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Dessert Decadence Rehash & Photo Essay

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Last Sunday night, whilst many Angelenos were trying to make complete sentences out of what was left between all the bleeps heard during the MTV Movie Awards, I was down by the beach at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica, checking out an event called "Dessert Decadence." Billed as a sunset poolside minglefest, the event featured neither a sunset (too overcast and ran from 5-8, just a bit too early) nor a poolside (we were inside our "designated area" within Ocean & Vine restaurant and could see the pool beyond a few sets of doors) and the minglefest was more an elbow-tangle.

It was a sell-out night--and, man, was it crowded. We were all there to taste the wares from some of LA's best restaurants, bakeries, and caterers (Angelato Cafe, Breadworks, Cafe Del Rey, Cannoli Kings, Chunkomunko, Compartes Chocolates, Essential Chocolates, The Farm and Yummy Cupcakes) and sample the hooch from over a dozen wineries (including Blackhand Cellars, Glessinger, Midlife Crisis Winery, Summerland Winery, and Vina Robles, and more). The shindig was put on by CozmoCard--the same folks who orchestrated last year's tremendously enjoyable Vegas in LA food event. I tried my best to balance a wine glass, a tiny plastic plate of goodies and my camera in my hands while not inadvertently re-enacting a mosh-pit scenario as I manoevered my way from table to table. I even discovered I had the ability to make a cannoli materialize from thin air. Oh, what a night!

Highlights, lowlights, and more photographic evidence of my epic(urean) adventure after the jump...