This Weekend: Wine Tastings, Pub Openings, Food Photography & Ultimate Frisbee

LeiOut Beach Ultimate  Come out to Santa Monica for the largest co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Event in the world, 100+ teams show up with crushing thoughts of blood, sweat & tears!  LeiOut organization has been bringing together the frisbee obsessed since 1999!

  • When: Jan 14-15
  • Where: N of Pier, Santa Monica
  • When: 10am-4pm
  • Cost: Free to Watch

Around Australia in 80 Sips  Enjoy 80+ great wines plus artisanal cheese, charcuterie and more at the Pacific Design Center this Saturday night!

  • When: Jan 12
  • Where: Pacific Design Center
  • When: 8pm – 10pm
  • Cost: $75.00

Picture Perfect  Food photographer Christina Peters and prop stylist Amy Paliwoda will teach a natural-light food-photography class this Sunday.

  • When: Jan 14
  • Where:MDR Photography Classes, 4051 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey
  • When: 9:30am – 4pm
  • Cost: $249.00

The Pub @ Golden Road  Get a beer and a burger for 10 bucks cash on our patio BBQ. Chef Adam has prepared vegan and non vegan burgs and our cans of Point the Way IPA and Golden Road Hefeweizen are ready for you to enjoy.

  • When: Jan 15
  • Where:5430 San Fernando Rd West, Los Angeles, CA
  • When: 11am – 11pm
  • Cost: of food

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show The largest travel show in the western United States features rock climbing, ziplining, a scuba pool, Fiery Food Stage, live music and travel tips from speakers.

Los Angeles Food & Wine Highlights

Since I literally ate and drank my way through the 1st Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine and then hopped directly on a flight to London, I never got a chance to share with you the remarkable eye-opening experience!  Check out my favorite moments & highlights below.

The Magic & Seduction of Cheese & Wine Pairing

This cheese and wine “seminar”, I use that word loosely, was more like an eye-opening journey through the talents and palates of two masters at their trade.  Cheese expert Laura Werlin and winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards showed the eager onlookers what it’s like to have a palate so in tune that taste unique flavors, ingredients, and even creation techniques with your tongue.

Pairings I fell in love with…

  • 2007 Le Cigare Volant – Bonny Doon Vineyard
    • Blend: 60% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsault
    • Description:  “On the palate, fresh cherry, currant, and red bramble fruit. Peppery and lively with good acidity around an earthy, savory core.” – Bonny Doon Vineyard
    • Where to Buy: Bonny Doon Vineyard – $35.00 a bottle
  • Dunbarton Blue – Roelli – Shullsburg, Wisconsin
    • Milk: Cow
    • Cheese Family: Cheddar Blue
    • Description: “A hand crafted cellar cured cheese with the earthy character of a fine cheddar coupled with a subtle hint of bleu flavor.”
    • Where to Buy: Whole Foods
My favorite (mostly because of the cheese)!!
  • 2009 Le Cigare Blanc Reserve – Bonny Doon Vineyard
    • Blend: Roussanne & Grenache
    • Description: “Farmed biodynamically , surrounded by wilderness, and sheilded from the cool Pacific coast winds by the Santa Lucia Mountains, these vines grow complex, concentrated and mineral intensive grapes.” – Bonny Doon Vineyard
    • Where to Buy: Not available
  • Mt. Tam – Cowgirl Creamery – Petaluma, California 
    • Milk: Cow
    • Description: “It’s a smooth, creamy, elegant, 10-oz, triple-cream – made with tasty organic milk from the Straus Family Dairy. MT TAM is firm, yet buttery with a mellow, earthy flavor reminiscent of white mushrooms” – Cowgirl Creamery
    • Where to Buy: Mail Order from Cowgirl Creamery or San Francisco

Other Extremely noteworthy cheese & wines:

Guy Fieri’s Brew B’Que

Celebrity chef and Food Network rock star, Guy Fieri hosted an afternoon on the pier filled with decadent food innovations and 100+ brews from around the world.  There was no shortage of satisfying grub at this event.  Celebrity chef’s like Roy Choi (of Beachside Kitchen & Kogi), Ray Garcia (of FIG), Roy Yamaguchi (of Roy’s), and Charles Phan (of Slanted Door) served up dishes that caused us to “ooh” and “ahh”.  Meanwhile Uncle Cracker made a come back with the Santa Monica ferris wheel and the Pacific Ocean glistened in the background.

Brew BBQ on the Santa Monica Pier

Celebrity Chef, Guy Fieri, hosts Brew BBQ

Having a blast at the Brew BBQ

Lexus Grand Tasting

An opportunity to taste and explore over 300 wines from 200 wineries and devour delicious tastings from over 30 celebrity chefs.  The Lexus Grand Tasting was a remarkable experience to be a part of, an up-close and personal experience that was every foodies dream come true.  Guest Chefs: Rick Bayless (of Red O), Eric Greenspan (of The Foundry on Melrose), and Masaharu Morimoto (of Morimoto Napa)

The Grand Tasting

Me & Iron Chef Morimoto

Los Angeles Food & Wine

All in all the Los Angeles first ever Food & Wine was a grand success.  I owe a massive thank you to my parents for the best birthday gift a foodie could ever ask for!

LA Finally Deemed Worthy of Some Serious Foodie Love

Food festivals or festivals of any kind for that matter love to love the city of Los Angeles and its enthusiastic cultured inhabitants.  Independent event producers such as Drink-Eat-Play, Artisanal LA, and the City of Santa Monica are constantly brainstorming new ways to grasp this communities attention.  However what has the city of Los Angeles buzzing this month and into next is the induction of the first ever Los Angeles Food & Wine festival!

Entrepreneurs Robert Weakley & David Alan Bernahl have teamed up with Dick Clark Productions & AEG to debut the festival at L.A. Live.  The three-day festival will take place on the weekend of October 14th at venues throughout Los Angeles county. It will be a blend of all-star talent from the culinary world with that of the entertainment industry to bring out the very best of food and wine culture in Los Angeles.

100 plus celebrity chefs will be leading demonstrations, lunches, dinners, after-hour events, and grand tastings accompanied by tasting from over 300 premier international wines. Celebrity chefs that will be participating in the event include but are not limited to Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Rick Bayless, Nobu Matsuhisa, Tom Colicchio, Nancy Silverton, Masaharu Morimoto, Tyler Florence, Michael Chiarello, Michael Mina, Sang Yoon, David Myers, Rory Herrmann, Walter Manzke, Sherry Yard, Josiah Citrin, David Myers, and Joachim Splichal.

LA Food & Wine Festival Trailer

Launch Party Trailer

As exciting as this news is, what is more exciting is that my extremely generous parents have decided to give Chris & I tickets to a few events for my birthday — and they too will be joining in on the excitement!

We will be attending the following…

The Magic & Seduction of Cheese & Wine with Laura Werlin

Laura Werlin one of the country’s top experts on cheese will teach us how to pair the delicate and bold flavors of cheese and wine.  This is not a lecture but rather a extremely rare opportunity to taste and be shown why some combinations work better than others.

Guy Fieri’s Brew B’Que On Santa Monica Pier

Food Network chef and personality Guy Fieri will host a Brew B’Que on the Santa Monica Pier backed up by some Rockstar bands and dynamite celebrity tastings accompanied by a combination of 100 different brews.

Lexus Grand Tasting 

The Grand Tasting allows an opportunity to sample over 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries. 30 celebrity chefs will showcase their culinary creativity providing tasting samples to blow your mind.  In the midst their will be cooking demos, book signings and photo sessions with some the weekends biggest names.

Interested in attending some of the weekends festivities?  Many events have sold out, but tickets are still available. Tickets Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival.