Decadence: The Sweetest After Party at Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
When an event is called “Decadence,” and hosted by Pastry Chef Superstar Sherry Yard, you expect something extraordinary. Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival’s Sweetest After Party didn’t disappoint. Lit with neon lights and sprinkled with oversized lamps as heaters, guests enjoyed delectable sweets to beats from Questo (Questlove) of The Roots. In the chilly October night, the seasonal influence popping up in many desserts was on point; Michael Mina’s Executive Pastry Chef Lincoln Carson plated a perfect pumpkin spice cake, and caramel apple concoctions showed up from more than one chef. Mozza’s Pastry Chef Dahlia Narvaez, and Nancy Silverton herself, were on had to share the absolutely indulgent butterscotch budino, which was served as it is in the restaurant, with a rosemary pinenut cookie.
Chef Yard was bubbly in her signature pink chef’s coat, armed with an arsenal of glowsticks to crown guests. Her table included the signature flourless chocolate cookie pops and a chocolate pizza pie, among other signature desserts. A number of chefs from Top Chef Just Desserts fame were on hand, including Zac Young and Yigit Pura, and freelance pastry chef Martin Howard showed up in towering drag as Tina Cocolina, the cupcake queen.
Top it off with bubbly and dessert wine like “Liquid Gold” Dolce, and it was one sweet night.
We asked chefs what their favorite indulgences are, see if any of your indulgences are the same:
From Left to Right:
Deep-fried caramel apple bread pudding from Zac Young; butterscotch budina with a rosemary pine nut cookie from Mozza; Sherry Yard’s signature flourless chocolate cookie pops; Martin Howard as Tina Cocolina, the cupcake queen; Lincoln Carson’s spongey pumpkin spice cake; Questo throwing down a danceable playlist.