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The four-day event will return in August

August 22nd will mark the beginning of the third annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, according to a press release.

Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, the event will last four days and three nights and will feature a series of food and wine tastings. 1st and 2nd Streets of Grand Avenue will close to allow for live demonstrations from Jenn-Air Master Class Series along with wine tastings, book signings, mixology seminars, and live musical performances.

Over 100 celebrity chefs will participate in the event, including Giada De Laurentiis, Curtis Stone, and Tyler Florence.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa said that “the size, scope, and quality of the festival only add to the momentum Los Angeles has experienced as a place where culinary enthusiasts from around the world should visit frequently.”

Each day will have a different specialty event, such as Festa Italiana and the Lexus Grand Tasting which will each allow for participants to interact with the chefs while experiencing aspects of Los Angeles culinary culture.


3rd Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival- Starry Kitchen

The third annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival will be based at the center of the “Heart of Art” in Downtown Los Angeles along Grand Ave (between 1 st and 2 nd directly in front of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall) and also will take place throughout the city from August 22 through the 25.

Guests can enjoy culinary demonstrations and events from the world’s most celebrated chefs (Curtis Stone, Giada DeLaurentiis, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Duff Goldman, Michael Chiarello) seminars, VIP lunches, Tacos & Tequila Happy Hour, Bacon & Bourbon, Best of Belgium, Champagne and more!

Festa Italiana will kick off this four-day epicurean extravaganza on Thursday, August 22, 2013 including DJ ?uestlove spinning sets. Presented by Lexus, “LIVE On Grand” features 25 chefs and 200 wineries serving up delicious tastings. This is the culmination of a city-wide celebration of all things Food, Wine, Celebrity and Los Angeles and is capped by an extraordinary musical performance by Gavin DeGraw.

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival draws more than 20,000 attendees to celebrate the epicurean talent of The City of Angels.

The festival brings together over 100 celebrity chefs from across the nation, 250 acclaimed wineries and winemakers, and some of Hollywood’s most established talent to events across the city, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Share Our Strength and other local charities.

Tickets for the festival range from $50 for single events to $2,000, with specially priced group and VIP-bundle packages available.

Starry Kitchen will be participating in ‘Eater Presents: Asian Night Market’ on Friday, August 23 from 7 to 10 PM.

For ticket information, visit their website or follow @LAFoodWine on Twitter.


3rd Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival- Chef Neal Fraser

Chef Neal Fraser and the girls from Bravo’s ‘Eat Drink Love’ joined us live to celebrate the 3rd Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival with Chef Neal Fraser and the Cast of Bravo’s ‘Eat Drink Love’

Chef Neal Fraser is a restaurateur and Top Chef Masters cheftestant (current Season 5). He will be participating in Lexus presents Live on Grand hosted by Curtis Stone on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 7-10 p.m.

For tickets or more information, check Twitter or visit the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival website here.

‘Eat, Drink, Love’ follows five single ladies as they claw their way to the top of the male-dominated Los Angeles food scene. ‘Eater LA’ editor Kat Odell, pastry chef Waylynn Lucas, culinary publicist Brenda Urban, private chef Nina Clemente, and culinary marketing specialist Jessica Miller, are sharp, single and successful, mixing business and pleasure in pursuit of the perfect meal and the perfect mate. In the ultra-competitive culinary world, this tight-knit circle of friends must support each other or else risk eating each other alive.

The show will air this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST/PST on Bravo and then move to its new night Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST/PST beginning August 29 th.

For more about ‘Eat Drink Love’ visit the website or watch a preview here.


Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival: Grand Tasting

The grand tasting event featured the best chefs from Los Angeles and beyond.

Coppa di Testa with picked vegetables and salsa verde

Citrus marinated hamachi with purple potato-date salad, jalapeno and ginger yogurt

Mirabelle at Beaver Creek

Grilled chicken, avocado, tomatoes and micro greens

Roasted Pork Shoulder with peach mostarda & escarole

Goat meatballs with braised cabbage, pine nuts, currants and shaved goat cheese

Falk Yeah! Productions

Tomato-raspberry, avocado, Brazil nuts and marjoram

Strawberry shortcake with mascarpone cream biscuit and sweet cream ice cream

Tartlette smoked salmon, dill, cucumber, and lebni

Strawberry shortcake: ricotta cheesecake ice cream, strawberry vinegar, roasted strawberries and buttered almond

Vadouvan rice bowl with crispy pork belly and charred octopus

Verve Coffee and Dark Matter Coffee

The Grange Restaurant & Bar

Cowboy sushi: zabuton, uni, horseradish, and shiso

Sea salt Cream & Cookies and Eureka lemon & Marionberries Ice Cream

Squid, potato, cucumber and recado negro

Peach Tres Leches

Many thanks to Plated an M Booth PR for inviting me to be a part of the festivals and their road trip along the United States!

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Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival 2014

One of Los Angeles’s most sought after food events returns for the 4 th year- the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE, Lexus, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, JENN-AIR, and Delta Airlines. This four-day epicurean event showcased the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles, and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Located in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles, along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents. The star-studded lineup has included celebrated chefs such as Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thomas Keller, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and local favorites such as Rory Herrmann, Michael Voltaggio, Matsuhisa Nobu, and Sang Yoon. One can choose between locations such as Santa Monica, Hollywood, to Beverly Hills as their culinary destination. LA Food and Wine festival supports the Berkley Foundation and No Kid Hungry, two spectacular nonprofit organizations striving to raise funds to enrich our youth with means for a future, and a campaign to end hunger & poverty in the U.S. and internationally abroad.

The Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine festival is utterly fantastic. The festival screams superiority, quality, and merit. What makes this event better than any other is that food fans in Los Angeles can taste and meet acclaimed chefs from various parts of the state and country. Food enthusiasts can travel to this food fete and not only savor bites from praised restaurants such as Osteria Mozza, Republique, Hinoki & The Bird, and Faith & Flower, but they can meet celebrity chefs such as Chef Morimoto, James Beard winner Laura Werlin, and Top Chef Masters television personality Graham Elliot.

Although we enjoyed several food and wine pairing seminars, to lunching at Scarpetta with Chef Scott Conant and Michelin Award winning celebrity Chef Graham Elliot, to cooking demonstrations by NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant leading Latina Chef, Lorena Garcia- we fell in love with the Lexus Grand Tasting both Saturday and Sunday. At the Grand Tasting many can enjoy over 300 wines from some of the world’s most prestigious wineries, and 25 Celebrity Chefs who showcased their culinary skills by providing delicious tasting samples of their cuisine. Below we have listed some of the best bites we tasted at LAFW made by their executive chef and the commended restaurant in which they practice.

Prepared: Shrimp & Grits, Rock Shrimp, Andoulle Sausage, and cheddar cheese.

Prepared: Mussels, coconut-green curry, sausage, and cilantro.

Prepared: Spinach Tagliolini

Prepared: California Seabass Crudo, Meyer Lemon Relish, Puffed Rice, and Espellete Pepper

Prepared: Savory Corn Panna Cotta with Passmore Ranch Sturgeon & Black truffle Salad

Prepared: Hamachi Sashimi, Liquid Nitrogen Compressed Watermelon with white soy and lime sauce

Prepared: Braised Pork Belly Crostini, pickled vegetables, & fresh Horseradish

Prepared: Carne Crudo Asada

Prepared: Crispy Street Tacos with Shanked Pork

Prepared: Vietnamese Sunfed Farms Beef Brisket with Rau Ram

Prepared: Deviled Quail Egg, puff pastry, caramelized radish salad, tabasco remoulade, frisee, & fresh horseradish

Prepared: Homemade Ricotta Affumicata, Capuccio Verde, Marinato Con Mele, Mostarda De Vicenza


Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Returns

The Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival will start August 22 and continue on through August 25.

The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is back in Southern California for its third consecutive year. The festival brings together some of the most celebrated culinary talent in the country for a four day event that takes place in various areas of Los Angeles. The festivities offer guests a chance to sample the cuisines and specialized products of the most prominent leaders of their industry. The entire event caters to nearly all of the human senses by also hosting the entertainment industry’s biggest talents during the live culinary demonstrations, wine and spirit tastings, book signings and many more.

The first annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival took place in 2011 and brought in over 15,000 attendees to witness and taste firsthand food from140 celebrity chefs and almost 300 wineries. Hollywood celebrities filled the event lineup, such as Kathy Griffin and Randy Jackson. The entire five-day event raised $400,000 to support St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.


L.A. Food & Wine Festival Brings the Best Chefs Together to Serve You

With so much creativity and art pulsating through the hearts of Angelenos, it’s no wonder Los Angeles has become one of the most exciting food cities in the world.

Reflecting the city's passion and multiculturalism, the eighth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, running Aug. 22-26, has expanded to a five-day, immersive culinary experience, heating up the tail end of summer with tastings, chef demos and all-around foodie excellence.

David Bernahl, CEO of Coastal Luxury Management, works tirelessly to keep the massive event looking fresh, noting that it’s really the industry that updates the festival each year. “Food and beverage is constantly changing — ingredients, composition, flavors, styles — it’s always evolving,” he acknowledges.

“We really like to let our chefs and winemakers steer the course of our parties in this way, our guests are always experiencing what is on the forefront of food and wine today,” Bernahl adds. “We may have general themes for dinners or events, but the dishes and beverages show the real story of what’s happening in the culinary world.”

L.A. Weekly talked to LAFW chefs about their attraction to L.A. and what deliciousness you can expect them to serve.

Breva in the Hotel Figueroa will host Casey Lane's “power lunch.” Credit: Courtesy Breva

Several “power lunch” events are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24. James Beard Award–nominated chef Casey Lane is creating a four-course, southern France–inspired power lunch at Breva in downtown's Hotel Figueroa, with Michael Passmore of Passmore Ranch and Joey Elenterio of Paligroup.

“L.A. inspires me so much, because there is so much variation in the neighborhoods … such authenticity in the different communities,” Lane says. “I think that’s the reason why the food culture is so outstanding — you have restaurants in Thai Town, dim sum in Alhambra and Mexican restaurants throughout the city.”

During the lunch, Lane will be serving dishes including smoked trout cornetti, quail egg with caviar sabayon melon, Fresno chili and gamberetti marinotti salmon crudo e cotto, tres cebolla, pistou.

Also part of the “Power Lunch” chef collaboration series is Steve Samson, who will be creating an Italian lunch with Denver’s Alex Seidel, the James Beard winner for Best Chef Southwest, at Rossoblu.

“L.A. is one of the great food cities of the world due to the accessibility of excellent raw materials,” Samson says. “The climate allows for year-round access to great produce, meats and fish.”

Samson is enthusiastic about out-of-town chefs coming in to stake their claim in L.A.

“As the second largest city in the country, it’s not as cost-prohibitive to do business, compared to San Francisco and New York,” he explains. “Also, the diversity here offers an amazing spread of ethnic foods throughout the city.”

During his lunch, Samson will use as much local produce as possible. “Chef Seidel is bringing ingredients from Colorado and is doing the pasta course. I’ll be doing a California lamb dish and local swordfish dish.”

Fernando Darin's vegan burger made with Beyond Meat Credit: Courtesy Fernando Darin

LIVE on Grand Avenue, DTLA, Aug. 25, hosted by Curtis Stone and Tiffani Amber Thiessen

If you are headed downtown Saturday night, check out Top Chef’s popular mustached contestant, Joe Sasto, executive chef at Cal Mare, who's serving warm zeppole, whipped burrata, fermented leek and Black River caviar to hungry fans.

“L.A. is a new, up-and-coming hive-mind in the food scene,” Sasto says. “I feel it is still in its infancy we are at the cusp of seeing a lot of really amazing things in the future.”

The veteran chef has been aware of a “huge turning point” in the last five years. “Diners are now looking and willing to travel for chef-driven restaurants, and are no longer content with the generic big-box chain outlet.”

Sasto is motivated by his access to the bounty of California. “Some of the best ingredients in the world is often where the inception of a dish begins. That, coupled with a consumer base that gets just as excited about a humble carrot, makes L.A. an incredibly inspiring and exciting place to be.”

Also at Grand Avenue is Fernando Darin, executive chef at LACMA, Ray’s & Stark Bar and Comadre Pizza. He is inspired by the sustainable garden the museum built behind Ray’s.

“I’ve been into vegetables and meat substitutes for a while now, and have been leaning toward vegetarianism for a minute,” Darin said. “This is why I will be serving a vegan burger made with Beyond Meat. I’ll be making the burger buns to order in the back, serving them fresh and warm.”

Preux & Proper's lamb ribs Credit: Susan Hornik

Lexus Grand Tasting, Aug. 25-26, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica

Preux & Proper chef Samuel Monsour is mesmerized by L.A.’s rich imagery. “All the history, the cultures that have come together to create what it is today, and a constantly evolving food scene are all very inspiring. You can get a delicious meal for $2 to $200, from ketchup to caviar. It’s amazing.”

Monsour also is influenced by the Mexican culinary staff who assist him at his restaurants. “I have been lucky whenever they have brought in treats from their neighborhood. I love learning about their family recipes and incorporating that into our menu.”

Along with his tasty Colorado lamb ribs, which are heavily seasoned with Jamaican jerk spice, Monsour is bringing a few of his secret bottles of Maker’s Mark private select bourbon, but only for L.A. Weekly readers who ask to do a shot with him!

The Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills also will be at Grand Tasting, serving Yukon gold potato waffle topped with lobster and Béarnaise sauce and a crab falafel pita with taramasalata and hummus.

“Within the past decade, new industries have brought more residents and cultures to L.A., and these communities expect more authentic and exciting flavors,” says executive chef David Codney.

“Restaurants and bars have opened in neighborhoods all over Los Angeles. If you have an innovative culinary idea, it’s a great city to open a trendy hot spot, pop-up, food truck, a cart or a dumpling shop in a mini-mall. In L.A., if you build it, and it’s great — they will come.”

Codney invites L.A. Weekly readers to stop by the Peninsula booth for some wine. “We are pouring rosé — come see us!”

And while you are eating Blue Ribbon’s black vinegar–glazed pork ribs with spicy slaw, congratulate chef/owner Bruce Bromberg on celebrating 25 years in business.

The restaurateur, who recently moved to L.A., will be opening two restaurants.

“L.A. is very inspiring to me it is developing into one of the great food cities of the world. There are some venerable institutions, but add to it lots of newcomers, coming from everywhere — across the Pacific Rim, Hawaii, the South, etc. There are new flavors, new cultures and a mixing of lots of flavors you can’t find anywhere else,” he says.

For a long time, maybe Los Angeles wasn’t taken seriously as a food city, Bromberg acknowledges.

“But I think it really came down to the way we ate. L.A. is about casual, local and a diverse spectrum of flavors, all aspects that we’re looking for, more than ever, when we go out to eat now.”

“This is one of the few cities where you can find authentic street tacos, falafel, Korean BBQ and a chef-driven restaurant all on the same block. That creates a vibrancy and a freedom we should all be excited to explore.”

Chef Antonia Lofaso's aguachile Credit: Antonia Lofaso

Ultimate Bites of L.A., Aug. 23, Grand Avenue

“Why it’s an exciting time in food right now actually has more to do with the people of Los Angeles where there’s been a demand,” asserts chef Antonia Lofaso, who is hosting Ultimate Bites with chef Alvin Cailan. “They are the ones who support all the restaurants, saying, ‘We will be out every night in the restaurants eating and drinking, because we love and are loyal to our city.’”

Lofaso, who is chef/owner of Black Market Liquor Bar, Scopa Italian Roots and the Local Peasant and a chef/partner of Dama, will be serving two favorites at Ultimate Bites, aguachile and churros, to lucky attendees.

“I always say Los Angeles has some of the most loyal patrons of the country. They follow chefs and restaurateurs and want to see the great new thing that they’re opening — they’re excited about the great new thing that’s happening, they’re interested and excited to learn instead of being pessimistic.”

HEAT on the Street, Aug. 24, Grand Avenue

Chef Aarón Sánchez Credit: Courtesy LAFW

“Since I moved here in 1981, L.A. has been the most exciting food town I’ve ever experienced — and I travel a ton! It’s just that everyone has suddenly, finally noticed,” muses Mary Sue Milliken, one of the chefs at HEAT.

“L.A. has always had such a strong culture of openness and curiosity, and coupled with the spectacular quality of raw ingredients, it’s the perfect storm,” she adds. “I like the fact that no matter what neighborhood I’m in, there’s an extraordinary bakery, craft bar, restaurant, deli, coffee shop, etc., and you don’t have to drive across town anymore to find excellence.”

Along with Susan Feniger, Milliken will be serving Peruvian poke tostadita with a vegan option as well.

Also during “Heat,” chef Aarón Sánchez (Fox’s MasterChef) will be serving his abuela’s albondigas. “I liked the idea of bringing a family recipe that is simple, fun and honors my legacy.”


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Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival - Recipes

By all accounts, the first annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival at LA Live was a smashing success. If we judge food festivals based on how stuffed we were, then this one takes the cake as we came starving and left belts loosen and stomachs completely satiated. But of course what makes a food festival a success is more than that and that’s where the folks putting on the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival have the right formula—top chefs, great variety, and flawless execution. It’s no suprise that they’re the same folks that put on the wildly successful Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival that we had such a wonderful time two years ago. Spanning 4 days and over 70 different events it’s almost mind numbing to choose one over another. But if you had to choose one, the grand tasting events are the place to be. With over 30 chefs and just as many wineries it’s always a treat to see what the chefs come up with.

Our favorite bite of the day was Wolfgang Puck’s raw seafood stew (above) of uni, clams, hamachi, and succulent amaebi prawns and it’s delectably fried head in a hot tomato broth. Simply spectacular.

Another favorite was Drago Centro‘s fresh agnolotti pasta with shaved truffles from the man himself, Celestino Drago. Anything with freshly shaven tuffles will be a hit, but the agnolotti alone was on point.

Taking his meatballs all the way from New York City was Daniel Holzman, chef of The Meatball Shop. After a meal from The Meatball Shop last year, we enjoyed it so much we made several versions his meatballs at home to much success. To our delight, he will be coming out with a cookbook soon!

Of course what’s a food festival with some liquid nitrogen? Stephan Richter of Top Chef fame and Stephan’s at LA Farm indulged our fancies with a red wine lollipop. Fancy that, wine on a stick!

The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival has an air of elegance and exclusivity. No expense was spared as everything from knorks, fancy port-a-potties, personalized chef’s coats, and modern lounge areas were quite impressive. While pricey, the quality of dishes and ingredients and free flow of wine and booze and top talent certainly makes it worthwhile. It’s a welcomed and fabulous addition to the Los Angeles food scene, and one we will look forward to yearly.


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