Our most lavish epicurean event of the year, Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, takes over the town this week, Aug. 21-Aug. 25, with events in Beverly Hills, Downtown and Santa Monica. The festival's tradition of bringing high profile chefs and winemakers together on an epic scale creates a perfect symbiosis for all involved. Guests gain access to an extraordinary trove of fine food and wine; culinary talent enjoys being center stage to an extra large audience, and proceeds from our gluttonous excesses go to feeding others. Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry, is the event's primary beneficiary.
Narrowing down which parts of LAFW to attend is a challenge, but necessary; you just can't do it all. For those who want to learn more about food and wine pairing in an intimate setting, reserve now for one of the four-course lunches on Friday, 8/23, from noon-2:30 p.m. These are coordinated by Coastal Luxury Management, one of the festival’s main organizers, whose wine department does a wonderful job of selecting wineries to highlight.
Celebrity chefs from local restaurants coordinate with visiting star chefs and winemakers to produce surprise menus. They also tablehop, charming guests and creating an air of conviviality. How often do you get to hob nob with Michael Chiarello or Scott Conant?
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Delta Presents: Taking Cuisine to New Heights with Michael Chiarello (Bottega) at Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson chose the wine pairings, and will be on hand to talk about them.
Lunch at L’Ermitage with Richard Reddington (Redd), George Mendes (Aldea) & Benjamin Dayag (Livello) Participating wineries: Kunin Wines (Central Coast), Leviathan (Napa Valley), Ramos Pinto (Portugal), Roederer Estate (Napa Valley) and Wind Gap Winery (Russian River Valley)
Lunch at One Pico with Peter Armellino (The Plumed Horse), Matthew Accarino (SPQR) and Sven Mede (One Pico) There are some repeats here with the wines: Ramos Pinto and Roederer Estate, with the addition of Amapola Creek Winery (Sonoma) and Maison L'Orée (Burgundy)
Lunch at Scarpetta with Michael Mina (Michael Mina San Francisco) & Scott Conant (Scarpetta) This is my personal pick, because of the wineries: J. Hofstatter (Alto Adige pinot noirs), Kracher (Austria-magnificent botrytised dessert wines), Neyen (Chile), Nino Franco (known for Prosecco) and Palmina (Central Coast--drop-dead-delicious, hand-crafted Italian varietals).