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The Food Event: From the Vine, Malibu

October 26, 2009

This past weekend, I was graciously given the opportunity to attend this years The Food Event in Malibu Hills. Here’s a little description of the event from the website:
On Sunday, October 25 from 1-4 p.m., 25 of Los Angeles’ top restaurants and 25 top wineries will get together for a day of relaxation and “foodie” entertainment in Malibu. Los Angeles magazine welcome’s you to spend an afternoon discovering the vineyards of Saddlerock Ranch and taste the best that culinary giants from California have to offer in both food and wine. Master sommeliers will give lessons in the art of pouring and palate-pleasing, celebrity chefs will perform demonstrations and a diverse group of wineries will pour their best selections. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to benefit the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Kids Courage.

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These tickets were $100/person I believe, with a portion given to The American Heart Association. The wonderful PR company let me bring a plus one which is always nice, someone to enjoy all the food and wine with 🙂 The event was nestled deep in Malibu’s Santa Monica Mountains in a sprawling 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch, home to Semler and Malibu Family Wines. The estate had lovely views of the vineyard and unusual rock formations, which apparently over 100 movies, commercials and television shows were filmed there. The estate is also home to dozens of horses and exotic animals like zebras, llamas and cows! I felt like I was at the zoo..with wine and lots of food.

The event itself was amazing. I think this tops one of the best food and wine events I’ve been to. There were countless of booths set up, alternating between a wine and food booth. Famous restaurants from Los Angeles and Malibu gathered together to demo their top dishes. If there is such a thing as Food heaven, this would be it.  There were so many dishes that we ended up splitting each dish so we wouldn’t stuff ourselves too soon, which still happened. I actually didn’t even get to try everything, but tried to hit up the ones I felt were the most unique. Some restaurants included Beso Hollywood, mar’sel, Hampton’s at Four Seasons, ONYX, Napa Valley Grille, The Foundry on Melrose, Saddlerock, Westside Tavern, Dakota, Lemonade, Wilshire Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at The London, Semler, Parkers’ Lighthouse, Tra de Noi, Tierra Sur and so many others. It’s impossible to hit up every booth because the sample sizes were actually pretty hefty! They had a gelato bar, tequila shots, famous chef demonstrations, a lounge for Top Chef contestants, and free flowing vino throughout the afternoon.

Here are a couple pictures: for the entire album, check out my Facebook page

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Eel and Foi Gras sushi

Eel and Foi Gras sushi

Tangerine mousse from The Wilshire

Tangerine mousse from The Wilshire

too many of these...

too many of these...

Beef tartare with Caviar

Beef tartare with Caviar

Tuna tartare in Wonton cone

Tuna tartare in Wonton cone

Fruitcake

Fruitcake

Steak Sandwiches

Steak Sandwiches

Top chef contestants: Fabio, Betty & CJ

Top chef contestants: Fabio, Betty & CJ

Duck rillette with rustic toast and beet ketchup

Duck rillette with rustic toast and beet ketchup

At the chef demonstration, we saw Andrew Kirschner from Wilshire Restaurant demo his famous muscles in a spicy Thai curry

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David Myers from Sona, Comme Co demoed mini pumpkin crème brule

Suzanne Tracht from Jar made a simple arugula salad with shaved Parmesan and almonds-so light and crisp

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Oh yes, did I mention Jeffrey Saad from The Next Food Network Star was hosting the entire afternoon? The best part of the day had to be when Jeffrey’s PR girl wanted me to interview him! I nearly died when she asked me. Are you kidding? I love this man! She wanted me to interview him right there and then, so you can imagine how nervous I was scrambling for good questions to ask him. I have actually met him before at the Grove Cookoff event earlier this month where he competed with Marcel Vigernon from Top Chef.

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Even though I was a nervous wreck, I managed to ask him a couple questions that I felt really hit home to what he tries to bring to the home cook. Jeffrey, who does webisodes on The Food Network website as The Spice Smuggler, dives into his smuggled spice collection to liven up classic comfort foods. Plus,he makes quick, budget-friendly dinners with pantry-raid recipes using on-hand ingredients and surprisingly tasty staples. Jeffrey embodies passion when it comes to cooking, you can immediately tell from his energy and laid-back repertoire. You can’t not get excited about cooking and food when you listen to him talk. His positive vibes are not only contagious, but they also bring the food to life when you watch him cook. Jeffrey hopes to introduce more home cooks to spices, and eliminate the notion that using spices results in spicy food. Besides flavoring the food, spices can actually add texture to the dish. He enjoys cooking without borders, which entails combining flavorful and often unexpected ingredients to achieve simple, tasty dishes in no time. His mantra and point of view is so unique that it is hard not to fall for such a sweet and charismatic guy. Thanks Jeffrey for taking the time to talk with me, you are truly an inspiration for so many home cooks!

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Here’s a link to all my pictures, I would post them on here, but that would be over 100 pictures and would probably crash my laptop. Enjoy! Thanks L.A magazine for putting on such a great event for a wonderful cause!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2009 6:58 pm

    Foie Gras sushi? Sounds like a splurge! Yum, what a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon

  2. October 27, 2009 4:46 am

    Great Recap! I wish we would have been able to meet you. These were our favorites of the delicious event http://uncouthgourmands.com/2009/10/25/weekend-of-food-events/

    • andee permalink
      October 27, 2009 12:27 pm

      Love your website! Hopefully we can meet at the next big food event in L.A!

  3. October 27, 2009 2:33 pm

    What a great site! Just found you through Jenna’s. Beautiful pics – I want that tangerine mousse! I just started my own blog and I hope it gets as beautiful as yours! Check it out if you have time and add me to your Roll if you like – I love getting great readers and new advice 🙂

    • andee permalink
      October 27, 2009 3:02 pm

      Thanks! great website as well!

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