Event Recap: Angeleno Magazine’s Live & Dine in LA
Recently Angeleno Magazine celebrated their Annual Restaurant Awards with Live & Dine LA, a party at the Fairmont Miramar. Some of the award winners brought their best dishes including Plan Check‘s fried chicken. It was pretty amazing to me they were able to keep the chicken crispy at a food festival. Considering the ones I’ve been too, Angeleno’s event is one of my favorites because the lines are not too long and there’s plenty to go around to everyone.
Resident restaurant FIG lined their booth with sheets of pork skin one could break off to eat and served pork tacos.
Over at Freddy Smalls, they were serving Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and soda along with sausage and a slice of potted meat. It was one of my faves of the night.
I have heard so much about Blind Barber and when I spotted the hot bartenders, we rushed over to try a cocktail or two.
My friend had the Strawberry Fields (Stoli vodka, lemon, honey, strawberries, parsley) and I had the Hot Heather (Milagro tequila, lemon, amber agave, grapefruit, ginger, pineapple). We both enjoyed our drinks.
I hadn’t been to Pali House before so it was a treat to try their miniature chicken pot pie and decadent peanut butter mousse dessert.
Another restaurant I haven’t tried is Post & Beam. We had their short ribs. It was interesting to see short ribs making a come back after the offal-licious and daring foods from previous food fests. I didn’t see any octopus whatsoever here.
After sampling the chicken oysters and pig’s tail from Tar & Roses, I’d like to check out the restaurant in Santa Monica. I thought their offerings were quite daring and the pig’s tail was a massive portion. It almost seemed pre-historic compared to the other pig’s tail dishes I’ve had around town.
Kitchit, a catering service that brings chefs to cook in your home. The host can pick themes and the chefs do all the shopping, prep and cooking. The service started earlier this year in L.A. and at the Live & Dine LA event, they invited everyone to to try some dishes. The first thing I had was a pulled pork ribs from Chef Meg Hall.
It was nice to sit down to try a number of dishes including ceviche, arancini and the short ribs. It did feel like a party with the festive flowers and neat decor. I explored their website and the prices aren’t too unreasonable. It would be like dining in a restaurant but in the comfort of your own home.
We got the chicken wings from Short Order and once again I was reminded how I still haven’t written about the place. I’ll have to get back there soon.
And amazingly, I haven’t been to Il Covo yet. It was good to try their short ribs (see, I told you short ribs were making a come back!).
Over at Cooks County, another spot I have to try, they were serving huckleberry meringues and blueberry ice cream. It was a beautiful way to end our fun food fest.
© The Minty 2012