LA Food & Wine Festival: Food Edition

Happy Saturday! Hope you're hungry because I'm going to take you back to the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival last August. 

I've always been a foodie and wine lover and was so excited to cover this festival. I loved attending the Lexus Grand Tasting at Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar. 25 Celebrity Chefs showcased their culinary skills and provided delicious and decadent tasting samples of their cuisine. 

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(Editor's Note: Many thanks for Wagstaff Worldwide Los Angeles for the opportunity to cover this amazing event! )

 Makings of a perfect wine picnic

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Outfit details: Vintage choker / Forever 21 dress / Fitbit  Charge / Madewell bracelet /  Franco Sarto sandals

Loving this Lexus

Obsessed with the New Zealand Salmon Ceviche from Chef Shane Hosac from the Intercontinental, Century City

Loved this Ceviche by Chef Tomas Mendez at Picca, Los Angeles

It was so awesome to meet Top Chef Marcel Vigneron and sample food from his new Melrose restaurant "Wolf". Read more at

Being a Filipina American, I loved meeting Chef Barb Batiste. I immediately recognized Ube and seeing her twist on bread puddings. I sampled bananas foster, smores, and ube bread puddings. I can see why she was voted Best Desserts in LA by Citysearch. Read more about B Sweet Dessert Bar here.

Tackle Box is a restaurant in Corona Del Mar by Chef Brian Huskey from Top Chef. I immediately fell in love with the salmon poke. Definitely check out Tackle Box - Local Grub Shack.

Executive Chef Joji Inoue from Chaya Downtown Los Angeles creating magic. I loved this unique dessert spin on uni. This is the Sea Urchin Ice Cream Monaka. 
The Smoke Scallop Sashimi with Chili Yuzu Pepper and Mango Salsa was amazing. Light and full of flavor.

Hendrick's Negroni was fun to try. I loved their booth. 

Since I live near Little Saigon in Westminster, I've tried many banh mi's. I was definitely impressed by Chef Michael Ginor's Duck Foie Gras Banh Mi. It was so savory and perfect with red wine.

I'm not usually a fan of gazpacho but loved this avocado gazpacho marinated shrimp peanuts and herbs by the fun Chef Ted Hopson from the Bellwether, Studio City.

It was great meeting Chef Bruce Kalman from Union, Pasadena. His spin on grilled octopus topped with gazpacho beans was such a fresh spin. 

I met Chef Ben Cohn from Westside Tavern, Los Angeles. This warm peaches, burrata, hazelnuts, arugula with olive oil and balsamic vinegar was the perfect ending to my LA culinary adventure.


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