The Torch Award, which symbolizes Illumination, Energy, Joy, Victory, Enlightenment, Hope and Education will be presented to Roy Choi on Sunday, August 25 at 3:30 pm on Center Stage by The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and The California Restaurant Association. This prestigious award was created to honor outstanding chefs and/or restaurateurs who embody all those qualities and characteristics. Roy was chosen for his outstanding knowledge and leadership; philanthropic and community efforts; extraordinary talent and creativity; and his innovation and inspiration.
TEMECULA VALLEY, Calif. (PRWEB) – Celebrate California Wine Month Temecula-style this September in a month-long toast to the region’s bounty. Wine tasting with a choice of nearly 50 wineries is made easy with a Sip Sip Stay package. Wineries throughout the region will be celebrating with wine stomps, wine pairing dinners, Shakespeare in the Vines, live music, and more. The month will culminate with its popular annual CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase.
Sip Sip Stay Package
The Sip Sip Stay package is designed for visitors booking at least a two-night stay and wish to do wine tasting. A two-night stay will earn one SIP Passport, a $48 value. Visitors booking a September three night stay will receive two SIP Passports, a $96 value. The stay must be Sunday through Thursday during September 1-30, 2019, excluding holidays and available while supply lasts, restrictions apply. Passports valid Mon-Fri
The SIP Passport provides an opportunity to taste award-winning wines produced in Temecula Valley Wine Country while avoiding the weekend crowds. The ticket holder chooses when and which five wineries to visit out of more than 25 participating wineries. Each location includes a standard wine tasting. In addition to a wine tasting, guests can take advantage of special offers only available as passport holders.
CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase
CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase, September 28, 2019, will bring wineries and local restaurants together at Monte De Oro Winery for attendees to taste some of the best the region has to offer. More than 35 wineries will be featuring their latest and greatest varieties, while patrons mix and mingle with winemakers, vineyard owners, chefs, and new friends as they enjoy live entertainment and artisan food bites from over 15 local restaurants.
Places to Taste
Visitors to the region can take advantage of three unique wine trails to help plan their wine-tasting experience, each offering a unique set of vineyards and wineries for discovery and tastings. From the time-tested traditions and ease-of-access of the Rancho California Wine Trail to Calle Contento Wine Trail’s “off-the-beaten-path” experience to De Portola Wine Trail’s, equestrian country showcasing wine styles from around the world, there is a wine trail for every Temecula Valley visitor.
Some of the region’s oldest and most well-known wineries can be found on the Rancho California Wine Trail. This is the most well-known, therefore busiest trail. For an “off the beaten path” wine tasting experience, visitors won’t want to miss the Calle Contento Wine Trail. Located just off Rancho California Road, this wine trail boasts sweeping views of vineyards throughout the trail’s meandering path. Just south of Rancho California Road, the De Portola Wine Trail wanders through an equestrian region, nestled against the foothills of Temecula Valley.
Things To Do
September is an ideal time to visit Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, with its wine grapes heavy on the vines waiting for harvest, clear blue skies, and a calendar full of events and activities in wine country, as well as other attractions only minutes away. Find out everything there is to see and do in the region at VisitTemeculaValley.com or call to request a free Visitor Guide at 888-363-2852.
About Visit Temecula Valley
Laid back, picturesque Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country welcomes nearly three million visitors each year. It is a year-round vacation destination, located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles.
Temecula Valley Wine Country is widely recognized for its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and experiential wineries. The popular boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as historic Old Town Temecula, and Pechanga Resort Casino. It also was named as a 2019 Wine Enthusiast 10 Best Wine Travel Destination.
Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors. The Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula. For visitor information and assistance, please call (888) 363-2852 or go to VisitTemeculaValley.com.
McLean, VA – USA TODAY NETWORK Events, part of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), announces that the USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience 2019 tour with Martha Stewart kicks off Saturday, September 7 in Brooklyn, New York. Additional cities and dates include Detroit, September 14; Indianapolis, September 28; Cincinnati, October 5; Louisville, October 19; Las Vegas, October 26, presented by MGM Resorts International; Scottsdale, November 2 & 3; Los Angeles, November 9; Chicago, November 16; and closing in Naples, November 23.
“This marks the third year for USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience,” said Andy Yost, chief marketing officer for USA TODAY | Gannett. “Our readers already rely on us for authentic, expert content to tell the story of food in our communities and this is brought to life with USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience’s inspiring culinary showcase that connects participating brands with passionate audiences. We’re thrilled to continue to give consumers direct access to talented chefs, restaurateurs, wine and spirit experts and their products.”
USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience is an engaging culinary exploration in each city of the tour where fans and connoisseurs alike taste and celebrate wine and food and see national and regional gourmet leaders at work. These events give sponsors the opportunity to directly and powerfully connect with patrons.
Martha Stewart will appear in Naples, presenting a limited-ticket seminar plus meet and greet, as well as a cooking demonstration for all Grand Tasting guests. In addition, all patrons can enjoy samples from Martha Stewart Wine Co.
Renowned chefs such as The Food Network’s Chopped stars Alex Guarnaschelli and Scott Conant, Netflix Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski are special guests on the tour. Brie and Nikki Bella, also known as The Bella Twins of WWE fame and stars of reality TV show Total Bellas on E!, join the tour with their Belle Radici wine brand. Global wine authorities include SommSelect cofounder Ian Cauble, among only 274 Master Sommeliers worldwide and star of Netflix docufilm “SOMM,” and David Lynch, sommelier, two-time James Beard Award recipient and editorial director, SommSelect. Guarnaschelli will appear in Brooklyn, Detroit, Scottsdale, Indianapolis and Louisville. Conant will be a special guest in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Chicago. Porowski will be a special guest in Brooklyn Scottsdale, Los Angeles and Chicago. The Bella Twins and Cauble and Lynch appear in all 10 tour stops. Special guest chefs for Las Vegas will be announced in the coming months.
Central to each USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience is the Grand Tasting, a flavorful exploration of special chef recipes, wines, craft beers and spirits with diverse gourmet personalities and restaurateurs. Grand Tasting and VIP Grand Tasting tickets include access to a schedule of cooking demonstrations and wine seminars; VIP tickets add early entry and a special lounge with exclusive drinks and bites. In addition, limited-ticket seminars and meet and greets are available with special guest chefs Stewart, Guarnaschelli, Conant, Porowski and others, and sell out quickly.
Tickets are available at WineandFood.USATODAY.com/ Early ticket purchase is recommended as most USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience events sold out in 2018. Consumers and participating brands can engage with USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience on social media via #WFE and @usatodaywinefood.
R Entertainment of Scottsdale, Ariz., which co-developed and produced Scottsdale-based azcentral Wine & Food Experience in 2015, produces the national series in conjunction with USA TODAY.
All I knew in advance about the sold out “Taste of Summer” wine dinner before I attended was the wine list from Byron Blatty Wines. Vintner Mark Blatty was going to be in attendance, as well as winemakers Steve Lemley and Nate Hasper. (You know these names as the winemakers for our very own local Pulchella Winery.)
The Old Town Junction (OTJ) was filled to capacity, taking advantage of both the large front and back rooms. The usual friendly OTJ wait staff were smiling during their efficient work; as the diners were appreciative, interested and happy. Mark, Steve and Nate worked the room, talking to guests and helping to clear glasses to make way to serve new wines. During each course Chef Daniel Otto came out of the kitchen to discuss the food pairing, and he was joined by either Mark or Steve to talk about the wine.
Before I share the pairings first a little bit about the story behind Byron Blatty Wines…as they stand out for several reasons: they are on the forefront of making a true LA County wine movement by primarily using grapes from LA County in their wines. In a previous article I did the Blattys shared their reasons for wanting to focus on LA County grapes, this is an excerpt:
BIO: “There is a common thread,” Mark began, “and it’s that all of us here love to drink wine.” He and Jenny have a background in television production and now they are also “Executive Producers” of their wine. He’s learned that you don’t have to own it all (a winery and the vineyards) to make wine.
CHALLENGES: Consumers have zero experience or a “bad experience” with LA County wines. But when people discover the wines, and enjoy them, he feels a certain sense of pride as an Angeleno. Another challenge: those writing about wine aren’t writing about LA County Wines, so there is no book educating them.
BIO: For Jenny it was a “daydream” and she was “obsessed with wine.” That obsession drove her to take classes and start making wines in 2013. Putting out their first vintage in 2014 – most of the grapes they picked themselves and continue to do so. That first vintage produced less than two barrels.
2018 Rosé, 100% Grenache. Neenach Ranch Vineyard, Antelope Valley
Course #1: American and European cheese and fruit.
EB: This plate was devoured by guests. Chef Otto felt that the nuts complemented the Grenache Rose, I felt that it all did. Nothing better than a starter of interesting cheeses and a cool and crisp pink wine before dinner.
2016 Agenda, 85% Syrah, 15% Tannat. Alonso Family Vineyards, Sierra Pelona Valley (the Tannat came from Bella Collina, Adelaida District, Paso Robles.)
91 points, Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast
Course #2: Seared Day Boat Scallops, pea puree, corn relish, Yuzo gel.
EB: This was my favorite pairing. I told Chef Otto that the grilled sear on the scallops and the roast on the corn complemented the Syrah-Tannat blend nicely, bringing out a sweet char. Where most chefs go for a white wine with fish, for me it’s more about how the fish is prepared. Glad Chef Otto thinks this way too.
2017 Undertake 60% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, 10% Merlot, 5% Syrah. All from the Northeast LA County, except for the Petite Sirah which came from Paso.
Course #3: Braised Short Rib, heirloom carrots, creamed spinach, crispy fingerling potatoes, asparagus, red wine demi.
EB: For me, the short rib had a drying quality on the palate, having it with this huge red blend was the perfect accompaniment.
2016 Evenfall 65% Tempranillo, 25% Petite Sirah, 10% Merlot. Neenach Ranch Vineyard, Antelope Valley (Grenache), Manini Vineyard, Paso Robles (Petite Sirah), Smith Family Vineyards, Los Angeles County (Merlot).
Course #4: Pork Tenderloin, rubbed with toasted spices, house made BBQ sauce, apple gel, onion strings, roasted sweet potatoes.
EB: Evenfall was my favorite wine in the lineup. In the pairing, the aroma of the pork reached me before I took my first bite, making it very tempting. With all of the rich pork and sweet potato the wine – dry with gripping tannins – worked really well.
2017 Tremor, 65% Grenache, 30% Merlot, 5% Syrah. From Neenach Ranch Vineyard (Grenache), Smith Family Vineyards (Merlot), Alonso Family Vineyards (Syrah). All vineyards run parallel to the San Andreas Fault.
Dessert Course: Warm Chocolate Cake with Berry Compote.
EB: Honestly, at this point, I was full and sated…then this dessert just put me over the edge. I packed it up (in a box that joined my other box with some short rib and pork tenderloin) as it was all simply too good to leave behind.
Note on the wines
Not having the opportunity to do tasting notes just on the wines, I rectified this by organizing a small tasting with the Winey Women Unwind group in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for our collective tasting notes on this website soon.
About Byron Blatty Wines
With a focus on red Bordeaux and Rhone varietals, each one of our handcrafted wines is meticulously guided from flower to fruit, harvest to crush, and barrel to bottle. Along the way we make each careful decision with the fruit’s identity and individual character in mind.
If terroir is an expression of place, Los Angeles has never been expressed this way before.
To inquire about Membership options please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or see their website: https://byronblatty.com/membership
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits
Healdsburg, Calif.–Chef Charlie Palmer and winemaker Clay Mauritson announce the ninth annual Project Zin event, taking place Friday, August 16-Saturday, August 17 at Hotel Healdsburg. This do-good wine weekend offers a series of dining and educational events hosted by Chef Palmer, Clay Mauritson and some of the industry’s most elite winemakers. Saturday evening’s preeminent wine event, Project Zin gathers some of the most sought after Zinfandels and Sonoma County chefs with all proceeds benefiting the Down Syndrome Association North Bay. Hotel packages and a la carte tickets are now on sale.
Saturday evening’s Project Zin event lines up 21 of the most highly acclaimed Zinfandel wines from Northern California. The number 21 is significant: in most cases of Down Syndrome there is an extra copy of chromosome 21, which changes the body and brain’s normal development. Clay and Carrie Mauritson’s ten-year old son Brady was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at the age of 2 ½, which led the Mauritson family to seek support from friends, family, and community organizations, including the Down Syndrome Association, North Bay (DSANB). In addition to DSANB, Clay solicited the aid of his close friend and winemaking partner, Chef Charlie Palmer, and Project Zin was born. In the years since Project Zin’s inception, the Sonoma County winemaking and culinary community has come together to raise over $750,000 for DSANB, providing much needed funds for research and support for individuals and families affected by Down Syndrome. A letter from Clay and Carrie Mauritson highlighting their personal challenges with Down Syndrome and the subsequent support they received from the DSANB can be found here.
Chef & Winemaker Talent
Now in its ninth year, the local and global winemaker and chef community comes out in droves to support a fellow winemaking family, as well as DSANB, including such prolific wineries as Robert Biale Vineyards, Carlisle Winery & Vineyards Ridge Vineyards, Williams Selyem, Seghesio Family Vineyards, and acclaimed wine country restaurants Dry Creek Kitchen, Valette, and SingleThread Farm – Restaurant – Inn, and more. A full list of wineries and restaurants can be found here: http://projectzin.org/talent/.
Limited availability, for package guests only.
Rockpile Vineyard Lunch with Clay Mauritson (Mauritson Winery), Ian Blackburn (Beekeeper Cellars) and Andy Robinson (Seghesio Family Vineyards).
Guests will be picked up from Hotel Healdsburg and will wind their way to the top of the historic Rockpile Ridge Vineyard. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the heart of the vineyard while sipping a glass of Rosé with Clay, Ian and Andy. The afternoon will feature lunch served alongside a vertical of Rockpile Zinfandels. Your afternoon will conclude with a stop at Mauritson Winery where guests can enjoy coffee and a tour of the production facility. This is a truly fantastic experience to spend an afternoon filled with spectacular wine, delicious food and great company.
Saturday, August 17 | 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Rockpile Ridge Vineyard
Limerick Lane Vineyard Lunch with Jake Bilbro (Limerick Lane), Mike Officer (Carlisle Winery) and Chris Cottrell (Bedrock Wine Company)).
Guests will be escorted from Hotel Healdsburg to Limerick Lane located in the far northeastern corner of the Russian River, just south of Healdsburg. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the heart of the vineyard while sipping a glass of Rosé with Jake, Mike and Chris. The afternoon will feature lunch served alongside a vertical of Rockpile Zinfandels. Your afternoon will end with a stop at Mauritson Winery where guests can enjoy coffee and a tour of the production facility.
Saturday, August 17 | 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Limerick Lane Vineyard
Saturday evening’s Project Zin event is our preeminent food and wine event where guests will sample 21 of the most sought-after Zinfandels paired with tastings from Chef Palmer, Dry Creek Kitchen as well as top Sonoma County chefs.
The evening includes an inspiring Live Auction with Daryl Groom and Silent Auction where guests will have the chance to obtain rare, once-in-a-lifetime wine, food lots and travel packages. All proceeds go to Down Syndrome Association North Bay.
Saturday, August 17 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Hotel Healdsburg | $200 per person
Tickets & Hotel Packages
Tickets and hotel packages go on sale on June 12 at 11 am PST and can be purchased online at http://projectzin.org/tickets/. Tickets and package pricing are listed below.
A la carte tickets
Includes admission to event, unlimited tasting of Zinfandels and culinary creations
$200 (excludes taxes/fees)
Rockpile Vineyard Lunch: $150
Limerick Lane Vineyard Lunch: $150
Project Zin Packages
All packages include two-night accommodations for two in a luxurious Hotel Healdsburg, h2hotel or Harmon Guest House room, daily gourmet breakfast and valet parking, VIP check-in to all events, welcome wine reception with Clay & Carrie Mauritson on Friday, August 16 at Hotel Healdsburg, two tickets to Saturday Vineyard Lunch of Choice, and two tickets to Project Zin.
Project Zin Hotel Healdsburg Package
Two-night accommodations for two in a Hotel Healdsburg Premier King Room
Package Price: $2,388.83 (15 packages available)
Project Zin H2hotel Package
Two-night accommodations for two in a h2hotel Eco-King Room
Package Price: $2,156.83 (5 packages available)
Project Zin Harmon Guest House Package
Two-night accommodations for two in a Harmon Guest House King Room
Package Price: $2,156.83 (5 packages available)
It may have been the 10th Annual LA Food Fest, held on the infield of Santa Anita Park, but it was the first LA Food Fest for me. Unfortunately, it was set to be the last. This is what I learned from their (abbreviated) press release:
The LA Food Fest was born as the LA Street Food Fest in 2009 founded by Shawna Dawson, Founder + CEO of Angeleno, Inc. (Sauce LA, LA Food Fest, Artisanal LA and Clean Made). She officially kicked off her very first event in Downtown Los Angeles in February 2010. With a lofty goal to not only to fill a gap in the event scene by creating something that was the first of its kind, Dawson created a culinary community and a platform to support independent small businesses that has traveled from Los Angeles Center Studios in DTLA, the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Exposition Park, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and to its final destination Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, cementing the LA Food Fest as L.A.’s premier street food event.
What We Had
Approximately 5,000 foodies had their pick from over 100 “restaurants, carts, stands, trucks, bars, beer, wine and craft cocktail makers” and “Nuevo Gastropub.”
The infield, I would quickly learn, is huge! What I thought was the main event was just one corner. Of course I took a lot of photos, and these were standouts for me:
The myriad of flavors from Truly Hard Seltzer (loved that blueberry) and Jiant Hard Kombucha (Green tea, elderflower and jasmine = yum!) canned low-alcohol beverages; Red Rock Deli’s many potato chip flavors; Tequila Sin Rival, seeing park workers smiling under their Sahara hats; the many-flavored Bertha Mae’s Brownies that would be swell in both wine and whisky pairings; You Had Me At Helado refreshing honeycomb ice cream and grapefruit Champagne sorbet; discovered Citrus Grove Distillers vodka and bourbon (planning a road trip to Claremont to try their many gins); The Pie Hole’s amazing mini pie selections (more blueberry!); Revel Spirits Agave – especially the barrel aged; Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese light and cool cheesecake; every taste from Tequila Don Nacho, Bite Me Gourm-Asian “Kimchini” kimchi rice ball stuffed with cheese and topped with teriyaki and Sriracha aioli (my favorite dish!); Krafted Rum – white, pineapple and barrel aged; Takami seared tuna; Nine Banded Whiskey cocktail made by Mister O’s was my fave cocktail of the day; Mama Musubi gourmet rice balls; Alexander’s Steakhouse tuna, roe and Ponzu shooter; Wedell Cellars wines; from “Gordon Ramsay Uncharted” we enjoyed Manuel’s Potatoes fried in duck fat, honey and cheese; Tequila Corazon; the mole sauce from Quiadayn; both the booth workers and the pizza from Pizza of Venice; and pretty floral crowns and clothing from Crown Bloom Floral.
We got in on some of the dishes created by the “international guests chefs” in the “Nuevo Gastropub” section of the event including chef Sergio Meza and his innovative dish of broiled beet with cheese, pistachio and lemon dust. Chef Meza came all the way from his restaurant in Columbia to blow our minds at the LA Food Fest. Chef Rafael Covarrubias, born in Mexico and currently at Hexagon in Ontario, Canada created a delectable Spanish shrimp tostada with peanuts, salsa, mushrooms, onions and more. Chef Eduardo Morali, from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico thrilled guests with a simple grilled corn on the cob with black garlic and creamy sauce. Then Chef Emmanuelle Deboise, currently at La Casa Caramel, finished us off completely with a small dessert of grilled plantain, avocado, cheese and honey.
Participating Chefs and Restaurants
Chef Dante Ferrero (Dante Brasa y Fuego, Mexico City); Olivier Deboise (Aperi, San Miguel de Allende); Sergio Meza (Villanos en Bermudas, Mexico City), co-owner of one of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants; Rafael Covarrubias (Hexagon and 7 Enoteca, Ontario, Canada); Eduardo Morali (Pangea, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) and French pastry chef Emmanuelle Deboise (La Casa Caramel, San Miguel de Allende). Restaurants included Cuizina, Quiadaiyn, The Burristas, Cevicheria las Olas, African Chop, El Chef Taco, Ken’s Ramen, POKEBAR, Big Grandma’s Kitchen, Sushi Roku, Oak Smoke BBQ, EK’BALAM Yucatan Cuisine (formerly Delicias Yucatecas), The Vegan Salvi, Always Coffee, Maquina Taco, Pasta Sisters, Eagle Rock Public House, Comfort LA, Pinches Flautas, Barranco Lounge by Chef Walther, Fishin for Brews,Low Key Burritos, Luckdish Curry, Takami Sushi, Bearology, Humbleburgerz, Bite Me Gourmasian, Pez Cantina, Padthai Boran, Mama Musubi, Nature Well, Café de Leche and more.
Dessert fare came from The Donuttery, Pie Hole, You Had Me at Helado, Communitea Bakery, Down South Treats, Dearly Beloved Confections, Tastee Flavors New Orleans style shaved ice, Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake, 12 Oaks Desserts and others.
Cocktails from Birds & Bees, Mister O’s, Citrus Grove Distillers, Revel Spirits, Broken Shed Vodka, Pez Cantina micheladas. Mexican beers from Border X, Cabotella and CALIDAD. Wines were served by Riboli Wines, Obvious Wines. Beers and ciders were available from Stella Airstream, Golden Road, Eagle Rock Brewery, CALIDAD, Border X, Elysian Brewing IPA, Glutenberg Beer, Hop Valley Brewing, Michelob Gold Organic, Common Cider and Hard Kombucha. Non-alcoholic drinks were served by Spindrift, KeVita, Honest Tea and more.
VIP guests were treated to HotPoint Lightbox Photo Booth, Alexander’s Steakhouse, FrankieLucy Bakeshop and Wedell Cellars wines.
A portion of the proceeds from the 10th Annual LA Food Fest will directly benefit Food Forward, this year’s charity partner. Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Food Forward is synonymous with food waste reduction in Los Angeles and the LA Food Fest could not ask for a better partner as they head into their third and final year of being LA’s only Zero Food Waste event.
Sponsors: Essentia Water, National Geographic, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Entercom, Baja Brewing, Golden Road, Calidad, Tequila Cocula, Corazon Azul Spirits, Aguirre Tequila, Tequila Don Nacho, Spindrift, KeVita, Good Farms, Kumana Foods, 4th & Heart and more.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.
The 6th annual Stu and The Kid’s Flavors of Asia Food Fest Fundraiser, an exceptional Thai-flavored Food & Wine Festival hosted by Chef Stuart Skversky with the help of his friends, returns to Vibiana on Sunday, August 4, 2019. The event is a rare chance to experience original dishes created by Los Angeles’ Asian-food-loving chefs expressed through Far East influences and personal styles that have impressed guests since the inception of the event in 2014. All of the proceeds from this event are used towards scholarships for university education to help underserved and orphaned Hill Tribe kids in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
In 2009, Stuart Skversky, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and rising-star chef, made a dramatic life change by giving up a promising culinary career in Los Angeles to move to Chiang Mai, becoming a full-time volunteer at the Wat Don Chan (a local Buddhist temple), teaching local children English, cooking and baking. Recognizing a need to help prepare these at-risk Hill Tribe kids following their graduation, he founded Stu and The Kids to better prepare them for adulthood, help them get into a university or technical college and give them the tools for an independent future. Funds raised go directly to the children’s education, school uniforms, supplies, housing, food and tuition for higher education. Now in their ninth year of fundraising throughout the world, Stu and The Kids has raised over $658,000 for the charity, including last year’s astounding record of $164,000 accumulated from the Los Angeles festival, in addition to fundraising on the east coast and online donations during 2018. Stu and The Kids supervises thirty-six kids, including sixteen that received 4-year scholarships in 2018 to support education and jobs in accounting, business management, in-home elder care, cooking and fashion and textiles and two with continuing 2-year master degree programs. The charity hopes to increase the awards to twenty more four-year university scholarships in the coming year.
VIP ticket purchasers will have early entrance at 2:30 p.m. to meet and chat with the chefs and receive a Stu and The Kids tote bag filled with special gifts including a signed copy of Jet Tila’s new cookbook, 101 Epic Dishes, a collectible Stu and the Kids baseball hat and much more.
Among the participating chefs for this year’s event are Hosts Neal and Amy Fraser, Vibiana; Walter and Marguerite Manzke, République; Hugo Bolanos, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air; Eric Klein, Wolfgang Puck Catering; Eric Bost, Auburn; Gilberto Cetina, Chicken Itza, Holbox; Matt Lee, Restaurant 917; Jason Neroni, The Rose Café; Sherry Yard, The Tuck Room; Warren and Rose Schwartz, Magpies Softserve; Mei Lin, Nightshade; Food Network’s Jet Tila; Sarintip “Jazz” Singsanong, Jitlada; and Chef/Author Robert Danhi.
Other chefs to be announced; a complete list of participating chefs, restaurants, caterers and food artisans is listed below.
Beverages are plentiful to pair with spicy food and this year’s top-shelf purveyors list features a Thai-inspired cocktail made by tipple-smith Joshua Lucas and crisp summer selections from Bodega Wine Bar. Singha and Leo are featured Thai beers and Winebow Fine Wine+Spirits includes a fantastic range of wineries. Non-alcoholic choices are supplied by Herb + Orchard’s ready-made water infusions and Stu and The Kids famous fresh Coconut Bar.
The Flavors of Asia Food Fest fundraiser provides not only an amazing culinary experience but also showcases the exotic Thai culture. Guests can experience an educational presentation, activities for all ages including a vivid display of Northern Thai umbrellas and lanterns from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, performances of Thai music and an authentic Muay Thai boxing demonstration. The silent auction benefiting Stu and The Kids has a vast offering of beautiful photography of Chiang Mai locations, hand-made Hill Tribe bags and silver jewelry, gift baskets, autographed cookbooks, dinners at many of Los Angeles’ best restaurants and more available at great pricing.
A live auction of packages and experiences includes:
· Stu’s priceless Thailand vacation for two which includes a six-night stay at a luxury suite in a private eight thousand square meter estate bordering the National Parklands in the in the breezy foothills of Doi Suthep Mountain of Chiang Mai; a trip to the white temple in Chiang Rai and an elephant sanctuary; zip lining; overnight trekking and cooking class. The lucky winners will also have the honored chance to visit the Wat Don Chan Orphanage and serve lunch to The Kids, and have dinner with recipients of the Stu and The Kids Mentor and Scholarship Program.
· Lunch for two at Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air with an exclusive overnight stay.
· A three night stay for up to eight guests in a luxurious Palm Springs desert estate, inclusive of a BBQ lunch or dinner by private chef, Deb Caponetta.
· Four Diamond Club tickets to the Angels vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, August 30, valued at $1,000.
· Four tickets to the LA Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers game.
Event hours for Stu and The Kid’s Flavors of Asia Food Fest are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $135 General Admission, $225 for VIP Admission and $25 for children 6-12 (under 6 are free). To purchase tickets, visit Flavors of Asia Food Fest to Benefit Stu and The Kids on eventbrite.com.
FLAVORS OF ASIA FOOD FEST TO BENEFIT STU AND THE KIDS
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. for VIP tickets
General Admission: $135 in advance; $150 at the door, subject to availability
VIP Admission: $225; includes early admission and chef access.
Kids tickets: $25 for kids 6-12, (under 6 are free)
All tickets may be purchased online; visit: Flavors of Asia Food Fest to Benefit Stu and The Kids
WHERE: Vibiana, 214 South Main Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Presenting Chef and Culinary Ambassador to Thailand: Chef Jet Tila
Participating Restaurants, Caterers and Food Artisans
Bodega Wine Bar
Friends and Family
Otus Thai Kitchen
Sinners and Saints
The Tuck Room Tavern
Wolfgang Puck Catering
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air
6 Degrees LA
Behind the DJ Booth
Chefs to End Hunger
Erik Fisher Photography
LA & SF Specialty
Red Boat Fish Sauce
The Bouqs Co.
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Winebow Fine Wines + Spirits
Wolfgang Puck Catering
ABOUT STU AND THE KIDS:
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Solvang, Santa Barbara County, California, USA—For the first time, a Solvang dining establishment has been recommended by the prestigious Michelin Guide. On June 3, the 2019 Michelin Guide California debuted, awarding First & Oak at the Mirabelle Inn at 409 First Street in downtown Solvang with the “Michelin Plate” which recognizes “Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal.” Only 13 restaurants in the entire county of Santa Barbara received this recognition. Other Michelin Guide ratings include “Bib Gourmand” and “Stars.”
First & Oak’s Michelin review states “In a small, romantic boutique hotel, this is a deliciously old-school restaurant that is coming into its own with ambitious contemporary cuisine. This should be no surprise, as the chef boasts a background in some esteemed and globally acclaimed kitchens. Guests are invited to create their own prix-fixe menu by selecting four to five dishes from a variety of categories, such as garden, ocean or farm. This might yield a meal that begins with a refreshing gazpacho made from delicately spiced melon with basil blossom and a bit of smoky fried shrimp. Masterful desserts have included a brown-butter sponge cake with dense clotted cream and marinated strawberries. Be sure to sample the owner’s own wine label, Coqueliquot, available in a range of styles.”
First & Oak opened in 2016, after the Rosenson family bought the Mirabelle Inn which houses the restaurant. Steven Snook, First & Oak’s opening chef, came to Solvang with a Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay résumé. The restaurant’s current chef JJ Guerrero, a protégé of Chef Snook, continues to serve a popular, locally-sourced tasting menu format accompanied by a wine list created by Sommelier and General Manager Jonathan Rosenson. First & Oak serves dinner seven nights a week from 5:30-8:45 p.m. with reservations recommended by calling 805-688-1703.
Tracy Farhad, Executive Director of the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau enthused, “We are so thrilled to celebrate First & Oak being recommended by the prestigious Michelin Guide! Bravo to Jonathan Rosenson and his team at First & Oak for bringing your extraordinary international cuisine to California’s Denmark.”
The Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1986 to promote the City of Solvang, featuring its Danish-American heritage, Northern European culture, cuisine, arts and attractions. The SCVB operates the Solvang Visitors Center at 1630 Copenhagen Drive; open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; offering free maps, guides, savings options and plenty of information on the destination named by USA Today as one of the 10 best historic small towns in America.
Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau, Box 70, Solvang, CA 93464
Visitor Center: 1639 Copenhagen Drive ● Administrative Office: 436-G Alisal Road
TEL: 805-688-6144 FAX: 805-688-8620 TOLL-FREE: 1-800-468-6765 www.SolvangUSA.com
SEATTLE (PRWEB) – Award-winning small ship line Windstar Cruises, the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, today reveals six new cruises being added to the James Beard Foundation (JBF) Culinary Cruise Collection for 2020.
All sailings are led by James Beard Foundation-recognized guest chefs, sommeliers and beverage experts with a passion for their destination. The six diverse cruise offerings will explore locavore cuisine on a country-immersive Croatia cruise; get a flavor for the rugged north of Alaska; discover the hidden gems of France, Spain, and Portugal’s Atlantic coast; experience exotic cuisines of Indonesia and the Philippines; delight in the hidden harbors of the Caribbean; and introduce cruisers to the trend-setting foodie scene and wine regions of the U.S. West Coast. The six newly announced cruises are scheduled to sail from January through November 2020, and range in length from 7 to 14 days.
Together, Windstar and the James Beard Foundation are taking guests on epicurean adventures that deliver the best travel and cuisine experiences worldwide, by curating genuine local culinary encounters while drawing attention to the impactful work of the Beard Foundation network which celebrates food and advocates for food sustainability.
“Our exclusive partnership with the James Beard Foundation has allowed us to enrich our culinary experiences giving our guests unparalleled access to the most cutting edge and accomplished culinarians in the industry. Every evening, on every single sailing, our cruise guests enjoy destination-inspired JBF dishes created especially for Windstar by the James Beard guest chefs who have sailed with us. We have proudly hosted nearly three dozen chefs, sommeliers and beverage experts and counting. What is unique is that each one has a special connection to the places they are sailing, whether through food or family heritage, this creates powerful and inspiring personal experiences that our guests will never forget,” said Windstar President John Delaney.
Coinciding with this announcement, and as part of the unique travel-culinary alliance, Windstar sponsors the acclaimed James Beard Foundation Awards, the pinnacle of recognition in the culinary world, happening today at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, IL.
James Beard Foundation President Clare Reichenbach commented, “We are so pleased to have Windstar’s support of our mantra ‘good food for good’, which commits the James Beard Foundation to giving culinary professionals the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable, and delicious for everyone. The JBF Culinary Cruise Collection shines a light on these chefs and wine experts and highlights the important role that food plays in the culture and economies of each of the ports where Windstar sails, the world round.”
A number of Windstar alumni guest chefs are attending the JBF Awards Gala including Chef Danielle Leoni of Breadfruit in Phoenix, AZ. who led guests on a Caribbean cruise adventure in January, and is a James Beard Foundation 2018 Fellow for the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program; also attending is acclaimed Chef Hugh Acheson of Empire State South, Five & Ten, and The National in Atlanta, GA. who headlined a 2017 European JBF Culinary Cruise and is nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur.
Windstar’s Corporate Executive Chef Graeme Cockburn joins an exclusive club of chefs that have been invited to prepare a signature bite for the 1,000 plus guests attending the famed JBF Awards Gala. Chef Cockburn sails aboard each JBF cruise overseeing the culinary operations, and the dishes specially developed by the James Beard guest chefs are featured in Windstar’s restaurants each evening and enjoyed on every sailing. For the JBF Awards Gala, Chef Cockburn has developed a recipe inspired by Windstar’s forays into the alpine areas and glaciers of Alaska and will be serving up Seared Venison Loin & Alaskan Pine Spruce Salad with Nasturtium Pesto and Goat Buttermilk Dressing at the epicurean extravaganza.
Windstar also supports JBF’s Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. A number of the guest chefs who have sailed with Windstar are alumni of the prestigious camp, a part of the James Beard Foundation’s Impact Programs which are committed to establishing a more sustainable food system through education, advocacy, and thought leadership.
Windstar’s JBF Culinary Cruise Collection Offers Authentic Culinary Experiences
The bespoke portfolio of nine total upcoming sailings in the JBF Culinary Cruise Collection embarking June 2019 through November 2020, are attracting food and wine enthusiasts seeking to fully immerse themselves in the culture, tastes, and flavors of regional cuisines where the ships sail. Each cruise features a James Beard chef, working alongside Windstar’s culinary team. The guest chef acts as an onboard culinary ambassador teaching first-hand tips and techniques during cooking demonstrations, leading “Shopping with the Chef” tours to local markets, and picking out fresh local ingredients to use in featured dishes at a wine-paired gala dinner for all on board to enjoy.
Similarly, the JBF sommelier/beverage expert accompanies tours to local wineries, leads on board tastings of regional wines and spirits, and works with the chefs to create one-of-a-kind pairing menus that celebrate the quaint, small ports that Windstar is renowned for visiting. Guests on board get to know these epicurean experts on a personal level, tasting the dishes and wines they recommend and hearing firsthand what stirs their passion for food, wine, and spirits. One-on-one interactions with the guest chef and sommelier/beverage expert are a given during memorable cruise moments like Windstar’s Signature Sail Away and Signature Deck Party, or on a culinary-focused shore excursion.
The names of the 2020 guest chefs, sommeliers, and beverage experts who are being tapped as the culinary cruise ambassadors will be announced in the coming weeks. Below are the dates and itineraries for the six newly announced 2020 additions to the JBF Culinary Cruise Collection:
- January 25, 2020 ‒ James Beard Foundation: The Spanish Main: Rise of the New World, Colón to San Juan, 7 days aboard Star Pride
- May 5, 2020 ‒ James Beard Foundation: West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza, San Diego to Vancouver, 10 days aboard Star Breeze
- June 8, 2020 ‒ James Beard Foundation: Alaskan Splendors, Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage), 11 days aboard Star Breeze
- September 19, 2020 ‒ James Beard Foundation: Autumn on the Atlantic Coast, London to Lisbon, 10 days aboard Star Legend
- October 16, 2020 ‒ James Beard Foundation: Quintessential Croatia, Venice to Venice, 8 days aboard Wind Surf
- November 2, 2020 – James Beard Foundation: Windstar Crew Hometowns: Philippines & Indonesia, Hong Kong to Bali, 14 days cruise aboard Star Breeze
In addition, following is the super star line-up of award-winning chefs and celebrated sommeliers who will headline the three remaining 2019 JBF Culinary Cruise Collection sailings:
June 22, 2019 – James Beard Foundation: Yachtsman’s Harbors of the Rivieras
8 days aboard Wind Surf
- Chef & Restaurateur Jamie Leeds, JL Restaurant Group & Hank’s Oyster Bar in Washington, D.C.
- Sommelier Jeff Strine, JL Restaurant Group & Hank’s Oyster Bar, and more) in Washington, D.C.
Chef and Restaurateur Jamie Leeds — a James Beard Foundation Chef Boot Camp Alumna and owner of JL Restaurant Group — will be seeking out the freshest French oysters and bringing guests on chef-led visits to lively markets to gather produce, herbs, fish, and more to showcase in cooking demonstrations and a gala evening meal on board. Alongside her will be Jeff Strine, who works closely with Jamie at JL Restaurant Group where he developed a thoughtful and concise wine program for Hank’s Oyster Bar’s seasonal seafood-focused menu.
Both love to travel and are excited to visit lesser-known wine regions and visits to smaller ports such as quaint Sanary-sur-Mer, France. This coastal jewel offers a wine tasting tour above the vineyards in the Provençal hilltop village of Le Castellet, followed by a visit to Domaine de Souviou for tasting the house wines and olive oils grown on the expansive 70-hectares property that is planted with 100-year-old olive trees and rows of vines, cypress trees, and lavender, a treat for all of the senses.
September 24, 2019 – James Beard Foundation: West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza
10 days aboard Star Legend
- Chef Duskie Estes of Zazu Kitchen + Farm, Bovolo, and Black Pig Meat Co. in Sonoma County
- Beverage Expert Michael Metzger of Distinguished Vineyards and Wine Partners
Award-winning Chef Duskie Estes is the perfect culinary guide for this first-ever Windstar sailing along the West Coast of America, as she was born in San Diego, raised in San Francisco, and spent eight years in Seattle working for JBF-awarded Restaurateur Tom Douglas before moving to Sonoma County, where she is celebrated as a chef and avid farmer/advocate for “snout to tail” cooking.
Providing wine pairings and insight will be Michael Metzger from Distinguished Vineyards, who works with the James Beard Foundation’s Impact Program as their sustainable wine partner and represents a collection of iconic wineries including the highly acclaimed Argyle Winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards in Sonoma, and Markham Vineyards in Napa Valley.
As with all Windstar sailings, this first-ever West Coast cruise boasts a myriad of shore-side adventures including specially curated culinary shore excursions from vineyard visits, to food trucks and farmers’ markets. In Seattle, guests will enjoy a behind-the-scenes docent tour of the iconic Pike Place Market; after sailing up the Columbia River, the ship has a two-day overnight stay in James Beard’s native Oregon, where guests can enjoy an “Elevated Foodie Walking Tour” of the Portland culinary scene, or a brewery/cidery tasting tour. An all-day excursion to Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley allows guests to indulge in private tastings at three wineries in the region that put Pinot Noir on the U.S. map. In Sonoma, foodies will delight in a private cave tour with wine and cheese tasting at the Gloria Ferrer Winery, followed by lunch and an afternoon of olive oil and balsamic vinegars tasting at Figone Olive Oil & Production Mill.
Also of note, this U.S. West Coast itinerary is featured as one of the newly announced 2020 culinary cruises but sailing aboard Star Breeze, following her upcoming full ship renovation as part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative. The May 5, 2020 itinerary will be a reverse version of the 2019 offering with similar culinary-focused shore excursions, but departing from San Diego, CA. and sailing to Vancouver, B.C. instead. Details on chef and beverage experts in 2020 will be announced soon.
- Chef Chris Pandel of Swift & Sons, Cold Storage, and Dutch & Doc’s in Chicago
- Beverage Expert Marcello Cancelli of the Boka Group in Chicago
Chef Chris Pandel, a James Beard Foundation Chef Boot Camp Alumnus, has a love affair with Italy and Italian-American heritage, so who better to cruise with and explore the shores of Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro, discovering the charm of Venice, the magnificence of Rome, and the vast beauty of the Dalmatian Coast? While visiting the picturesque seaside resort of Rovinj, a top pick shore excursion lets guests tour the wine cellar of the Matosevic Family, Croatia’s most well-known wine producers.
Offering beautiful wine pairings on this cruise is Marcello Cancelli, a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers who is Area Wine Director for Chicago’s Boka Group, overseeing the wine programs at Swift & Sons, Momotaro, Bellemore, Girl & the Goat, and more. Cancelli will be demonstrating his passion and commitment to great wine and its rightful place alongside a meal.
For more information on Windstar’s partnership with the James Beard Foundation, find featured recipes, and view the JBF Culinary Cruise Collection visit: https://www.windstarcruises.com/why-windstar/james-beard-foundation/. To learn more about the Beard Foundation visit: https://www.jamesbeard.org/.
Windstar has garnered recent culinary awards, notably being named Best Small Cruise Ships for Dining in Cruise Critic’s 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, and a 2019 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Cruise Partnership as the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation from Porthole Cruise Magazine. Windstar was also voted 2018 Best Small Ship Cruise Line by AFAR readers; scored a top spot as Best Small Ship in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and was named to the magazine’s prestigious Gold List for 2019; while Windstar’s flagship Wind Surf ranked #1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines in the 2018 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
To learn more about authentic small ship cruising with Windstar or to book a cruise, contact a travel advisor or Windstar Cruises by phone at 1-800-258-7245, or visit http://www.windstarcruises.com.
(Los Angeles, CA) Angelenos, it’s time to dust off your stretchy pants one last time and be part of the 10th Annual LA Food Fest that will take place on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the grassy infield of Santa Anita Park!
The LA Food Fest was born as the LA Street Food Fest in 2009 founded by Shawna Dawson, Founder + CEO of Angeleno, Inc. (Sauce LA, LA Food Fest, Artisanal LA and Clean Made). She officially kicked off her very first event in Downtown Los Angeles in February 2010. With a lofty goal to not only to fill a gap in the event scene by creating something that was the first of its kind, Dawson created a culinary community and a platform to support independent small businesses that has traveled from Los Angeles Center Studios in DTLA, the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Exposition Park, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and to its final destination Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, cementing the LA Food Fest as L.A.’s premier street food event. LA Food Fest was also the first event to support their vendors by subsidizing the participation of nearly every participant, leading many other events to do the same. And in 2016, Dawson saw an opportunity to do good and help make this amazing city we call home a little better, so she decided to make LA Food Fest LA’s first Zero Food Waste event. Says Dawson, “We couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished over the years. The thousands of restaurants, chefs and caterers we’ve had the pleasure of working with. The bevy of events we’ve inspired all over the country, and the world. Not to mention, making the term “Food Fest” a common expression everywhere!”
The 10th Annual LA Food Fest is a community event that promises not to disappoint bringing 5,000 foodies and 100+ restaurants, carts, stands, trucks, bars, beer, wine and craft cocktail makers together including some of the city‘s Top Chefs, Restaurants and International Guest Chefs.
Highlights from this year’s 10th Annual LA Food Fest include:
The Nuevo Gastropub is where the LA Food Fest says adiós with an international lineup for the books! Guest chefs include the grill guru Dante Ferrero (Dante Brasa y Fuego, Mexico City) returning for his third year; Olivier Deboise (Aperi, San Miguel de Allende) with his eclectic approach on sustainable cuisine; the daring gastronomy of Sergio Meza (Villanos en Bermudas, Mexico City), co-owner of one of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, and one of the youngest executive chefs in the world, Rafael Covarrubias (Hexagon and 7 Enoteca, Ontario, Canada). Joining the team, Eduardo Morali (Pangea, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) executive chef of one of 2019’s Best Restaurants in Mexico said Latin America’s Best 50 Restaurants 2019, and the talented French pastry chef Emmanuelle Deboise (La Casa Caramel, San Miguel de Allende). All will bring unique dishes created just for the event and an unforgettable culinary show. The theme for this year’s Nuevo Gastropub is “parrilada” (translates to BBQ), and will include dishes for every palate, from Dante’s primal cuts grilled over coals on site, to organic vegan tacos, ethnic bites (Charbroiled shrimp tostada with peanut salsa macha, mushrooms and grilled onions duxelle, dill aioli; Grilled Street Corn with black garlic and huitlacoche), experimental appetizers (Charbroiled beet with mascarpone cheese, pistachios and black lemon dust) and refreshing fusion desserts (Grilled banana sandwich with avocado mousse, fresh goat cheese, and honey). As in previous years, the Nuevo Gastropub will also feature an extensive Top Shelf Tequila Tasting and Mexican beers like Border X, Cabotella and CALIDAD.
This year, guests will also get a very special taste of Gordon Ramsay’s UNCHARTED, featuring an exclusive preview of the upcoming National Geographic series and sample dishes inspired by the show in the NatGeo Lounge.
As in past years, the Fest will also help a number of New Chefs and Restaurants make their debut including Cuizina (Filipino street food), Quiadaiyn (authentic vegan mole), The Burristas, Cevicheria las Olas, African Chop, El Chef Taco, Ken’s Ramen, POKEBAR, Big Grandma’s Kitchen, Sushi Roku, Oak Smoke BBQ, EK’BALAM Yucatan Cuisine (formerly Delicias Yucatecas), The Vegan Salvi and Always Coffee, alongside neighborhood faves like Maquina Taco, Pasta Sisters, Eagle Rock Public House, Comfort LA, Pinches Flautas, Barranco Lounge by Chef Walther, Fishin for Brews, Low Key Burritos, Luckdish Curry, Takami Sushi, Bearology, Humbleburgerz, Bite Me Gourmasian, Pez Cantina, Padthai Boran, Mama Musubi, Nature Well, Café de Leche and more.
The Ice Cream Social is back with treats from The Donuttery, Pie Hole, You Had Me at Helado, Communitea Bakery, Down South Treats, Dearly Beloved Confections, Tastee Flavors New Orleans style shaved ice, Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake, 12 Oaks Desserts and many more.
To keep the party going, Birds & Bees and Mister O’s Rafael Jonathan Barba brings some amazing bar talent to the mix alongside bars from local Citrus Grove Distillers doing both cocktails and mocktails, Revel Spirits and Broken Shed Vodka. Plus, Pez Cantina micheladas.
For the wine drinkers, local Riboli Wines return, plus a new Wine Garden sponsored by Obvious Wines featuring acoustic tunes from Sylvia Bosco and games of pétanque from La Boulisterie Los Angeles. And for the beer drinkers there’s the Stella Airstream, Golden Road, Eagle Rock Brewery, CALIDAD, Border X, Elysian Brewing IPA, Glutenberg Beer, Hop Valley Brewing and Michelob Gold Organic, plus Common Cider and Hard Kombucha. Plenty of non-alcoholic drinks will be on hand from Spindrift, KeVita, Honest Tea and more.
In the VIP Lounge find plenty of shaded seating, an exclusive HotPoint Lightbox Photo Booth, Alexander’s Steakhouse, FrankieLucy Bakeshop and wines from Napa’s Wedell Cellars.
This year’s event also features a grassy new GA Lounge area. While you’re taking a food coma break, meet friendly Martians and other enthusiastic communicators from JPL. Hear about the latest news and discoveries about NASA exploration across our universe and those made by the rovers, the InSight lander, and NASA orbiters currently at Mars. Take a selfie with various NASA & Apollo backdrops – make a flower crown with Crown Bloom Co. and grab a bottle of cold Essentia Water from the refresh station while you’re there!
Roving Live Entertainment, Mariachi, DJ, a performance on the stage by Black Crystal Wolf Kids, face painting and henna for the (little and big) kids round out the experience.
A complete lineup and event map will be announced closer to the event date. Stay tuned!
A portion of the proceeds from the 10th Annual LA Food Fest will directly benefit Food Forward, this year’s charity partner. Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Food Forward is synonymous with food waste reduction in Los Angeles and the LA Food Fest could not ask for a better partner as they head into their third and final year of being LA’s only Zero Food Waste event.
Thank You to Our Friends who help make this event possible: Essentia Water, National Geographic, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Entercom, Baja Brewing, Golden Road, Calidad, Tequila Cocula, Corazon Azul Spirits, Aguirre Tequila, Tequila Don Nacho, Spindrift, KeVita, Good Farms, Kumana Foods, 4th & Heart and more.
Ticket Information: The LA Food Fest will take place on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 on the grassy infield at Santa Anita Park. To ensure all guests enjoy the event to its fullest, the LA Food Fest attendance is capped at just 5,000 all-inclusive (pre-sale only) tickets. A VIP Power Hour + Early Entry ($99) will be held from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and VIP Check-in will start at 1:30 pm. General Admission ($69) will be from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and General Admission Check-in starts at 2:30 pm. This event is for all ages and family friendly. Children age 10 and under are free with a paying adult. ID is required for a 21+ wristband and 21+ wristbands are required for all craft beer, cocktail bars, wine and spirit tastings. For more information on the 10th Annual LA Food Fest and to reserve tickets today, please visit www.LAFoodFest.com.
Location: Santa Anita Park (Gate 6) – 275 Colorado Place, Arcadia, CA 91007
Transportation and Parking: Guests are encouraged to utilize car services or alternative transportation such as Lyft, Uber, Taxi, Rideshare, Metro, etc., since this event does serve alcoholic beverages. Guest parking for the LA Food Fest is available onsite via Gate 6 at Santa Anita Park for $5 per car (cash only). Complimentary parking is also available for VIP Guests.
LA Food Fest Pro Tips & FAQS: The LA Food Fest is a festival for foodies and a good strategy for the day is the best Fest companion! To ensure an awesome time, check out the Insider Pro Tips & FAQS.
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LA Food Fest
Santa Anita Park
Gate 6 (ONLY Event Entrance)
275 Colorado Place
Arcadia, CA 91007