Going into its fourth year, the Alta Med fundraiser East L.A. meets Napa brings Mexican food and fine wine together to cater to a crowd that likes a good chardonnay with their tamales. And why not ? I had the opportunity to go and not knowing bupkis about fine wine, I decided to go in with an open mind and empty stomach. Needless to say I was impressed not only with the wines, but all the delicious food available and what wines go good with what. All the pictures were taken by my gf Gamin.
They had a variety of foods and one of the choices was chocolate filled with Horchata, almonds and nuts mixed with Habanero peppers, which make for a great combination. That jalapeno dipped in chocolate in the beginning, looked interesting but I had a full night ahead of me and there was no way I was going to ruin my night by eating something that I know wouldn’t sit well in my stomach. I stuffed my face with a few of those chocolates and the cajeta filled ones too.
More than 20 restaurants were present and about 20 Latino owned/operated wineries were on hand to give people a taste of what they had to offer and what they had to offer was goodness. There were lines for almost everything, not crazy lines but you had to wait a bit because people were clamoring to get their krunk on.
Oaxacan cheese was one those foods that had people thinking they died and went to heaven. But that’s because they’ve never experienced some of the most delicious food on the face of the earth. Guelaguetza was giving away cheese bites like there was no tomorrow.
La Casita Mexican in Bell offered up stuffed jalapenos with ground beef, fruits, walnut sauce and pomegranate with tostadas de pollo with mole sauce. The whole time I was there I was doing that Homer thing where he drools and names a food, “mmmm, mole. gurgle, gurgle, gurgle, gurgle.”
There were some Latin Jazz bands playing through out the night and once it got cooler, people started dancing their pants of. I was too full of food and wine to even dare and dance. It wouldn’t have ended pretty that’s for sure.
So over all the even was a great success. Alta Med raised some funds, people got some great food and wines and I saw a few people who had a little too much if you catch my drift. I, however learned how to properly taste wine and appreciate it. Learn something new everyday.