Locavore heaven at Artisanal LA

Artisanal LA was a weekend long event with community shopping and tasting experience showcasing the city’s finest local, sustainable and handmade edibles. Taking place downtown at the penthouse of downtown’s historic Cooper Building, the artisanal shopping extravaganza featured dozens of great vendors selling their sauces, rubs, cheeses, chocolates, pies, cookies, unique butters and jams, and handmade crafted items.

A few favorites from the day included bacon and “Couch Mix” from Cast Iron Gourmet, pies from I Heart Pies, Compartes always wonderful Chocolates, and some cola and cold brew coffee caffeinated amazement from the team at The Cheese Cave.

The showcase, put on by the same folks who brought you the successful LA Street Food Fest, was another great event. I could have spent two days there. The great thing was, your ticket included both days! So if your taste buds and wallet needed a break from browsing the twisting rows of vendors, there were several demos and panels going throughout both days of the event. Like a Lindy & Grundy heritage meat butchering demo, craft beers panels, pickling demos, wine pairing workshops, and other various chef demos. A few photos from some of our favorite productds are showcased below, or check out the full set on Flickr.

Ricardo Zarate of the small but growing Mo Chica empire has expanded into his own line of Peruvian hot sauce. A tangy, smokey, sauce with a slight kick great for grilling with meats, or just spreading on bread.

The Sauce Godess was there with her line of rubs and sauce mixes. These make perfect additions to any kitchen.

OcocoaChocolate, their richly layered chocolates make the perfect indulgent snack and great holiday gifts! Need our address?

Why bake your own pie for the holidays when you can have someone do it for you? I Heart pies has a delectable and unique selection of pies, and a few tasty vegan choices too.

Hell Fire jelly is making it to the Thanksgiving table this year. Serve it with cream cheese and crackers! Spicy, sweet and habit forming.

The aforementioned beautiful chocolates from Compartes. Now this is art, edible art.

Don't ask, just drink it and be amazed. The cold brew coffee cubes, in the Mexican Coke, are heaven in a cup. Flavors of cocoa, espresso, sugar cane, caramel, simply amazing.

Couch Mix from Cast Iron Gourmet, bacon, nuts, with a touch of sweetness and spice. I would have this at my next party, problem is, I wouldn't share it.

Bacon Jam and pickles from the ladies at Chick With Knives. Where were these when I was a kid? Bacon jam and egg sandwich please.

Home made butters from the ladies at Villebois Kitchen. Perfect spread for those Holiday breads. Use them to baste a turkey, yum.

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Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

5 Responses to “Locavore heaven at Artisanal LA”

  1. October 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Hey! Thanks for the cool pic of Plush Puffs in your Flickr set! :-)

  2. Matt Mitchell
    October 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    You’re welcome. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try them. We walked by and meant to stop back but got side tracked! They look delicious.

  3. October 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    Thank you so much for the wonderful write up of Compartes Chocolatier’s artisan handcrafted chocolates (and the GORGEOUS photo!) Thank you so much for including us! The photo is stunning!

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