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Being Value Added

Hello Enthusiasts –

Well, as usual, I’m VERY far behind in updating you on the latest and greatest.  At last count, I have 4, count ’em, 4 places that I’ve been dying to update you on.  And I promise to do that … but, in the meantime, I wanted to prove once again that following this little vanity project does have its privileges.

The Second Annual LA Food & Wine Festival starts this Thursday and runs throughout the weekend.  There are events all over the City, but most of it takes place Downtown.  While the famous folks get the headlines (because they do, after all, sell tickets), you’ll note that a whole slew of respected chefs are involved with this thing.  Everyone from the biggies like Joachim Splichal and Michael Voltaggio, to the “you know them if you’re cool” chefs like Roy Choi and Bryant Ng.  Along with more wineries than you can shake a stick at.  (I’d like to see a bigger cocktail component added in, but I’m working on that for next year).

You can do everything from the big, festival-like tasting events with a ton of options and cheflebrities (just made that up) by the handful, to small, intimate lunches served to you by the biggest names in the business.  There are themed events, cooking demonstrations, blind wine tastings led by master sommeliers, ingredient-specific events, the whole nine.  If you read this blog, there will be SOMEthing that you’re interested in.

So now, you’re intrigued.  You COULD go to to check it out and buy your tickets, but then you’d be shopping with all the plebes, and who wants that?  You want to be special.  You want a little VIP treatment.  Don’t worry – your humble enthusiast has you covered.  YOU, you little VIP you, should use this link to check it out: .  When you go to buy your tickets, you’lll see that 20% has been knocked off the price.  Sure, some of the events are a little pricey, but undoubtedly worth it – and there are plenty that are still cool for those of you on a budget.

So stay tuned for more of my usual in the near future, but in the meantime, see you this weekend!  And … you’re welcome.