by Jeff Hoyt
If the start of fall is bringing you down this week, perk up by attending the 28th American Wine & Food Festival which supports the Meals On Wheels Programs of Los Angeles. If Saturday night in LA is chilly, warm up with fine food from chefs from around the globe, including Thomas Keller (Bouchon), Paul Bartolotta (Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare), Tetsu Yahagi (Spago Beverly Hills), David McIntyre & Sally Camacho (WP24), Mark Peel (Campanile, The Tar Pit), Julian Serrano (Picasso), François Payard (Payard Patisserie & Bistro), Cameron Lewark (Spago Maui), Dean Fearing (Fearing’s) and Paul Prudhomme (K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen). There will also be plenty of wine and spirit purveyors pouring their warming wares on the backlot at Universal Studios, including Duckhorn Vineyards, J Vineyards, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Beam Global Spirits & Wine and Ultimat Vodka. You can also dance to stay warm, as we did last year until security made us stop, but that’s another story!
As you can gather, the event put on by Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff is always fun. Last year I had my picture taken with people I didn’t know, ran into a woman I first met in Curaçao who had flown in from Florida just to attend, caught up with old friends, and met people I had been in email contact with for years… not to mention all the great food, wine and spirits I enjoyed!
But the charitable event is also for a good cause. Since its inception in 1982, this Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation event has raised more than $15 million for the Meals On Wheels Programs of Los Angeles, which serve thousands of meals each day to Los Angeles’ homebound, senior and disabled citizens. The chefs’ signature dishes served taste even better when they help to feed other people.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.awff.org. Keep up with the LA dining scene with Los Angeles Restaurant Reviews, News, Culinary Events and Wine Dinners.
by Jeff Hoyt