The culinary fete of the year is about to descend upon Los Angeles once again this Aug. 22 through 25, as foodies from all over Southern California make their way to the City of Angels on a quest to taste something they’ve never quite experienced before. This year, the 2013 Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival will take place over the course of four days throughout the great city of LA.
It’s important to note that the Los Angeles food scene is blowing up at an overwhelming rate, easily becoming a force to be reckoned with. High-profile chefs from around the world have been actively calling L.A. home and from the looks of it, they are not only making their mark and taking up residence, but they are expanding at a rapid speed. With excellent reason, Los Angeles is the place for top chefs and restaurateurs to make a name for themselves in the industry.
As the 2013 Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival takes over the “Heart of the City” on Grand Avenue, it is unlike any other epicurean event across the nation. By successfully combining cooking demonstrations, mixology showcases and tastings, and star-studded musical performances, this gastronomic event is one not to miss.
Giada’s Festa Italiana on Grand Avenue – Thursday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.
Giada De Laurentiis kicks off opening night with Grammy award-winning musician, best-selling author, and restaurateur, DJ ?uestlove, as chefs including Scott Conant, Celestino Drago, and SPQR’s Matthew Accarrino celebrate authentic Italian food, beer and cocktails. Watch as Giada infuses her famous Italian cuisine with a California twist alongside Thomas Keller, Michael Chiarello, Gino Angelini, Ori Menashe, Evan Funke, and Antonio Giordano.
Asian Night Market with Iron Chef Morimoto – Friday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
Another great night on Grand Avenue as Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto hosts Asian Night Market. This special program embraces global cuisine and handcrafted cocktails while showcasing well-known fine-dining restaurants and local mom-and-pop eateries. On hand to plate the night’s dishes will be culinary personalities Bryant Ng, Kris Yenbamroong, David Myers, Ricardo Zarate and David Lefevre.
Live on the Avenue with Top Chef Masters’ Host Curtis Stone – Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.
Nestled in between L.A.’s most iconic landmarks, enjoy a live performance from platinum recording artist, Gavin DeGraw as world-renowned Top Chef Masters’ host, Curtis Stone, welcomes food aficionados to a grand reception with the likes of culinary talents, Rick Bayless and Grant Achatz. This showcase is the perfect blend and depiction that embodies the cultural side of Los Angeles.
Lexus Grand Tasting – Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, 3 p.m.
Twenty-five celebrity chefs, 300 wines and the chance to meet your culinary hero? Priceless. All under one roof, this walk-around tasting is an opportunity of a lifetime to meet and photograph the biggest names in the food world while tasting creations that one only dreams about. A handful of chefs will also be available for book signings. Chefs scheduled to be plating at this event include: Ben Ford, Ray Garcia, Mark Gold, David Lefevre, Brian Malarkey, Ziggy Marley, Fabio Viviani, Brooke Williamson and Robbie Wilson.
Tickets for each event are now available online and at the door. For more information on participants, purchasing tickets or packages, and event programming, visit www.lafw.com.
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