Extravaganza for the Senses

extravaganze for senses

This weekend’s 12th annual Extravaganza for the Senses at the 20th Century Fox Studios was an outdoor, under the stars party featuring over 100 wineries and many of L.A.’s restaurants. This food and wine event is put on by The Wine House and The New Friends of The Saban Free Clinic, all supporting a great cause – the Saban Free Clinic. In addition to the beverages and eats, there were spa treatments, henna artists, a silent auction, and party beats (with a lot of MJ mixed in) spun by Scott Silva. There was also a cooking demonstration by Debbie Lee, Jamika Pessoa, and Jeffrey Saad – the three finalists of Food Network’s popular show, The Next Food Network Star.

Some of the participating Los Angeles restaurants included The Foundry, BREADBAR, Canele, Citizen Smith, Pomodoro, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop and Pace. Some of the wineries on hand were Bouchaine Vineyards, Grgich Hills, Frogs Leap Winery, Honig, Sterling Vineyards, and Piper-Heidsieck.

An evening with close friends sampling tasty treats, sipping a variety of vino in gorgeous weather all for a great cause – sounds like my kind of perfect Saturday.

Here are some photos from this weekend’s event:

pasta pomodoro butternut squash ravioli

Pomodoro Butternut Squash Ravioli

pasta pomodoro

Hanging w/Chef Edmondo Sarti & Friends

greenleaf gourmet chopshop

Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop

prosciutto melon


Jamika Pessoa

Jamika Pessoa of Next Food Network Star

coconut fried shrimp

Coconut Fried Shrimp…mmm


chef eric greenspan foundry

Chef Eric Greenspan of Foundry on Melrose

foundry melrose grilled cheese

Foundry on Melrose Grilled Cheese

mika takeuchi & friends

w/friends eating Citizen Smith’s Jalapeno Mac n Cheese

breadbar los angeles





  1. al
    20/07/2009 / 12:02 pm

    been watching the next food network star and not real crazy about any of the three finalists. can’t imagine any of them with their own show.

  2. Maya
    20/07/2009 / 2:05 pm

    I was at the event and LOVED the coconut shrimp. Thought it was the best thing there.

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