Food and Wine Magazine knows when it's onto a good thing. Building on the success of the long running and incredibly popular Aspen Food and Wine Classic, the magazine (actually it's publisher, American Express) has branched out to bring a similar, if somewhat abbreviated version to South Beach in Florida, and has become a major sponsor of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine event in Carmel, California.
Last year, American Express Publishing dipped its toe into the waters of Los Angeles, with the four-day extravaganza called Beverly Hills, which was apparently quite the scene. But if that was a toe dipping, this year they've undertaken a full-on occupation.
Enter the first annual Los Angeles Food and Wine festival: four days of Dionysian delights spread across Los Angeles like a big puff pastry filled with foie gras.
The festival packs scores of events into four days across Beverly Hills, Downtown, Santa Monica, and Hollywood. The events range from wine tasting seminars, to cooking demonstrations, to panel discussions, to music and mixology parties, to the grand tasting tent filled with food and wine and booze for the sampling.
If the Aspen Food and Wine festival represents the heights of luxury, this festival aims for the cutting edge of coolness, integrating much more music and culture into a more urban environment.
The main attraction for many, especially those overwhelmed with the choices, might be the grand tasting event: 200 wineries, 30 celebrity chefs, book signings, and more at the JW Mariott in downtown LA.
Consult the event web site for lots of information about who will be at the grand tasting and the overall the schedule of events, and more.
2011 Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90015
Tickets start at $50 for some events, with various VIP passes available for all events and special access, and some pricier options at up to $2000. Tickets should be purchased in advance online.
Sounds like a party!
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.
Wine and Beauty Explained San Francisco's Lost Sommeliers Finding Pirate Treasure With a Corkscrew Vinography Unboxed: Week of March 1, 2015 Vinography Images: Sonoma Spring Siduri Wines: Rewarding the Search for Flavor Vinography Unboxed: Week of February 22, 2015 Vinography Images: Frost and Fog The Glory of 2013 Napa Cabernet: Tasting Premiere Napa Valley A Dose of Claret: Visiting With 2010 Bordeaux
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