Tribute to Nancy Silverton

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nancy silvertonA Tribute to a Legenddinner series honoring culinary icon Nancy Silverton will take place on Friday, August 22. Recognized as one of the most influential chefs in Los Angeles history, this California bread master is one of only four women to have ever been honored by the James Beard Foundation taking home the “Outstanding Chef” award earlier this year (Alice Waters, Lidia Bastianich, Judy Rodgers won in previous years). Silverton will be joined by some of the city’s best chefs for an epic dinner including Jonathan Waxman, Michael Chiarello, Joachim Splichal, Michael Tusk, Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani, and Suzanne Tracht. Guests will also enjoy an exclusiveDinner with the Michelin Starsin honor ofPierre Gagnaire, recognized as the world’s most inspiring chef, on Saturday, August 23. A Michelin-starred cast including Michael Cimarusti, Dominque Crenn, and David Kinch and Stephanie Prida of Manresa pay honor to this world-class French icon and three Michelin-starred great.

Guests will be taken on a unique culinary journey while attending the star-studded marquee events, including the Ultimate Bites of L.A. presented by Chase SapphirePreferred and the first-ever Chase SapphirePreferredChef Challenge, Asian Night Market, Lexus Grand Tasting, or Lexus Live on Grand. In addition, gourmands will have the chance to experience the ultimate Power Lunch with a series of unprecedented chef pairings such as Scott Conant and Graham Elliot, or Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman. Good food, great wine, and stellar cocktails go hand-in-hand as the 2014 Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival curates a selection of some of the finest spirit savants and winemakers. Cocktail craftsmen recognized the world over for their imaginative concoctions at some of the most revered bars will showcase a lively liquid laboratory including theCocktail Revolutionseminar led by Julian Cox on Saturday, August, 24. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chef Mixologist Mariena Mercer, known for her molecular mixology and whimsical approach to cocktails will join the scholar of spirits, Faith & Flower Bar Smith Michael Lay on August 22 for an afternoon of lunch and libations.

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival would not be complete without beats to go along with the tasty bites, spirits, and world-class wine. This year will unveil rock stars in the tasting tents, including Fergie of Black Eyed Peas who will be showcasing her namesake Ferguson Crest wines based out of the Santa Ynez Valley at the Lexus Grand Tasting, as well as exciting musical performances to be announced on main the center stage set against the magnificent skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.

A la carte tickets will start at $50 to $500, with full weekend experience packages available atwww.lafw.com.