Lingering too long at a single restaurant results in legs falling asleep, food going cold, and the maitre d' building a nest from patrons' belongings. Dodge stagnant dining with today's Groupon to the LA Epicurean Festival on August 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Sofitel Los Angeles. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get one general-admission ticket (a $75 value). General admission includes:
- Food and wine pairings
- Live entertainment
- Mixology and food demonstrations
- For $50, you get one VIP ticket (a $100 value). VIP admission includes:
- Everything included in general admission
- Entrance to the VIP Simon LA cabana lounge with cognac and Armagnac tasting
- Cigar tasting at the Sofitel
The second-annual LA Epicurean Festival brings foodies and the food-curious to the luxe Sofitel LA to sample more than 500 varieties of bon-vivant provender and take in a bevy of demonstrations. Tastings and seminars abound, with expert oenologists elucidating the finer points of discerning vintage wines from leftover Capri Sun. Foray into edible alchemy demos from notable chefs such as sushi-sage Keizo Ishiba and sous-vide superstar JF Meteigner. Visitors can get interactive with a bounty of toothsome treats from exhibitors proffering all manner of samples, including boutique wines and spirits, charcuterie, and organic chocolates, each available to take home.
Scope the program for notable attractions, like the Epicurean Cup from 2 p.m.–4 p.m., where three teams compete in categories such as mixology and pastry chef-ing in front of celebrity-judges including Michel Richard of Citronelle and Franck Savoy of Caesars Palace. VIPs can head over to the Simon LA restaurant cabana lounge to enjoy, like a 1950s surgeon mid-operation, an array of cognac, armagnac, and ataraxic cigars.