Dr. Joel M. Fisher is a renowned wine enthusiast, educator and columnist. He also leads Los Angeles’ biggest and most prestigious wine, brew and spirits festival LA WineFest. This week Dr. Fisher discusses the upcoming Los Angeles Epicurean Festival on Sunday August 28-29 which features culinary specialties, extraordinary wines and spirits at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles.
Last year my colleague, Mark Newman — he of the million dollar palate, and decades of wine experience (his dad started him at age 15) — told me there was coming to the La Cienega area the Los Angeles Epicurean Festival (to be held at the Sofitel LA) and I went, to the trade portion on a Monday.
All sorts of familiar faces were there (including Mark’s, pouring for the well represented Regency Wines). Another of those familiar faces was serving chunks of one of the best dark chocolate I’ve ever had (from Ecuador, of all places). The popular Republica Del Cacao. I always try to get some to take to my daughter who has her father’s love for good chocolate. I also spotted Alan Weiss, of West Central Produce, handing out smoked swiss cheese, swiss, provolone,and other cheeses, as well as specialty items with Mexican and Oriental staples.
I look forward to perhaps covering both days — the more crowded Consumer Tasting on Sunday will probably attract 1,000 people, the Trade Session on Monday, probably another 700. Why do I want to do both? Because Sunday offers food demonstrations from a bevy of chefs (including Sebastien Archambault of L’Epicerie, who I helped interview on CRN last month, and am supposed to visit at his Culver City bistro/market as soon as I can get to it) I understand that there will be a form of Iron Chef competition on Sunday, and that piques my curiosity.
In the winery offerings, I want to taste Hammersky Vineyard, from Paso Robles, JF Courtier Sancerrre, and Bas Armagnac, my favorite tasting of the strong stuff, from Gascony, and Chateau d’Esclans (produced by Sacha Lichine), and our friends from Cotes De Provence. Mark Newman and Bruno LaClotte, founder and President of Regency Wines, will both be serving a lot of wine.
I like the fact that attending this event means I can pair, compare, taste and buy favorites on the floor. So can you.
Wine and Spirits classes 101 seem also to be on the agenda Sunday. So enjoy a lot of wines, sprits, cheeses, coffee and teas, charcuterie, olive oils, meat, fowl, fish, produce — and a lot more.
WHEN: SUNDAY AUGUST 28, FROM 12 TO 6 PM.
WHERE:SOFITEL LA – 8555 BEVERLY BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES CA 90048
HOW MUCH? TICKETS, $75 GENERAL ADMISSION, INCLUDES ALL TASTINGS AND SEMINARS
To buy tickets and for more information call 323-930-8785 or go to www.LAEpicureanFestival.com