Text Size:-+
09.12.2005

23rd Annual American Food & Wine Festival, September 24th, Los Angeles

amfdwn.jpgLos Angeles does everything bigger, and the 23rd Annual American Food & Wine Festival is no exception. Held on the Universal Studios Back Lot, this event showcases the cooking of over forty of the nations top chefs, and roughly seventy-five wineries and importers from California and around the world.

You might initially scoff at the fact that one of the primary sponsors is ConAgra Foods. There is certainly a bit of irony in the fact that a huge industrialized agriculture, processed foods manufacturer is sponsoring an event where 99% of the chefs attending would rather eat their own toque than use their sponsor's ingredients or cuisine. However, the fact that the whole event raises over $1 million dollars annually for Los Angeles charity Meals on Wheels, means that even the most rigid Slow Food devotee might consider going.

Last year there were more than 2000 people in attendance, which means that even for VIPs this is likely to be a crowded event. I've never attended so I can't tell you what your chances are of getting a few minutes to chat with Mario Babbo alone are, nor whether you'll actually have to wait on endless lines to get tiny samples of the food you want to eat or whether it's pretty easy to stuff and drink yourself silly.

At the very least I know two things about this event: it's for a good cause, and for those who stay until the end, it's likely to make for some pretty good people watching, especially as people make it to their tenth or eleventh wine table.

23rd Annual American Food & Wine Festival
Saturday September 24th, 2005
Universal Studios Backlot
3900 Lankershim Boulevard
Universal City, CA 91608

What time this thing takes place is anybody's guess. The idiots who designed the web site declined to include that information.

Tickets are $250 in advance, $300 at the door. They can be purchased by sending e-mail to: [email protected]

Buy My Book!

small_final_covershot_dropshadow.jpg A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.

Follow Me On:

Twitter Instagram Delectable Flipboard Pinterest

Most Recent Entries

Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 4, 2015 Vinography Images: A Shaggy Guardian Vinography Unboxed: Week of April 26, 2015 Vinography Images: Above the Coast 2015 Seven Percent Solution Tasting: May 6, San Francisco Imagining a Better Future for the Soils of Champagne A Brief Video Lesson in Champagne Disgorgement Vinography Images: The World of the Leaf Book Signing on May 9th, at Raymond Vineyards in Napa Doorman: Changing My Wine Delivery Life

Favorite Posts From the Archives

Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune

Archives by Month

 

Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson Wine Grapes The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson to cork or not to cork by George Taber reading between the vines by Terry Theise adventures on the wine route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud