Who says LA doesn’t have a heart? The 27th American Wine & Food Festival, hosted by the Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation, is held each fall in Los Angeles and serves up a world-class culinary celebration. It all goes to benefit Los Angeles Chapters of Meals On Wheels. With California’s job and budget woes, the need is greater than ever now. Yes, the tickets are pricey but they're a passport to a marvel of feasting and fundraising (and costs should be tax deductible-check with your tax advisor). Stay overnight, tour the backlots, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Beverly Hills and make a weekend of it.
This star-studded festival runs October 2 - 4 and features world-renowned chefs, vintners and spirit purveyors. Don't wait: the event usually sells out in advance, so start your planning and get your tickets now.
Here’s a brief lineup:
Friday, October 2, 2009 - 7 p.m.
Red Hot @ Red Seven Kickoff Event
Location: Red Seven by Wolfgang Puck at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood
Designed to whet the appetites of Festival first-timers and alums alike, this party offers chic eats and innovative libations in an intimate lounge setting. Mingle with philanthropists and foodies alike. Be part of the LA scene.
Cost: $150 per person.
Saturday October 3, 2009 - 5-11 p.m
Saturday Evening Event at Universal Studios Backlot
Location: Universal Studios Backlot.
Includes a Wolfgang Puck VIP Cooking Demonstration, and an unrivaled epicurean feast prepared by world-renowned chefs, superb libations including fine wines and smooth spirits, and a silent auction filled with luxury items - all set to swinging sounds of live bands. Cost: $300
Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 6:00 p.m.
Chefs Grand Tasting Dinner
Location: Spago Beverly Hills
Okay, if you can spend the big bucks, you can hobnob with celebs at Spago Beverly Hills and dine on exquisite dishes paired with select wines. Celebrity chefs who will each prepare one course for the grand gala dinner : Thomas Keller of Bouchon; Dean Fearing of Fearing's at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas; Jereme Leung of Jereme Leung Creative Concepts Pte Ltd; Laurent Gras of L2O; Nobu Matsuhisa of Matsuhisa & Nobu LA; Gina DePalma of Ristorante Babbo. Each Reservations for the Chefs Grand Tasting Dinner are available for $750 per person or $7,000 per table. Call Ellen Farentino, Spago, at 310/ 385-0880.
Details: For info or to purchase tickets, visit www.AWFF.org.