority of LA's food trucks are still predominantly Mexican, but the concept has moved into the nucleus of the Los Angeles dining scene.

At the festival you can get your crack at all these places in one convenient location. The city of Los Angeles hasn't quite caught up to the public, and as a result we have found our trucks and stands shooed away or hassled by the authorities at times. Street food is the ultimate form of democracy. Good stands and trucks draw hordes and the bad ones collect dust. This is Be Delicious, or die! And, Angelenos want food trucks and street food. We want tacos from a lonchera after we leave the club at 2AM. We want a banh mi from that cute girl in the Nomnom truck on our lunch break. We want to wait 45 minutes for a grilled cheese sandwich in the cold. We want to eat a bacon-wrapped hot dog from a stand near an abandoned warehouse.Street food is and will always be a part of Los Angeles.

This is the foodie Super Bowl of street truck dining. At the LA Street Food Fest you can enjoy street food and food trucks as they were meant to be. All your favorite street foods will be there without anyone to send them away. No jealous brick 'n mortars to spoil the fun.

Come out and sample all the great street foods and savor the potpourri of the Los Angeles craze. The trucks and street vendors will be offering small versions of their foods so you can taste many items.

There's going to be beer and wine, Unique LA's valentine's marketplace of local designers and artists for last minute shopping. Get your girlfriend a handbag while she's using the portapottie, just don't get caught!

There will be entertainment, and special guest street food gourmetChef Ludo Lefebvre will be making his now legendary fried chicken from Ludo Bites 3.0.

The event will be raising funds for the LA Regional Food Bank, so show your support for their noble cause and the cause of LA's native culinary movement. See you at the LA Street Food Fest.

What: 1st Annual LA Street Food Fest
Where: LA CENTER STUDIOS (Enter on 500 S. Beaudry Ave, LA, CA 90017)
When: Saturday, February 13th, 11am – 5pm
Admission: General Admission will be available at the door the day of the event on a first-come first-served basis.
More info at the official website

This Year’s 8th Annual LA Food & Wine Festival Once Again Takes Over LA

The 8th annual LA Food & Wine festival is happening August 22 - August 26 across Los Angeles, with dinners from big-name out of town talent and lots of homegrown heroes. The kickoff event will feature Chad Valencia of Lasa and Jon Yao of Kato, and runs $150 a head. Alvin Cailan will be hosting one of the marquee tasting events on Grand Avenue in Downtown on August 23 ($225 per person), followed by a weekend of grand tastings focusing on celebrity chefs like Curtis Stone and Hugh Acheson. Tickets are on sale now.

Goodbye, friend

Santa Monica’s longstanding Indian restaurant Pradeep’s has closed. That’s per Toddrickallen, who says the 23-year-old restaurant is likely to be replaced by a Mexican spot.

Pop’s on Fairfax

Pop’s Bagels continues to pop up around town, doing their own unique LA bagels and schmears. Now they’ve got a brunch date with Animal on Fairfax, running alongside the brunch menu on Saturday, August 18. Diners can enjoy Pop’s there or grab some more to take home.

Good coffee

The Go Get Em Tiger and G&B Coffee team announced this week that they have been scaling up their roasting, with plans to serve their own beans at their multiple locations and even begin bagging and selling them for take-home consumption as well, says LA Magazine.

A homeless man was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in the bathroom of a Highland Park Starbucks, reports The Eastsider.

Mei Lin and more

Mei Lin (Nightshade) and Keiichi Kurobe (Blackship) are collaborating on a round of dinners tomorrow night in anticipation of their respective restaurant openings. There are two seatings, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with only ten seats per eight-course meal. Tickets are $118 plus tax and tip, and reservations to the limited-space event can be made by emailing [email protected] directly.

Changing it up

Hollywood’s Next Door Lounge has new ownership, a nightlife group with ties to Berlin, Germany. The Pearl Group duo has so far flipped the food menu and is updating the interiors, and may push for more new changes down the line.

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