It’s difficult to get a West Hollywood socialite to head downtown for any reason other than when the Lakers are going to lose to the Celtics, but being a diehard foodie and an art enthusiast can drag even the most reluctant west-sider inland.
I had heard rave reviews for Le Fooding Festivals in the past but never had the opportunity to attend. This year I tried my luck at tweeting for a chance to score two tickets to the Friday night event. Winning free admittance brings any venue up a few stars in my book, but it became quickly apparent that Le Fooding Festival at MOCA really didn’t need the bonus points.
The event was magical. MOCA in itself is a architectural gem with a gorgeous front courtyard grounds overlooking the cityscape. Add the top chefs from LA and Paris dishing out their most prized fares and Veuve Clicquot champagne and you’ve got a 5 star rating from me.
After being stamped the coveted FOODING across our hands we were given a handful of tickets redeemable at each of the sponsored vendors food tents. The food and drink stations were scattered around the perimeters while the Veuve Clicquot bar and a section of long picnic tables took center stage on the grassy grounds.
We headed straight inside to check out the claymation exhibit but got sidetracked at the photobooth. This was something a little out of the ordinary. You take the picture yourself then upload it to instagram and hashtag #fooding and it will automatically print out at the kiosk with the Le Fooding Festival border. Being able to choose which photo, and more importantly which filter, for a printed photo keepsake? Ingenious!
The exhibit was down right draw dropping. Urs Fischer transformed the museum wing into a physical clay depiction of his imagination, leaving no whim unmolded. From skulls to cats to entire villages, this was the most expansive and intricate clay exhbit I’ve ever seen.
Back outside for our glass of Veuve then off to sample each of the dainty yet exquisitely flavorful cuisines. If I had to chose a favorite, I’d have to give the award to Nancy Silverston from Mozza. But truthfully each dish was enjoyable. From lamb shoulder sliders to drinkable pizza paired with french cheeses to an array of rich desserts from Lemonade, the chefs pulled out no stops in bringing decadence and rich flavor to the fanciest picnic I’ve ever attended.
Aside from the food, the picnic tables and moseying across the lawn created a comfortable opportunity to network with like minded foodies, designers, and art lovers. A complimentary cup of coffee and one last bite of the salted caramel and fudge sandwich and we left full, happy and a little more cultured.
Thank you Le Fooding, not only for the tickets, but for seamlessly integrating the best of Paris and LA for a night I wont soon forget.