Award-winning chefs from around the country landed in the Santa Monica Barker Hangar over the Aug. 25-26 weekend, topping off the L.A. Food and Wine Festival with a multicultural movable feast.
Chef Barb Batiste of Big Boi brought along her portable mini food conveyer belt and treated guests to pork adobo with pork longganisa over garlic fried rice while chef Curtis Stone was shucking oysters nearby. Timothy Hollingsworth’s Otium sliders were going like hotcakes.
Among the James Beard Award–winning chefs, Mark Kiffin from Santa Fe served tuna tartare, while Michelle Bernstein from Miami’s Crumb on Parchment wrapped crispy shrimp-filled squash blossom tacos.
The award for longest line went to Preux & Proper chef Sammy Monsour, who couldn’t keep up with demand for his Colorado lamb ribs with Jamaican jerk rub, passion fruit-scotch bonnet BBQ and radish pickles.
Hendricks gin negronis and peach punch flowed generously as well as samples from vintners from around the world. Summer rosés bubbled everywhere. Miraval of Provence (the former Brangelina winery, now owned by Brad Pitt after Angelina Jolie sold her share) provided tastings alongside local winemakers like Fess Parker and Adelaida Vineyards.
Just a few of the endless sweet offerings came from chef Chris Santos (chocolate pot de creme with salted caramel from Beauty and Essex), Kristine de la Cruz of Frankie Lucy Bakeshop L.A. (purple yam pavlova with ube custard, bruleed graham cracker and Greek yogurt crumble) and Toney Tibay at Marti Chocolatt in L.A. (summer chocolate petit fours).