After four years in New York, the annual Le Grand Fooding event will move to Los Angeles on April 26 and 27. The urban picnic, which will feature collaborations between some of the best and brightest chefs of both Paris and LA, will set up in front of The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in downtown Los Angeles. The 650-attendee-per-night event will also feature the top DJs and graphic designers (including street artist Shepard Fairey) from both cities.
Participating Parisian chefs include Jean-François Piège (Restaurant Jean-François Piège), Inaki Aizpitarte (Le Chateaubriand), Grégory Marchand (Frenchie), and Sven Cartier (Saturne). Chefs Nancy Silverton (Mozza), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec), Roy Choi (Kogi BBQ), Josef Centeno (Bäco Mercat), Jordan Kahn (Red Medicine), and Carolynn Spence (Château Marmont) will represent Los Angeles.
According to event representative Anna Polonsky from Le Fooding, some of the most anticipated collaborations include a "drinkable pizza" by Piège and Spence that’s meant to reinterpret "the classic American street-food dish [by] creatively spicing it up with delightful cheeses from France." The event is also honored to announce Nancy Silverton’s involvement, as it symbolizes a previous culinary generation’s support for the younger generation’s interesting innovations.
For New Yorkers who might lament this year’s change in location, Polonsky assures that a second 2013 event in New York City is on the books for September.
Tickets are available on the event’s website starting April 2, but a presale is available until then for MasterCard holders. Complimentary S. Pellegrino water will be available during the picnic and twenty percent of the ticket proceeds will go to the LA Food Bank and MOCA.