Sunday, July 14, 2013

July 21: Angeleno Mag's Live and Dine LA (+ 2012 recap)

Live and Dine LA is Angeleno Magazine's celebration of their Restaurant Issue, and it's always one of my favorite events, featuring LA's best restaurants at the beautiful Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows. This year's event will start at 4:30 pm on Sunday, July 21. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased on This year, the VIP ticket gets you two nights of extravaganza. The $250 VIP ticket (can be purchased here) gets you a four-course dinner made by Chefs Ray Garcia, Michael Voltaggio, and Ricardo Zarate with wine and cocktail pairing, and also admission to the main tasting event on July 21.

Live and Dine LA is more about quality rather than quantity, but there are still way more than enough food. Here are some my favorite bites from last year:
Blue Cow Kitchen and Bar served Mendocino's pork belly banh mi atop a banh xeo (Vietnamese "crepes")

Chef Ray Garcia from FIG served nose-to-tail pork tacos, displaying this impressive bowl of just that.

Chef Andrew Kirschner from Tar & Roses prepared sweet and spicy glazed chicken wings
There are many wine and cocktails, too. My favorite was the one from Freddy Smalls, made with Carpano Antica, vermouth, orange zest, bitters, and soda. Blind Barber also had a nice, refreshing tequila cocktail with grapefruit, pineapple, and ginger.
 I had to get seconds of Chef Roxana Jullapat's (Cooks County) huckleberry meringue. So good!
One of the longest lines was for Picca, where Chef Ricardo Zarate prepared black cod anticucho with camote crisp, pickled kyuri cucumber.

Oh, I also enjoyed these Stacked wines. Aren't they so handy for picnics?


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