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Parties: Taste of Beverly Hills – An Orgy Of Food And Wine

By Andy J. Gordon

The “Taste of Beverly Hills,” presented by FOOD & WINE magazine, took place on the top of the parking structure across from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 2-5, 2010. If that does not sound glamorous, it should, because this event was an absurd collection of amazing restaurants, wineries, liquor, beer, and beautiful people. Celebrities, Beverly Hills residents, and foodies from all over LA attended to sample fabulous food and drinks in a luxurious outdoor setting.

Clark Moore mixing delicious Avion tequila cocktails at the Taste of Beverly Hills.

The organizers of the event did a great job of gathering some of the best food purveyors in Beverly Hills and the surrounding communities. Combined with an impressive array of wineries, and liquor, attendees were able to taste many of the finest offerings available in Los Angeles. Celebrity chefs did cooking demonstrations, and vendors displayed small samples of their menus. A few of the liquid refreshments really stood out. The Tar Pit (www.tarpitbar.com) served a spicy, smoky mescal cocktail that was very refreshing. At a demonstration stage, Clark Moore, a mixologist from Whiskey Blue (www.gerberbars.com) was using Avion tequila to create some tasty concoctions. The Saint Avion, a blend of cucumber, mint, elderflower liqueur, and tequila was really tasty. The Bazaar (www.thebazaar.com,) at the SLS Hotel, went scientific with a liquid nitrogen margarita made with Patron tequila. The finished product was the consistency of Italian ices, but with the taste of a premium margarita. Stella Artois had a large tent staffed with lovely ladies serving Stella, Hoegaarden, and Leffe on tap in signature glasses.

Liquid nitrogen margaritas being whipped up by Bazaar at the SLS Hotel during the Taste of Beverly Hills.

The friendly Stella Artois staff kept the beer flowing at the Taste of Beverly Hills.

Several food choices were outstanding. Umami Burger’s (www.umamiburger.com) portobello mushroom and stilton cheese slider was delicious. Il Cielo (www.ilcielo.com) took care of my salty, sweet, and creamy cravings with two bite sized flatbreads. One was with prosciutto, arugula, and shaved parmigiano reggiano. The other was smoked salmon, red onion, capers, and mascarpone cheese. Water Grill (www.watergrill.com) offered freshly shucked oysters from Baja California and the Chesapeake Bay with all the usual fixings. Craft (www.craftrestaurant.com) served a lightly seasoned barramundi that melted in my mouth. The Peninsula Hotel (www.peninsula.com/Beverly_Hills/en/default.aspx#/Beverly_Hills/en/) served a delectable trio that included green gazpacho, spicy tuna, and smoked salmon. Among the after dinner treats, www.thechocolatetraveler.com had Tabasco infused dark chocolates. Compartes chocolatier (www.compartes.com) showcased some of their signature truffles that doubled as works of art.

The delicious trio of treats from the Peninsula Hotel at the Taste of Beverly Hills.

Freshly shucked oysters from the Water Grill at the Taste of Beverly Hills.

The Taste of Beverly Hills (www.tasteofbeverlyhills.com) was an extravagant orgy of consumption. All of the vendors provided quality selections and the fully stuffed attendees went home with satisfied smiles. It was a great way to get to know some fine restaurants, wineries, and liquors, while mingling among an attractive and friendly group of food lovers. Keep an eye out for this event next year. It should not be missed.

 

Photos courtesy of David Burrows.

About Andy J. Gordon (170 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.

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