Sunday 29 July, 2012

Sunsets and S’mores: An Evening On The Beach

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When you get an invitation to the Jonathan Beach Club, you don't turn it down. Other than being the sister club to one of the oldest associations in Los Angeles, it also happens to be on prime Santa Monica sand. So when (Audi Presents) An Evening On The Beach asked me to help document their St. Vincent Meals on Wheels benefit, I took about 20 seconds to consider. Originally part of the American Wine and Food Festival (now otherwise replaced by LA Food&Wine), it's continued as an independent event, and why not? A great cause, a great location and some great talent combine to make a unique event. One particularly cool way it stood out and took advantage of the location: as day turned to night, a giant bonfire was lit in a sand pit, with huge platters of marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers for make your own s'mores (if you could stand the heat!). Fun.

I think the photos tell the story as well as any words could:

Chefs participating included: Jacqueline Buchanan of Laura Chenel Chevre, and Urbani Truffles, Sally Camacho of WP24, Jeff Cerciello of Farmshop Brentwood, Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City, Leslie Durso, VeggieDreamgirl.com, Mark Gold of Eva Restaurant, Michael Fiorelli of Mar’sel at Terranea Resort, John-Carlos Kuramoto with Michael McCarty of Michael’s Restaurant, Joe Miller of Joe’s Restaurant, Kris Morningstar of Ray’s and Stark Bar, Dahlia Narvaez of Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza, Mark Peel of Campanile, Paul Shoemaker of Savory, Kerry Simon and (Hell's Kitchen winner) Nona Sivley of LA Market Restaurant, Clark Staub of Full of Life Flatbread, and Mako Tanaka of Robata-Ya.

Some of the many wineries pouring included Bonny Doon, Domaine Serene, Dr. Loosen, Ferrari-Carrano, Foxen, Inception, Justin, Longboard, Malibu and Vines on the Marycrest.

And Sadie's mixologist Giovanni Martinez made cocktails featuring Pernod absinthe.


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