Oozefest in Santa Ana Fed Everyone Cheesy Goodness for a Good Cause

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Black Market Bakery. Photo by Ed Simon for The Los Angeles BeatLast Saturday, the cheesiest event around was held in Santa Ana. Oozefest presented over 20 top local restaurants providing guests with unique and delicious food creations. The event, sponsored by Foodbeast and with proceeds going to an excellent charitable organization, Inspire Artistic Minds, was the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon. Also featured at the event were a wide variety of breweries supplying delicious, cold beer for the guests. Ballast Point, Green Flash, Saint Archer and Portland Cider were just a few of the breweries represented.

GD Bro Burger, fresh off their stint on Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, made some excellent grilled cheese sandwiches. Slapfish wooed the crowd with some insanely delicious lobster beignets. Chef Jeffrey Bloutt of SOCIAL in Costa Mesa made a wonderful cured duck ‘ham’ and encased it in a duck fat pastry with a caramelized onion jam. Waffles Inc. had a very popular item that everyone seemed to have, a waffle encased in cotton candy and topped with cheese powder. There were great sweets like the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie with bacon from the Black Market Bakery and a refreshing popsicle made with raspberry and brie from Front Porch Pops.

The event itself was a charity event for Inspire Artistic Minds, an OC charity dedicated to improving the lives of those in the bar industry through education. IAM is great for customers too, since by educating bartenders, waiters and others in the industry, ultimately it is the guests who are the beneficiaries. For more info or to donate to IAM, please go to www.InspireArtisticMinds.org.

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Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco, the best Bun bo Hue in Vietnam or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.
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