Couldn't think of a better way to spend a Labor Day Saturday in L.A. than THE TASTE's Secrets from the Kitchen & Cellar event presented by Infiniti. The weather was spectacular and the selection of cuisine, libations, panel discussions, and cooking demos were on fire. Yes, I said it…they were hot! Popular events included "An Interview with Chef Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre led by L.A. Times Food Editor Russ Parsons, along with a discussion on "Twitter and Tasting" by renowned food critic Jonathan Gold with chefs Michael Voltaggio, Walter Manzke, and Craig Thornton. Wine seminars included a talk on "Paso Robles Pioneers" and the useful "How to Taste Like a Master Sommelier".
Scott Conant of Scarpetta had the crowd entertained while the Drago brothers (Celestino and Giacomino) kept the assembly of food lovers enthralled with their beet risotto cooking demo. Wineries such as Charles Krug, Justin Vineyards, and Bernardus along with Fiji water helped us beat the heat with hydration to keep the appetite running for a second, third, fourth…and fifteenth helping of favorite bites from many of L.A.'s most beloved and recently introduced restaurants. This was definitely a great day to celebrate the professional kitchens of Los Angeles. Kudos to host L.A. Times and Food & Wine for a job well done.
Infiniti Chocolates by LA's own Compartes
Ricardo Zarate and Stephane Bombet of Picca & Mo-Chica
Picca/Mo-Chica's Lettuce wrap with beef, quinoa risotto, rocoto sauce
Scott Conant's Cooking Demo at THE TASTE, Beverly Hills
with Aarti Sequeira of Food Network's Aarti Party
Chaya Brasserie's Watermelon with Basil Oil
Haru Kishi (Chaya Brasserie)'s Seaweed Salad w/Chicken
These TASTE fans were the popular cool-off accessory
Claire Robinson of Food Network's "5 Ingredient Fix"
Fresh Peach Cocktails…Oh, Yes Please!
Chef Celestino Drago
Il Pastaio's Baked Spaghetti w/Eggplant, Mozzarella, Tomato Basil Sauce
Krissy and Ludo Lefebrvre with Russ Parsons (center)
Kerrygold's Aged Cheddar Cheese
Mezze's refreshing Cocktails & Ginger Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
No shortage of vino at The TASTE
The weather wasn't the only thing was hot that day
It was a day of fun (and food) for the entire family
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Infiniti & Lefebvre photos by: Tiffany Rose. All others by Food Fashionista
Nice photos! I’m salivating.
Great photos, Mika! I am putting this on my Labor Day schedule for 2012 🙂
Thank you, Sachi! See you next year ;D