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Great Chefs of L.A. 2008

Last week I attended the 22nd Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles event. It was held nearby at CBS studios, and the proceeds went to the National Kidney Foundation.

Participating Chefs (and Restaurants) included: The Event Host – Govind Armstrong (8oz. & Table8), Chef of Honor – Gino Angelini (Angelini Osteria and La Terza,) Neal Fraser (Grace & BLD), Celestino Drago (Drago Restaurant), Frank Leon (La Loggia), Andrew Steiner (Andrew’s Cheese Shop), our friends Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook (Animal) and many more. 

Unfortunately for me I came down with a stomach flu a few days before the event, which is a food writer’s worst nightmare for sure. Luckily what I also had was my firefighter-in-training, eating-machine nephew Cody joining me, so it was a fun afternoon watching him enjoy all the things I couldn’t.

Of the few bites I did take, my favorites were the Apple Pie “Cappuccino” from The BLVD, Timanoix Cheese from Andrew’s Cheese Shop and the tummy comforting Grilled Cheese with Pulled Shortribs from 8oz.

Cody really loved EVERYTHING and said his favorites were the Kataifi-Wrapped Langoustine in a Poached Lettuce Cream Sauce by La Loggia, and the Duck Confit from The Blvd. We both loved Animal’s Pork Belly & Kimchee which we always order at the restaurant.

Smoked Scallops, MyLastBite.com
Smoked Scallop Carpaccio with Pomegranate Seeds by Panzanella Restaurant

Wild Boar, MyLastBite.com
Wild Boar with Soft Polenta topped with Fig Sauce by Drago Restaurant

Crab Salad Spoons, MyLastBite.com
Dungeness Crab Salad with a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette by Grace Restaurant

 Langoustine in a Poached Lettuce Cream Sauce, MyLastBite.com
Kataifi-Wrapped Langoustine in a Poached Lettuce Cream Sauce by La Loggia Restaurant

Apple Pie Cappuccino, MyLastBite.com
Apple Pie Cappuccino and Duck Confit with Potato Wrapper from The BLVD at the Beverly Wilshire

Grilled Cheese w/ Pulled Shortribs, MyLastBite.com
Grilled Cheese with Pulled Shortribs from 8oz.

Animal's Pork Belly, MyLastBite.com
Animal’s Pork Belly

Animal's Pork Belly, MyLastBite.com
Pork Belly & Kimchee by Animal

Chef Vinny Dotolo, MyLastBite.com
Chef Vinny Dotolo, Animal

Cody and Rick Baker, MyLastBite.com
Cody with Special Effects Master, Rick Baker

 Thomas Lennon, Cody, Jeff Garlin, MyLastBite.com
Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Cody, Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Event Date: Sunday November 9, 2008, CBS Studios (Radford).

More about the Kidney Foundation

Restaurant & Food Links:

Andrew’s Cheese

Animal

Drago

Grace

La Loggia

Panzanella

8oz. Burger Bar

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L.A. Mag Food Event ’08

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!

Tra di Noi's Orecchiete Al Peccorino by MyLastBite.com

Tra di Noi’s Sformato Di Carote (Organic carrot and zucchini flan with micro greens).
 
Tra di Noi's Sformato Di Carote by MyLastBite.com

Tra di Noi’s Carpaccio Di Polipo (Sliced Octopus Carpaccio with celery, cherry tomatoes and paprika aioli). 
Carpaccio Di Polipo MyLastBite.com

Hampton’s Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho.Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho MyLastBite.com

Onyx Restaurant’s Hamachi Poke & Crispy Chips

Onyx Restaurant's Poke, L.A. Mag Food Event by MyLastBite.com

Matthew Gladstone’s Jambalaya. Savory, spicy and lively… just like Chef Gladstone
Matthew Gladstone's Jambalaya from L.A. Mags Food Event by MyLastBite.com

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.
Ready for Ribs? Animal's Jon Shook by MyLastBite.com

Jon & Vin getting ready to cook.Animal's Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo by MyLastBite.com

With co-host Cher Calvin
Cher Calvin with Animal's Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo by MyLastBite.com

Vin making the BBQ Sauce.
Animal's Vinny Dotolo by MyLastBite.com
co-host Merrill Schindler…
Merrill Schindler with Animal's Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo by MyLastBite.com

OH YES. IT WAS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS HERE!!
Animal's Slow-Cooked Ribs, L.A. Mag Food Event by MyLastBite.com
More about ANIMAL Restaurant.

And a few Chef Photos!

Eric Greenspan, The Foundry on Melrose
Eric Greenspan, Jo MyLastBite.com

Neal Fraser of Grace Restaurant.
Jo, Neal Fraser MyLastBite.com

Nancy Silverton, Mozza
Jo, Nancy Silverton MyLastBite.com

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.

Lastly… I loved the Sweet and Spicy Chowder from Darrens Restaurant. I had two servings so quickly that I forgot to take a photo, but found one here taken at the restaurant!

Event Date: 10/26/08 More about the Food Event

Update 11/1/08 
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.

L.A. Mag Food Event

L.A. Mag Food Event

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