The 23rd Annual American Wine & Food Festival

Many of the SPRITS Sponsors Offered Cool Drinks From Ice Sculptures

The 23rd Annual American Wine & Food Festival was held on September 24, 2005, at Universal Studios' back lot. It featured 55 renowned chefs and more than 60 fine wine and spirit purveyors. Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff Brought Together the World's Most Talented Chefs, Wine and Spirit Purveyors for this Spectacular Culinary Event.

Paul Prudhomme of K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen - Bobby Flay of Mesa Grill

Founded by Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff in 1982, the Festival's impressive roster of 55 celebrity chefs, incomparable cuisine, world-class wines and spirits, and dynamic entertainment have made it one of the most exciting and eagerly anticipated benefits in all of Southern California.

Wonder Bread had a long line - Mexican food for anyone?

There is not enough stomach, let alone eyes, to handle the mountains of gourmet foods, wines and spirits offered at the amazing event. Not eating the day of the event did me no good, taking really small tastes of the glorious food did not leave me any where near enough room. Oh well, next year I will start at the end & work to the front. Then the next year I will start at the middle, etc. you get the idea.

Foods a Plenty

Plates of Delicious Food & More & More & More Plates

Casseroles & more Casseroles

Food & Dessert

I was surrounded by table after table after table offering delicious unique gourmet taste treats, peppered with the finest wines and spirits, and lets not talk about the fabulous desserts! I always thought there was always room for dessert and this time I tried but just could not keep tasting the endless amounts of incredible food. I was finally forced to just look and imagine what things must have tasted like. 55 of the worlds most famous chefs who are at the top of their field along with their staff, were constantly busy preparing their amazing unique dishes, always with a smile on their faces and willing to have photos taken with their adoring fans.

Mouth Watering Desserts

Patron and Truffles


Eat, Eat, What's a Matta., you no Likea the Food?

Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Matt Bencivenga, Thomas Boyce, David Burke, Floyd Cardoz, Sam Choy, Tom Colicchio, Gary Danko, Robert Del Grande, Luis Diaz, Lissa Doumani, Eddie Echoes, Todd English, Walter Ferretto, Bobby Flay, Michael Ginor, Suzanne Griswold, Vincent Guerithault, Kerry Heffernan, Lee Hefter, Christopher Lee, Steven Lewandowski, Nobu Matsuhisa, Jennifer Naylor, Drew Nieporent, Bradley Ogden, Frank Ostini, Francois Payard, Mark Peel, Luciano Pellegrini, Stan Perkins, Alfred Portale, Stephan Pyles, Eric Ripert, David Robins, Mitch Rosenthal, Steve Rosenthal, Stephen Samson, Jimmy Schmidt, Piero Selvaggio, Lydia Shire, Nancy Silverton, Hiro Sone, Joachim Splichal, Robert Stettler, Norman Van Aken, Yuji Wakiya, Jonathan Waxman, Jasper White, Sherry Yard and Alan Wong

Making Fresh Mozzarella – More & More Food

Four Seasons – Maui & BBQ Ribs

Pastas & Chefs from Wolfgang Pucks

The heroic efforts of restaurateurs from New Orleans and Houston among others, were a poignant reminder of the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. It is a true testament to the giving nature of these heroes that even when they are facing their own unimaginable hardships, they still make the monumentous efforts to come to LA and set up their stands and create their magic to help the needy at Meals on Wheels. My hats off to all of them! Among them, Chef Paul Prudhomme of K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen Magic Seasoning Blends.

Lots of Barbeque & Even Lobsters

The festival also featured the hottest lounge in town by 10 Cane Rum and Fine Living. In addition to dramatic lighting and hip furnishings, this year's Lounge highlights included a fabulous blues band, 'after hours' drink prepared by Tony Abou Ganim of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, and tasty morsels from Spago's lively and talented pastry chef, Sherry Yard. 

One of the great Chefs - Lawrence Davis & Courtney Fine of Fine Living

A Marshmallow Mountain & getting my Marshmallow Browned

Marshmallow Mountain & the Chef with one of the Best Desserts

As a result of their efforts on behalf of Meals on Wheels, the Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck, renowned for feeding Hollywood glamour at the annual post-Oscar extravaganza, and leading restaurant designer Barbara Lazaroff, are also celebrated for their philanthropic spirit. Mmm let me dream, an Austrian born man could be Governor of California!! And just think, if that Austrian born man were Wolfgang, we would never have to worry about food or the charitable needs of our state because he would certainly take care of those problems in gourmet style! But back to reality, Wolfgang, along with Barbara Lazaroff do more the help the needy than anyone else I know!

Barbara Lazaroff giving a Thank You Speech & signs of autumn

The Maestro Himself - Selflessly Helping Others

Barbara Lazaroff & Lawrence Davis - Skyy 90 Table

Since its inception in 1982, the Wolfgang Puck-Barbara Lazaroff, charitable foundation has supported the American Wine and Food Festival, raising more than $11 million for Los Angeles chapters of Meals on Wheels, the largest privately funded organization of its kind in the country. Meals on Wheels serves a million meals to Los Angeles' homebound senior citizens, disabled and terminally ill patients each year. With 2,200 guests, last year's Festival set a new record for attendance and grossed an unprecedented $1.1 million for the Los Angeles Chapters of Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels is the largest privately-funded organization of its kind in the country. 

If you only take part in one charity event for you and your family, make it the next, The 24th Annual Food & Wine Festival! Its an experience you will not easily forget!

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Photos by Lawrence Davis


Air New Zealand
Ajman Kempinski Hotel & Resort - Ajman, United Arab Emirates
American Airlines
The Beach House - Barbuda
Bouchee - Carmel Valley
The Capitol Hotel - London
Carneros Inn Napa Valley
Casa Natalia -  Los Cabos
Pamela Richmond Cassis Travel
Cotswold House - Gloucestershire, UK
Culinary Tour for 2 People of Boston
With Your Personal Tour Guide
Down Under Answers
El Encanto - Santa Barbara
Elk Mountain Resort - Montana
Evanson Hideaway - Hua Hin
Exotic Escapes
Four Seasons - Maui
Grand Hotel, Wien-Vienna
Gritti Palace - Venice
Hanzell Vineyards Private Tour
Hendry Vineyard Tour - Napa
Hess Collection Winery VIP tour
Hotel St. Paul - St. Paul de Vence, France
Hotel Andra - Seattle
Hotel Plaza Athenee - Paris
The Huntington Hotel, San Francisco
Intercontinental - Tahiti & Moorea
Judd's Hill Tour & Tasting, St Helena
La Samanna - St Martin, French West Indies
Lydia Shire Chef/Owner Dinner At Her Venerable Locke-Ober,
(Champagne At Clio and Dinner At Excelsior
With personalised gifts from Lydia to take home
- A once in a lifetime experience with accomodations at the Ritz-Carlton Boston)
Kahala Mandarin Oriental  - Honolulu
L'Auberge - Carmel
L' Auberge - Sedona
La Costa
L'Hotel de Serg - Paris
Mandalay Bay
MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons - London
Meadowood - Napa Valley
Mollies - Christchurch, New Zealand
The Montage - Laguna
The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Pacific Palms Golf Resort & Conference Center
The One & Only Palmilla - Los Cabos
Orient -Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises
Peninsula  - Beverly Hills
Peninsula New York
Raffles Resort, Canouan Island - The Grenadines
Ravenswood Vineyards - Napa
Ritz Carlton - Boston
Ritz Carlton Jamaica
Royal Dauvi  - Fiji
Royalton Hotel, New York
Silver Oak Vineyards - Oakville
Six Senses, USA
Small Luxury Hotels of the World
South Beach Wine & Food Festival - Miami
Hotel San Regis - Paris
Turnbull Wine Cellars Guesthouse stay with
VIP Tour & Tasting, Napa
Viceroy - Santa Monica
Zacamesa Vineyard Retreat Santa Ynez
Gourmet products to grace any amateur chef's kitchen
from olive oil to complete cookware sets

Chef's Basket - Sherry Yard
Chef's, Inc.
Designs by David
Donna Marie Kent
Eric Ripert Book & Basket
The French Laundry
Fronterra Grill
Godiva Chocolate
Godiva Chocolatier
Home Shopping Network
Hudson Valley Foie Gras
La Brea Bakery
LIfetime Brands
Lunch for 2 With Your Favorite
K-Mozart 105.1 Announcer
Melanie Taylor Kent
The Olive Press - Sonoma
Peet's Coffee
Playboy Enterprises
Staub USA, Inc.
Tiffany & Co.
Todd English - Chef's Basket
Velo Chocolate
WP Appliances Inc.
WP Coffee
WP Productions, Inc.

Dinner for 25 provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering & Events
Dinner for 6 at Chinois on Main with custom menu and wine pairings
Many more unique dining experiences at the following:
Alan Wong's - Honolulu, Hawaii
The Cheesecake Factory
Chez Mimi
Chaya Venice
Chinois Las Vegas
Eleven Madison Park
Fogo de Chao
The French Laundry - Yountville
Le Bernardin
Literati II
Lupo - Las Vegas
Maple Drive
Mario Batali's Enoteca Otto, NY
Ocean Avenue Seafood
Postrio Las Vegas
Saddle Peak Lodge
Spago Las Vegas
Sushi Roku
Tabla & Bread Bar, New York
Valentino Las Vegas
Vince's, Scottsdale
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill - Las Vegas
& more to come...
from sterling silver to semi precious gems,
diamonds, diamonds, diamonds!
Visit our special "diamond boutique" where you can bid, shop and sip...
(all jewelry will be previewed at the VIP reception)

2002 Archery Summit Red Hills Estate Pinot Noir
Au Bon Climat 4 Magnum Collection, ABC's Best 'Blue Series'
Banfi Moreillino di Scansano Tuscany Rosco 3L
2003 Bernardus Chardonnay Monterey County 3L
2001 Bernardus Marinus Estate 3L
2002 Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 3L
Deutsch & Sons - Artesia Wine 3L
1987, 1990, 1994 1997 Etude 'Best Cabernet Series'
2003 Ferrari Carano Alexander Valley Chardonnay 5L
2002 Flowers Andreen - Gale Cuvee Chardonnay - Magnum
2002 Flowers Andreen - Gale Pinot Noir - Magnum
2002 Foppiano Autographed Petite Syrah Russian River 1.5L
2003 Frank Family Chardonnay 3L
2001 Frank Family Rutherford Reserve Cabernet 3L
2001 - 2004 Frank Family "Special Package"
2003 Joel Gott Napa Sauvignon Blanc 3L
2003 Joel Gott Napa Sauvignon Blanc - Case
Judd's Hill Cabernet, Magnum
J.P.Harbison Napa Valley Cabernet 2 Magnums
1999 Hendry Block 7 Zinfandel Magnum
2000 Hendry Block 7 Zinfandel - 2 Magnums
2003 Hitching Post Highliner w/commemorative 'Sideways' label,
etched bottle,  signed by the Producer, Michael 3L
2001 Kracher Welschriesling Trockenbeerenaulese #8 1.5L
2003 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon
2000 Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir 3L
2000 Markham Merlot 2 signed Magnums
1999 Mayacamus Chardonnay - 2 Magnums
2002 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 3L, etched bottle
2002 Morgan Syrah Monterey - Case
91 Opus One - 6, 750ml
96 Perrin Chateau de Beaucastel
03 Perrin CDN Les Sinards
03 Perrin Vinsobres Haut de Julien
2002 Pine Ridge Stage Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 3L
1999 Castello di Meleto Fiore Supertuscan
2000 Semler Malibu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 3L
2002 Morgan Syrah Monterey
2002 Qupe' Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Syrah 5L
2002 Shafer Vineyards Merlot, Napa 2 double Magnums
2001 Silver Oak Cellars Alexander Valley 3L
1998 Torres Mas La Plana Single Vineyard Cabernet 3l
2003 Topanga TV Syrah
2001 Truchard Vineyards Estate Syrah - case
1997 Vau Vintage 1.5L
2004 Vigneti delle Dolomtit, Italy Pinot Grigio 5L
Frank Family Vineyards/Napa Cellars Oakville
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants
2003 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge - Magnum
2002 Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese Goldkap 3L
Ramey, Jerico Canyon, Napa - Cabernet signed by David Ramey 3L
2004 Summerland Central Coast Collection Pinot Noir - Magnum
1995 Trefethen Library Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 3L
1995 Trefethen Library Selection Chardonnay 3L
2001 Pedroncelli Winery Cabernet Three Vineyard 3L
Perrin Family Mixed Case
2002 Revana Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum
Tablas Creek Espirit de Beaucastel Roulf 1.5L
2003 Siduri Pinot Noir - Willamete Valley, Oregon
Antinori, Tenute Marchese, Chianti Classico Riserva
1997 Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah
1999Bonny Doon "Le Cigre Volant" Magnum
2001 BR Cohn Olive Hill Estate Cabernet 3L with tour and tasting for 6
2003 Capiaux Cellars Pinot Noir "one from each vineyard" 6 bottles
2003 Chardonnay Arroyo Seco, Monterrey - Case
2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa - Case
2000 Famiglia Anselma Barolo Magnum
1997 Franus Mount Veeder Brandlin Vineyard Zinfandel Magnum
1997 Franus Napa Valley Cabernet Magnum
2000 Havens etched bottle Merlot Reserve 3L
2000 Il Molino Di Grace "Gratius" Tuscany 3Pack
1995 Chateauneuf du Pape Moulin Tacussel
2003 La Playa Block Selection Reserve Cabernet - Case
2001 Coppola Director Series Cabernet Commemorative Apocolypse Now Bttl 3L
Etched Commemorative Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee 3L
O'Shaughnessy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 1.5L
Patron Platinum
2002 Jordan Chardonnay Magnum
1999 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Signed Magnum
Mumm Cordon Rouge 6L
Mumm de Cramant, Case
2001 Geyser Peak Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 3L
2000 Geyserville Zinfandel 3L
1998 William Hill Merlot 6L
1999 Clos du Bois Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 3L
Far Niente Chardonnay 3L
1993 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 3L
Grey Goose


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