Los Angeles Food & Wine August 9-12, 2012, presented by FOOD & WINE magazine. The event will be headquartered at L.A. LIVE, and additional locations throughout Los Angeles will play host to the country’s premier gathering of culinary, beverage, and entertainment talent during the second annual weekend-long event, including the return of the Lexus Grand Tastings and Lexus LIVE on the Plaza. Guests at Los Angeles Food & Wine, which carries on the 30 years of tradition from Wolfgang Puck’s American Wine & Food Festival and benefits St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels, can expect unique and unprecedented culinary experiences, demonstrations, and mixology showcases from an exclusive gathering of internationally-renowned chefs and wineries.
CLM, founders of the prestigious Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Chef Puck, dcp, and AEG created Los Angeles Food & Wine (LAFW) to continue Puck’s charitable mission while showcasing the city’s epicurean elite alongside some of the best chefs from around the globe.
“Last year’s inaugural event highlighted the connection between Hollywood celebrities and the most well-recognized chefs and winemakers, and brought in an additional $4.9 million to the L.A. economy as well as $400,000 for Meals on Wheels,” says Robert Weakley, co-founder and partner of CLM. “We’re thrilled to be presenting the Second Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine in what has become one of the country’s most influential food cities and to celebrate L.A.’s rich culinary culture.”
Sister Alice Marie Quinn, director of St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels, articulates the impact of the festival that “helped bring meals to thousands of homebound seniors and vulnerable residents of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Food & Wine’s support carries on the generosity we received for many years from the American Food & Wine Festival, and we are grateful for the continued opportunity to be a part of the event.”
LAFW brings together chefs, winemakers, mixologists, and entertainers from Los Angeles and beyond. The event is led this year by the newest Coastal Luxury Management team member, LAFW Executive Director Caryl Chinn, former executive producer of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. The partnership with AEG and L.A. LIVE provides access to some of the best venues in Los Angeles, while additional venues in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Hollywood showcase the city’s diverse cultural areas.
“LAFW is one of the only culinary and wine events in the U.S. to showcase great food and drink on such a large-scale, pulling from the unique culinary landscape of the city,” adds Lee Zeidman, senior vice president and general manager, STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre, and L.A. LIVE. “We’re looking forward to adding new, exciting venues to the event, and continuing to exceed our guests’ expectations in the years to come.” Tickets for the Second Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine will be on sale in April 2012. Los Angeles Food & Wine 2011 highlights and information on participants, event line-up, and purchasing tickets, as confirmed, is available at www.lafw.com.
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