by Jeff Hoyt
The heavens were threatening, but blue sky prevailed over clouds high above the hills of Malibu where The Food Event by Los Angeles Magazine was held this past Sunday. At Saddlerock Ranch — home to Malibu Family Wines and producers of Saddlerock and Semler Wines — thousands of diners queued up to try the latest creations from more than forty LA-area restaurants washed down by wine, beer, vodka, Veev, and even Sri Lankan spirits!
We certainly didn’t get a chance to try every dish, but our favorite was David LeFevre’s sword squid from Manhattan Beach Post (M. B. Post) served over fava beans. We also enjoyed smoky fried chicken from Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, live prawn from The Royce at the Langham, lamb chops from The Strand House, squash blossom tamales with mole from Malo and Más Malo and adobo short rib tacos and smoked camechana — a spicy Mexican seafood cocktail made with shrimp, scallops and halibut — from Public School, which will be opening soon in Culver City after a successful downtown launch.
While we ate, some top chefs gave talks while others, including Antonia Lofaso of Black Market Liquor Bar, gave demonstrations; during his, Ludo Lefebvre of LudoBites spoke of his yet unnamed restaurant that he plans on opening soon.
We passed on White Lion VSOA, the Sri Lankan coconut arrack, as negotiating the curvy roads home would be tough enough after washing down beef sliders from Michael’s with Michael McCarty’s own Pinot Noir. Not only was the event fun and informative, but it also raised money for the Kids Courage Foundation, which provides financial assistance to the families of children suffering from serious, catastrophic and life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
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