Los Angeles Food & Wine to Debut October 2011 New Culinary Festival Presented by American Express Publishing and co-founding sponsor Lexus Celebrity Chefs and Hollywood Unite

LOS ANGELES, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospitality entrepreneurs and founders of Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Robert Weakley and David Alan Bernahl of Coastal Luxury Management, together with dick clark productions (dcp) and AEG announce the debut of Los Angeles Food & Wine, coming October 2011 to L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports & entertainment district and other locations throughout the city of Los Angeles.  This new breed of culinary festival will gather all-star talent from both the entertainment and culinary platforms to celebrate the very best in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles.  More than 100 celebrity chefs will lead demonstrations, seminars, lunches, dinners, and dedicated after-hours events featuring tastings from over 300 premier international wineries.  Famed chefs participating in the citywide celebration are among the country's finest, including Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton, Masaharu Morimoto, Tyler Florence, Michael Chiarello, Michael Mina, Sang Yoon, David Myers, Rory Herrmann, Walter Manzke, Sherry Yard, Josiah Citrin, David Myers and Ludo Lefebvre.

"LAFW will capture both the incredible epicurean caliber found in Los Angeles and the celebrity achieved by today's food and wine leaders.  Pairing these talents with the world of Hollywood is a rare combination," says CLM President and co-founder Rob Weakley.  Chef Wolfgang Puck adds "It has been my pleasure and honor to host the American Wine & Food Festival for nearly 30 years, benefiting the Los Angeles Chapters of Meals on Wheels, one of the city's most important hunger-relief organizations.  I couldn't be happier to continue with this great organization and evolve the festival by ushering in this fresh, new concept. The quality of talent and content that CLM, dick clark productions, and AEG bring to the table is extraordinary and will continue to raise awareness for our amazing culinary community."

Chef Thomas Keller says, "I am proud to take part in the first Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival this coming October.  My team at Bouchon is eager to partner with Coastal Luxury Management, along with our restaurant colleagues in the area, in establishing this as one of the premiere gastronomic events in the country."

"Los Angeles is one of the true epicenters of the culinary and entertainment industries," said Andrew Schleimer, dcp's Executive Vice President, Strategic Development. "Given dcp's exclusive Hollywood access and experience, we look forward to leveraging our relationships with talent from both industries to launch the next premiere food event in the nation."

"The inaugural Los Angeles Food & Wine promises to be a signature event for LA and L.A. LIVE," says Scott Hanley, Vice President of Events, AEG & L.A. LIVE.  "We are honored to be partnering with Coastal Luxury Management and dick clark productions, each of which has a proven track record for producing first class events."  "Bringing the best chefs, winemakers, entertainers and guests from around the world to L.A. LIVE, a preeminent venue already established as a renowned culinary and event destination, will make this a one-of-a-kind experience."

LAFW, presented by American Express Publishing, is a four-day epicurean event taking place October 13-16, 2011 that matches celebrities from television, film, music and sport with celebrity chefs with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Los Angeles Chapters of Meals On Wheels.  Based at the internationally famous LA Live complex as well as locations throughout the city including Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Food & Wine sets the stage as the first crossover culinary event in the country featuring celebrated food and entertainment personalities.  

Please visit www.lafw.com  or further information and to be among the first to learn when tickets will be on sale.

About Coastal Luxury Management

Coastal Luxury Management is a California-based corporation that focuses on acquiring, building, and managing unique opportunities in the hospitality sector. Currently CLM owns and operates Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a 4-day culinary celebration that redefines luxury epicurean events, Harvest Farm-to-Table, and the upcoming Los Angeles Food & Wine.  In addition, CLM features a dedicated restaurant division including Cannery Row Brewing Company (opened 2010) and in summer 2011, will debut Restaurant 1833, a rustically refined restaurant located in the former Stokes Adobe, with a menu highlighting regionally specific ingredients; the two-story restaurant is a design-forward space with regal, turn-of-the-century elements in each of the six interior spaces.  For more information about Coastal Luxury Management, please visit www.coastalluxurymanagement.com.

About dick clark productions, inc.

Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, inc. (dcp) is a leading independent producer of television programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the "American Music Awards," "Golden Globe Awards," "Academy of Country Music Awards," and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest."  dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including "So You Think You Can Dance," and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of "American Bandstand" footage.  For additional information about dcp, please visit www.dickclarkproductions.com.

About L.A. LIVE

Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 5.9 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports & entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring the recently opened Club Nokia, a 2,300 capacity live music venue, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat live theatre, a 54-story, 1001-room convention "headquarters" destination (featuring The Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott hotels and 224 luxury condominiums – The Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE – all in a single tower) , the state-of-the-are Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theatres, "broadcast" facilities for ESPN, a 100,000 sf special events deck, the one-of-a-kind GRAMMY Museum®, saluting the history of music and the genre's best know awards show all centered around Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE, a 40,000 sf outdoor event space, twelve signature restaurants along with entertainment, residential and office space.

Media Contacts:

Baltz & Company for Coastal Luxury Management
Chloe Mata Crane/ 212-300-7102/ cmcrane@baltzco.com
Vanessa Vega/ 646-387-1749/ vvega@baltzco.com
dick clark productions, inc.
Lynda Dorf/ 424-645-4620/ ldorf@dickclark.com
Brian Rubin/ 310-225-4602/ brubin@dickclark.com
AEG
Michael Roth/ 213-742-7155/ mroth@aeg-la.com

SOURCE Coastal Luxury Management



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