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Party: Angelenos Revel in Los Angeles Magazine’s 11th Annual “The Food Event”

The large crowd enjoying an afternoon of culinary decadence during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

By Andy J. Gordon and Jenny Peters

One of the most highly anticipated culinary events of the year took place at the majestic Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu hills on October 16, 2016. Los Angeles Magazine’s 11th Annual The Food Event 2016 celebrated outstanding local chefs, gourmet food, premium wines, beer and spirits. Hundreds of Angelenos reveled in a gorgeous afternoon of gastronomic indulgence.

The delicious duck confit with sweet potato, arugula and kale from Michael’s Restaurant served during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

The delicious duck confit with sweet potato, arugula and kale from Michael’s Restaurant served during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

With about 40 top area restaurants, 20 wineries and several premium beverage vendors to choose from, guests had difficult, but very enjoyable, choices. We dove in and sampled some of the best that L.A. has to offer. Michael’s Restaurant had delicious duck confit with sweet potato, arugula and kale. Jitlada served an intensely spicy and complex ground chicken with tofu over seasoned rice. Knuckle and Claw offered a succulent miniature lobster roll.

Amazing tender grilled octopus with bean salad from Felix during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Amazing tender grilled octopus with bean salad from Felix during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Terranea Resort had amazing shrimp-and-lobster dumplings, as well as duck confit with roasted corn and yellow sweet peppers. The tender grilled octopus with bean salad from Felix was amazing. Hatchet Hall also had delicious smoky, grilled octopus with fava beans, cream and paprika. Saddle Peak Lodge braised buffalo short ribs and served them with celery root slaw and carrot sauce. Scopa Italian Roots had tender, grilled hanger steak with decadent duck-fat fries.

Saddle Peak Lodge’s braised buffalo short ribs with celery-root slaw and carrot sauce was a popular choice during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Saddle Peak Lodge’s braised buffalo short ribs with celery-root slaw and carrot sauce was a popular choice during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

While guests sampled the many selections from the food-and-drink stations spread throughout the ranch area, there were other entertainment options to choose from as well. A small live-music ensemble performed in the comfortable, shady area near the Belgian beer garden. The centrally located demo stage also featured renowned area chefs in an intimate setting. Ted Hopson from The Bellwether prepared lean beef heart that paired with a potent Glenfiddich scotch-whiskey cocktail created by Casey Levental. Marcel Vigneron from Beefsteak and Wolf wowed his fans by using liquid nitrogen to make lemongrass habañero ice cream.

Marcel Vigneron using liquid nitrogen to make lemongrass habañero ice cream during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Marcel Vigneron using liquid nitrogen to make lemongrass habañero ice cream during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Guests at the event paired the amazing food choices with equally special beverages. There were premium beer, wine and spirit stations to satisfy every taste. The Belgian Beer garden served frosty glasses of Stella Artois and Cidre apple cider. Elsewhere, Golden Road poured their tasty Wolf Pup Session IPA and Citra Bend hoppy wheat ale. Tequila lovers were kept happy as Don Julio served a traditional margarita and a tequila-based variation on a Mule, while Karma poured samples of their three signature tequilas. Ketel One vodka had a festive create-your-own cocktail station.

Wine lovers had lots of choices as well. Malibu Family Wines (Semler and Saddlerock) sampled several varieties from their roster. Beekeeper Cellars was pouring their wonderful Zinfandel. Wrath, Hoyt Family, Trombetta Family, Acumen and Blair Estate all had excellent selections available.

Salt & Straw served some amazing ice cream during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Salt & Straw served some amazing ice cream during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

After nearly three hours of consuming decadent gourmet food, it was hard to think about dessert. However, once we saw some of the options, we could not resist. Salt & Straw drew a lengthy line of salivating guests waiting to be served several varieties of ridiculously rich ice cream. Cookie Good had an array of over the top creations including caramel-pretzel-chocolate-chunk cookies and pecan pie. California Donuts offered colorful, melt-in-your-mouth choices, bursting with sugary flavors.

Cookie Good’s over-the-top caramel-pretzel-chocolate chunk creations served during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

Cookie Good’s over-the-top caramel-pretzel-chocolate chunk creations served during the Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch on October 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©.

It was an almost coma-inducing afternoon of overindulgence. While we anxiously await next year’s annual Los Angeles Magazine presentation of The Food Event, we’ll happily head out to the great Los Angeles area restaurants featured at this year’s fantastically hedonistic afternoon – we’ll just have to step up our exercise programs to compensate.

 

About Andy J. Gordon (152 Articles)
Andy J. Gordon, a Los Angeles-based marketing and strategy consultant, made his writing debut in “Brentwood” magazine in 2007. His interests include music, sports, consumer electronics, premium libations, fine dining, travel, fast cars, and enjoying life.