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The Food Event 2012

Our ninth annual culinary extravaganza featuring celebrity chefs, top restaurants, and wine and spirits tastings


Watch highlights from last year’s event

Sunday, October 19

Must be 21 years or older to attend
Infants, children and pets will not be admitted

Host Partner:
Saddlerock Ranch Malibu
Home to Malibu Family Wines
Producers of Saddlerock and Semler wines

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Lesley Bargar Suter

Lesley Bargar Suter, who oversees the dining and food listings in Los Angeles, began her career at the music magazine Filter where she served as a Staff Writer and Associate editor. In 2005, she became Editor-in-Chief for the alternative weekly newspaper L.A. Alternative. While there she oversaw all aspects of its cultural and political coverage, supervised the paper’s transition from bi-weekly to weekly, and orchestrated a full redesign.

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John Rivera Sedlar

John Rivera Sedlar literally wrote the book on Modern Southwest Cuisine. Sedlar grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and also spent three years in the Spanish cities of Sevilla and Zaragoza. In his early 20s, Sedlar gained acclaim as a chef in the South Bay region of Southern California. He then apprenticed himself to legendary French chef Jean Bertranou of L'Ermitage in Los Angeles, where he mastered classic techniques while evolving his own approach to cooking. Sedlar's awards and recognitions include selection among the Top Ten Chefs in America and the First Annual Culinary Arts Hall of Fame Awards, and a place on Food and Wine Magazine's Honor Roll of American Chefs. Having traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Latin America, and Spain to study Latin food traditions first-hand, he is also the creator and founder of the first Latino food museum in the United States, Museum Tamal.

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Claire Thomas

Claire Thomas is best known for being a twenty-something food enthusiast, host of her own TV show, Food For Thought With Claire Thomas and the voice and creator behind the popular website, The Kitchy  Claire's first cookbook will be released in 2014.

Claire gained much of her early success and exposure via her website, utilizing it as the experimental playground in which she used her incurable curiosity to taste, create and study anything and everything about food.  On the site, you can find her very entertaining yet humorous posts, along with photos and videos of tasty foods (all shot by Claire), recipes and interviews with top wine connoisseurs, food specialists, restaurant chefs and much more.

In addition to her TV show and website Claire is also an acclaimed food stylist and food photographer having worked on several major campaigns.  She is also a highly sought after commercial director, having directed spots for McDonald’s, General Mills, Pepperidge Farms, Miracle Whip, Del Taco and Chobani to name a few. Her extensive commercial directing has enabled her to become a member of the prestigious DGA (Director's Guild of America).  

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Bill Esparza

Esparza is a professional musician, writer, and blogger whose travels throughout Latin America have made him a leading expert on Latin American cuisines. He fell in love with Mexican cooking at his grandmother's table and on childhood trips to his family's hometown of Aguascalientes, Mexico, where he was introduced to street food. His original style of writing and passion for culture have made Esparza a go-to source for magazines, newspapers, and food travel shows. His knowledge has been acquired the old-fashioned way, from firsthand experience on the streets and at the stands and markets of Los Angeles, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.

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Sang Yoon

Born in Seoul, Korea and raised in L.A., Sang Yoon developed a lifelong passion for fresh ingredients and creative culinary techniques. After cultivating his skill set under some of the world¹s most renowned chefs including Jeremiah Tower, Gray Kunz, Joel Robuchon, and Wolfgang Puck, Yoon struck out on his own in 2000 by renovating Father’s Office, his favorite local dive bar in Santa Monica.  Father’s Office trailblazed the national gastro pub movement and has received critical and popular acclaim for its signature craft brew selection and proprietary “Office Burger” from USA Today, Esquire, the TODAY Show, Food + Wine magazine, and National Public Radio.   In 2008 Yoon opened a second Father¹s Office 2.0 in Culver City, California, where he expanded the beer program to include wines on tap and in February 2011, Yoon returned to his fine-dining sensibilities with Lukshon, a modern Southeast Asian concept.  Yoon is a cast member of Bravo¹s Top Chef Masters Season Five and will debut an updated version of L.A.¹s iconic Helms Bakery with prolific pastry chef Sherry Yard in 2014.

David LeFevre

Chef David LeFevre, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, and graduate of the renowned Culinary Institute of America, began his professional culinary career as an intern at Chef Charlie Trotter’s celebrated restaurant in Chicago where he steadily rose the ranks over the course of seven years - punctuated with stages in France including the late Bernard Loiseau’s restaurant, La Côte d’Or, Restaurant Jean Bardet and Roger Vergé’s Le Moulin de Mougins.

In 2002, LeFevre decided to explore new and exotic cuisines, which launched him on a two year globetrotting experience all over Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, the Caribbean, and Europe. Upon returning in 2004, LeFevre was recruited as Executive Chef of downtown Los Angeles’ seminal seafood restaurant, Water Grill where he remained for six years, earning a coveted Michelin star.

At his first restaurant Manhattan Beach Post (M.B. Post), LeFevre returned to his roots with a highly personal and soulful restaurant offering a more rustic menu of playful, artisanal dishes complemented by artfully crafted cocktails and small production wines.  Opened in April of 2011, M.B. Post was named one of Los Angeles Magazine’s 2011 Best New Restaurants, 10 Most Memorable Meals by the Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila, and 10 Best Dishes of 2011 by LA Weekly restaurant critic Jonathan Gold.  M.B. Post was also a semifinalist for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards in the Best New Restaurant and Best Chef Pacific categories, and 2013 semifinalist for Best Chef West.

Now with Fishing with Dynamite, LeFevre celebrates summers spent on Virginia's Eastern Shore and SoCal's vibrant beach communities with a menu that features only the most pristine seafood.  Like M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite is a reflection of LeFevre's roots, his travels and his three culinary touchstones - preparing food that is artisanal, soulful and handcrafted .

Duff Goldman

Chef Duff Goldman started working for acclaimed Baltimore Chef Cindy Wolf while attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After graduating with degrees in history and philosophy, Goldman left Baltimore to study pastry at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, CA. While in Napa, Goldman staged at the French Laundry, working under acclaimed Pastry Chef Steven Durfee. Following graduation, Goldman left Northern California to become executive pastry chef of the Vail Cascade Hotel and Resort in the mountains of Vail, CO. While in Colorado, he worked with such notable chefs as Jesse Llapitan, now executive chef of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, and Jason Rogers, now at the Borgata of Atlantic City, NJ.

Goldman left Colorado to cook and bake bread for Todd English’s Olives in Washington, D.C., and worked under Executive Chef Steve Mannino. Goldman’s entrepreneurial spirit took him back to Baltimore in 2000, when he finally realized his dream and launched Charm City Cakes out of his apartment. He wasn’t there very long; as word-of-mouth spread, and the media and even the health department all began to take an interest, he soon found himself in a real bakery of his very own. Increased coverage in the press and a growing clients list helped propel Goldman into an even larger location: an old church he retrofitted into his current modern bakery in the Remington area of his adopted hometown, establishing Charm City Cakes as it is known today.

As word got out about his unusual and daring cakes, Goldman hired staff with more artistic experience than the typical pastry chef, including painters, architects, and sculptors. His out-of-the-ordinary team produces highly creative cakes, such as Star Wars characters, vehicles, a replica of the Stanley Cup, a working life-size motorcycle, and a Hogwarts Castle for Warner Brothers’ premiere of “Harry Potter.”

Following several appearances on its cake competition “Challenge” series, in 2006, Food Network tapped Goldman and his fellow cake artists at Charm City Cakes to star in “Ace of Cakes.” After six years and 10 seasons, the show is popular in more than 40 countries worldwide. In 2011, the show premiered in the United Kingdom, drawing record numbers for Food Network’s latest overseas venture, Food Network UK.

In addition to his work on “Ace of Cakes,” Goldman also stars in the Food Network series “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”; has been featured in episodes of “Iron Chef America,” “The Next Food Network Star,” “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Drives,” “Chefs vs. City,” “Cupcake Wars,” and “Chopped”; and has just completed several guest-starring roles in both TV and film. Goldman’s cake work has also been featured on “Oprah,” “Good Morning America,” Fox News, CNN, the “Today” show, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and more.

Chef Goldman made his first foray into the publishing world in 2009 with the New York Times bestseller, “Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes” (William Morrow Cookbooks).

Goldman then took on “Sugar High,” a show on the Food Network in 2011 that chronicled his cross-country trek to capture the sweet secrets and tasty techniques that keep the cookies from crumbling in the top bakeries around the nation. Goldman visited a bevy of sweet spots ranging from diners and curbside snow-cone machines to food carts and boutique bakeries, getting a full view of what it takes to sweeten up any soiree.

In July 2012, Goldman also partnered with the YouTube channel Hungry, on which viewers can tune into his adventures with food challenges, food pranks, cake tips, edible art, and more.

In 2012, Goldman’s Cakemix opened its doors in Los Angeles. The one-stop cake decorating shop allows visitors to decorate their own cakes.

In addition to owning and operating Charm City Cakes, Charm City Cakes West and Cakemix, Goldman is also a sculptor, artist and musician, playing bass for the indie instrumental band Sand Ox, and has an affinity for wearing his signature hockey jerseys. In 2011, Goldman was nominated for two James Beard Foundation awards for both Best TV Food Personality/Host and Best Television Program. Most recently, Goldman produced and appeared on E! Entertainment’s new TV show “LA Sugar.”