Grand Tasting at LA Food & Wine

August 24, 2013

in food events, los angeles area interests

Another tasting at LA Food & Wine Festivalthis one was at LA Center Studios, where I usually audition for TV shows and gawk at The Mad Men parking spaces.

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Just like last night, there was a ton of food and a lot of celebrity chefs.

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Fabio made a house-cured Pancetta Loin…

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…and Morimoto handed me his Hamachi Taco. No biggie.

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For the most part, I tried to keep everything down to half portions, even when they were covered in truffles…

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The above is Tortiglioni al Funghi from La Vecchia Cucina – below is Patina’s Pork Belly Cubano Slider…

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Eveleigh’s Pulled Pork…

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MB Post’s Thai Tea Panna Cotta with Puffed Wild Rice, White Chocolate, and Lychee…

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…Peking Duck Salad from Le Ka

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…and a Crab One from Phorage.

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Other bites: Searsucker’s Lamb and Trout Tartar…

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Chef Andie Leon’s Shepherd’s Pie, Corn/Tomato Salad, 3-Layer Superfood Bake for Whole Foods

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Ziggy Marley (yes, uh huh) had Organic Cinnamon Almond Popcorn (and passed out samples of his coconut oil too).

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This dish is a mystery??? But I remember liking it!

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Some of my favorites included Lamb Meatballs with Tomato Chutney from Ford’s Filling Station

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Georgetown Cupcakes (Nutella and Key Lime)…

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Short Order’s Brisket Reuben/Charlie Brown Shake…

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…and Ricotta Gnudi with Heirloom Pomodoro Pesto “Gelato” from The Strand House.

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I have no idea why, but after two hours of tasting (when I was already stuffed) I started eating full portions. Probably because I knew it was going to be over…

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…five different cheeses and a cookie, courtesy of Kerrygold

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Chaya Brasserie’s Wagyu Nigiri and Compressed Watermelon Mojitos…

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Laura Werlin’s Buffalo Mac n Cheese…

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…Halibut, Lemon Ash, and Pistachio from Mattei’s Tavern

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…Masala Shrimp Salad, Eggplant Raita, and Bengali 5-Spice Shortbread from Akasha

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…Dry Aged Steak Tartar on an Olive Crostini from Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse

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The Montage Beverly Hill’s Deviled Eggs…

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…and Chef Jason Harley’s Chicken + Waffles on a Stick with Roasted Bacon-Maple Dip (from the upcoming Mabel’s).

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The second portion was for Hourie – who I visited at the Short Cake Table!

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Went to town on her delicious “Short Yellow Cakes,” with Cardaom Cream and Macerated Mixed Berries.

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Not sure what I enjoy more…film festivals, food festivals, or music festivals??? I’m about to find out…heading out to FYF next!

 

{ 6 comments }

1 Becki @ Bites 'n Brews August 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I love the Charlie Brown shake from Short Order! I’m assuming yours was whiskey-free, though?

2 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet August 25, 2013 at 8:45 am

It wasn’t – I only had a tiny sip!

3 Stephanie C August 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm

I hope you’ll be visiting the Pure Luck pop up since I can’t!

4 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet August 25, 2013 at 8:44 am

I was too full from LAFW yesterday – but maybe today!

5 Emily August 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Oh my goodness…now I’m kicking myself for not getting a ticket!

6 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Fun event!! I love trying a bunch of little things like that :-)

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