Goodness, there are so many awesome food festivals it can be difficult to pick which ones to go to but when one boasts pop-up king Chef Ludo Lefebrvre, Animal guys Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo and Top Chef Michael Voltaggio that’s definitely on the must-do list. I mean, come on!
The inaugural Taste of Beverly Hills Festival, brought to you by Food & Wine, celebrates the epicurean delights of our fine city and will feature everything from restaurant tastings to cooking demos by famous chefs to wine seminars to even live musical performances so you can dance all that grubbing off.
This foodiepalooza will take place during Labor Day Weekend, 9/02/10 (see what they did there cuz it’s like the famous ZIP code) through 9/5/10, near the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will not only feature the above hot chefs but Walter Manzke (formerly of Church & State), cookbook author Ted Allen and Wolfgang Puck. “Good Food” host Evan Kleiman will be conducting her annual pie contest and KCRW’s Jason Bentley will be doing up the musical lineup, presenting some cool bands.
Tickets go on sale today! They’re priced at $125 a person for a day pass, $150 for an evening pass or $500 for all-access weekend package which allows guests to come and go as they please from afternoon and evening sessions as well as seminars, chef demos and competitions. Unfortunately it doesn’t include Thursday’s opening night party, 90210 City of Beverly Hills Celebration, which will be ticketed separately at $150 a person.
Throughout the weekend in the Grand Tasting area, guests will have a chance to take part in tastings, also ticketed separately, that are specially designed for whatever tickles their fancy, be it a lovely date night, some fine cocktailing, or the most awesome brunch ever.
- The Art of Mixing ($150) — This evening will feature the city?s top mixologists and DJs ?mixing? their talents.
- Secrets From the Kitchen and Cellar ($125) — Chefs and master sommeliers will showcase the tricks of their trades.
- Date Night ($150) — Good food, wine, music, and one-on-one time with master sommeliers and vintners.
- The Art of Brunch ($125) — Free-flowing brunch cocktails, live gospel and jazz performances, a 50-foot grand table featuring the city?s finest pastries and breads, along with KCRW?s annual pie contest hosted by ?Good Food? Host Evan Kleiman.
- BBQ in the Hills ($150) — The festival closer which features the BBQ stylings local top chef and restaurants.
Pretty damn good for a festival’s first time, huh? This truly will be a case of anyone who’s anyone in the food industry will be there so you gotta go.
EVENT: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 to SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5