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The 3rd annual LA Food & Wine Festival is a four-day culinary celebration that features more than 100 world-class chefs and 200+ wines from noted vintners.
The Off the Menu team attended the first Festival, and we’re looking forward to attending again this year.
The location has shifted a few blocks, from LA Live to the streets of downtown Los Angeles near the Disney Concert Hall. Grand Avenue will be closed between 1st and 2nd Streets to provide a fabulous al fresco setting for live culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, special themed events, the LEXUS Grand Tasting, book signings, mixology seminars, and live music.
Some of the noted names scheduled to participate this year include Giada De Laurentiis, “Iron Chef” Morimoto, Curtis Stone, Grant Achatz, Tyler Florence, Michael Chiarello, and Rick Bayless, Mark Peel, Roy Yamaguchi, and many more.
According to the press material, events include:
Festa Italiana: Thursday, August 22, 7 – 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, 7 – 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, 7 – 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, and Sunday, August 25, 12 – 3 p.m. each day.
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.
Tickets to most events are still available. Visit http://www.lafw.com.