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Culinary driven cinema is on the rise and the film community is delivering some great foodie films this summer. The successful and highly anticipated film, CHEF produced by Jon Favreau earned record breaking viewings in theaters and THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY is another great culinary adventure that will continue to bring those same heart-warming sentiments and sizzle back to the box office with its culinary artistry and passionate and compelling story telling.
We discovered every “salad” you could imagine… There was not just couscous, but Israeli couscous, black kale, things with nuts, seeds, herbs, spices and roots… brightly colored exotic offerings by the dozen, too many to choose from! This is why their menu is designed to allow for a selection; a little of this, a scoop of that, and a portion of the other.
Behind every seasoned farmer there is a unique story and in the case of Chris Cadwell fromTutti Frutti, many. Some anecdotes are about relationships in the business, certain crops successes, unfortunate unexpected crop failures, trial and error, weather challenges, irrigation complications or bug infestations that destroy entire crops. Perseverance is king as well as experience and quick decision making. There is a reason he, like many other successful farmers have chosen the age old profession. If you ask anyone in the industry about his produce over the years, they will surely say that he is great at what he does.
Mahalo LA! Spring rolls and small bites are all the rage and with the high Labor Day travel costs right around the corner why not stay local and experience a taste of Aloha right here in your own backyard and roll over to your local Roy’s restaurant.
For the past few years, the LA Times has hosted The Taste, a three-day food festival at Paramount Studios. But they’ve just taken things up a notch with the announcement of a brand new (and, get this, month-long) festival called Food Bowl. For the entire month of May, the city will fill with food programs, pop-up dinners, internationally renowned chefs (Massimo Bottura, chef-owner of Osteria Francescana and the subject of a Chef’s Table episode, will be one of the participants) and a slew of other events and specials. The focal point of the event is Night Market, an outdoor food market held at Grand Park from May 10-14. With over 50 restaurants and food trucks, live entertainment and drinks each night, it’s poised to be a summer staple similar to 626 Night Market and Chinatown Summer Nights.
We had no idea what a South African Braai was all about until yesterday, when we attended the Wines of South Africa Braai Tour: Los Angeles Edition, at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. The South African tasting event, “From BBQ to Braai*”, has been making its way across the United States to educate the public on the food, music and culture of the Western Cape region where the BBQ takes center stage and can be dated back to the 17th century.
You’ve heard of Lucha Libre, Lucha Vavoom now think of Viva Cobá Lucha!! It’s going down at the Cobá Headquarters on Thursday, May 9th for the Downtown LA Artwalk.
Save the date! It’s going to be the marriage of the year! On Sunday, January 27, 2013, an event was held atop the famed LA Times Building downtown, where a conglomerate of LA’s finest cocktail aficionados, coupled with California’s top restaurateurs and mixology mavens, announced a date to unveil the “Three Day Conference and Celebration […]
Straight from the Scottish highlands descended a Whiskey event so large that aficionados came from far and wide to sample a grand selection of malted grains from around the world: Whiskey Live LA
The Food Event 2012, presented by Los Angeles Magazine is Culinary exploration at it’s finest. We literally dove into a virtual pop up book ripped from the pages of the magazines restaurant guide section. The 7th annual culinary extravaganza featured LA’s best chefs, culinary personalities coupled with some of the best food and wine tastings and a mixology lounge. Lesley Bargar Suter, dining editor for the magazine curated the exclusive list of participating restaurants, while Saddlerock Ranch Malibu played host once again to the foodie-centric Angelino crowd in attendance.
Set your GPS for Malibu Beach Wines and experience the wines of Malibu’s distinct artisan wine region that has matured itself and is now one of California’s prominent winery destinations. Come on down with friends and sample a flight of wines for yourself or shop the vast selection of local wines fresh from the source. Custom local wine gift baskets and private wine tastings are also available. Malibu Beach Wines is open daily from noon to 8:00pm and is located at 22775 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA and online 24/7.
We recently attended the First annual Sake competition presented by Umenoyado Brewery of Nara, Japan and Banzai Beverage Corporation at a private beachfront residence in beautiful sunny Malibu, California. The United States Bartenders Gulid sanctioned event received over 300 submissions from some of the best mixiologists from Los Angeles. The Judges included Mr. Yoshida from the Umenoyado Brewery, Sake expert Eric Swanson, Eater LA editor Kat Odell and Black Lab Ventures Joel Black.
Before we know it, The Los Angeles magazine, The Food Event 2012 will be here upon us. Save the date for Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM in beautiful Malibu, California at the prestigious Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. It is a tasting event for the die-hard food enthusiast with LA’s top dining destinations all in the same place in a tranquil Malibu setting.
A toast to The Taste LA’s Cocktail Confidential, as the Viva LA Foodies crew saddled up to the proverbial bar last Saturday night for an evening celebrating the beverage, awash with color and flavor throughout the Paramount back lot. Food pairings this evening were conversely concocted to compliment the cocktail, for a change, with fresh herbs, spices and juices playing understudy to a host of great liquors.
Barrie Lynn – The Cheese Impresario and Neil McNally of Rosenthal Estate Wines presented an Artisanal Cheese & Wine Pairing Adventure Seminar at this years 7th Annual LA Winefest at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California. The dynamic wine and cheese duo have shown their support for the Artisan Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin and paying homage to their dynamic culinary creations. Together they arranged an interesting and delicious Cheese & Wine class that merged the local flavors of Malibu’s boutique wine region with the high-end hard to find artisanal Wisconsin cheeses that have won countless awards.
LA’s die-hard foodies sought refuge from the Labor Day Holiday travel madness by embarking on an epic culinary holiday travel alternative in Hollywood’s own backyard located at the infamous Paramount Pictures Studios back-lot where the Taste LA festivities took place all weekend long. Beautiful weather and hundreds of LA’s top restaurants and bars were dishing out their best bites during the 5 Los Angeles Times, “The Taste” events.
Nic’s owner and founder Larry Nicola has been labeled “The Vodkateur” for his extensive knowledge of this distilled spirit that takes many forms and labels. His 28˚ F VODBOX is known around the world and pays homage to the Kremlin’s “Red Square” where Poolside guests sported custom faux fur coats and matching Trapper’s hats by Hudson Designs
Before we know it Labor Day 2012 will be here and LA has a second course for Angelino’s staying in town! The tasting menu of events is below and we will be covering the weekends events with our Viva LA Foodies “LA Media” team and we guarantee that nobody will be left hungry. Read more […]
Tonight is the night, more specifically, The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk and the inaugural launch party for ILLUMINATED LA, an artist collective in Los Angeles that is bringing awareness to all facets of art and not just art itself. VivaLAfoodies is so excited to be an active participant and Adam Rubenstein as co-Founding Father of ILLUMINATED LA along with friend & local renowned graphic and visual artist Seth “Meex” Wilder. We have both been working to the bone, literally to get this off the ground and now is our time to showcase and expose the vast talent of artists curating the best of their craft from Culinary, Visual, Musical, Graphical & Performance. Our kickoff event will take place tonight, 1.12.12 at Nola’s, A Taste of New Orleans in the Downtown Los Angeles Historic Arts District from 6pm-2am for an independent Art Mart & Swap Meet. The talented folks from our collective will be creating art and selling their works throughout the evening.