After the umpteenth rough draft, one of which looked like this:
[The Kentucky Derby of food and wine happens once a year in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. This once a year was last week. It was fabulous. Sensational really. Dinners and grand tastings with some of the culinary worlds bests of the bests. Whats good cuisine without the wine? Good cuisine, of course. Lest we forget the wine. Those vines worked hard. I attend the final formal event of this year located at The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA. Greeting come with a smile as bright as those from Kentucky in derby day. No words needed. A nod. The baton pass, a wine glass. This signifies the start. Off to the races. The doors open at 12:pm for most. VIP have the privilege of early entry. End time 3:pm. While hats are optional. I encourage them….(888***maybe all this..??I spray perfume parfume fragrance .before I leave. Shit. This is wine festival.. shit.. maybe it will disipate by the time of arrival.. its Chanel. I doubt it maybe..).. and maybe..what words are really needed to describe the Kentucky derby. ok maybe a bit about the horses and the purse and the odds and the best possible combination for the trifecta and what hat to wear. Isn’t the Kentucky derby about the experience. The event. A the late Jonathan Gold said..”sex quote.. writing while eating..” the same is true for Los Angeles Food and wine festival. the experience. so, if a picture is worth a thousand words, i offer you my photos then. an experience not to be missed. whether you attend a dinner from culinary genius or two or the grand tasting on the last weekend. i am partial to the sunday event, you will not regret it. find a link to the lafw website below. join their email list to receive newsletters about future events.. baton pass being a wine glass.. Wearing hats to either event optional. I encourage it.]
I leave you with not many actual words, some photos, you know as they are worth a thousand words it seems, and a recommendation. Not in that order. Look. I could go on to compare this event to the Kentucky Derby or the Olympics. With all due respect, to LAFW, the Olympics probably a better comparison and/or may be better suited for Bocuse d’Or Competition. I did like the wine glass baton pass. I was going somewhere with that. Thought escapes me. I should take a writing class.
Sign up for the Los Angeles Food & Wine newsletter. Receive emails. Stay informed. The dinners and the grand tastings are an experience. The chefs and talents are the best of the best. What’s some of the most superb cuisine without superb wine? Superb cuisine, of course. Lest not forget the wine. Those vines worked hard. See A Year in Burgundy or A Year in Champagne on Netflix for confirmation. Again, you must experience the Los Angeles Food & Wine for yourself. The anticipation as you wait in line at a Grand Tasting to savor something so well worth waiting in line for. The disappointment as the last taste of wine or nibble is served to the person in front of you. Then going back to your other favorite line to taste a something again. Ya know, confirming the second taste as good as the first. A sip of sparkle and slate. I could write until my heart content. You could read about it until your heart content. There is so much press. This event is an experience. All senses must be present. You must be present. That’s it. Experience it. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, then here are my words on this one. The best words I know.
*** please do yourself and your fellow attendees a favor, don’t wear fragrances***
Most of the week this on my computer screen..
Now some from the actual even shot with my Nikon 7200 and my iPhone..
The Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, CA