The 6th annual festival, presented by FOOD & WINE and Lexus, features four days of events held at iconic venues in LA (from just outside Disney Concert Hall and The Broad Museum downtown, to the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica) and highlighting some of the finest restaurants from around the country.
If you're into celebrity chefs, there will be over 100 at the event, from Hugh Acheson to Jet Tila to Nyesha Arrington; Food Network stars Tyler Florence, Emeril Lagasse and Robert Irvine are also on the roster, and there are always opportunities at these events to get up close and personal. Enjoy cooking & mixology demos, sit down dinners, grand tastings and even a concert by De La Soul this year.
For highlights the event from last year, see below!
When: Thursday August 25- Sunday August 28, 2016
Where: Various venues in Downtown LA, Beverly Hills (see event site for details)
How much: $115-$175 general admission, $175 VIP (see event site for details)
[Deal alert: 15% discount for Lexus Preferred Drivers via this link]
Event website: lafw.com
Chef Mourad Lahlou himself was there plating up tartlettes with smoked salmon, dill, cucumber and lebni. It was so delicious I went back shamelessly for four. (And on a subsequent trip to SF, based on this unforgettable bite I actually stopped in to dine at Mourad - post on this to come.)
We chowed down on this one to the sounds of The Roots perform live on the Lexus stage!
At other stations, they also served craft cocktail shots on a wooden plank, so that you had to line up with other friends you'd just made while queuing up for drinks, and down the shots at the same time. Definitely great insta-bonding station!
(And at the Friday night event, it was in the Lexus Lounge that Chef David Lefevre from my favorite restaurants in Manhattan Beach - Fishing With Dynamite, MB Post and Arthur J - was there to shuck oysters to order and hand fed them to guests!!!! Talk about a bucketlist moment! And no I am NOT sharing that photo of my #cryface)
All in all, LAFW is always an unforgettable time from the decadent food, free flowing drinks, face time with amazing chefs, to fantastic entertainment.
Looking forward to the start of this year's festivities tomorrow!