The Food Event

Saddlerock Ranch provided a cinematic backdrop for 42 restaurants, many glasses of wine, great music, a handful of camels, a lot of folks, and one cute baby zebra
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Our annual Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu (home to Malibu Family Wines—Saddlerock and Semler labels) was extremely well-attended. Thank you to everyone who dropped by for jars of polenta from Tra Di Noi, ground beef & pickle tacos from Malo/Mas Malo and smoked salmon & foie gras parfaits from Waterloo & City among many other dishes. It was our largest crowd yet (we all fit comfortably in the wide open space), and a beautifully sunny day in the ‘Bu. All the better to eat until all you could do was sit in the shade and watch the Semler (owner’s of the ranch and wineries) family’s llamas look at you quizzically. Chefs like Ricardo Zarate (Picca and Mo-Chica), Rory Herrmann (Bouchon BH), Zach Pollack and Steve Samson (Sotto) all did cooking demos while Voss handed out fancy waters and Herradura Tequila something stiffer. The Semler’s seemed to have more critters than normal in their large paddocks and the zebras had a zony (what do you call a baby zebra, I dub it a zony?) as did the llamas and there were oodles of horses, emus and camels. My fav quote of the day? A couple standing in front of all of the various large bird cages, I just caught a snippet of the convo as they walked away but the woman earnestly asked the fella, “Who is going to watch a peacock when we travel?” Pop in next year—plenty of room—the peacock will be waiting.

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      Picturesque Saddlerock Ranch

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      A big zebra and a not-so-big one

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      Glasses up

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      Emilio Estevez (representing his Casa Dumetz wine) and LAM’s Marketing Department Kendra Tio, Tracy Seng, Devon Kisgen and Cammeo Murray

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      The Cooking Channel’s Aida Mollenkamp

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      Lounging near the cupcake tent

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      LAM’s Editor-in-chief Mary Melton

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      Patina’s butternut squash soup

Photos courtesy Chris Schmitt and Forest Casey