What’s the Dish: 3rd Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

“The city of Los Angeles is one of the most prominent destinations in the world for art, travel, entertainment, and cuisine, and is home to the most respected cultural institutions in the world,” says CLM Co-Founder David Bernahl. “There isn’t a better place than Los Angeles to celebrate the gastronomic talents of this city as well as the biggest names in culinary history.” – CLM Co-Founder David Bernahl

WHAT: The Third Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

ABOUT: The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Based amid 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. “Los Angeles Food & Wine has become one of the most anticipated events of the summer,” says Giada De Laurentiis. “I’m excited to return and cook alongside many of my closest friends, fellow chefs, and some of the most amazing talent I truly admire.”

WHEN: August 22-25, 2013


  • Festa Italiana – Thursday, August 22, 2013, 7:00-10 p.m.
    Hosted by beloved television personality and culinary talent Giada De Laurentiis, the opening-night celebration will embrace all things Italian including authentic Italian food, beer, and cocktails. Joined by chefs including Scott Conant, Celestino Drago, and SPQR’s Matthew Accarrino, the kick-off is poised to be a “buona sera” to remember.

  • Asian Night Market – Friday, August 23, 2013, 7:00-10 p.m.
    “Iron Chef” Morimoto hosts a unique take on the Asian Night Market featuring cherished fine dining establishments alongside mom-and-pop neighborhood eateries. Over 30 restaurateurs including David Myers, Ricardo Zarate, and David Lefevre, handcrafted cocktails, and traditional spirits will be showcased at this celebratory event.

  • Live on the Avenue – Saturday, August 24, 2013, 7:00-10 p.m.
    Top Chef Masters’ Host Curtis Stone welcomes guests to this unbelievable strolling reception culminating in a show-stopping performance set against some of L.A.’s most iconic buildings and architectural landmarks, featuring luminary talent that includes Rick Bayless, Grant Achatz, and many more.

  • Lexus Grand Tasting – Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25, 12:00–3 p.m.
    Enjoy one of the nation’s most decadent walk-around tastings featuring 30 celebrity chefs, 200 coveted wines from top-name wineries, and opportunities to interact and photograph the food world’s most lauded names—all under one roof.

  • Additionally, events will take place throughout the city during the four-day celebration —from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica—as participants have the opportunity to partake in themed lunches, and events featuring prominent chef collaborations and one-of-a-kind experiences. FOR FULL SCHEDULE CLICK HERE!

    TICKETS: Served up à la carte, each event can be purchased here.

    Los Angeles Food and Wine Event



    What’s the Dish: CAKE! Now at Little Dom’s Deli

    WHO: Deli at Little Dom’s, known for its Old World Italian deli feel combined with retro character and charm.

    WHAT: The Deli at Little Dom’s has launched their new cake menu just in time for the summer! In addition to her array of delicious delicacies and confections available at the Deli, Pastry Chef Ann Kirk is offering an assortment of three-layer cakes available in 6” and 9” rounds including:

  • Gelato Cakes
  • Three-Layer Chocolate Cakes Layered with Gelato of Choice:
    Vanilla, Stracciatella, Milk Chocolate Nib, Passion Fruit, and Strawberry (seasonal)
    Frosted with Fluffy Whipped Cream

  • Carrot Cake
  • Three-Layer Cake Studded with Lightly Toasted Walnuts,
    Layered and Surrounded with Creamy White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Coconut Cake
  • Three-Layer Coconut Cake Rounds Soaked with Spiced Rum Syrup,
    Layered with Rich Coconut Filling and Surrounded by Fluffy Coconut Butter Cream
    Lightly Toasted Coconut

  • Fresh Berry Cake
  • Three-Layer Buttermilk Cake Rounds Layered and Frosted with Fluffy Vanilla Butter Cream, Fresh Summer Berries on Each Layer
    **Lemon Chiffon Cake Rounds also available

    WHEN: 7:00a – 6:00p

    WHERE: Deli at Little Dom’s – 2128 Hillhurst Ave – Los Angeles, CA 90027 323.661.0088

    You’re Invited: Pasadena’s 127th Birthday Celebration!

    Pasadena’s 127th Birthday Celebration!

    It’s Pasadena’s 127th Birthday and you’re invited to the party!

    WHAT: COME ONE, COME ALL to the grounds of Pasadena Museum of History as Pasadena celebrates the City’s 127th birthday and commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pasadena’s beloved landmark, the Colorado Street Bridge. Fun for all ages! Free admission & parking!


  • The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association will keep party-goers on their toes with a variety of dances and demonstrations.
  • Bridges to Community: Meet Pasadena’s community of Bloggers! They are our eyes and ears; they share Pasadena-related thoughts, images, inspirations, and news from unique perspectives. Bloggers: Mr. Pasadena, Mademoiselle Gramophone, The Strategic Monk, 365 Things to Do in Pasadena, A Pasadena Latina, Women Writing the West – and more! Pssst! I’ll be there, too, from 2:00-3:00pm!
  • Bridges to Exploration: From Pasadena to Mars and beyond: JPL representatives will amaze, enlighten, and inspire you!
  • Bridges to Health: Did you know that many early Pasadena settlers came here seeking health cures? Our amazing medical history comes to life in this presentation.
  • Bridges to History: Pasadena Heritage will preside over a display that celebrates this milestone and all of our City’s physical bridges.
  • Bridges to Imagination: Gold Bug, Old Pasadena’s neo-Victorian emporium, will amuse, engage, and delight the imagaination and senses of visitors of all ages.
  • Bridges to Understanding: The Pasadena Sister Cities Committee will feature details about our special relationships with Ludwigshafen, Germany; Mishima, Japan; Jarvenpaa, Finland; Vanadzor, Armenia; and Xicheng District, Beijing, China.

  • Special Children’s Activities:

  • Kidspace Children’s Museum will host a hands-on bridge-building workshop with different types of materials to discover which work well, which do not, which structures are more successful and why.
  • Side Street Projects will invites children and family members to create an imaginative bridge from the perspective of the surrounding wildlife, using biodegradable materials.
  • We Tell Stories will present three storytelling productions on the Museum Stage at 1:30 pm– all around our theme of ‘bridges.”
  • Dot the Clown
  • Face Painter Theresa King

  • ON SITE FOOD: Pie n’ Burger Truck & Trattoria Neapolis.

    CAAAAAAAAKE! The gala cake cutting is scheduled for 3:00pm with Italian soda’s by Trattoria Neapolis.

    FOR SCHEDULE & MORE INFO: Visit the Pasadena History Museum Online

    I hope to see you there!

    Chef Brooke Williamson of Hudson House, The Tripel and Top Chef: Seattle

    Chefs Nick Roberts & Brooke Williamson

    Chef Brooke Williamson and Chef Nick Roberts of Hudson House in Redondo Beach and The Tripel in Playa del Rey are excited to launch new menus at each of their cozy-yet-cool neighborhood digs. Fresh off this season of Bravo’s Top Chef: Seattle, runner-up cheftestant Brooke along with her husband Nick have collaborated on some “haute” new dishes that are reflective of their signature elevated-yet-approachable pub fare.

    The Tripel offers dishes such as:

  • Crispy Pig Ear Salad with Treviso, Poached Egg, and Apricot
  • Squid Ink Spaghetti with Ground Shrimp, Lemon, Chili Oil, Herbs, and Salmon Roe
  • Potted Duck & Rabbit Rillettes with Grape Must Mustard, Asparagus Salad, and Grilled Bread

  • Some current seasonal obsessions from each of the chefs have made their way onto the menu at Hudson House:

  • Strawberries & Pea Tendrils with Blue Cheese, Red Mustard Greens, and Lavender Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Charred Asparagus with Boiled Egg, Red Chili, Grain Mustard, and Botarga

  • Squid Ink Spaghetti

    I had the opportunity to pick Chef Brooke’s brain on the ins and outs of food, life and being on Top Chef Seattle.

    Q1: I see elements of California cuisine as well as European slow dining in your menu for Tripel. What are your inspirations behind the menu and the approach to what you decide to create for Tripel?

    Chef Brooke Williamson: We honestly create our dishes based on what is looking good to us at the moment or peaks our interest. We make a point of visiting the markets at least once or twice a week, and often create dishes according to what we ourselves want to eat.

    Q2: How do you keep your dishes fresh and unique, without falling into fads?

    Chef Brooke Williamson: We don’t create food based on concept… We create based on balance and flavor. We don’t really pay attention to fads.

    Q3: I’m someone who loves offal; but it is less common here in the States. Is there a particular food that you wish were more socialized for the (general) American palate?

    Chef Brooke Williamson: I have actually found that if you pair an unfamiliar ingredient with something comforting or known, it is possible to entice people to eat pretty much anything. For example, most people don’t know what Botarga is, and most wouldn’t eat it if they did… However, if you use it as a garnish with some fresh grilled asparagus and egg like we do at Hudson House, it simply becomes that slightly smokey/salty garnish that gives the dish a bit of added yumminess.

    Chef Brooke Williamson Q4: Out of all of the items on the Tripel menu, what is the one bite/dish you could snack on all day as if you had no cares in the world?

    Chef Brooke Williamson: White anchovies. I love their tangy brininess and find that they can brighten up a warm crusty piece of bread like nothing else.

    Q5: Has being on Top Chef: Seattle effected your approach to cooking, or impacted your life since airing?

    Chef Brooke Williamson: I wouldn’t say that it has changed my approach to cooking… But it has certainly impacted my life. I have a very full schedule now…In a great way. It has opened up doors for us to participate in so many great charity events, and I have made a whole bunch of great new friends who live all around the country…I feel like there is a new sense of community and camaraderie in my professional life.

    Q6: They say it takes fortitude and a special kind of crazy to be a chef/cook/baker; and being married to another chef this must be doubly so! How do you and Chef Nick balance work and home life?

    Chef Brooke Williamson: Haha! I wouldn’t say that we always have balance…But we do our best. We don’t have regular people lives, but kitchen life is all either of us has ever known since a very young age. We take family life seriously and try our best to not miss out on anything. Having a great staff has been the key to not being absentee parents.

    Q7: What does the future hold for Hudson House, The Tripel and for yourself, Chef?

    Chef Brooke Williamson: I do what I love, and what I have always wanted to do. Just more of what I’m doing would be a great future. We have another project in the works that should keep us busy for a while… But who knows, I like to think anything is possible.

    Thank you so much, Chef Brooke!

    Hudson House
    541 Pacific Coast Highway
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277

    The Tripel
    333 Culver Boulevard
    Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

    TOP CHEF: SEATTLE Official Website

    GLAZA Beastly Ball Media Preview with Betty White

    GLAZA - Beastly Ball Media Preview

    GLAZA 43rd Annual Beastly Ball

    You are cordially invited to channel your inner wild thing and come out in full L.A. safari glory for the 43rd Annual Beastly Ball!

    WHAT: 43rd Annual Beastly Ball – Guests are invited to dress in casual or safari attire, stroll through the Zoo after hours observing its inhabitants, watching animal feedings, chatting with keepers, viewing small animals up close, enjoying entertainment by Central and South American music groups, dancing, and dining on bountiful fare provided by some of L.A.’s most popular restaurants. Also featured are silent and live auctions comprised of hundreds of remarkable items and one-of-a-kind opportunities, with comedian Jimmy Pardo serving as MC and auctioneer.

    WHEN: Saturday, June 15th 2013 6:00pm

    WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo – 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles 90027

    WHO: Presented by the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA). Over five decades, GLAZA has funded exhibits, plant and animal species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo, an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.

    HONOREES: Actress Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto, NCIS) “She is an ardent social and civil activist who is involved in many charitable organizations that work on behalf of animal rescue and adoption, the homeless, disaster relief and AIDS.” – Connie Morgan, GLAZA president; Wells Fargo, which is being recognized for its pivotal community philanthropy, has a long history of charitable contributions to the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association including partial funding for all three great ape habitats and the award-winning Elephants of Asia exhibit.

    PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS: Bar Celona, Canelé, Celestino Ristorante, El Cholo L.A., El Coyote Mexican Café, The Federal Bar, Glorious Gourmet Catering & Garnish Café, Georgetown Cupcake Los Angeles, Green Street Restaurant, Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana, Ix∙Tapa Restaurant and Cantina, Jersey Mike’s, Maison Akira, Pink’s Hot Dogs, Taix French Restaurant, Villa Sorriso and Yummy Cupcakes.

    BASH BEFORE THE BALL: A pre-party soiree featuring animals, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a “meet and greet” with Perrette. Starts at 5:00pm.

    TICKETS: $1,000 per person, plus an additional $500 for “Bash Before the Ball”; individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities at higher levels are also available.

    SNEAK PEEK: Last Thursday was the media preview, featuring chefs from iconic Los Angeles restaurants catering a feast for the media with dishes inspired by LA Zoo’s Rainforest of the Americas animal names. Among the speakers were Connie Morgan, president of GLAZA (Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association) and the Co-Chairman of GLAZA, none other than legendary actress Betty White.

    GLAZA President Connie Morgan
    Connie Morgan – GLAZA president

    GLAZA - Beastly Ball Media Preview
    Sweet Corn Tamale – El Coyote

    GLAZA - Beastly Ball Media Preview
    Blackberry Cotton Top Tamarin – Canelé

    GLAZA - Beastly Ball Media Preview
    It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green Salad – Glorious Gourmet & Garnish Cafe

    GLAZA - Beastly Ball Media Preview
    Seafood Tortellini with Lobster Sauce – Celestino Ristorante

    GLAZA - Beastly Ball Media Preview
    Cupcake Parfait – Yummy Cupcakes

    GLAZA - Beastly Ball Media Preview
    Chicken Enchilada Verde – El Cholo

    FOR MORE INFO: (323) 644-4753 | www.lazoo.org

    Sgt. Villalobos enjoying Pink's Hot Dogs
    Sgt. Villalobos enjoying a Pink’s Hot Dog

    What’s the Dish: LA Times The Taste 2013

    WHAT: The Los Angeles Times just announced the schedule for THE TASTE, its annual celebration of the Southern California culinary scene, to be held Labor Day weekend at Paramount Pictures Studios. Reflecting The Times’ award-winning coverage of all things edible, the five events will highlight distinct aspects of local food culture. Each will feature unlimited food tastings, specialty cocktails, wine seminars, live demos and topical conversations.

    WHEN: August 30th-September 1st, Labor Day Weekend

    WHERE: Paramount Pictures Studios – 5555 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90038


  • Opening Night presented by Tequila Don Julio – Fri., Aug. 30th, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
    The Times Food team along with chefs and bartenders participating over the weekend will come together for a special opening night soirée with a focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings, and live entertainment.

  • Field to Fork – Sat., Aug. 31st, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Russ Parsons, Times Food Editor, hosts a day inspired by fresh, local ingredients and the pleasure of cooking – and eating – seasonal dishes.

  • Flavors of L.A. – Sat., Aug. 31st, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
    Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, hosts an event full of authentic dishes from around the world via the best local restaurants.

  • Labor Day Block Party – Sun., Sept. 1st, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, hosts a celebration of the dishes that exemplify an end-of-summer bash with family and friends.

  • Cocktail Confidential – Sun., Sept. 1st, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
    Betty Hallock, Times Deputy Food Editor, and Jessica Gelt, Food & Night Life Writer, host an evening dedicated to the culinary creations and libations that typify cocktail culture.

  • TICKETS: $125 Opening Night – $50 Early Bird for all other events – $85 at the door – $175 limited quantity of Weekend Passes for Saturday & Sunday – 20% discount on individual tickets for Los Angeles Times members. BUY TICKETS HERE

    images courtesy of The Los Angeles Times

    What’s the Dish: Mother’s Day Specials Round Up

    Here is a round-up of Mother’s Day Specials throughout the Los Angeles area. Be sure to leave me a comment letting me know of your Mother’s Day plans! Our are still tentative, but a picnic in the park might be in our future. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Le Ka – Downtown LA’s chic new dining destination is the perfect place to treat mom to true California cuisine. Le Ka will be opening at 10:30 a.m. on Mother’s Day and will serve special brunch offerings, in addition to specialty mimosas and Bloody Mary’s from mixologist Andrew Parish.

  • Psycho/Mommie Dearest Double Feature – Spend Mother’s Day with Norman Bates and screen siren Joan Crawford at the legendary Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood as they pull out all the stops in this double feature of mothers from hell. Starting with the 1960 Hitchock classic Psycho: Embezzler Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) takes refuge from a rainstorm off the beaten track on a lonely California highway. Unfortunately, she checks in at the Bates Motel, presided over by Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a strange fellow living with his mother. Next up Faye Dunaway scorches as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, a blistering exposé of the icon’s troubled and abusive relationship with her adopted daughter, Christina Crawford. When the night is done, you’ll leave the theater feeling slightly better about your relationship with mom!

  • Susan Feniger’s STREET – STREET is launching their new AYCE (All You Can Eat) small plates brunch this Mother’s Day. Treat mom to all the global street eats she wants. Dishes include Kaya Toast Bites, Moroccan Spiced Carrot Cake Muffins, Asparagus Egg White Frittatas, Tamale Benedict with Fresh Corn and Summer Squash Tamale topped with a Fried Egg and Roasted Poblano Hollandaise, Jackfruit Banh Mi Sliders on Toasted Baguette, Fresh Basil, Cilantro, Peanut, Spicy Pickled Vegetable Relish and Green Sriracha Aioli, and more. Brunch is $25 per person, with the option to add bottomless mimosa sparkling cocktails for $15.

  • Mother’s Day Delights at The Langham – Pasadena’s own elegant, private haven has not one, not two, not three but five Mother’s Day specials for you to pick and choose from! The Huntington Ballroom features a stunning spread which includes sushi and caviar, carving stations and made-to-order omelets; a chocolate fountain and a variety of pastries; and free-flowing champagne; The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse offers an interactive Sunday Market Brunch experience including a flowing mimosa station in the White Wine Room, displays of fresh breakfast pastries, and lively chef-action stations inside the kitchen, where guests will enjoy made-to-order brunch delicacies; At The Terrace, guests can order brunch specialties á la carte or indulge in an enhanced Mother’s Day breakfast buffet which includes an omelet and carving station; spring vegetables and potatoes; fruit, cereal and pastries; smoked fish and cheese; orange juice, coffee and tea. 10% of the proceeds from the Pink Chocolate Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Lounge go to Huntington Hospital Cancer Center; and The Huntington Spa offers two luxurious deals to spoil mom with massages and/or mani/pedi’s!

  • El Cid – Mother’s Day Flamenco Brunch & Dinner Shows! Brunch: Seating between 11am-12; Flamenco show 12:30 – 1:30 pm, $25pp: includes Flamenco show and a choice of five brunch entrees or $35 per person to add bottomless mimosas. Dinner $40 per person includes Flamenco show and a choice of dinner entrée, a cup of El Cid’s famous heirloom tomato gazpacho, an organic green salad and bittersweet treats and Spanish Flan for dessert.