Archive for August, 2014
Lunch downtown at Faith & Flower during LA Food & Wine Fest. Chef Michael Hung & Dominique Crenn cooking things up while Fergie was there promoting the family wine Ferguson Crest. We tasted the Viognier, Syrah and The Red Blend, Fergalicious!
Special menu for the day:
Hors D’Oeuvres: *Sea Urchin & Liquorice, *Oyster Wheatgrass & Coconut by Chef Dominique Crenn – *New York Strip Tartare Braised Kombu, Miso & Sesame Toasts, *Maine Scallop Crudo Pickled Plums, Shiso Granito by Michael Hung paired with Ferguson Crest Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley, CA 2013)
Second course: *Grains & Seeds by Dominique Crenn – *The Wind-Up Bird: Lemongrass Ginger Shochu with Kalamansi Uzu sour, Wasabi Leaf, Toasted Sesame, topped with a Honeyed Sunflower Seed Cloud with special drink by Mixologist Mariena Mercer from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Third course: *Roasted Rabbit:Young Turnips, Abalone Dashi by Michael Hung, *Bird In The Hand: Bombay Sapphire Gin, Giffard Creme De Peche, Soju, Lychee Tea Vapor, Moshio Saline by Michael Lay, *Squab: Salsify, Cauliflower & White Chocolate by Dominique Crenn paired with Ferguson Crest Syrah , “Estate” & Ferguson Crest, “Fergalicious” (Santa Ynez Valley, CA 2012)
Dessert: *Chanterelle & Blonde Chocolate Mousse with Hazelnut Feulletine, Fig puree,, Chocolate Streusel by Indelisa Zarate, *Catcher in the Rye with Bourye, Carpano-Fig infused Vermouth, Chocolate Ancho Masala Syrup, and Nutella paired with drink by Mariena Mercer.
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The opening performance from the very special amaWolseley Marimbas, who have flown all the way from South Africa’s Witzenberg Valley. This is their first time out of South Africa. The group consist of 8 young aspiring musicians, all selected not for their experience but for their natural rhythm. Listen to their incredible sound and meet a few of the marimbas here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB28BjTCJpQ.
The band performed at Los Angeles Food & Wine thanks to Charles Banks, Founder of Terroir, who has multiple wineries participating in the festival. This past March, Charles had the amaWolseley Marimbas perform at his South African winery Fable Vineyards and it blew him away. He made the generous gesture to bring them to LA, and his sponsorship has helped garner much needed support for the program, allowing them to involve more children in the townships and expand to include African Dancing and Djembe drumming. Festival co-founder David Bernahl said, “Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival continues to celebrate the second-to-none culinary and cultural diversity that is LA. We see no better way to honor that eclectic electricity than a world class mash up of Grammy award winning artist Common and a group of ridiculously talented kids from the other side of the world.”
I was lucky enough to see them perform at the LA Food & Wine Fest! What a special treat!!!! Loved them!
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Stars shine bright at the Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE. Taking place August 21-24, 2014 in Downtown Los Angeles, the epicenter of Southern California’s most diverse culinary scenes, an unprecedented lineup of epicurean elite will come together for three nights and four days of revelry and epic culinary creations including newly announced events.
A Tribute to a Legend dinner series honoring culinary icon Nancy Silverton will take place on Friday, August 22. Recognized as one of the most influential chefs in Los Angeles history, this California bread master is one of only four women to have ever been honored by the James Beard Foundation taking home the “Outstanding Chef” award earlier this year (Alice Waters, Lidia Bastianich, Judy Rodgers won in previous years). Silverton will be joined by some of the city’s best chefs for an epic dinner including Jonathan Waxman, Michael Chiarello, Joachim Splichal, Michael Tusk, Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani, and Suzanne Tracht. Guests will also enjoy an exclusive Dinner with the Michelin Stars in honor of Pierre Gagnaire, recognized as the world’s most inspiring chef, on Saturday, August 23. A Michelin-starred cast including Michael Cimarusti, Dominque Crenn, and David Kinch and Stephanie Prida of Manresa pay honor to this world-class French icon and three Michelin-starred great.
Guests will be taken on a unique culinary journey while attending the star-studded marquee events, including the Ultimate Bites of L.A. presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® and the first-ever Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge, Asian Night Market, Lexus Grand Tasting, or Lexus Live on Grand. In addition, gourmands will have the chance to experience the ultimate Power Lunch with a series of unprecedented chef pairings such as Scott Conant and Graham Elliot, or Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman. Good food, great wine, and stellar cocktails go hand-in-hand as the 2014 Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival curates a selection of some of the finest spirit savants and winemakers. Cocktail craftsmen recognized the world over for their imaginative concoctions at some of the most revered bars will showcase a lively liquid laboratory including the Cocktail Revolution seminar led by Julian Cox on Saturday, August, 24. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chef Mixologist Mariena Mercer, known for her molecular mixology and whimsical approach to cocktails will join the scholar of spirits, Faith & Flower Bar Smith Michael Lay on August 22 for an afternoon of lunch and libations.
The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival would not be complete without beats to go along with the tasty bites, spirits, and world-class wine. This year will unveil rock stars in the tasting tents, including Fergie of Black Eyed Peas who will be showcasing her namesake Ferguson Crest wines based out of the Santa Ynez Valley at the Lexus Grand Tasting, as well as exciting musical performances to be announced on main the center stage set against the magnificent skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.
“The whole weekend experience is as important to us as the food, and that includes the cocktails, wine, and music” said Coastal Luxury Management CEO David Bernahl. “It is essential that we deliver more than guests could ever expect, like once-in-a-lifetime tribute dinners, extraordinary music performances, and so much more.” A la carte tickets will start at $50 to $500, with full weekend experience packages available at www.lafw.com.
ABOUT LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE:
Now in its fourth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with generous support from founding partners FOOD & WINE, Lexus, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, JENN-AIR, and Delta Airlines, is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles, and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Set amidst one of the country’s foremost cultural destinations along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents. The star-studded lineup has included celebrated chefs such as Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thomas Keller, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and local favorites such as Rory Herrmann, Michael Voltaggio, Matsuhisa Nobu, and Sang Yoon. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.lafw.com or call 855.433.LAFW. The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival supports Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and other L.A. based charitable endeavors.
ABOUT COASTAL LUXURY MANAGEMENT, LLC:
Coastal Luxury Management, LLC (CLM), founded and managed by David Alan Bernahl II, creates unique experiential opportunities in the hospitality, entertainment, restaurant, and event sectors. In addition to being named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top Food & Beverage Companies” in 2012 and 2013, CLM has also been included in the annual Inc. 500/5000 ranking of the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the United States for the past two years. CLM produces Pebble Beach Food & Wine and the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, both known for bringing together the highest caliber of culinary and wine talents to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. CLM’s catering division, Coastal Luxury Catering, combines the company’s restaurant and event divisions to offer full-service event planning and catering services for a variety of social, corporate, and non-profit events throughout the country. CLM’s restaurant division includes: Restaurant 1833, named one of Robb Report’s 2012 “Best of the Best” and a James Beard Foundation 2012 “Best New Restaurant” nominee; Cannery Row Brewing Company, home to one of the largest draft and bottled craft beer selections in Central California; Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, a modern venue that blurs the lines between restaurant, bar, club, and show, to create a grand social experiment; and the recently opened Downtown Los Angeles restaurant, Faith & Flower. In the winter of 2013, through their continued partnership with hospitality entrepreneur Charles Banks, CLM launched Vessel, their newest endeavor aimed towards redefining the way people dine. Vessel offers a highly curated selection of glassware and tabletop accessories sourced from across the globe for retail consumers and restaurant venues. For more information about Coastal Luxury Management, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.