As a food blogger, I get invited to try restaurants or attend food events once in awhile. Sometimes I’ll go and many times I won’t, depending on whether I’m interested in it or not. Pretty simple. Anytime I am comped a meal or an event ticket, I’ll always say so on this blog- I feel it’s appropriate, and I also want to mention that I won’t ever lie about an experience anywhere- free or not. After all, food is the reason I do this- GOOD FOOD- and as someone who has a deep respect for and love of the stuff I can’t very well be swayed into saying something over a few saved dollars. It just ain’t right!
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s my take on Savor Los Angeles- an event I was invited to attend that happened last night Siren Studios Orange in Hollywood. It featured a couple of restaurants and a few food companies showcasing their wares. Overall, the event was much smaller than I’d anticipated and after the first hour it started to feel a bit tight, but I did get to try things I probably would have otherwise never sampled, in particular the Veev cocktail. Veev is a liquor made from the highly touted Acai berry, and I have to admit it was quite delicious- good for fizzy summer drinks muddled with fruit.
I also really enjoyed the savory creations from Pure Cheesecakes- particularly a stilton blue cheese variety that would be perfect with wine (I’m always thinking about wine!). Here’s what else we sampled:
Crostini of pears, brie and caramelized onions from The Farm of Beverly Hills. Very good, nice combination of savory and sweet. The gazpacho had a nice little surprise of a shrimp at the bottom. I didn’t sample the brownie bites because I was on the hunt for non-desserts to go with my cocktail.
Reservoir of Silverlake had one of my favorite items of the night..
A crostini of fava bean puree that was unctuous and rich. I’d make it myself but do you know how many fava beans it takes to make a cup of puree (10 million) and how much time it takes to peel each one? That’s why I’ll just head over to Reservoir next time I’m craving these:)