If you read this blog and live in Los Angeles, then you will absolutely want to check out one or more events during the first annual Los Angeles Food & Wine, a four day food spectacular starting tomorrow night and running through Sunday. Celebrity chefs such as Tom Colicchio, Masaharu Marimoto, Hubert Keller and Daniel Boulud will be flying in from all over the country to personally plate and serve tasting portions of their culinary masterpieces. Events are being held all over the city and include a celebrity red carpet premiere tasting, a clambake at a private beach club in Santa Monica featuring Tom Colicchio, an over-the-top champagne and caviar party at L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills and a gourmet BBQ on the Santa Monica Pier hosted by Guy Fieri. All will have numerous celebrity chefs plating and will feature dozens of world class wines, beers, spirits or champagnes. There are after hours parties, including a decadent dessert party and an event called “Pigs, Pins and Pinot” at Lucky Strike Lanes hosted by Todd English, as well as an outdoor concert/tasting with the band Train. There are also special lunches and dinners at top local restaurants such as Providence, Melisse, Nobu and Cut. A portion of the events’ proceeds go to benefit a great cause, Meals on Wheels.
It is hard to decide which event to attend, but the events I am most looking forward to are the “Grand Tastings” Downtown at LA Live on Saturday and Sunday afternoon (from noon to 3 pm), which will each feature 30 different celebrity chefs and over 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries, as well as cooking demonstrations. I am giving away a pair of tickets (which have a value of $390) to Sunday’s Grand Tasting to one lucky reader of this blog. For more information on how to win these tickets, click here. I look forward to seeing the lucky winner at the event!
For more information on Los Angeles Food & Wine and to buy tickets, click here.