|Kraft slices chaps & string cheese bullets|
I went two years ago as a contestant (I entered with a sandwich of goat cheese, provolone, basil, strawberries and pepper jelly on sourdough, but didn't win). This year, I bought a judging ticket, which was a much more relaxing (and fattening!) way to enjoy the day.
It's sort of luck of the draw which sammiches you get to rate as a non-professional judge—luckily my friend MJ had a gift for charming the servers into giving us the ones that looked really good.
|The Crust Lord with nut bread, some amazing cheese, caramelized shallots & lemon|
|Banana split cheddar grilled cheese, fresh whipped cream with maple sauce|
|Yeah, people get creative with names - this one had a mild cheese & pesto ... my 2nd fave behind Crust Lord|
The dud: (sorry): something involving (we think) apple butter and ricotta.
The only other time I went to this festival was at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and it was hot & felt like a suburban event - with this being so close to downtown LA, it felt far more funky. Super nice crowd. Small town even though we were in a big city.
BTW, Westlake as a neighborhood is probably most famous for MacArthur Park, which is melting in the dark, all the sweet green icing flowing down...no really, MacArthur Park is a real park which has a bit of a dodgy history, but according to what I read online, the neighborhood is in an upswing (as is much of downtown LA).