Behind The Scenes at LA Food & Wine 2014!

Last week’s Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival was a whirlwind of tastings, dinners, chef demonstrations, and parties. Held mostly in and around LA’s newly trendy downtown, the 4th annual event brought together a bevy of awesome restaurants and uber-chefs.

Among them was Iron Chef Morimoto, Top Chef All Stars winner Richard Blaise, up-and-comer Nakul Mahendro, and popular Latin faves Lorena Garcia, Ricardo Zarate, and Michelle Bernstein. The metaphoric icing on the cake was a closing night performance by hip-hop trailblazer Common. In addition to serving up celebs, superstars and some seriously good eats, festival organizers donated a portion of profits to No Kid Hungry and Berkley Foundation.

We were there to soak in all the sun, fun, food and behind-the-scenes silliness that make these events so great. Here are a few highlights. Nos vemos en 2015 LAF&W!

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Amanda Cargill, Food Content Director, Latina Media Ventures, LLC

Amanda Cargill is the Food Content Director at Latina Media Ventures, where she oversees food- and spirits-related features in Latina Magazine and on and She has traveled extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Her work and travel have cultivated her palate and fostered a love of food and the stories it tells. She is also a former professional dancer who writes arts and entertainment reviews for domestic and international publications. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from UCLA.

Follow her on Twitter at @amandasi and on Instagram at @amandasi1

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