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