Every week involves a seemingly continuous stream of food, drinks and people. Of course not every taste or conversation is post-able, but the range of experiences is usually pretty amazing. Discover some highlights from October 10 – 16, 2011, some of which will help to fuel full posts.
10/10/11 – Stone Brewing Co. once again launched L.A. Beer Week, arming more than 40 Naja’s Place taps with their famously aggressive beers, packing the bar with enthusiastic employees, and drawing hardcore beer types from across L.A. Stone co-founder Greg Koch once again grabbed a megaphone, stood on the bar and implored beer drinkers not to settle for “fizzy yellow beer” before stage diving.
10/11/11 – Cambria Griffith organized Musical Beer Crawl, featuring a number of craft beer and live music options along Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. We started at Mohawk Bend, where Griffith instructed us to ask questions like “Is that a panda or are you happy to see me?”
10/12/11 – John Kazanchian debuted Kabob Korner six months ago in a short lived pizzeria. My pick at this late night option was a Beef Lule Kabob plate with Armenian cole slaw, basmati rice and BBQ Vegetarian salad, roasted eggplant, tomato and green pepper, all served with lavash.
10/14/11 – FIG Santa Monica executive chef Ray Garcia hosted chef Graham Elliot Bowles from Chicago and winemaker Beth Nickel of Napa Valley’s Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel wineries for a “simply seasonal” LAFW lunch.
10/15/11 – After L.A. Beer Float Showdown 3, a number of participants ate at Maximiliano, the new Italian restaurant from showdown winners Andre Guerrero and Jan Purdy. Highland Park local David Freeland designed the airy, triangular space, which includes spaghetti walls and green wood slats.
10/16/11 – At the LAFW Lexus Grand Tasting on the LA Live event deck, Roy Choi provided his first taste of Sunny Spot, the new island-themed restaurant. He and David Reiss plan to debut the restaurant in two or three weeks in the former Beechwood space. He served double jerked wings, marinated for 24 hours with allspice, ginger, garlic and habanero.
10/16/11 – Hitching Post owner Frank Ostini helped to prove that sometimes simplicity works best at LAFW. His grilled steak crostini joined cole slaw topped with thick slabs of smoky pork belly.
10/16/11 – Golden Road Brewing drew nearly 700 people to their red, blue and yellow buildings for an Atwater grand opening. They invited a number of guest breweries and poured three house beers: Point the Way IPA, Hefeweizen and Burning Bush smoked IPA.