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Multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Common at LA Food & Wine Festival

LOS ANGELES, August 21-24, 2014. As part of the four-day festivities of the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, chef Michael Chiarello hosted ‘LEXUS Presents Live on Grand’ featuring food and wine from 25 celebrated chefs from around the country serving their signature dishes. ‘LEXUS Live on Grand’ was one of the many stellar epicurean events guests experienced at the fourth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival with festivities held in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica, as well as Downtown Los Angeles along Grand Avenue in the epicenter of the city. Taking place August 21-24, this highly-anticipated event brought together talent from both the entertainment and culinary worlds to celebrate the very best in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles.

The kicked off opening night with “Ultimate Bites of L.A.” presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® and hosted by Graham Elliot. The event brought together chefs from Downtown L.A., Westside, Hollywood and Mid-City/Beverly Hills to participate in the first-ever Chase Sapphire Preferred® chef challenge with proceeds benefitting charity, along with the ultimate walk-around tasting event. Guests had the opportunity to sample dishes from several of the city’s most exciting culinary neighborhoods.

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE, CEO & Founder David Bernahl, host Michael Chiarello, brought many celebrity chefs and talent such as Kaleo Adams, Tanya Baker, William Bradley, Lincoln Carson, Chad Colby, Joseph Conrad, John Cox, Ben Ford, Neal Fraser, Fabian Gallardo, Lorena Garcia, Adrian Giese, Jonathan Grahm, Timothy Hollingsworth, Wesley Holton, Walter Manzke, Viet Pham, Alex Reznik, Steve Samson, Nancy Silverton, Gregorio Stephenson, Ernesto Uchimura, Bart Vandaele, Marcel Vigneron, and more, along with celebrity guests Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory), David Walton (About a Boy), Betsy Landin (Dolphin Tale 2),Blair Redford (Satisfaction), Jamie Gray Hyder (Graceland), Model Jessica Serfaty, Ralph Rieckermann (Scorpions), Jeff Blue (Linkin Park), How2Girl Courtney Bingham-Sixx, and more, plus a special performance by multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Common.

Some of the delicatessens presented by chefs and wineries were: STK Los Angeles delicious Aged NY STK Heirloom Corn Salad, Fishing w/ Dynamite Cold Poached Passmore Ranch Sturgeon Tiny Beets Citrus Horseradish & Dill, great chocolates with a shot by Rose.Rabbit.Lie in Las Vegas, Yellowtail Tiradito from Peruvian Picca Cantina, Riesling wine from Bonny Doon Vineyards whose owner has been one of greatest innovators in the wine industry, tasty one-of-a-kind limited-edition Cabernet Rose from Malbec & Malbec Cellars, delicious Risotto from Oliverio at Avalon Hotel, and La Vecchia Braised Veal Cheeks & Creamy Black Truffle Polentia.

Now in its fourth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Based amid one of the country’s foremost cultural destinations along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents. The star-studded culinary lineup has offered guests access to some of the nation’s most celebrated chefs including the likes of as Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis, Daniel Boulud, Tyler Florence, Scott Conant, Michael Chiarello, and local LA favorites like David Lefevre, Michael Voltaggio, Nobu Matsuhisa, Joachim Splichal, Ray Garcia, Ricardo Zarate, and many more. The Festival is presented with generous support from Founding Partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, as well as major partners Chase Sapphire Preferred®, Delta Air Lines, JENN-AIR and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. For more information, please visit www.lafw.com.