RECAP: los angeles food & wine entertainment publicists mixer

16Sep11

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Last night I attended the Los Angeles Food & Wine Entertainment Publicists Mixer on the rooftop lounge of L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, which was held from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  The flowing hors d’oeuvres and bottomless pit of wine event were in efforts to promote the First Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine extravaganza that is going down on Oct. 13 through Oct. 16, 2011 at Downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. Live adjacent to Staples Center.  Check out their schedule of events here.

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My friend Tawny (T) and I arrived a little before 6:30pm and was able to sample a good selection of hors d’oeuvres.  I can’t remember what the waiter said, but the above was the first item I tried – salmon eggs with stuff.  Sorry, that is as descriptive as this item gets.  T and I were not fans of this because the big salmon eggs were …. well, too big.  The amount of juice that bursted in my mouth overwhelmed all other flavors and made everything “fishy.”  No me gusta.

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These Pork Belly Mini Sliders with tomato jam were so good.  Salty flavors from the pork belly with a hint of sweet from the jam melded a satisfying slider.

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The amazing caviar bar with the ice sculpted “Los Angeles Food & Wine” yielded, what seemed to be, bottomless jars of various caviars that included Bacon Infused Trout (wow), Hackleback (yum), Paddlefish (meh) and Truffle Infused Whitefish (flavorful!).  The bar also included flavored scrambled eggs and egg whites, chopped onions, cream and of course, mini blinis.  These were a big hit and everyone huddled around the caviar bar, including T and I.

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These Avocado Tartares were accompanied with soy sauce and a hint of wasabi.  At first mouthful, the saltiness from the soy sauce hits the tongue quick and immediately afterwards, the spice from the wasabi kicks in.  I forgot about the wasabi … I took it like a woman.

Other items that were delicious but didn’t get a great photo op were the beef skewers and tuna bruschettas.  Both were equally as yummy and full of flavor.

The official launch of the First Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine event should be interesting.  Each event has a different price tag and it is up to you to deem which is worthy of your hard-earned money.

Proceeds from the First Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine will go to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

For more information on Los Angeles Food & Wine, visit them here.  

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