Eat Pray Love Lunch in LA

by Marla on December 16, 2010 · 62 comments

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Eat Pray Love lunch at Vincente Restaurant in Los Angeles

Last Friday I had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful luncheon at Vincente Italian restaurant in LA. There was a group of bloggers there to celebrate the release of the Sony Pictures movie Eat Pray Love on DVD & Blu-ray. Just in time for the holidays!

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sponsored lunch at Vincente LANot only did I get to see some of my great food blogger friends, but we enjoyed lunch with Susan Spungen, the food stylist & Dede Gardner the producer from the movie. Lunch was filled with lots of laughs & we learned all about life on the set of the movie. It sounded like the days were long, demanding, exciting & well worth the effort.

Food bloggers with food stylist Susan Spungen

We sat with Susan for most of the meal. She is an amazing woman who has a splendid career. She has a history of working closely with Martha Stewart & she has authored & styled award winning cookbooks including hew own Recipes: A Collection for the Modern Cook. She also was the food stylist for the movie Julie & Julia. Susan’s wit, enthusiasm & passion for life shine through her genuine, fun personality. She is the kind of gal I def could see being buddies with.

Food blogger party for Eat Pray Love DVD & blu-ray disc release

Lunch included a lovely salad, 4 different pizzas and a cookie plate. My dessert? That beautiful fruit plate shown at the top of this post.

Producer and food stylist from Eat Pray Love movie.

I did not get to spend as much time with Dede, but she was also a kick. You can tell from these photos that her & Susan have a wonderful relationship.

Eat Pray Love lunch party at Vincente restaurant.

If you want to learn more about this event check out the posts by Rachael La Fuji Mama, Erika In Erika’s Kitchen, Veronica The Enchanted Cook & Cristina Teenie Cakes. They all did great write ups & while visiting their blogs you can learn more about what we talked about at lunch. Greg from Sippity Sup shared great news with us that he is featured in the January Food & Wine magazine. Congrats Greg! A well deserved article profiling you.

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Eat Pray Love Sony Pictures Entertainment DVD & Blu-ray disc

Eat Pray Love Blu-ray Disc Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all of your entries. The winner is Marly from Namely Marly blog. Stay tuned for more fun giveaways soon!

What is more fun in the chilly months then to curl up with your favorite hot cocoa & enjoy a movie? Lucky you I have a Blu-ray version of Eat Pray Love to giveaway to one lucky reader. This promotion is open to folks in the USA only & will close on Sunday 12/19/2010 at midnight PST. Here are the the details on how to enter.

You must leave a SEPARATE COMMENT per entry for me to include it.  Please do not leave all your entries in one comment form, it will only be counted as one entry if you do so.

Here is a list a few ways how you can enter to win (remember more comments = more entries!)

  • COMMENT What is your favorite foodie movie?
  • TWEET THIS Copy and paste the following Tweet into the Twitter message field: @MarlaMeridith has a copy of  {Eat Pray Love} on Blu-ray disc to giveaway. Enter to win here:

Winner will be chosen at random by

Family Fresh Cooking Full Disclosure: The luncheon at Vincente Restaurant was paid for by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, I was given a DVD of Eat Pray Love & they will send a Blu-ray Disc to one  USA based reader of this blog.

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1 Maria December 16, 2010 at 6:39 am

How fun!


2 Kathy - Panini Happy December 16, 2010 at 6:39 am

I’d say it’s a toss up between Chocolat and Waitress. And Eat, Drink, Man, Woman. I love foodie movies!


3 Kathy - Panini Happy December 16, 2010 at 6:40 am

I follow you @MarlaMeridith


4 Kathy - Panini Happy December 16, 2010 at 6:42 am

I’m an rss subscriber (apologies for that name misspelling on my previous comment!)


5 Kathy - Panini Happy December 16, 2010 at 6:42 am

I follow you @familyfoodchat


6 Kristen December 16, 2010 at 6:51 am

Favorite foodie movie? Ratatouille for sure!


7 the urban baker December 16, 2010 at 7:01 am

i love Babette’s feast and Big Night! Looks like a fun lunch date!


8 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 16, 2010 at 7:03 am

i have to say i love Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun…so much amazing food, and it’s all Italian!


9 Amanda December 16, 2010 at 7:06 am

This is so generic, but I loved Julie and Julia. Lame. I know. But I LOVE butter! 😉


10 Mandi December 16, 2010 at 7:14 am

I won’t enter your giveaway because the blu ray Eat Pray Love DVD was the number 1 thing on my Christmas list this year, so I know I will be getting it =) But I just wanted to say how fantastic it is that you got to have lunch with such lovely ladies! The book Eat Pray Love seriously changed my life and has also made Italy my number 1 dream trip to take before I die! =) Needless to say it is my favorite movie of all time as well =)


11 Molly Chester December 16, 2010 at 7:24 am

i really enjoyed that movie. Lunch sounded so fun! Happy holidays!


12 Rosa December 16, 2010 at 7:29 am

A lovely event! A pity the giveaway is only open to US residents.




13 FoodFitnessFreshair December 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

So awesome you got to meet the producer! I loved Eat Pray Love. I recently spent some time both at an Ashram and in Italy, so all of the scenes really resonate with me.

My favorite movie: Tough question…I’ll go with Into the Wild.


14 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

What an incredible opportunity, Marla! I just saw the movie recently and have to say it was my favorite foodie movie thus far. I was drooling for a big bowl of pasta not an hour into it! Thanks so much for sharing this experience, and this giveaway. Here’s hoping a foodie wins the loot! :)


15 jamie hayworth-chin December 16, 2010 at 8:30 am

Babette’s Feast!


16 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

That looks so fun!! Hope you are having a great week!


17 Nicole, RD December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

Julia & Julia is my favorite foodie movie :)


18 Angie's Recipes December 16, 2010 at 10:10 am

I have watched the movie…the best part is Liz in Italy….food part…wonderful.


19 Jennifer (Savor) December 16, 2010 at 10:34 am

1. I am extremely jealous
2. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman


20 Shaina December 16, 2010 at 10:41 am

Oooh, I want to see Eat Pray Love so badly. I should really set aside some time to do that.


21 Cellabella December 16, 2010 at 11:12 am

I also love Eat, Drink, Man, and Woman, as well as Moonstruck. It’s not considered a “foodie” movie, but boy does it make me want bread, pasta, steak, eggs in toast, and oatmeal every time I watch it :)


22 Katie December 16, 2010 at 11:17 am

I loved Julia & Julia.


23 Katie December 16, 2010 at 11:18 am

I am a FB fan.


24 Katie December 16, 2010 at 11:18 am

I am an email subscriber.


25 Michelle Collyer-Bangs December 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I loved the movie Julie and Julia!


26 Jeanette December 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I would love to see this movie, haven’t had the chance yet.


27 Jeanette December 16, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Following you on @familyfoodchat, great idea!


28 Jeanette December 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Just tweeted your giveaway!


29 Caroline December 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm

My favorite foodie movie would have to be Julie & Julia. :-)


30 Caroline December 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I’m a follower of Family Fresh Cooking on twitter.


31 Caroline December 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I’m a follower of Family Food Chat on twitter. :-)


32 Caroline December 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I subscribe via RSS and read daily! Yay!


33 angie December 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm

i can’t believe I haven’t seen this movie yet! Eat pray love, in the city of angels. I love it.
Marla, your photos get better and better everyday! Love the shot of the berries. You are so inspiring. xo


34 Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Love that movie! What a great fruit presentation! Like a fresh flower in the springtime!


35 A Canadian Foodie December 16, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Another wonderful opportunity for you, Marla. What fun. I am missing your visits. Truly.


36 Cheryl W December 16, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Pixar’s Ratatouille is my favorite foodie movie.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter.


37 Cheryl W December 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm

I follow via Twitter @HeartnSoulmom


38 Cheryl W December 16, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I am a fan of yours on Facebook (Cheryl HeartnSoulmom)


39 Cheryl W December 16, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I am following @Familyfoodchat on twitter @HeartnSoulmom


40 Cheryl W December 16, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I am following your Rss Feed via Google Reader.


41 Cheryl W December 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I follow via email to your newsletter.


42 Katrina December 17, 2010 at 6:24 am

This looks like so much fun!!


43 Katrina December 17, 2010 at 6:26 am

I follow you on twitter! My name is @Katrinadingle


44 Shana December 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I was having a hard time deciding what was my favorite foodie movie until I saw the
ratatouille post. I’d forgotten that one! It was good.


45 Shana December 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I follow u on face book


46 grace December 18, 2010 at 2:45 am

i like waitress quite a bit, but for one reason alone: studly nathan fillion. :)


47 Heavenly Housewife December 18, 2010 at 10:26 am

Sounds like such fun. I have to admit, I haven’t seen that movie yet, or read the book for that matter. I am probably the only one LOL.
Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
*kisses* HH


48 Marly December 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I love the movie Under the Tuscan Sun – she does a lot of cooking so I qualify that as a foodie movie. Yumm!


49 Marly December 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I’m now following Marla Meredith on Twitter!


50 Marly December 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I’m following Follow Food Chat on Twitter. Thanks for the fun give away!


51 Marge December 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm



52 Vanessa December 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm

My favorite foodie movie is “Big Night” with Isabella Rosellini. I LOVE italian food!!


53 Callie December 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Favorite foodie movie: definitely ‘Under The Tuscan Sun!’ The book is great, too!


54 Callie December 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I’m a fan of Family Fresh Cooking on Facebook!!!


55 Callie December 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I am a follower on Twitter! Whohooo! Go Family Fresh Cooking!


56 Nutmeg Nanny December 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I’m so happy about this giveaway! My favorite foodie movie is hands down Chocolat.


57 Nutmeg Nanny December 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter.


58 Nutmeg Nanny December 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I “like” you on Facebook.


59 Nutmeg Nanny December 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

You’re on my google reader.


60 Nutmeg Nanny December 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I follow @familyfoodchat on Twitter.


61 Faith December 20, 2010 at 9:23 am

This looks like it was so much fun, Marla! And you’re right, Susan Spungen has a pretty fantastic job!


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