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Chillin' Out at the Los Angeles Magazine Food Event

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Probably one of the best food events of its kind, this past Sunday food and drink enthusiasts took to the hills of Malibu to experience the annual Los Angeles Magazine Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch.

Despite the chilly, damp weather, hundreds of people filled the green fields of Malibu Family Wines' welcoming vineyard sprawl, adjacent to pens filled with friendly horses and in the shadow of the fog-shrouded hills. Under tents, chefs, restaurants, and food and drink sponsors, served up tasty plates and cups to attendees who could also relax in the conversation lounge and listen to food experts chat in panel sessions, or simply find a cozy spot to sit down to sip and snack.

Some vendors sadly ran out before the day was done, and coupled with the plentiful bounty on offer, eating each and everything up for grabs was a noble, but ultimately fruitless, pursuit. The best of the best savory bites turned out to both be braised beef dishes, the first of which was Westside Tavern's "like butta" shortrib crostini with horseradish cream sauce, the second the gorgeous, colorful plate of melt-in-your-mouth veal cheeks from the soon-to-open Public at the Hollywood Roosevelt, served with fingerling potatoes, a dazzling salsa verde, and ribbons of gorgeous watermelon radish.