|People actually dancing at a tasting event!|
Last weekend's L.A. Food and Wine Festival rang in a second successful year headquartered at L.A. Live, though the event's August timing means it's likely that daytime events under the tent can be stifling. As tasting events go, this one is mega-sized -- with dozens of events in Downtown, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica and chefs jetting in from around the country. Organized by the same folks as Pebble Beach Food and Wine, the plethora of sponsors like Lexus, Chase, Marriott and Vegas' Cosmopolitan Hotel gave the event a glitzy, somewhat corporate feel.
|Ricardo Zarate's tuna with Asian pesto|
|David LeFevre with his green tea soba|
|Ming Tsai's flattened shrimp shu mai|
|Ming Tsai's honey glazed bao|
|Chicken dan dan dumplings|
It might have also been fun to hear Tsai give a talk about his fusionish dim sum -- I guess these were reserved for the events tagged Cooking Demonstrations. In any case, L.A. Food and Wine managed to corral an impressive array of food personalities, and I'll look forward to moving beyond Asia at next year's event.