Downtown Los Angeles: Artisanal LA

by Mei on January 19, 2011

Los Angeles is, without a doubt, one of those cities where there is always something going on, no matter how peculiar your interests are. Whether it be wearing Wolverine or Chewbaca costumes when it’s not Halloween at Comic Con, getting dolled up and dirty for Roller Derby, or getting festive at Midget Mexican Wrestling, the city of Angels has it all. So when I heard that Shawna Dawson of Sauce|LA was throwing an Artisinal LA event, I was on it like white on rice. This indoor farmers-market-like-food-fest was strictly focused on celebrating LA’s finest local handmade artisanal edibles and amongst all the baked goods, hand crafted cheeses and backyard harvested honey, there was a trio of standouts that Iwas utterly blown away by.

Cake Monkey Bakery, Plush Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows and The Flying Pie Man definitely have their craft down to a science. It hasn’t been since Lex Lugor announced his shocking and scandalous alliance with the WWF’s Four Horsemen that I’ve had the wind knocked out of me by something I loved. But this time…This time, it was good. Oatmeal Cream Pie Sandwich Cookies filled with Maple Vanilla Buttercream. Luscious Lemony Meringue Marshmallows. Flaky Meat Pies. There was not one dry eye in the house after everyone sampled these good eats.

Cake Monkey’s Li’l Merri’s Oatmeal Cream Pie Sandwich has it’s secret in the Maple Vanilla Buttercream that melts in your mouth like the creamy center of a French macaron but takes you back home to a good ole America with it’s thin and chewy oatmeal cookie outer shell.

Plush Puffs’ Gourmet Marshmallows had the ingenious idea of letting you roast your own flavored marshmallow and the result was an oogey gooey, sticky icky, tartly delicious mess of Luscious Lemony Meringue goodness.

Truly of a multicultural nature, the Flying Pie Man is the brain child of Yuichiro Sato from Japan, who makes meat pies in the Australian tradition with refined French technique. This, by far, was my choice for Best in Show because the proof was in the pudding…or in this case; the pie. Made with Yuichiro’s passion for people and pie, this delicious concoction of ground beef, red wine, a mirepoix of onions, carrots and celery, mashed potatoes flecked with parsley, artisanal hand crafted parmesan from the Cheese Cave, and topped with the most buttery and flakiest crust you will ever experience in your life, takes the unassuming and underrated meat pie to another gourmet level of delicacy and comfort. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the pie because I was too consumed with shoveling it into my face but below is one I borrowed from their Facebook page.

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