Los Angeles Food & Wine will feature one-of-a-kind diverse tasting experiences from October 13-16, 2011 including a signature opening night red carpet gala, a decadent two-day Lexus Grand Tasting Tent showcasing 30 celebrity chefs and over 100 wineries, and live demonstrations from acclaimed chefs Wolfgang Puck, Tyler Florence, and Rick Bayless as well as themed wine seminars. Other dedicated events taking place throughout the city include:
Thursday: October 13th:
Red Carpet Premiere
Thirty top chefs walk the red carpet in a gala kick-off night that transforms the Nokia Plaza into a culinary wonderland. Two hundred wineries from around the world will pour their very best alongside top breweries and distilleries. This is your chance to rub shoulders with culinary royalty while feasting and toasting all that makes LA great – from rock stars to rock star chefs to Hollywood elites such as Grammy Award-winning producer, author and American Idol judge Randy Jackson. The Canyons, a collaboration of new artists whose self-titled album debuted in September will be performing.
Friday: October 14th:
Lexus Presents-They Sing. They Act. They Cook?
Two accomplished chefs; two of Hollywood’s elite; put them in the kitchen and suddenly the tables are turned. Of course, everyone’s culinary talent is bound to shine when an accomplished chef is thrown in the mix. Lexus gives you the opportunity to watch as two of Hollywood’s hottest stars Busy Phillips (Cougar Town, Made of Honor) and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) are paired with Lexus Culinary Masters Christopher Kostow and Michael Chiarello, to prepare something delicious (and no doubt entertaining)! Two dynamic duos will collaborate to create a signature dish for your enjoyment.
Premier Lunches at Los Angeles Food & Wine
The festival will include a Restaurant Lunch Series, hosted at more than 12 acclaimed restaurants throughout the city including:
- · A Fall Harvest Lunch At M.B. Post
- · Giada De Laurentiis-Lunch At Cecconi
- · Lunch at Cut With Guest Chef Paul Bartolotta
- · Lunch at Melisse With Guest Chef Douglas Keane
- · Lunch at Nobu With Guest Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino
- · Lunch at Patina With Guest Chef Jonathan Waxman
- · Lunch at Providence With Guest Chef Richard Reddington
- · Lunch at Red O With Guest Chef Mark Kiffin
- · Lunch at WP 24 With Guest Iron Chef Morimoto
- · Meat in the Middle-With Guest Chef Chris Cosentino
- · Simply Seasonal-Lunch at FIG With Guest Chef Graham Elliot
- · The Italian Table-Lunch at Scuola de Pizza
I Heart Champagne and Caviar at the L’Ermitage Rooftop
Rub shoulders with the elite at one of the finest Beverly Hills California luxury hotels. This spectacular venue will be host to one of the most elaborate and over-the-top events featured at Los Angeles Food & Wine, pairing champagne and caviar with a 5-star location for an impeccable evening under the stars on the roof top terrace with Wolfgang Puck and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
Daniel Boulud -Tribute to a Culinary Master at the Montage
The first annual Los Angeles Food & Wine is excited to pay tribute to the inspiring and extremely talented Daniel Boulud restaurateur, author and award winning chef. This industry-studded dinner prepared by friends including Paul Bartolotta, Rory Hermann, Francois Payard, Joachim Splichal and Sang Yoon.
California Clam Bake with Tom Colicchio in Santa Monica
This evening event brings a time honored East coast culinary tradition to the warm beaches of Santa Monica at the exclusive Jonathan Beach Club featuring unique takes on coastal cuisine. Join Tom Colicchio and over 10 amazing chefs, including Roy Yamaguchi and Kerry Heffernan, as they cook up a clambake while you sip wine from 20 of the weekend’s best wine producers.
Heat-LA’s Spiciest After Party
We are lighting it up for Friday Night. Party the night away with a private performance by Indie-pop band The Brunettes, who just released their latest album Mars Loves Venus and will be performing with dance-pop singer and musicianGrace Valerie. Model, dancer and international DJ, DJ MIA, will be adding her own musical flair to the event as well.Don’t stop at the music because we have some of the best Chefs in the country presenting their take on food of all styles and origins with one common theme – HEAT!
Saturday: October 15th
Guy Fieri’s Brew B’Que on the Santa Monica Pier
What’s not to love about Sunshine, BBQ, Beers, Music and Friends? Combine all those ingredients and you have a memorable event. Enjoy a day on the famous Santa Monica Pier and take in the sun-drenched view of the Pacific Ocean, the sounds of music from Top 40 rock and rap rock musician/songwriter Uncle Kracker. BBQ tastes will be provided by celebrity chefs and beer from some of the most notable breweries around the world! – All this at one price ALL INCLUSIVE. You will never find a pub crawl that will give you this opportunity.
Lexus Grand Tasting-Saturday and Sunday
The Lexus Grand Tasting at Los Angeles Food & Wine is the most spectacular opportunity to enjoy over 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries. 30 Celebrity Chefs will showcase their culinary skills and provide delicious and decadent tasting samples of their cuisine. During this remarkable strolling event you will have access to cooking demos, book signings and photo sessions with some of the weekend’s biggest chef celebrities. Producer, drummer, and vocalist D Fuse, who has performed at countless clubs world-wide as well as music festivals like Coachella will be performing. This event takes place on the Event Deck at LA LIVE where the entire space is transformed into a feast for all senses!
Lexus ‘LIVE on the Plaza’
An unbelievable strolling reception, capped with an extraordinary musical performance from the multi-GRAMMY® award winning, platinum-selling artists, TRAIN. 30 chefs and 200 wines will serve up delicious samples while TRAIN provides a rockin’ soundtrack with hits songs like, “Drops of Jupiter”, “Meet Virginia”, and “Hey Soul Sister.” This is the culmination of a city-wide celebration of all things Food, Wine, Celebrity and Los Angeles.
Decadence-LA’s Sweetest After Party hosted by Sherry Yard
Sherry Yard, queen of all things sweet, curates the best pastry chefs in the country including Elizabeth Falkner, Bill Corbett, Gina DePalma, Johnny Iuzzini and Claudia Fleming for a perfect night of heavenly desserts, champagne, wine, and great spirits. Check out the stellar line-up of pastry chefs and you will understand why we are so excited to get them all under one roof. Special performance by drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer Questlove, who is best known as the drummer for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, the in-house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Questlove has produced for artists such as Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Amy Winehouse and John Legend.
Sunday: October 16th
Wolfgang Puck’s Sunday Brunch & Charity Auction at Hotel Bel Air
This is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Arguably the most lavish brunch of the year, certainly the most star-studded. The line-up of chefs for this great meal and fantastic cause is awe-inspiring. The most highly regarded chefs in the world have come together for this unique celebration of Food and Wine in the spirit of giving something back to a cause that is worthy of your support. All proceeds of this event including tickets and Auction funds will go to St. Vincents Meals On Wheels right here in Los Angeles. Live music and an A-list performance will add to the exciting experience of this fabulous event
Wine Seminars at Los Angeles Food & Wine
A signature component of LAFW, below are examples of some of the hosted wine seminars led by industry experts including Ann Colgin, Anthony Giglio, and Andrea Robinson.
- · Burgundy’s Brilliance: A Decade of Wines from Domaine de Hospices de Beaune
- · Caviar, Bacon & Bubbles With Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson
- · The Wines of Chåteau Palmer: Five Decades of Margaux
- · The Spectacular Wines of Colgin Cellars
- · Icons of Austria Presented by Vin Divino
- · Pretty In Pink-Sparkling Rosés Around The World
Vintage Headquartered at the internationally renowned L.A. LIVE sports and entertainment district as well as locations throughout the city, including Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Food & Wine will set the stage as the country’s first crossover culinary event that matches personalities from television, film, music and sport with celebrity chefs. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Vincent Meals On Wheels, raising awareness for the culinary community with the extraordinary talent provided by Coastal Luxury Management, dick clark productions (dcp) and AEG.
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