There is something about food that brings people together. Whether it is the taste, the presentation, or deciphering that special ingredient, food is a vehicle for community. It is a time when people get together, share life stories, travels, hopes and dreams all over the course of a meal. Food just brings people together. Whether it is local or international, the phenomenon of great food has people willing to travel to get that savory bite and experience.
I had the amazing opportunity to attend the sixth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival this year with Lexus, the founding partner of Food & Wine. This event was hosted by renowned chef, Tyler Florence, in DLTA where I was able to taste from 30 remarkable chefs and 50 prominent wineries. The venue was stunning as we nibbled and sipped amongst the cityscape of the Broad, Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, The Music Center, and Grand Park. Surrounded by the extravagance of such celebrated food and wine, to the luxury Lexus vehicles that were available for viewing, I truly felt inspired. And adding to an already incredible night, De La Soul helped to enhance the festive and jovial ambiance with their energetic beats and lyrics.
Walking throughout the red carpeted venue, I was able to sample from California’s hottest restaurants and sip from many local wineries. My absolute favorite tasting hands down was from the host himself, chef Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern. His shrimp and grits just melted in my mouth. Pure and utter perfection. A close second was the freshly rolled pasta from Patina that was perfectly al dente and topped with crème fraiche. The most entertaining display came from Starry Kitchen, where chef Nguyen Tran served up crispy tofu balls in a banana suit and blowhorn. As far as wine goes, I had one too many to count, but I definitely enjoyed the rose sangria from Barcito, the private collection from Glenlivet, and the recently released Silveroak 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.
The food selection was phenomenal, but let’s not forget the desserts! They too were represented from Bree’s Cakes to Jon & Vinny’s Italian cookies. My personal favorite was the curried, sugar doughnut from ICDC which was fried to excellence with just the perfect hint of curry in the sugary topping. As a lover of ice cream, I also couldn’t pass up spending time at the Lexus lounge. There, in all one space, contained a variety of ice cream flavors from an adorable, vintage cart, adult ice cream floats from the fabulous Small Town Brewery bar, and delectable ice cream sandwiches from Sweet Lucie’s iconic blue truck. It was like my ice cream dreams had come true!
Despite the hours I spent tasting from booth to booth, there was still so much I didn’t get to enjoy. Fortunately these restaurants are located in California and I have the accessibility of simply getting into a car and driving to get my culinary food fix.
I came to the LA Food and Wine event knowing only my husband. Yet I left having met two friends – a stranger from the Bay Area and another blogger from Los Angeles. Two people who I not only exchanged phone numbers with, but exchanged pasts, present, and future plans with. That is the beauty of food. Regardless of culture, social economic status, or gender, we all need to eat. And when we eat, it tastes much better when it is shared.
Thank you to Lexus USA and the IW Group for allowing me this incredible culinary experience.
The food in your post look absolutely delicious!
Aww, Christine! This looks like such an amazing event with great bites and nibbles. Food definitely brings people together 😀 Thanks for sharing, I am totally drooling right now lol. I also love the outfit you wore, it’s so stylish and chic. I hope you have an amazing evening <3, Sharon
Absolutely mouth watering food! And you looked fabulous on that red carpet. Looks like an amazing event!
Thanks Bernice. The food was so delicious, I still am dreaming of it!
This looked like such a fun time! Your snaps were making me jealous AND hungry.
Hi Molly, it WAS a fun time! Sharing great food is always fun!
That asymmetrical dress is to-die-for, and you look AMAZING on the red carpet girl! Loved following along your tasting adventures on IG stories hehe 🙂 xo, sharon
Thanks Sharon! I wish I could share the food over stories so everyone could get a taste!
WOW, what an event! It’s beautiful! And the food is absolutely gorgeous…and you of course as well!
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Thank you both! The presentation of the food was superb and the taste was even better! I am so grateful to Lexus for sharing the experience with me!
Omg you looked amazing age the food….I wish I could’ve tasted it myself!
Thanks Marie, I wish you could’ve tasted it with me too! You would loved it. But no worries, we can hit up these restaurants together!
Wow, the food looks exquisite!! And you look also stunning!! Thanks for sharing babe!! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com
I had my first date with my boyfriend at LA food and wine restaurant… best way to catch a foodie, right? 😉 these pictures really brings back memories. Which I could have been there this year!
Awww how cute! Eating is definitely one of my fav things to do and there are so many amazing restaurants in LA!
How awesome! It Looks like you had a good time. The food looks delicious. And you look divine in this white dress.
Thanks Raysa! It was so much fun doing what I love – eating!
Looks like an amazing event and you look stunning too! I love how you go to places not knowing anyone and then leave having a bunch of new friends with you. I’m like that myself as well! 😀
Thanks Thomas! Isn’t that the best? Sharing stories and meeting people over a common passion (food in this case), is always a guaranteed fun evening.
your dress is freaking awesome x
Thank you Yuliya! I appreciate it!
Wow, such an amazing event. Looks so fab and I bet the food was delicious. You look stunning as always. Love the shoes!
Thank you Aurela! It was a fabulous event and so yummy! Can’t wait to go again next year!
This looks like so much fun! You rocked the red carpet, Christine!
Thanks Christina you are so sweet! Hope you are having an amazing week!
Lovely Christine, this post is exceptionally written and beautifully composed with delicious images of food, celebrations, and style! I am so proud of your work and this post is making me HUNGRY (and I just had dinner)! Love always, Adelina
Awww you are so sweet Adelina! Thank you for always being so supportive. Next time we need to go together!
omg this looks like so much fun! Great outfit too haha. Your posts always have the best writing too, always so impressed with you.
Hi Lauren, yes it was so fun and so yummy! Aww, thanks for the compliments! xoxo!
Ohh my gosh! The food are so delicious and of course you are always look awesome. So beautiful just like a super model. I totally adore your style.
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You are so sweet, thank you. I love your style too Katrina!
Omg! My mouth is watering at all that delicious looking food.. ESPECIALLY the ice cream! Sounds like my kind of place! You look amazing too, I love that dress!
Yes, the food was to die for, I wanted to eat more and more. And who can resist dessert right? Thanks Emily and have a great weekend!
Thanks Gina! Have a fabulous weekend dear!
Fantastic event seems to be! great report. 🙂 kisses
Thank you Katharine, yes it was a delicious event!
What an amazing event and stunning photography! Looks like you had a great time and so cool that you were able to meet some new and interesting people as well.
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Thank you Heidi! It was so fun and yes, I made two new friends that I will for sure keep in touch with!
What an amazing event & I love all of the wonderful photos you captured! Loving your look as well!! 🙂
Hi Aliya! Thank you so much. Have a great weekend love!
YES girl!! living up life. I LOVE this post!!!
Thanks Cece, I gotta always feed this hungry belly!
That food looks gorgeous! It’s so true, food does bring people together, I love how you can meet new people and find out new interests just by being curious and giving out happy vibes to people, food can is a common thread to start a conversation off (especially good food ) xx
Totally agree Sarah! Food is a great common denominator and gives people so much to talk about!
Food definitely brings people together! Can I just say, you’re rocking that red carpet!
Yes, food is such a great way to bond isn’t it? Thank you so much Joti!
I super envy you babe! The pics here made me wish I was there too. Food from remarkable chefs and wines from prominent wineries are perfect combo. You look fabulous as always. Thanks for sharing babe! xx
Thanks Kandja, it was seriously the perfect venue and pairing of wine and food.
How lovely. Must have been so much fun and your outfit is great as well.
Thank you Sophie! Have a fab weekend babe!
This sounds like an amazing event – what a great way to enjoy food and wine and meet new people! The food photos are really making my mouth water!
You are stunning as always and I love that dress!!
Thank you Julia! It was a great night and the food was unbelievable!
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Thank you Adriana! xoxo!
This looks like an amazing event – and I absolutely LOVE your outfit! Looks like you had a great time 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!
Awww thanks Lindsey! It was a blast and I can’t wait to go again next year!
I loved following along with your Insta-stories! You looked gorgeous! xo- ally
Thanks Ally, the stories were so useful to actually show you the food and have you right there with me! Wish you could taste it through your phone too. Haha.
The food looks absolutely phenomenal!! And love love love that white dress! Such a special cut and so chic!
Hi Jaschen! Thank you, I love an asymmetrical hem. The food was so tasty and love that I got to try from all different restaurants. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!
The food looks soooo delicious, I’m super jealous you got to try it all! 🙂 XO
It was so yummy Konstancja!
Wow. Looks so glam❤
Thank you Nicole. It was definitely a nice evening and the food and Lexus vehicles made for a glamorous event.
All of the food looks amazing! I hope you had a wonderful time! You looked stunning!!!! That dress is breathtakingly unique 🙂
Thanks Jenn, it was all delicious and yes, I had a fantastic time. Thank you!
Ohhh I really love the pictures, seems like you had a lot of fun and the food is so delicious!
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Hi Monique and thank you! I hope you are having a lovely weekend!
Christine you literally had me drooling at all your food pics oh my goodness!! You also look so so stunning in your outfit and those sexy heels might I add! Such a great share, much love from Sydney Australia!
Thank you Mandy! I know the food in Australia is amazing too but LA has lots of fabulous hot spots and glad I was able to try some of them. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
YES girl!! living up life. I LOVE this post!!!
Thank you Gabrielle! If eating good food is living up the life then I definitely enjoy my life since I love to eat. =)
Aww everything looks fantastic!!! Love LA! <3
Thank you Simona, I know, LA is so fun isn’t it!
The food looks endlessly amazing. It must feel so nice to be part of it. Love your style girl!
Hi Mercy! Yes, it was pretty endless as were the drinks. =) Thank you so much!
your blog is soo good! i meant, beyond amazing
Thank you Vanessa, you are too kind!
The photos are amazing such as your looks!
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Thank you for the sweet compliments!
Looks like a lot of fun!! The food looks Amazing!
Thanks Adi, the food WAS amazing. I can’t wait to try more!
So pretty! Love everything about this look!
Much love, Hadasah
Thank you so much Hadasah!