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Hangover Observations From Pebble Beach Food & Wine’s Tenth Year

LA chefs represent the city of Angels at the tenth annual bash

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Pebble Beach Food & Wine, one of the country’s premier food festivals, celebrated its tenth anniversary this past weekend at the ritzy California coast resort with headline chefs Dominque Crenn, Carlo Mirarchi, Guy Fieri, Rolland Passot, Stephanie Izard, Michael Mina, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Naomi Pomeroy, and Curtis Stone all cooked and prepared dishes at the four day bonanza. The celebrations, tastings, wine seminars, and dinners were bigger and better than ever, with some of the country’s biggest talent coming out for a beautiful sunny weekend.

Dominique Crenn at the Lexus Chef’s Table lunch
Dominique Crenn’s grilled koshihikari rice with uni
Carlo Mirarchi’s team preparing porchetta
Flower-studded porchetta by Roberta’s chef Carlo Mirarchi

There was a heavy L.A. lineup as well, with everyone from Neal Fraser (Redbird), Ryan Denicola (Chi Spacca), Nancy Silverton (Nancy’s Fancy, Mozza), Fabio Viviani, Bruce Kalman (Union), Walter Manzke (Republique), Jason Neroni (The Rose), Curtis Stone, Brian Malarkey (Herringbone), Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal), Alvin Cailan (Eggslut), Lincoln Carson, Fiorelli (Love & Salt) and Rebecca Merhej (Eater Young Gun, Love & Salt), Ted Hopson (The Bellwether), David LeFevre (M.B. Post), and Pawan Mahendro (Badmaash).

Dominique Crenn and Carlo Mirarchi cooked up a luxurious and elegant afternoon meal at the Lexus Chef’s Table lunch at the Equestrian Center, with a little over a hundred guests being served plenty of caviar, uni, and Mirarchi’s signature porchetta.

Kat Odell and Alinea’s Mike Bagale
Day drinking cocktail

Later in the afternoon, Eater contributing editor Kat Odell teamed up with Alinea’s Mike Bagale for a demonstration of daytime cocktails. We sipped on a refreshing pineapple strawberry tiki cocktail (with a fennel straw) while Odell mixed up some drinks from her forthcoming book Day Drinking.

Stephanie Izard and Dean Fearing

The next morning, Stephanie Izard (The Girl & the Goat Chicago) cooked up some international bites alongside Dallas’s Dean Fearing. The couple were goofy and having a blast on the newly built Dacor cooking stage. Later for lunch, we popped back over to the Equestrian Center for a full-on tasting with hundreds of festival guests.

Ryan Denicola, Chi Spacca
Jamie Bissonnette (Toro NYC, Boston)
Lobster sushi roll by The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse

Alvin Cailan
Brian Malarkey (Herringbone)
Michael Fiorelli and Rebecca Merhej of Love & Salt
Nancy Silverton (Nancy’s Fancy, Mozza)

Later that evening, we ended up at Casa Palmero for a Grand Finale dinner with Lazy Bear’s David Barzelay and Edward Martinez, La Folie’s Rolland Passot, The Plumed Horse’s Peter Armellino, and The Modern’s Abram Bissell. The wine paired-dinner hosted each wine maker, as well as desserts from Che Fico’s Angela Pinkerton.

Rolland Passat at Casa Palmero, Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Poached lobster by The Modern’s Abram Bissell
Cookbook and wine writer Jordan MacKay at the Champagne Selosse tasting

The next day, the lunchtime tasting hosted the last major event of the weekend, with LA chefs Bruce Kalman, Pawan Mahendro, and Lincoln Carson preparing dishes. It was great to see New Orleans chef Alon Shaya at the West Coast festival serving a super simple tahini hummus with toast that was the talk of the tasting.

Pani puri from Badmaash
Alon Shaya of Shaya, New Orleans
Pulled pork slider from Rory Herrmann of Sprout Restaurant Group
Ted Hopson and Ann-Marie Verdi

Rumors, Intel, and Gossip

  • Nancy Silverton, when asked about her latest Netflix episode of Chef’s Table, confessed that she still hadn’t seen the show. When I asked about why she hadn’t watched it, she thought it was strange to watch herself on TV. The introspective look at Silverton’s career was easily one of the show’s best episodes.
  • Lincoln Carson, who’s been quietly wholesaling some baked goods at a Westside commissary, hinted that he ‘might’ eventually do his own project. There’s nothing confirmed at the moment, so we’ll be waiting on this one.
  • When Eater asked The Bellwether chef Ted Hopson and partner Ann-Marie Verdi about any new locations, he said that they decided to just keep at it with one location, stating that it was better to refine what they had going. Seems like a smart move.
  • Eater asked Pawan Mahendro about any details regarding Badmaash’s upcoming Fairfax expansion. They only said that they still hadn’t decided on a name, but that it would either also be Badmaash or The Good Boy. We’ll continue to ply the Badmaash teams for details on what should one of the most anticipated openings for the second half of the year.
  • Eric Bost, who was recently seen cooking for Republique at a Bocuse d’Or celebration, hinted that he was working on a new Mid-City restaurant project. The Guy Savoy vet is partnering with Sprout Group on the upcoming project, which hasn’t released a location yet.

Badmaash

418 North Fairfax Avenue, , CA 90036 (213) 281-5185 Visit Website

Animal

435 North Fairfax Avenue, , CA 90036 (323) 782-9225 Visit Website

Redbird

114 East 2nd Street, , CA 90012 (213) 788-1191 Visit Website

Chi Spacca

6610 Melrose Avenue, , CA 90038 (323) 297-1133 Visit Website

The Rose

97 Main Street, , CO 81632 (970) 855-0141 Visit Website

M.B. Post

1142 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Eggslut

317 South Broadway, , CA 90013 (213) 625-0292 Visit Website

The Bellwether

13251 Ventura Boulevard, , CA 91604 (818) 285-8184 Visit Website

Republique

624 South La Brea Avenue, , CA 90036 (310) 362-6115 Visit Website

Love & Salt

317 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, , CA 90266 (310) 545-5252 Visit Website
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