East L.A. Meets Napa Celebrates 10 Years with a Toast to Bordeaux

Wine from France, birria from East L.A., and a taste of Baja? Sounds like a party

On July 17th, East LA Meets Napa will raise a glass—with burritos in hand—to Bordeaux. The annual Alta Med benefit, which raises money to provide health care for Latinos, multi-ethnic, and underserved communities in Southern California, will once again be held at Union Station, and in addition to its usual focus on Napa wines, this year they’ll also be celebrating wines from the Bordeaux region. Never having been strict in its geography (Latino restaurants from all over town, not just East L.A., participate), East LA Meets Napa 2015 will present two new food jurisdictions as well: Baja and Santa Fe.

That’s right. John Sedlar, a founding chef of the event, will be in town representing Eloisa, his new Santa Fe restaurant while chef Drew Deckman of Valle de Guadalupe’s Deckman’s en el Mogor will bring his brand of Mexican wine-country cuisine to Union Station. Both chefs were present for East LA Meets Napa at the Consul General of France a few weeks ago to preview dishes that will be paired with Bordeaux in July—plus macaroons for dessert, of course.

Chef Drew Deckman at the Consul General of France
Chef Drew Deckman at the Consul General of France previewing dishes for the upcoming East L.A. Meets Napa & Bordeaux

Photograph by Bill Esparza

East LA Meets Napa & Bordeaux (they changed the name up a little this year) will be a night of Latin cuisine, with an emphasis on the Mexican-American food scene in East L.A. Over 30 restaurants and 30 wineries will be present—wines from Napa, Baja, and France will be paired with mole, birria, modern Southwestern and Baja cuisines, cochinita pibil, and even burritos. Yes, the theme is a stretch, but L.A.’s original Latino gastronomy event always delivers delicious food, tasty wines, and plenty of salsa dancing to work off that Hollenbeck (the famous burrito from El Tepeyec) in the timeless setting of DTLA’s Union Station, all for a great cause.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite: Early Bird (by July 5) tickets are $150, general admission is $200 per person, and the Irresistible Lounge hosted by Gabriela Dias costs $300 a ticket.

redarrow10th Annual East LA Meets Napa & Bordeaux takes place Friday, July 17, 2015, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Union Station, 800 North Alameda Street. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Romero at (323) 622-2405 or [email protected].