Upcoming Events: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival 2012

The 2nd annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival event returns this week and  offers an exciting opportunity to catch up with some of the country’s most famous chefs over three days of scheduled seminars, restaurant collaborations, demos, and tasting events, with different hooks like a tribute to Daniel Boulud, Roy Choi organizing a taco party at Paramount Studios, and a barbecue on the Santa Monica Pier with chefs like Chris Cosentino and Charles Phan.

The event kicks off this Thursday night, August 9th with Giada DeLaurentiis along with talents like Scott Conant, Matt Molina, the chefs from Sotto, Tony DiSalvo, and Gino Angelini, among the many heavyweights of Italian food. The following evening, Graham Elliot takes the reigns for “Summer at the Shore,” a beach-side tasting with Stephan Pyles, Nyesha Arrington of Wilshire, and Marcel Vigneron, among the 23 chefs who will each offer dishes. At the same time, Andrew Zimmern will join Eater in hosting an Asian Night Market in Downtown At the peak of Saturday night, Downtown will play host to Lexus Live on the Plaza with Wolfgang Puck, his homie-for-life Paul Prudhomme, our homie-for-life Mark Peel, Francois Payard, Hubert “Song Pon da Replay” Keller, Dean Fearing, and Sam Choy, as well as many other high-caliber chefs joining Puck that evening. The night will culminate in a performance by Third Eye Blind. Tasting events are spread throughout the weekend of August 9th thru the 12th, while the festival also includes restaurant-specific meals, like a haute “delicacy dinner” at The Montage, power lunches at ink., Cut, WP24, and Patina, among others, demos with Richard Blais and the Voltaggio bros., and sessions on cheese, wine, and chocolate with a host of chef experts. Check out the full roster of the weekend to come online here, where tickets span the gamut from $50 for chef demos to $75 for Zimmern’s Asian Night Market to $125 for the grand tastings and $2,000 for 24 moneyed individuals to attend Wednesday night’s founder’s dinner.


Information Courtesy of LAFW and Los Angeles Grub Street