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See Stars at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

Pierre Gagnaire - Los Angeles Food Wine

Chef Pierre Gagnaire

Soak up the California sun, sip on libations from top liquor brands, and savor cuisine from several of the most-lauded chefs around at the upcoming Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival. The four-day affair takes place from August 21 through 24 and will host events from downtown to Beverly Hills.

MICHELIN STARS DINNER V.1-01_Mika Takeuchi

For those seeking a meal you won’t soon forget, the Dining with the Michelin Stars dinner featuring legendary chef Pierre Gagnaire along with chefs David Kinch (Manresa), Michael Cimarusti (Providence), Stephanie Prida (Manresa) and Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn) is one that I’m quite sure you won’t regret attending.

CHAMPAGNE & CAVIAR FINAL-01_Mika Takeuchi

Los Angeles itself offers a diverse range of dining options and LAFW’s annual gastronomic affair will once again be sure to offer something enticing for everyone. If you haven’t secured tickets yet, get on it. They are going quick. See the full schedule HERE

 

Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff Raises Thousands for Charity

Ca' Momi Pizza at Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Ca’ Momi Pizza at Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Is there anything better than indulging in good food and wine out in the fresh open air under the warm California sun? I can’t think of too many things, but one situation that could definitely top that off would be if all of the above were going to benefit those in need. So, that’s exactly what happened on a recent luminous Sunday afternoon in the picturesque Napa Valley wine country when tens of thousands of dollars were raised to help local charities. It was a well-deserved reason for 600 attendees to clink their wine glasses.

Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

The fifth annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff featured 15 All-Star San Francisco and Napa Valley-based Chef teams who were presented a task to create a personal dish to pair with 2011 HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and compete for a local charity of their choice. Although it was a “competition”, the wine and food-filled affair was fun, friendly and indeed festive.

Hall Winery Tasting Room

This year’s event marked the first at HALL St. Helena’s new tasting room. The bright, naturally-lit, contemporary space was open throughout the Cabernet Cookoff, allowing guests to taste the entire portfolio of HALL Wines. Four recently released vintages were served including 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and 2011 “Jack’s Masterpiece” Cabernet Sauvignon. Proceeds from wine sales as well as HALL merchandise benefitted the Cabernet Cookoff as well.

Hall is more than a winery, it's an art gallery.

Hall is more than a winery, it’s an art gallery.

Since inception, the Cabernet Cookoff has raised $75,000 for charities in and around the Bay Area. The 2013 HALL Cabernet Cookoff drew more than 480 culinary and wine lovers and raised $30,000 for the top four winning team’s sponsored charities.

Hall Winery Cookoff - One Market

Team One Market at Hall Cabernet Cookoff

San Francisco Chef Mark Dommen from One Market restaurant took the coveted ‘Judge’s Choice’ first place for his charity, Napa Hospice & Adult Day Service, with his Potato Gnocchi dish. The ‘People’s Choice’ winner was a dish of Crispy Oxtail Tacos by Chef Daniel Capra of Paula Le Duc Catering. Their charity partner was the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.

Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Judges and Winners at Hall Cabernet Cookoff

“The Cabernet Cookoff is a fun way to help our community. Everyone involved with this event – including our generous sponsors,  the incredible Bay Area chef teams, enthusiastic non-profit organizations and the entire HALL staff – all donated their time, joining forces to create a spectacular day full of opportunities learn about various philanthropic missions. Today, everyone came out a winner.” –  Kathryn Hall 

Thirsty at Hall Winery

Come Thirsty to Hall Winery

See all who participated by visiting the Chefs teams’ page on the Cabernet Cookoff website for a complete list of winners, participants, and featured non-profit organizations.

Learn more about HALL Winery and the HALL Cabernet Cookoff at hallwines.com

Pop-Up Dinner with Atelier Crenn Sous Chef Brian Limoges

Summer Pop Up Dinner Atelier Crenn Sous Chef Brian LimogesThere are so many pop-up dinners these days that they come, they pop, they’re gone, and you’ve already missed it, Well, here is one you don’t want to skip out on. Atelier Crenn’s talented Sous Chef Brian Limoges will be doing an intimate intro to summer meal at Naked Kitchen in the Mission this month, It’s also quite the meal deal at $75/person including tax and gratuity. BYOB and start the summer off on a good note…

See the five-course menu below and get tickets at: http://bit.ly/1pQ0lkk

  • First Course
    Hors d’Ouvres (banana, coconut, trout roe tartar, radishes and butter)
  • Second Course
    Market Vegetables (couscous, celery root, and herbs)
  • Third Course
    Geoduck with avocado and buttermilk flowers
  • Fourth Course
    Veal cheek with tamarind and plum
  • Fifth Course
    Charred and candied carrots with white chocolate and brown butter

Brooklyn Chef Carlo Mirarchi is Lexus’ Newest Culinary Master

Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi poses at Cooking with Friends: Lexus Culinary Masters event in Brooklyn, May 27.

Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi poses at Cooking with Friends in Brooklyn

Chef Carlo Mirarchi of of Roberta’s and Michelin-starred Blanca is the newest Lexus Culinary Master. Nearly 200 attendees gathered last night at Roberta’s restaurant in Brooklyn for the latest installation of “Cooking with Friends: Lexus Culinary Masters,” a unique dinner series that launched in September 2013 at Animal restaurant in Los Angeles. Visiting Lexus Culinary Masters Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (L.A.’s Animal and Son of a Gun) helped celebrate Mirarchi’s addition to the lineup and worked alongside their good friend to create the menu for this urban garden party.

Lexus Culinary Masters Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Carlo Mirarchi pose with the Lexus IS F SPORT at Cooking with Friends

Lexus Culinary Masters Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Carlo Mirarchi

“Our team of Lexus Culinary Masters continually pursue perfection in their craft and exemplify the core values of the Lexus brand,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “Chef Mirarchi’s passion aligns with Lexus’ desire to innovate. He is willing to push the envelope to develop groundbreaking cuisine, and we’re excited to welcome him to the group.”

Chefs Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Carlo Mirarchi

Lexus Culinary Masters Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Carlo Mirarchi pose with the Lexus IS F SPORT

“As a fan of motor sports, I am excited for this opportunity to partner with Lexus,” said Mirarchi. “I look forward to working with this stand-out group of chefs, including Chefs Kostow, Dotolo, and Shook whom I already have great relationships with, and hopefully getting some time on the racetrack!”

Roberta's Pizza Brooklyn

Wood-Fired Pizzas at Roberta’s in Brooklyn

Finding success in both a casual pizzeria and a fine dining environment, Chef Mirarchi is the owner of Brooklyn hot spots Roberta’s and Michelin-starred Blanca. Self-taught, he continues to push gastronomic boundaries with cutting-edge menus. He became an early adopter of the urban farming movement in New York City with the launch of his restaurant rooftop garden, and he strives to preserve Brooklyn as one of the top food meccas in the country.

Spicy Beef Tendon Chip with Charred Onion Pho Dip

Spicy Beef Tendon Chip with Charred Onion Pho Dip

First unveiled in 2011, the Lexus Culinary Masters partner with Lexus on marketing initiatives and act as ambassadors for the brand. The roster of celebrated chefs includes: Michelle Bernstein, chef/owner at Michy’s and Crumb on Parchment; Daniel Boulud, chef/owner of The Dinex Group restaurants; Michael Chiarello, chef/owner of Bottega and Coqueta; Dean Fearing, chef/partner of Fearing’s Restaurant; Christopher Kostow, executive chef of The Restaurant at Meadowood; Masaharu Morimoto, chef/owner of Morimoto restaurants; Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, chefs/owners of Animal, Son of a Gun and Trois Mec; and Michael Symon, chef/owner of Lola Bistro. The team regularly creates memorable culinary experiences at Lexus events for their epicurean-loving fans.

Lexus Culinary Masters

Learn more about Lexus Culinary Masters HERE

Roberta’s Pizza - 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 website 

Blanca –  261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 website

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Weekend April 10-13

Pebble Beach Food Wine - Food Fashionista

There are still some tickets left for this weekend’s Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival. PBFW is the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, matching 250 acclaimed wineries and 75 celebrity chefs to create a hedonistic four-day destination on one of the most picturesque strips of coastline in the world. Throughout the weekend you’ll enjoy intimate access to the pinnacle of culinary and wine talent at wine tastings, cooking demos, and some of the most exclusive, unique dining opportunities available in the world.

Get tickets at: PBFW 2014