My husband Peter and I arrived early to L.A. Magazine’s Third Annual Food Event. There were several wine booths set up at the beautiful Saddlerock Ranch, but honestly we were mostly there for the food!
This didn’t mean we didn’t drink our share of vino… just that we were more focused on the FOOD. Drinking alcohol in the early afternoon (mixed with the hot canyon sun) never works for me. If it weren’t for the tasty eats, I probably would have curled up under a tree half way through the event!
The first table we stopped at was Tra di Noi restaurant. Their three dishes were a fresh and delicious start to the afternoon…
Orecchiete Al Pecorino (Truffled Orecchiette with Pecorino Cheese). The presentation was just lovely, tossed in a bowl carved from a wheel of cheese. I remember Mario Batali doing this on an episode of Iron Chef. Very cool!
Hampton’s Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho.
Onyx Restaurant’s Hamachi Poke & Crispy Chips
And our favorite bite of the day… MOUTH-WATERING, BELLY-PLEASING BBQ Ribs from our friends at Animal Restaurant! Jon and Vin took the demonstration stage at around 3:20pm and gave the crowd what we wanted (and were lacking)… MEAT!!!
Jon showing off a cut from Niman Ranch.
OH YES. IT WAS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS HERE!!
More about ANIMAL Restaurant.
And a few Chef Photos!
Eric Greenspan, The Foundry on Melrose
Neal Fraser of Grace Restaurant.
Nancy Silverton, Mozza
Even though we didn’t stay through the end (blame it on that 1pm wine start!!), it was a beautiful event and all for a good cause. Proceeds went to the L.A. Regional Food Bank.
Event Date: 10/26/08 More about the Food Event
I just found this photo on the L.A. Magazine Website. Peter (my husband) is wearing the baseball cap in the background. Our pal Jon Shook of Animal Restaurant holding the ribs.