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Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

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Fourth Annual LA Food & Wine

4th Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

LAFW 2014 downtown
Over a balmy August weekend, celebrity chefs from all around the world converged in Los Angeles for the fourth annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival. Produced by Coastal Luxury Management, LLC which also produces the star-studded Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival now in its 8th year, this year’s festival highlights included the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Celebrity Chef Challenge, Asian Night Market with Iron Chef Morimoto, tribute dinner to culinary icon, Nancy Silverton, and Grand Tasting events both Saturday and Sunday with participation from over 100 restaurants and 150 wineries representing some of the top culinary talent in the Nation.

Iron Chef Morimoto Iron Chef Morimoto

This unforgettable gastronomic culinary immersion took place over 4 days in the heart of downtown Los Angeles with smaller culinary events transpiring in nearly every part of the city. Festivities kicked off on Thursday night with the Ultimate Bites of LA presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred®.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge winners board

The red carpet event was attended by celebrities and culinary stars such as Ben Ford, Lorena Garcia, Michael Chiarello, and festival CEO and co-founder, David Bernahl. Amid the fanfare, the first-ever chef challenge presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® revealed the winning champion chef team of Fabio Viviani and Ray Garcia.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge winners 2014
Viviani and Garcia won the best street taco and cocktail challenge by impressing judges, including Food & Wine magazine’s Justin Chapple, with their Mango Chicharron Chile Relleno Taco. The grand prize of $20,000 was presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® and benefitted the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Chefs Viviani and Garcia preparing their tacos
Friday’s Power Lunch series stretched from Santa Monica’s One Pico with Elizabeth Falkner to Sven Mede, to Downtown LA’s Faith & Flower where Ferguson Crest wines, owned by Fergie Duhamel of the Black Eyed Peas, paired wines with Dominique Crenn and Executive Chef Michael Hung’s inspiring menu.
Elizabeth Falkner
Food and wine never tasted more inviting into the night than at the Asian Night Market where hundreds of food lovers enjoyed sashimi, 5-spice pork belly taco from Jet Tila, Chris Oh’s “Flaming Ball” from Seoul Sausage, and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Chicken Dumpling who gracefully pleased legions of fans by participating in selfies and fan photos. Other highlights included a Lamb Ramen from EggSlut’s Alvin Cailan.
Asian Night Market
Saturday and Sunday’s afternoon Grand Tasting events certainly held up to their name with seminars, cooking demonstrations, book signings and the Lexus Grand Tastings held at LA Center Studios where chefs dished out signature fare and top wines poured all day and into the night.

Chef John Cox sharing sea urchin Chef John Cox sharing sea urchin

Kicking off the Saturday evening grand event was a live performance by Common for the Lexus LIVE on Grand event hosted by Michael Chiarello. Then, sounds Afro-Caribbean style music from the children’s ensemble amaWolseley Marimbas flowed through the air while guests enjoyed a putting green and patio lounge and cocktails in the Airstream 2Go from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Hitching Post wines
Just a few steps away at the beautiful Cathedral of St. Vibiana in downtown, Dinner with the Michelin Stars served up culinary decadence with chefs such as Michael Cimarusti, Dominique Crenn, David Kinch, and Pierre Gagnaire whom I had the pleasure to meet at a private Mandarin Oriental event in West Hollywood.

with Chef Pierre Gagnaire of Mandarin Oriental with Chef Pierre Gagnaire of Mandarin Oriental

As mentioned above, the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is now in its fourth year. Generously supported by Food & Wine magazine, Lexus, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, JENN-AIR, Delta Airlines and Chase Sapphire Preferred®, the four-day epicurean event showcases the finest in food and drink throughout Los Angeles.
Graham Elliott Graham Elliott
The star-studded lineup has included celebrated chefs such as Giada DeLaurentiis, Graham Elliott, Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Thomas Keller along with LA favorites Michael Voltaggio, Rory Herrmann, and Matsuhisa Nobu.

Chef Luigi Fineo at LAFW 2014 Chef Luigi Fineo at LAFW 2014

A Coastal Luxury Management, LLC (CLM) production, co-founder and manager David Alan Bernahl II creates unique experiential opportunities in the hospitality, entertainment, restaurant, and event sectors. Named 2012 and 2013 by Inc Magazine as one of the “Top Food & Beverage Companies”, CLM has also been included int he annual Inc 500/5000 ranking of the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the United States.

Challengers, Chefs Elliott and Ford Challengers, Chefs Elliott and Ford

For more information about Coastal Luxury Management, contact media@clm-ca.com
Susan with Iron Chef Morimoto
Goose Island Pale Ale
Miraval Provence
Chefs Viviani and Garcia before the win


Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine

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Fourth Annual LA Food & Wine

Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine

This weekend, a host of culinary celebrities arrive in Los Angeles for the Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. Delighting foodies, wine lovers, and culinary aficionados, the star-studded festival begins Thursday, August 21 through Sunday, August 24. Further event details and tickets here: LAFW.com

Interviewing Michael Chiarello at LAFW 2013 Interviewing Michael Chiarello at LAFW 2013

Leading chefs preparing signature dishes and doing live culinary demonstrations include Scott Conant, Michael Chiarello, Michael Mina, Ben Ford, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Nancy Silverton, Graham Elliott, Ricardo Zarate, Fabio Viviani and more. Presented by Food & Wine magazine, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is hosted in Downtown Los Angeles with special events in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood and will also feature mixology seminars, book signings, and tastings from world-class wineries. One expert highlighting fine wines is Sommelier, Ryan Arnold. I had the pleasure of speaking with Ryan about his participation in this weekend’s festivities and his love of wine.

Ryan Arnold Ryan Arnold, Divisional Wine Director for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

“I fell in love with wine when selling it to restaurants,” shares Arnold. “Now, on the buying side, I enjoy being more creative in selecting the wines, working with the chefs, talking to guests, and helping to educate young people and servers about the wines.” As Divisional Wine Director for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Arnold starts with the chefs when getting inspiration for the restaurant wine list. Together, they discuss the chef’s vision for the menu taking into consideration seasonal changes, the audience, and the price point of the menu. From there, Arnold creates an esoteric yet balanced wine list which once set, he begins right away training the staff on the wine selections. “Server confidence about the wines,” explains Arnold, “is one of the most important elements to the dining experience.” Arnold puts staff through a rigorous wine training and holds mandatory wine classes for staff every two weeks in which they have to present featured wines to him and the rest of the staff. “Wow,” I exclaimed, “no pressure!” To which Arnold laughed and replied, “the staff is the gateway to the dining experience. Knowledge is key but must also be well presented.”
LAFW 2013
Having been in the wine industry for more than 20 years, Arnold shared his thoughts on current wine trends. “The Western region of the country tends to go with the California wines while the East coast still prefers old world wines,” states Arnold. “In the Midwest, you’ll see a balance between both domestic and old world wines.” What is he seeing now? “There is a new movement toward lower alcohol wines,” says Arnold, “with balanced, crisper, fresher styles.” I’ll drink to that!

Susan, Scott Conant and Albert Evangelista Susan Irby, Scott Conant, and Albert Evangelista

You can meet Ryan Arnold, Chef Scott Conant (shown above), and many other celebrity chefs during this weekend’s Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. For event details and tickets, go to: LAFW.com


Bikini Lifestyles “Wine, Dine, and Workout” Promo 3

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Internationally acclaimed cookbook author and an award nominated radio host, Susan Irby The Bikini Chef is joined by co-hosts, Denice Fladeboe and Steve Valentine during the 6-episode, half-hour television series Bikini Lifestyles “Wine, Dine, and Workout” launching on National Public Television and independent cable networks April 2012.

In its first season, Bikini Lifestyles heads into the kitchens of celebrity chefs to cook healthy, delicious “bikini cuisine”~ foods that make you look and feel confident. When these entertaining and energetic hosts have wined and dined, they head to the gym, Pilates, and the outdoors for workouts with top fitness experts. Susan, Denice and Steve share fashions from internationally acclaimed designers to finish off the show with a champagne toast sending “gourmet wishes and flattering waistlines.”

Bikini Lifestyles season one features: 2011 CNN Hero Chef Bruno Serato, Anaheim White House, Iron Chef contestant Victor Casanova, Culina Modern Italian at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, Food Network champion Chef Richard Ruskell, Montage Beverly Hills, James Beard nominated Chef Brendan Collins, Waterloo and City, and Award-winning Chef Celestino Drago, Drago Centro. Top fitness experts include: author Dr. Levi Harrison, celebrity trainer Marco Reed, Skinnylates creator Amy Cady, internationally acclaimed fitness expert JJ Virgin, tennis pro Randy Myers, and celebrity trainer Paul Jurevich. Bikini Lifestyles is underwritten by Fortun Finishing Touch Sauces, visit: http://www.fortunfoods.com


Bikini Lifestyles “Wine, Dine, and Workout” Promo 1

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Bikini Lifestyles “Wine, Dine, and Workout” Promo 1

Internationally acclaimed cookbook author and an award nominated radio host, Susan Irby The Bikini Chef is joined by co-hosts, Denice Fladeboe and Steve Valentine during the 6-episode, half-hour television series Bikini Lifestyles “Wine, Dine, and Workout” launching on National Public Television and independent cable networks April 2012.

In its first season, Bikini Lifestyles heads into the kitchens of celebrity chefs to cook healthy, delicious “bikini cuisine”~ foods that make you look and feel confident. When these entertaining and energetic hosts have wined and dined, they head to the gym, Pilates, and the outdoors for workouts with top fitness experts. Susan, Denice and Steve share fashions from internationally acclaimed designers to finish off the show with a champagne toast sending “gourmet wishes and flattering waistlines.”

Bikini Lifestyles season one features: 2011 CNN Hero Chef Bruno Serato, Anaheim White House, Iron Chef contestant Victor Casanova, Culina Modern Italian at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, Food Network champion Chef Richard Ruskell, Montage Beverly Hills, James Beard nominated Chef Brendan Collins, Waterloo and City, and Award-winning Chef Celestino Drago, Drago Centro. Top fitness experts include: author Dr. Levi Harrison, celebrity trainer Marco Reed, Skinnylates creator Amy Cady, internationally acclaimed fitness expert JJ Virgin, tennis pro Randy Myers, and celebrity trainer Paul Jurevich. Bikini Lifestyles is underwritten by Fortun Finishing Touch Sauces, visit: http://www.fortunfoods.com


Bikini Lifestyles “Wine, Dine, and Workout” Promo 2

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Internationally acclaimed cookbook author and an award nominated radio host, Susan Irby The Bikini Chef is joined by co-hosts, Denice Fladeboe and Steve Valentine during the 6-episode, half-hour television series Bikini Lifestyles “Wine, Dine, and Workout” launching on National Public Television and independent cable networks April 2012.

In its first season, Bikini Lifestyles heads into the kitchens of celebrity chefs to cook healthy, delicious “bikini cuisine”~ foods that make you look and feel confident. When these entertaining and energetic hosts have wined and dined, they head to the gym, Pilates, and the outdoors for workouts with top fitness experts. Susan, Denice and Steve share fashions from internationally acclaimed designers to finish off the show with a champagne toast sending “gourmet wishes and flattering waistlines.”

Bikini Lifestyles season one features: 2011 CNN Hero Chef Bruno Serato, Anaheim White House, Iron Chef contestant Victor Casanova, Culina Modern Italian at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, Food Network champion Chef Richard Ruskell, Montage Beverly Hills, James Beard nominated Chef Brendan Collins, Waterloo and City, and Award-winning Chef Celestino Drago, Drago Centro. Top fitness experts include: author Dr. Levi Harrison, celebrity trainer Marco Reed, Skinnylates creator Amy Cady, internationally acclaimed fitness expert JJ Virgin, tennis pro Randy Myers, and celebrity trainer Paul Jurevich. Bikini Lifestyles is underwritten by Fortun Finishing Touch Sauces, visit: http://www.fortunfoods.com


BIKINI LIFESTYLES to Debut on PBS – LAdineNclub.com

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We all love to wine and dine, and with that pleasure is the need to workout and make sure we don’t fall into a dangerous gluttony cycle. That’s where Bikini Lifestyles: Wine, Dine and Workout comes in handy. Debuting April 15 on PBS, the show will focus on eating healthy, feeling better and working out.

Bikini Lifestyles

Internationally acclaimed cookbook author Susan Irby, known around the world as The Bikini Chef, will team up with personalities Denice Fladeboe and Steve Valentine as hosts of the program. The six-episode, half-hour series heads into the kitchens of celebrity chefs to cook healthy, delicious “bikini cuisine”, i.e., foods that make you look and feel confident. When the wining and dining is over, the show’s entertaining and energetic hosts then workout with top fitness experts, whether that means heading to the gym, doing Pilates, or simply getting fit outdoors.

Susan, Denice and Steve will share fashions from internationally acclaimed designers to finish off the show with a champagne toast sending “gourmet wishes and flattering waistlines.” This is the show to watch for gourmet bikini recipes, kitchen and fitness tips…all the tools you need to live your very own Bikini Lifestyle.

Bikini Lifestylesseason one features 2011 CNN Hero Chef Bruno Serato, Anaheim White House; Iron Chef contestant Victor Casanova, Culina Modern Italian at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills; Food Network champion Chef Richard Ruskell, Montage Beverly Hills; James Beard nominated Chef Brendan Collins, Waterloo and City; and award-winning Chef Celestino Drago, Drago Centro.
Bikini Lifestyles
Top fitness experts include author Dr. Levi Harrison; celebrity trainer Marco Reed; Skinnylates creator Amy Cady; internationally acclaimed fitness expert JJ Virgin; tennis pro Randy Myers; and celebrity trainer Paul Jurevich.

Chef Susan Irby, The Bikini Chef, is an eight-time cookbook author helping people obtain their healthy “bikini” goals by focusing on a lifestyle change rather than a short-term diet. She is also the host of the well-loved Bikini Lifestylesprogram on 790 KABC radio Los Angeles with listeners spanning the globe from Italy to Australia, Canada and beyond. Denice Fladeboe is president of Fladeboe Automotive Group of Irvine, one of Southern California’s largest dealerships. Celebrity public relations expert Steve Valentine is founder of Valentine Group L.A., which handles high profile clientele, such as Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Los Angeles Magazine, and Sofitel Beverly Hills. Valentine has been an integral part of the Bikini Lifestyles team for two years.

Listen to The Bikini Lifestyle with Susan Irby every Saturday on Talk Radio 790 KABC at 7 p.m.

Bikini Lifestyles