The Second Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Kicked-Off Today with a Check Presentation of $400,000 to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and Overall Festival Preview

by laliveinsider on Tue., Jun 05 at 11:00 AM

Mayor Villaraigosa joined the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival team at L.A. LIVE's WP24 to present Sister Alice Marie Quinn with funds raised during the 2011 inaugural event

(Los Angeles, CA; June 4, 2012)— Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Chef Wolfgang Puck, Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Co-Founders David Alan Bernhal and Robert Weakley, AEG's Francesca Leiweke, and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Founder Sister Alice Marie Quinn, DC came together today to kick-off this summer's Second Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival at the official charitable check presentation to deliver funds raised during last year's inaugural Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. Today's event, hosted by WP24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, included the presentation of the $400,000 check which was followed by tastes of items found on the WP24 menu.

\"I am thrilled to see the legacy of my American Food & Wine Festival, and its support of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, carry on with the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival,\" notes Chef Wolfgang Puck, Los Angeles Food & Wine Host Chef. The Second Annual event, the City of Angels' premier culinary extravaganza, takes place August 9-12 and is headquartered at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. \"We are honored to continue the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival and our partnership with Wolfgang Puck to support St. Vincent Meals on Wheels,\" says Co-Founder David Alan Bernahl. \"This event brings together L.A.'s best chefs and our country's culinary elite in the entertainment capital of the world, and we look forward to celebrating their talents while raising money for such an incredible organization.\"

\"We are grateful not only for the support of Wolfgang Puck and the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, but for the opportunity it affords us—with so many wonderful, well-attended public events—to spread the word about our mission of feeding the most vulnerable in our community,\" notes St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Founder and Executive Director, Sr. Alice Marie Quinn, DC.

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival boasts over 100 of the nation's most esteemed chefs and pours from over 200 wineries across a weekend of gastronomic events, tastings, and seminars. \"Los Angeles is one of the world's most diverse cities, as illustrated by our wide array of cuisines, traditions and cultures,\" notes Mayor Villaraigosa. \"Los Angeles Food & Wine showcases our incredible culinary offerings and benefits the city with not only an increase in tourism and job creation, but also in its support of our local homebound elderly through the annual donations to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.\"

The star-studded lineup includes celebrated chefs such as Host Chef Wolfgang Puck, Giada De Laurentiis, Andrew Zimmern, Hubert Keller, Tyler Florence, Scott Conant, Michael Chiarello, Guy Fieri, and local favorites Rory Hermann and Sang Yoon. Tickets are on-sale for select events, such as wine tastings, lunches at WP24, Cut, and LA Market, and marquee affairs such as:

  • Giada's Festa Italiana - Join Giada De Laurentiis and friends at L.A. LIVE to kick-off Los Angeles Food & Wine with an autentico feast for the senses - Thursday, August 9, 7-10 p.m., $195 GA/$250VIP
  • Lexus Grand Tastings -L.A. LIVE's Event Deck transforms into the stage for guests to access over 100 of the country's, and Los Angeles', favorite culinary talents and winemakers - Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, Noon-3 p.m., $150 GA/$190 VIP
  • Lexus LIVE on the Plaza with Wolfgang Puck & Friends - Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE is once again the setting for culinary decadence as Host Chef Wolfgang Puck welcomes his most prominent friends and a special musical guest to expand your palate under the stars - Saturday, August 11, 7-10 p.m. $250 GA/$350 VIP

\"As the home of so many of the worlds most respected chefs and renown restaurants, Los Angeles is the perfect city to once again host this prestigious and singular culinary event,\" notes AEG Vice President of Special Events, Francesca Leiweke. \"On behalf of my colleagues at AEG, I am most happy to be here today with our partners Wolfgang Puck and CLM to especially acknowledge the platform created by Los Angeles Food & Wine to give back to our community, and in particular St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, and the great work they do in serving homebound seniors in our community.\"

FOR MEDIA REQUESTS, PLEASE CONTACT:

Wagstaff Worldwide for Coastal Luxury Management<br /> Joey Kotick / 323.871.1151/ [email protected]
Max Block / 323.871.1151/ [email protected]

AEG
Michael Roth / 213.742.7155 / [email protected]
Cassandra Zebisch / 213.763.7712 / [email protected]
St. Vincent Meals on Wheels
Rita Hollingsworth / 323.934.9248 / [email protected]

About Los Angeles Food & Wine and Coastal Luxury Management

The Second Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine takes place August 9-12, 2012. Presented by Coastal Luxury Management (CLM), the event spans the length of the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the world's most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry's brightest film and musical talents. In addition to cooking demonstrations and vertical tastings from the world's top wine producers, unique experiences added each year make this a must-see annual event for culinary enthusiasts and wine aficionados the world over.

Coastal Luxury Management is a California-based corporation that focuses on acquiring, building, and managing unique opportunities in the hospitality sector. Currently CLM produces Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a four-day culinary celebration that defines luxury epicurean events, Harvest Farm-to-Table, and Los Angeles Food & Wine. In addition, CLM features a dedicated restaurant division including Monterey's Cannery Row Brewing Company (opened 2010) and Restaurant 1833, a rustically refined restaurant that opened summer 2011 in the former Stokes Adobe with a menu highlighting regionally-specific ingredients. The two-story restaurant is a design-forward space with regal, turn-of-the-century elements in each of the six interior spaces, and was awarded three-stars by the San Francisco Chronicle and named a James Beard Award Semi-Finalist for \"Best New Restaurant\" in 2012. For more information about Coastal Luxury Management, please visit www.coastluxurymanagement.com.

About dick clark productions, inc.

Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, inc. (dcp) is a leading independent producer of television programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the \"American Music Awards,\" \"Golden Globe Awards,\" \"Academy of Country Music Awards,\" and \"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.\" dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including \"So You Think You Can Dance,\" and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of \"American Bandstand\" footage. For additional information about dcp, please visit www.dickclarkproductions.com.

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world's preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Sprint Center, (Kansas City), Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), O2 World Hamburg, Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe arena (Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World arena (Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England) which are all part of the portfolio of AEG Facilities. Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club Nokia, a 54-story, 1001-room convention \"headquarters\" destination along with entertainment, restaurant and office space that \"officially\" opened in 2010. In addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), assets of AEG Sports include franchises and properties such as the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (MLS), two hockey franchises in Europe, the Amgen Tour of California cycling race and Bay to Breakers foot race. AEG Live, the company's live-entertainment division, is the world's second largest concert promotion and touring companies and is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions with fifteen regional offices. AEG Global Partnerships, a division responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships naming rights and other strategic partnerships and AEG Merchandising, a multi-faceted merchandising company are also core business units of AEG. In 2010, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental program with the announcement of 2020 environmental goals and the release of the industry's first sustainability report while in 2011, AEG introduced axs Ticketing, the first phase of its new entertainment platform serving as the company's primary consumer brand which will also feature a mobile service as well as a video content service now in development. For additional information, visit www.aegworldwide.com.

About L.A. LIVE

Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 5.9 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports & entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. With nineteen world-class restaurants along with venues such as STAPLES Center, Club Nokia, a 2,300 capacity live music venue; Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat live theatre; the Conga Room; and the one-of-a-kind GRAMMY Museum®, saluting the history of music and the genre's best know awards show, L.A. LIVE is the region's most active live content and event destination. L.A. LIVE is also the home of a 54-story, 1001-room convention \"headquarters\" destination (featuring The Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott hotels and 224 luxury condominiums - The Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE - all in a single tower), the state-of-the-art Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theatres, \"broadcast\" facilities for ESPN, a 100,000sf special events deck along with residential and office space all centered around Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE, a 40,000sf outdoor event space.

About FOOD & WINE magazine

FOOD & WINE is the modern, stylish, trend-spotting, talent-seeking epicurean brand. Created by American Express Publishing, the luxury-lifestyle authority, FOOD & WINE includes a monthly magazine with a circulation of 925,000, a books division and foodandwine.com, with updates on Twitter (@fandw) and Facebook.

About St. Vincent Meals on Wheels

Since 1977, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels has prepared and delivered nourishing meals to homebound seniors and seriously ill adults across Los Angeles. St. Vincent Meals on Wheels is the largest privately funded meal program in the country, and provides a lifeline of healthful meals and daily home visits to more than 3,000 homebound seniors and seriously ill adults who cannot shop or cook for themselves. Meals are provided to any homebound person in need regardless of religion, age, national origin, disability, illness or ability to pay.

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