For the second straight year, I had the pleasure of co-producing the Father’s Day CollaBREWtive Brunch with Firestone Walker Brewing Co.. This year’s event took place on June 14 at Tiato in Santa Monica, a charming indoor-outdoor restaurant from the An family with an airy herb-lined patio. For 2014, we bulked up the food and drink roster to include a dozen notable chefs and eight brewery-roaster pairings, who teamed on special coffee beers. Each brewery also poured a second beer from their core line-up, and six of the coffee roasters brewed coffee at the event. Los Angeles Ale Works presented a pair of craft sodas, and a sensational balloon artist from Big Red Entertainment took requests. Better yet, a great local charity called Food Forward benefited from the experience.
Of course, even though the event seemingly celebrated Fathers, sons and daughters of all ages were also welcome. Guests were free to chart their own culinary adventure, at their own pace. Nobody left hungry, and seemingly everybody exited happy. Click through the captioned slideshow below to see just some of the highlights.