Saturday, October 23, 2010

More tastes to try at ArtisanalLA on Sunday

Russell from Feral Honey shows off some beeswax

Lindsay at LAist summed up 8 things to check out at ArtisanalLA on Laist...now here's a few more if you're going Downtown on Sunday.
1) Cast Iron Gourmet housemade bacon: This was the first event for Rashida Purifoy and her brand-new Cast Iron Gourmet bacon. There were samples of maple and Cajun bacon and bacon trail mix, and I took home half a pound of bacon for breakfast tomorrow.
2) BarKeep Bitters and FruitLab Organic Liquors: I knew them back when they were just Modern Spirits, but Litty and Melkon are brewing up more fine cocktail ingredients with their bitters, liqueurs and organic vodka, rum and soon, tequila. Try a sip of each at their booth, and have Litty mix you a mini-cocktail with ingredients like hibiscus liqueur.
3) I checked out the Backwards Bee workshop where Amy from Feral Honey was explaining the basics of backyard beekeeping. Charles from 100MileGourmet promised that when my backyard is available, he'll come and babysit some bees so we can both have honey. Feral Honey's own honey is out of season right now, but the sample I tried was earthy and layered with plenty of Silver Lake terroir. You can still buy honey from Eagle Rock at their booth.
4) Flavored butters from Villebois Kitchen. They're sold at Full of Life in Burbank, and I couldn't stop before I tried all four flavors: sundried tomato with rosemary, blueberry, fig and port and lemon and dill. They also supply other French goodies like quiches, pate and rillettes.

5) Tartist.LA -- Great presentation, and the lemon tart Xarene calls the Nomi is made from Klaus Nomi's recipe. I don't know why, but it sounds cool. Her Persian-inspired tarts incorporate flavors like fig and pomegranate.

7 comments:

Soup Queen said...

This was a great show. We really love Lindy and Grundy and what they are all about....

Grubtrotters said...

I should have gone to that. Instead, I went to the Taste of Abbot Kinney, which was a bit of a debacle.

Colleen said...

We tried the bacon jam last night.... it lives up to the promise of the name. Of course, it's not jam, it's really a bacon and onion confit.

I was skeptical about the event, because these things are so often shallow, but it was actually pretty darn good.

I came home with that same bacon, some addictive pumpkin Welsh cakes, cookies, and ideas. Also had some great conversations, including with Lindy the butcher.

Charles G Thompson said...

I may just take you up on your offer of your backyard, Pat! There's a Backwards Beekeepers meeting this Sunday that I plan to attend so I can start learning the craft. Here's to backyard honey. Great seeing you at Artisanal L.A.

Sedan Service in D.C said...

We tried the bacon jam last night.... it lives up to the promise of the name. Of course, it's not jam, it's really a bacon and onion confit.

Michael said...

i love this city and the food

santos. said...

wait. as is performance artist new wave opera interpreter klaus nomi?! that is completely awesome.