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Why is their so much fun stuff to do this halloween? I might have to sneak to the westside to the 5th Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl and of course flirt at the Thriller Night Halloween Bash! I even have a GREAT costume ideas thanks to Bob’s Burners Cheriff or Sexy Nurse Teddy style. If you don’t plan to meet me DTLA and want to stay close to home ….
If you love seafood do I have a fun fall event for you! It’s the 3rd Annual OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival in Santa Monica on Saturday, October 14th. It’s foodie fun on the Santa Monica Pier benefiting the Surfrider Foundation of West LA-Malibu
If you buy your tickets now aka EARLY BIRD before October 7th they are $50 (General Admission) and $75 (VIP). If you buy the WEEK OF the event they are $65 (General Admission) and $90 (VIP). They even have group tickets for you and your 9 BFF or Family (10 tickets) at $450 (GA) and $630 (VIP)!
Tickets at othseafoodfest2017.eventbrite.com
Thank You to our Sponsors:
Capital One, Santa Monica Seafood, The Albright Oyster Company, La Croix, Fresh Wata, Boxed Water, Pasta Chips, RX Bar, Aardvark Straws, Farm Fresh to You, Freebird Rides, Cheeky, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Buy Local Santa Monica, LA Weekly, Yelp, Santa Monica Daily Press, Spin PR Group and more.
Los Angeles Food & Wine, presented by Coastal Luxury Management and founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, announce the www.LAFW.com is open to purchase tickets to attend the three-night, four-day, not-to-miss culinary extravaganza that takes over the city of Los Angeles.
Foodies will be exploring Los Angeles from the DTLA along Grand Avenue to Santa Monica fun in the sun and sand on the toes at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows to Barker Hanger (Santa Monica Airport) for tastes that criss-cross the globe.
Los Angeles’ world class level culinary scene inspires the most accomplished chefs with food philosophies that will titillate the tastebuds! This is the sixth year of the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival where attendees will experience fine dining in a series of Power Lunches and evening events that will impress the most adventurous eater.
With unparalleled tastings, lunches, seminars, book signings, and cooking demonstrations, event highlights from this year’s festival will include:
- Amazon Presents Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse, Thursday, August 25 – The evening hosted by Emeril Lagasse will feature a walk-around tasting with culinary creations from all over the map along with beer, wine and cocktails. The inspiration for the global take on the evening comes from the premiere of the upcoming Amazon original series, Eat the World.
- Lexus at Grand Avenue, Thursday, August 25-Saturday, August 27 – Sweet Lucie’s ice cream truck and handcart will feature an ice cream scoop station, and guests can create their own ice cream sandwiches. Grand Avenue attendees can also enjoy dessert drinks such as Brandy Alexanders and adult root beer floats.
- Grand Avenue Night Market hosted by Jet Tila and Brian Malarkey,Friday, August 26 – The evening will spotlight the street foods from the markets, carts, street stalls, and mom-and-pop joints that span the alleyways, city streets, and corners of every vibrant country from Taipei to Kuala Lumpur including Chefs Elizabeth Falkner, Jeffrey Lunak (Sumo Dog), Tin Vuong (Little Sister), Andrew Gruel (Slapfish), and Kevin Nashan (Sidney Street Café) to name a few.
- LIVE on Grand Avenue with Tyler Florence, Saturday, August 27 – The city will ignite with electrifying live musical performances, DJ sets, and exciting cuisine from chefs including Timothy Hollingsworth (Otium), Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurant Group), and Stephen Kalt (Spartina).
- Lexus Grand Tasting, Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 – Gourmands and food-obsessed will be invited to spend a leisurely afternoon at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar, with activations such as NFL Homegating’s “slider central” featuring toppings representing each of the 32 NFL teams. At the Lexus Grand Tasting, James Beard Award Winners Stephanie Izard and Laura Werlin will share their knowledge for cheese with attendees at the Lexus Cheese Shoppe, which will be similar to a high-end fromagerie during which attendees can sample a variety of North American cheeses.
On sale now, tickets for individual events range from $105-300, with additional package and VIP options. Please continue to visit LAFW.com for updates and details on full programming of events, chefs, wineries, sommeliers, and mixologists participating at the 6th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival.
WHEN: Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28, 2016
WHERE: Headquartered in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, with main events taking place directly in front of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad museum (with closures along Grand Avenue, between 1st and 3rd street),the 6th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival will feature tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, cooking demonstrations, and special events located across parts of greater Los Angeles, including Downtown, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and more.
I’m marking my calendar to shop for a cause on Saturday, June 11th from 12 – 5pm to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. This year it’s hosted by Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman with Molly Sims and Scott Stuber at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.
VIP Tickets are $200 and include 11am early entry, gift bag, access to VIP area, preferred parking, and VIP-only concierge shopping service.
General Admission (entry at 12:00 PM) is $75 ($100 at the door).
Kids Tickets (ages 6-16) are $50 & children under 5 are free.
20% off tickets with code LUV2SHOP
Get your tickets today!
I’m excited that Arclight supports diversity in film with not simply screening indie films from women, people of color and LGBT but also has a series of workshops talking about the business of entertainment! I just saw that the new Women in Entertainment Workshop will take place May 17 – 19 at Sonoma Wine Garden in Santa Monica.
The three workshops will focus on production, marketing and distribution of film and television with movers and shakers including:
Susan Cartsonis (Storefront Pictures), Julie Lynn (Mockingbird Pictures), Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Director, Producer, Writer, Blackfish), Carolyn Harris (Skydance Television), Theresa Won (Myriad Pictures), Jennifer Cochis (Los Angeles Film Festival), Dalia Ganz (Freeform), and Joseph Beyer (Sundance Institute) among others.
These panels are one of the hardest tickets to get in hollywood and the deadline to apply for tickets is May 6! YES May SIXTH so apply TODAY (yes I’m shouting but am very excited at the opportunity). You can apply for tickets at www.arclightwomen.com/wie-workshop. The deadline for applications is May 6, 2016.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016: Production
The production workshop provides a forum for industry professionals, producers, and directors to explore essential roles, tasks and obstacles faced by film and television producers. This workshop will explore the role of the producer; working with writers, production overview and management; budgets; packaging presentations and post production.
SPEAKERS: Susan Cartsonis, Storefront Pictures; Julie Lynn, Mockingbird Pictures; Gabriela Cowperthwaite, ‘Black Fish’
Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Distribution
Advances in technology have completely rewritten the rules for distribution. New avenues for distribution are constantly emerging and this workshop will focus how content creators should navigate the current entertainment landscape – from traditional feature platforms to online film and television markets. Participants will hear from esteemed industry executives and discuss the opportunities, challenges, tactical strategies and financial models associated with connecting storytellers to audiences.
SPEAKERS: Carolyn Harris, Skydance Television; Theresa Won, Myriad Pictures; Jennifer Cochis, Los Angeles Film Festival; Missy Laney, BitTorrent
Thursday, May 19, 2016: Marketing
This workshop will discuss cutting edge tools and techniques for developing a marketing strategy to generate a market interest for film and television, amongst both industry and mainstream audiences. We will discuss trends from how to develop cutting-edge out of the box creative campaigns, to marketing including paid marketing, direct-to-fan engagement, social media, influencers, events, and festivals, and other digital tools. Topics will include the planning, development, execution, and evaluation of a marketing campaign while revealing the insights and challenges met by industry executives along the way.
SPEAKERS: Dalia Ganz, Freeform, Disney – ABC Television Group; Joseph Beyer, Sundance Institute; Julie Candelaria, Gravitas Ventures; Robin Geisen, Creative Artists Agency
Each workshop will take place between 12:30-2:30pm with a full lunch. Parking is available at Santa Monica Place.
“As women, our leadership roles keep expanding and with them, the challenges we face in the entertainment industry. We want to be sure that we are not only shining a light on the most prevalent issues that women face in the industry, but also providing women with the tools to succeed,” states Gretchen McCourt. “The launch of the workshop series is a developmental opportunity for emerging creative talent to learn from industry leaders in an intimate setting where they can freely ask questions and learn from these role models and their experiences.”
About ArcLight Cinemas
ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned, Los Angeles based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington is a premiere moviegoing experience with an unparalleled commitment to bringing a variety of rich cinematic content to moviegoers in all markets. ArcLight Cinemas operates eight theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo, Santa Monica, Culver City and La Jolla, as well as one theater in Bethesda, Md, Chicago and Glenview, Ill, with a new location in Boston for early 2018. ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theatres currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif. Additional information about ArcLight Cinemas is available at www.arclightcinemas.com/
oink oink it’s time to save the date for the 2016 COCHON555 taking place at the Viceroy Santa Monica on March 13th. The culinary competition returns to Los Angeles.
Cochon555 is the stand-up tasting reception featuring five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs for a cause Sunday, March 13 at Viceroy Santa Monica (Official Host & Hotel). The 2016 tour benefits Piggy Bank a sanctuary that will provide free heritage breed pigs and business plans to emerging family farms. You can purchase tickets for the weekend at www.cochon555.com and for a behind the scenes look at the culinary competition, watch Cochon555’s stunning video here http://j.mp/555_Trailer.
I was excited to attend the 2015 Cochon555 and was fascinated by the chef’s creative uses of the entire heritage pig. The weekend had three back-to-back events with Chef Walter Manzke of Republique being crowned the ‘Prince of Porc’. He won the title preparing a whole pig menu featuring the ‘Large Black’ raised by Cook Pigs Ranch. Chef Walter went on to compete for the national title in Denver, CO.
Cochon555 uses heritage breeds and last years’ winner used the ‘Large Black’ a Chinese breed brought to England, known for its taste, pasture foraging skills and overall hardiness. The micro-marbling, short muscle fibers and excellent bellies produce exceptional bacon and moist meat with old world flavor providing Chef Walter ideal meat for his winning menu of five uniquely created delicious bites. Walter’s winning dishes included Pork Belly with Black River Caviar, Jambon-Beurre, Pork Ceviche and Arroz Caldo, a Filipino Rice Porridge. Along with two exclusive dinners hosted by 2014 King of Porc Ray Garcia, Cochon555’s stop in Los Angeles raised awareness for heritage breed pigs raised by family farms. For photos of the 2015 LA event, click http://bit.ly/1EUAf5s.
The Los Angeles flavor-studded weekend supports a great cause by starting with two unique dinners bringing together five guest chefs, world-renowned winemakers and beverage experts to create a multi-course, interactive dining experience to benefit Piggy Bank. Friday kicks off with a Late Night Asian Speakeasy, an all-inclusive guest chef’s dinner party paying homage to Chinese, Sichuan, Korean, Thai and Japanese restaurants. On Saturday, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series is multi-course seated feast featuring five guest chefs cooking courses paired with premium beverages. Tickets to the dinners are available online at $125 per person and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank. On Sunday, the epic feast features celebrity chefs cooking whole hogs in a stand-up reception of epic proportions. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets as the event is expected to sell out earlier this year. Cochon555 is running a 21-day contest, “Can’t We Just Be Friends”, giving away two VIP Tickets worth $400. Friends of the good food movement can sign up for the latest news on the weekend and enter the contest here: http://woobox.com/jnesum.
The Cochon555 US Tour would not be possible without our amazing lineup of sponsors including Viceroy Santa Monica, Williams-Sonoma, Wines of Germany, The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley, DRY Sparkling, Breckenridge Distillery, Anchor Distilling, Buffalo Trace, Martinez Lacuesta, Creminelli, Wines from Rioja, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Tenuta Sassoregale, Tequila Don Julio, Creekstone Farms, Junipero, Eagle Rare, Common Cider, Antica Napa Valley, Don Amado Mezcal, Fidencio, Mezcales de Leyenda, Rhum Clément, Plantation Rum, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Koch el Mezcal, La
Venenosa, Mezcal Derrumbes, Azzurro Wine Company, Luxardo, Pax Wine Cellars, Ridge Vineyards, Scholium Project, Sandhi Wines, Pisoni Vineyards, Arista Winery, Rappahannock River Oysters, Hedley & Bennett, La Brea Bakery, Cypress Grove Chevre, Coach Farm, Parrano, Sun Noodle, California Olive Ranch and Birchware. The beverage program includes Cochon555’s Punch Kings local barkeep competition a spotlight on Five Winemakers including sought-after wines and a Wines of the World spotlight Sommelier Smackdown. The official chef lineup and more tasty experiences will be announced with the Official Chef Announcement lineup 45 days in advance of the event. For an in-depth look at the Cochon555 movement and tickets to this must-do culinary weekend, please visit www.cochon555.com.
About Cochon555 US Tour
The Cochon555 US Tour, executes a variety of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs with the world’s first nose-to-tail pig competition. Created in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breed pigs, this epic pork feast visits 20 major cities in North America annually with over 60 events.
All Cochon555 events cultivate a long-term impact for heritage species raised by family farms, reaching the top culinary markets in North America while promoting our sponsors’ messages to 16,000 guests by drawing from the biggest names in the hospitality industry, including 2,200+ chefs, 150+ family farms and 16 culinary schools. Since 2009, 50,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $500,000 has been donated to charities and over $750,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. Together with winemakers, brewers, distillers and craft food makers they create authentic culinary events celebrating champions in the good food movement. For more details about the events and to see videos referencing all the events in the Cochon555 family, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.
About Piggy Bank
Launched in 2015 by Brady Lowe, founder of the Cochon555 US Tour and Taste Network, Piggy Bank’s mission is to create a heritage breed pig sanctuary that provides free genetics and business plans to emerging family farms. The sanctuary will change the future of food by uniting a community working together for safer, responsible farming practices and sharing of genetics, livestock and the sharing of information. Piggy Bank is dedicated to creating the first Open Source agriculture platform through the responsible farming of heritage species. The Piggy Bank farm, located in Missouri, will raise pigs to be gifted only to communities dedicated to elevating the cause and expanding the model of social and agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank is a project of The Giving Back Fund, Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with federal tax exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Follow the Piggy Bank conversation on Twitter @PiggyBankOrg. For more information about Piggy Bank or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Kerith Dilley or visit www.piggy-bank.org.
Get ready for free fun on Saturday, August 22nd in Santa Monica! KCRW DJs are spinning tunes at the annual Third Street Promenade Outdoor DJ Festival. It’s a great way to enjoy the end of summer with music and dancing under the stars.
“After last year’s show, we knew we had to bring Sonic Submarine back. Third Street Promenade is the cultural hub of this city’s incredible energy – we can’t wait to turn up the beat and once again dance like everyone is watching… because they are! This isthe Promenade, after all,” says Mackenzie Carter, Director of Marketing & Operations for DTSM Inc.
I’m so excited to pass on to my foodie readers a discount code for the upcoming 2015 Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival taking place this August 27 – 30th. If you’ve never attended the foodie event you are missing out on the opportunity to taste food from the top chefs all over the world! The five day festival also includes great music and spirits that will appeal to not only wine lovers but other spirits. They have ‘breakout sessions’ that in past years have been champagne and cheese pairings, caviar and intimate chef tastings. It’s THE must foodie event for those who like to enjoy 4 star dining!
Join us this August 27-30 for one of the hottest food and wine events in the country right here in Los Angeles and SAVE 10%!!Make sure Promo Code MN3GZW is entered upon checkout.
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I’m so excited about this year’s Cochon 555 national tour all across the US that’s making a stop right here in Sunny Los Angeles this coming year. If you haven’t heard about Cochon 555 than your missing out on a night that’s all about the pork. Not the pork you get at the grocery store but heritage breed pigs with wine and spirits that taste like well the way a pig should taste! Cocoon 555 is a culinary experience unlike any you’ve attended before that features five top chefs in a one-of-a-kind culinary competition featuring over 36 dishes prepared from locally-raised whole heritage breed pigs with endless wine, brews and spirits. The competing chefs include Tony DiSalvo of CAST at the Viceroy Santa Monica – Official Host & Hotel, Ricardo Zarate of Chef Zarate, Walter Manzke of Republique, Kris Morningstar of Terrine, and Steven Fretz of The Church Key. The five chefs, champions of whole hog utilization, will prepare a maximum of six dishes with hopes to win votes from a crowd of hungry gourmands and celebrated judges. Ray Garcia, 2014 King of Porc, and chef at soon to open Broken Spanish will help select LA’s “Prince of Porc.” The winner goes on to compete for the title of “King or Queen of Porc” at the tour finale, Grand Cochon at Snowmass/Aspen in June. The grand champion will be rewarded with a 4-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. And, new in 2015, the winner’s kitchen countertops will be resurfaced with Wilsonart® Quartz decorative surfacing, a remarkable, beautiful engineered stone material from America’s countertop leader.
Cochon 555 has an entire weekend of world class level chef’s competing and we get a taste! The weekend kicks off on Friday with a dinner that will be DIVINE! It’s the Chefs Course Dinner with Ray Garcia & Wines of Germany from 7 – 10pm. (tickets).
On Saturday they are having the Large Format Feast at Broken Spanish Preview with Ray Garcia “2014 King of Porc” & St. Francis Winery.
Large Format Feast – Los Angeles
The weekend concludes with Sunday’s Pork Feast with chef’s dazzling attendees with dishes using the entire pig from snout to tail and the opportunity to mingle and taste to your heart’s content. The night will be at the Viceroy in Santa Monica with cool ocean breezes and the opportunity to enjoy dishes that will titillate your tastebuds.(tickets) as you watch the local culinary competition.
Fans of this epic culinary competition can satisfy their hunger in other ways by getting in on the action and entering any of the live Cochon contests. Visit cochon555.com/win/ and sign up to win your chance at a Cochon monumental experience, which includes unforgettable trips and extravagant prizes that are worth more than $25,000. Lucky winners will be rewarded with prizes that include an epic trip to the Rioja Wine and Tapas festival in Chicago on May 2, a newly resurfaced dream kitchen sponsored by Williams-Sonoma, Wilsonart, Shun, Chefs Feed & Food Republic and a four-day trip to Mexico. The Mexican getaway, presented by Mezcales de Leyenda, Simmer, Panna Cooking and Cochon 555, asks contest participants to share their favorite Mezcal recipe using the Simmer App on their iPhone. It’s time for Cochon fans to get treated! Don’t miss out on these unforgettable opportunities and sign up today.
About Cochon 555
Cochon 555 was created in 2009 by Taste Network’s Brady Lowe in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breeds. Each year, the COCHON US TOUR – a 20-city, premium good food tour, draws from the biggest names in the hospitality industry. The series of hyper-local events support education, awareness and growth of family farms raising heritage breed pigs. Since its launch in 2009, Cochon 555 and its programs, such as Chef’s Course, have created a responsive movement nationwide with people who care about local food made by honest people. The tour has invested over 1 million in farms, culinary schools and charities across the country and they are only getting started. For more information about the cause, visit www.cochon555.com or follow the conversation @cochon555 on Twitter.