Once again the bucolic hills of Saddlerock Ranch will provide the backdrop for Los Angeles Magazine’s “Food Event” on Sunday, October 19, 2014. No other venue in LA can match the beauty of this vineyard, with huge shade trees and comfortable seating. No one else has zebras, either. From 2pm-5pm guests can enjoy unlimited food from 40 of LA’s top restaurants, plus bottomless wines, beer and cocktails from the likes of Don Julio, Black Ink, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Semler Vineyards.
Some of our favorite participating restaurants are Cliff’s Edge, Short Cake, Angelini Osteria, Cut, Black Market Liquor Bar, Faith and Flower, Farmshop, Girasol, Playa Provisions, Joe’s Restaurant, Drago Centro, Bucato, Animal, Bestia and Saddlepeak Lodge, from whom we can anticipate exotic game like antelope. The South Bay, especially Manhattan Beach, has now become a major player with Little Sister, The Strand House, and Chef David Lefevre’s Manhattan Beach Post/Fishing with Dynamite. It’s nice to see Mexican and Thai restaurants like Loteria Grill, Dia de Campo, Petty Cash, and Jitlada represented. We are also excited to try another dish from Union in Pasadena.
Along with the extravagant picnic, there will be chef demos, which are a little Top Chef heavy this year. Brooke Williamson of Playa Provisions, The Triple, and Hudson House will be performing a cooking demo, as will CJ Jacobson of Girasol, which is upping the culinary status of the valley. A tag team demo will be performed by Elia Aboumrad and her GORGE co-owner and pastry chef, Uyen Nguyen. Lastly, Tal Ronnen of Crossroads will be bringing his Mediterranean vegan food to the stage. The host and emcee will be blogger and cookbook author Claire Thomas.
Tickets are $122 (all demonstrations, food, beverages, and parking fees included, plus a subscription to Los Angeles magazine). The event ticket plus admission to the after party at Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch is $132. From past experience, we recommend you wear flats, as heels can sink into the grass. But do not wear sandals, as you might be parking in a meadow. Lastly, we do not recommend climbing into corrals with the camels.
For more information and to purchase a ticket visit the website.