The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival returns to the streets and restaurants of el-lay the weekend of August 22-25. In it’s 3rd year, the festival features a myriad of events located throughout all of the city. There are dozens of food, wine and cocktail related events all weekend long. From Power Lunching with top Chefs, cooking demos with talented chefs like Grant Achatz, Curtis Stone, and Duff Goldman, and the big Lexus Grand Tasting.
Shutting down Grand Avenue for nearly a week and encompassing the entire landscape of Los Angeles, from the West side to Downtown, the event kicks off Thursday, August 22 with Giada’s Festa Italiana along Grand Ave in front of the spectacular Disney Concert Hall. Events on Friday include lunches at L’Ermitage and Scarpetta, Tacos and Tequila at The Bungalow, a liquid Mixology Lunch at hinoki & the bird, and an Asian Night Market Hosted by Iron Chef Morimoto to name just a few. On Saturday the gluttony continues with more cooking demos, bacon and Bourbon, beers and bites, wine tastings, a Grant Achatz Cocktail Demonstration, the Lexus Grand Tasting in the afternoon and Lexus Live on Grand in the evening. Then on Sunday, cooking demos, champagne tastings, cheese pairings, and your last chance for the Lexus Grand Tasting. It’s hard to choose just one event and it’s almost tempting to go with the VIP weekend pass, if you don’t mind a small re-payment plan for your credit card (I did the math, that’s about $90 a month until next years event, absolutely worth it!). Please check out their web site for a full listing of events.
Lets not forget the world class wineries participating, bringing over 250 wines. With wine selections spanning the globe, from California crisp whites and rich and inky reds, interesting wines from South America, unique Italian stars, to selections from great French chateaus. You won’t leave without discovering something new you will love.
There are no other events that gather this type of Chef firepower. You are gonna pay for it, as most events run from $75-$250. It’s much cheaper than flying to Chicago and having a drink with Achatz himself. And all proceeds from the event go to Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.Get your tickets now!
*Photos courtesy Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival