FOOD BUZZ: Top Chefs Honored at LIVE & DINE LA

LA LIVE & DINE 2012 FestivalIn conjunction with celebrating their annual restaurant issue, Angeleno Magazine is hosting their 10th Annual LIVE & DINE LA event this Sunday, July 22nd, honoring LA’s top chefs and restauranteurs. Food aficionados will be spoiled for choice as they indulge in dozens of top tastings from LA’s most acclaimed chefs, along with award-winning wines and spirits, live music and culinary demonstrations. The event will take place at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (VIP award reception at 4:30 p.m.).

Angeleno’s Editor in Chief, Lesley McKenzie, and Publisher, Alan Klein, will present awards to the top restaurants and chefs who continue to shape L.A.’s culinary scene. There will also be a Pioneering Spirit Award given to one of LA’s most philanthropic chef who has gone above and beyond to give back to the community. Last year’s winner was Chef Akasha Richmond of Akasha in Culver City.

Most importantly, the event proceeds will benefit PS Arts – a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by bringing arts education to underserved schools and their communities. Tickets can be purchased here and are $95 for general admission; $150 for VIP.

2012  Award Winners

Best New Restaurant: Tar & Roses
Best Chef: Josef Centeno, Bar Amá
Best New Dish: Smokey Fried Chicken from Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Best New Restaurant Design: Picca Peru
Best New Sommelier: Matthew Kaner, L&E and Covell
Best New Mixologist: Steve Livigni, Pour Vous
Best New Hidden Gem: Papilles
Best Service at a New Restaurant: Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Best Atmosphere: Il Covo
Best New Pastry Chef: Roxana Jullapat, Cooks County

Participants in the Grand Tasting include:

Govind Armstrong, Post & Beam
Tim Carey, Papilles
Ray Garcia, FIG Restaurant Santa Monica
Judy Han & Joshua Smith, Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar
Roxanna Jullapat, Cooks County
Andrew Kirschner, Tar & Roses
Steve Livigni, Pour Vous
Roberto Maggioni, Il Covo
Charlie Parker, Freddy Smalls Bar & Kitchen
Ernesto Uchimura, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Richard Zarate, Picca Peru
Coolhaus
Handsome Coffee Roasters
Blind Barber
Little Bear

Story by Liz Laing

Liz Laing

Liz Laing

Liz has been a freelance travel writer for nearly a decade, writing for multiple outlets such as Mothering, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, CBS Los Angeles, MadeMan and wandermelon, to name a few. Growing up in New Mexico, Liz also traveled to Japan and Europe, including touring with a modern dance troupe throughout France. She’s now also added photography and web design to her talents, but her greatest accomplishment has been raising her four wonderful kids, who have already been bitten by the travel bug.
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