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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Good Food Live

Man Playing the Didjeridoo

When I got an email last week inviting me to the Good Food Live event over the weekend, I didn't even think twice about it. I immediately started bouncing up and down in my chair causing curious looks from my coworkers. A couple of months ago is when I first heard of the weekend devoted to Aussie food, music, and culture, but I never purchased tickets even though I was dying to see Daniel Merriweather perform on Saturday and see the cooking demonstration on Sunday.

My weekend was pretty fab (I'm still recovering), but I managed to get myself dressed to head out into the first storm of the week to attend the rooftop event. Luckily, I wasn't without great company and I had Chrystal and Amir to entertain me as we tasted lamingtons and tried to figure out a way to do a full blown vacation to Australia on our limited budgets.

Little girl wih baby kangaroo

After a while we headed up to the rooftop for the main event. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that besides Curtis Stone, there were several other chefs and bar experts presenting their knowledge about Australian food and wine. First up was Gus McShane of Copa D'Oro in Santa Monica who besides being so adorable, mixed up some seriously good cocktails including a ginger drink with passion fruit.

Gus McShane and Evan Kleiman at Good Food Live

Then came Curtis Stone to look cute and talk about lamb. I got to try his herb crusted rack of lamb...perfectly cooked and seasoned, I couldn't get enough.

Project 365: Curtis Stone at Good Food Live 1/17/0

James Gosper then came on stage to talk wine and Peter Evans came to talk seafood and fattoush.

Evan Kleiman and Peter Evans

One thing I learned...Aussie chefs, sure are cute!!

I also got to meet (and see again) some more LA bloggers and writers including Lindsay, Sarah, Sook, and Lauren as well as the aforementioned Chrystal and Amir.

LA Food Bloggers with Curtis Stone at Good Food Live
(Photo by Sarah Spitz)

All in all, it was a fabulous day and I was thrilled to be invited. If you would like to view more photos of the event (mostly stalker-ish pictures of C. Stone), please visit my Flickr set.

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18 comments:

Erica said...

ah! So cool and I am so jealous! I listen to this show online every week!!! Looks like such a blast.

Dawn said...

you go to the best events, but that's what LA is all about.

Junglefrog said...

O lucky you!! And hmm, I gotta say; those Aussie chefs sure are cute!!

Maria said...

What a fun time! Glad you were able to go! Thanks for sharing!

Jessie said...

that is so cool you got to see Curtis Stone in person and have lots of great food too

yutjangsah said...

It was fun going down undah, eh mate? Hehee. Btw why do i always look deranged in photos? I look like a dingo ate ma babey! Ok i stop now. It was great meeting you!

Ravenous Couple said...

awww how fun!!! we we could have been there...

Mary said...

This is the kind of thing that could make me jealous :-) It sounds like a wonderful event and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. The pictures are terrific.

Diana said...

Sooo jealous! Can you stow me away in your bag next time? ;)

Jenn said...

Cool event!! Curtis stone...how I have huge crush on thee. sigh. lol. I loved watching his show on TLC. I remember walking into the whole foods near my house and he was there with his crew from Take Home Chef. I wish he had picked me, so I could have taken him home (at least for a couple of hours). hahaha...

Cute little kangaroo, too.

Sharon said...

Seriously? Where'd all those cute chefs come from? Paired with an Aussie accent, I'd definitely have a crush :)

The Duo Dishes said...

Ooooh, look at us! We had a blast. It'd be nice to have Curtis around to cook more lamb. :)

Memória said...

Great photos! I'm glad you had so much fun! You're so lucky. :)

Chef Fresco said...

Awesome! Looks like so much fun!!

Devon said...

Aussie chefs are cute and so is that baby kangaroo. How common is it to see one of those in Australia?

Koek! said...

Those chefs sure ARE cute!

The Food Librarian said...

Awesome event!!! What a great time!

Foodycat said...

I had a Curtis Stone cookbook for a while, but none of the recipes I tried worked, so I got rid of it. But he sure is cute!

Gorgeous little joey - did you get to pet?