A CONGRESS OF THE EPICUREAN ELITE GATHER IN LOS ANGELES FOR
THE SECOND ANNUAL LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE, FROM AUGUST 9-12
The City of Angels sets the stage for this exclusive happening, bringing together
today’s most influential chefs and winemakers
(LOS ANGELES, CA; March 15, 2012)—Coastal Luxury Management (CLM), in partnership with AEG, Chef Wolfgang Puck, and dick clark productions (dcp) are pleased to announce the return of Los Angeles Food & Wine August 9-12, 2012, presented by FOOD & WINE magazine. The event will be headquartered at L.A. LIVE, and additional locations throughout Los Angeles will play host to the country’s premier gathering of culinary, beverage, and entertainment talent during the second annual weekend-long event, including the return of the Lexus Grand Tastings and Lexus LIVE on the Plaza. Guests at Los Angeles Food & Wine, which carries on the 30 years of tradition from Wolfgang Puck’s American Wine & Food Festival and benefits St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels, can expect unique and unprecedented culinary experiences, demonstrations, and mixology showcases from an exclusive gathering of internationally-renowned chefs and wineries.
CLM, founders of the prestigious Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Chef Puck, dcp, and AEG created Los Angeles Food & Wine (LAFW) to continue Puck’s charitable mission while showcasing the city’s epicurean elite alongside some of the best chefs from around the globe.
“Last year’s inaugural event highlighted the connection between Hollywood celebrities and the most well-recognized chefs and winemakers, and brought in an additional $4.9 million to the L.A. economy as well as $400,000 for Meals on Wheels,” says Robert Weakley, co-founder and partner of CLM. “We’re thrilled to be presenting the Second Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine in what has become one of the country’s most influential food cities and to celebrate L.A.’s rich culinary culture.”
Sister Alice Marie Quinn, director of St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels, articulates the impact of the festival that “helped bring meals to thousands of homebound seniors and vulnerable residents of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Food & Wine’s support carries on the generosity we received for many years from the American Food & Wine Festival, and we are grateful for the continued opportunity to be a part of the event.”
LAFW brings together chefs, winemakers, mixologists, and entertainers from Los Angeles and beyond. The event is led this year by the newest Coastal Luxury Management team member, LAFW Executive Director Caryl Chinn, former executive producer of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. The partnership with AEG and L.A. LIVE provides access to some of the best venues in Los Angeles, while additional venues in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Hollywood showcase the city’s diverse cultural areas.
“LAFW is one of the only culinary and wine events in the U.S. to showcase great food and drink on such a large-scale, pulling from the unique culinary landscape of the city,” adds Lee Zeidman, senior vice president and general manager, STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre, and L.A. LIVE. “We’re looking forward to adding new, exciting venues to the event, and continuing to exceed our guests’ expectations in the years to come.” Tickets for the Second Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine will be on sale in April 2012. Los Angeles Food & Wine 2011 highlights and information on participants, event line-up, and purchasing tickets, as confirmed, is available at www.lafw.com.
About Coastal Luxury Management
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.
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.