The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival 2016: Night Market

Disclosure: I received a media pass for purposes of this post.  I received no compensation, and as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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One of the most highly anticipated foodie events of the year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, happened just a few weeks ago here in Los Angeles, and I was lucky enough to attend some of the festivities!

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The annual food festival took place over four days in locations ranging from Grand Ave in Downtown LA to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.  The event, sponsored by Coastal Luxury Management, brought together some of the most renowned chefs of today: from Duff Goldman to Tyler Florence, Brian Malarkey to Bruce Kalman.

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Being a huge foodie fan, I’ve waited all year for the LAFWF to return for its 6th year. The events were kicked off by Emeril Lagasse’s “Eat the World,” which highlighted and showcased his Amazon Prime show, alongside amazing bites like Corn Agnolotti, Emeril’s Fried Chicken, and fresh shaved truffles at Patina.

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The conclusion of the weekend was the Grand Tasting, held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.  The hit of that event was DEFINITELY Salt & Straw’s Apple Pie a la Mode, as well as the over-the-top dessert bar from The Peninsula Beverly Hills.

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I was lucky enough to attend Friday night’s eclectic event, “Night Market,” hosted by Brian Malarkey and Jet Tila. With a world market feel and a huge variety of chefs being featured, there were so many highlights of the night.

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One of my favorites was the Frozen Foie Gras with Strawberry Jam and Candied Pistachio from Paul Lee at Patina. I’ve had foie gras only a few times in my life before, and this presentation and unusual flavor combination definitely stood out as one of the hits of the night.

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My usual favorites, BadMaash, served up a delicious lamb burger with spicy mayo on brioche, and the lamb burger from CA Grown with tangy and creamy feta cheese didn’t disappoint either.

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One of my favorite hangout spots was the Lexus Culinary Lounge.  With a cute, ice cream social themed photo opp, and a partnership with Sweet Lucie’s ice cream, Lexus was the sponsor that hit it out of the park, in my opinion.  

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Guests could choose from ice cream sandwiches, several flavors of Sweet Lucie’s ice cream (including my favorite, Vegan Earl Grey!), as well as Adult Ice Cream Soda Floats with Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale or Root Beer.

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My cocktail favorite was definitely Hendrick’s Gin.  Not only was their presentation on point, but their trio of gin-based punches were delicious and refreshing.  I loved the punch bowl filled with fresh fruits, and thought the kiwi was an unexpected and interesting twist to fresh cocktails.

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Other highlights of the night included the many different wine tasting options from wineries all around the California area, handrolled sushi from Blue Ribbon Sushi, and the Vegetable Ceviche from DIRT.

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This year’s Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival was even better than ever, and definitely set the bar high for next year’s festivities.  It was a beautiful night with an amazing opportunity to mingle with some of the finest chefs the LA area has to offer. I highly recommend you keep your eye out for next year’s LAFWF!

For more from the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, visit their website here.  You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest news and updates on the 2017 festival.

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