Drew talked to Zagat.com at Pebble Beach Food & Wine Grand Tasting yesterday. She talks about her wine, favorite places to eat and more!
Towards the end of Saturday’s Grand Tasting at Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Drew Barrymore – actress, new mom and vinter – sat perched on the heavily guarded VIP stage while chefs cooked and clamored around her. By that point the place was practically sweltering, a combination of a warm afternoon, the grills and burners all working overtime and the crowd (it was a sold-out affair). To stay cool, she kept a glass of her Barrymore Pinot Grigio stocked with ice cubes. We asked if that was the preferred way to drink it. “In this hot tent it is,” she quickly noted.
Barrymore was at PBFW because of her wines, but also because she’s a huge foodie and fan of chefs, especially those she watches on cooking shows. In fact, she was a little bummed to see Brooke Williamson cooking a few feet away, only because she assumed that meant Williamson won Top Chef Seattle (she hasn’t seen the last episode yet…shhh…don’t tell her). Here’s what else the charmer – yes, she’s as nice as you think she is – had to say about her favorite chefs, restaurants, food cities and, yes, even little red restaurant guidebooks.
Zagat: Someone just told us that you keep all of your old Zagat guides.
Drew Barrymore: I do. I have a gigantic collection. I don’t know why I hold on to them I’m sure they don’t apply any more because restaurants have come and gone. But I love them.
Are any restaurants that you’ve loved that have gone?
Trader Vic’s. Not for the food, I don’t think I ever ate there, but definitely for the cocktails. Or just the environment. Or, I don’t know, whether it’s Perino’s, the Brown Derby, or Chasen’s, I love the old Hollywood places. Or, you know, Imperial Gardens. It’s now a Pink Taco.
Did you go to those places with your family?
I went there for functions, as a working kid. But I understood the cool part of those places. I got it.
What’s your favorite restaurant in LA right now?
I don’t really eat at fancy places, you know. I like, like Jitlada. Little Thai restaurants in a strip mall. They’re the best.