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Say goodbye to summer and HELLO to fall this Labor Day weekend with the L.A. Times the Taste 2017! It’s days and nights fully of delicious food from the best chef’s in LA.
This adult only event is a blast perfect for couples, friends and singles looking to mingle so make sure your style game is on point! You’ll need to look your best for the conversation with chefs who discuss how the fell in love with cooking, food inspiration and cuisine! I’m very excited to hear and taste food from Jenee Kim talk about Parks BBQ (Korean), Pawan Mahendro talk Indian
cuisine Badmash, Ron Finley will talk about gardening and Breana Jackson of Sugar and Spice: Baked by Bre a self taught baker. Did I mention that Machete himself is going to talk with Jonathan Gold about tacos and doughnuts???
KICK OFF THE TASTE WITH A VERY SPECIAL EVENING
Hosted by All The Taste’s Hosts and Co-Hosts: Fri., Sept. 1, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy an opening night soirée mingling with The Times’ hosts along with many of the weekend’s participating chefs and bartenders. You’ll partake in a focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings. To maintain the intimate nature of the evening, only a limited number of tickets are available.
Field to Fork – Hosted by Amy Scattergood, Times Food Editor, and Sang Yoon, Chef/Owner of Father’s Office and Lukshon; Sat., Sept. 2, noon to 3 p.m.
Inspired by Southern California’s agricultural roots and DIY attitude, Yoon and Miles Thompson (Michael’s) will each share their farmers market savvy through individual cooking demos using their favorite bright and flavorful ingredients. Scattergood will lead a discussion about the importance of farms and eating local with Romeo Coleman (Coleman Family Farms), Alex Weiser (Weiser Family Farms) and Wes Whitsell (Manuela). Restaurants include Aqui es Texcoco, Banh Oui, Cento Pasta Bar, Coni’Seafood, Cruciferous, M Café, Maury’s Bagels, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Robert’s Catering Service and VCHOS Pupuseria Moderna. BUY TICKETS
Sunday Block Party – Hosted by Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Sherry Yard, Chef/Owner ofTuck Room Tavern; Sun., Sept. 3, noon to 3 p.m.
Great food and good times are the order of the day at the block party on the backlot, where Yard will demystify pastry-baking for home cooks and David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach Post) will give a master class on making biscuits. Carter will host a talk with Chris Phelps (Salt’s Cure) about what it means to brunch at some of the most innovative spots around town, with additional panelists to be announced. Restaurants include Cheezus, Cocobella Creamery, E.A.K. Ramen, Hotville Chicken & Chops, Hummus Yummy Food Truck, MessHall, Otium, Rosaliné, The Butcher’s Daughterand Tuck Room Tavern. BUY TICKETS
Dinner with a Twist – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, Jenn Harris, Times Deputy Food Editor, Antonia Lofaso, Chef/Owner of Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar, and Marco A. Ramos, Mixologist at Scopa Italian Roots; Sat., Sept. 2, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
L.A.’s dining and cocktail culture takes the stage with a chef-bartender demo by Lofaso and Ramos, and by Allan Katz and Jonathan Whitener (Here’s Looking At You). Breana Jackson (Sugar & Spice: Baked by Bre), Danielle Bennett (Lady on the Rocks), Derrick Lewis (Not Your Mama’s Kitchen) and Chef E Dubble (E Dubble Catering/Grilled Fraiche) will celebrate urban gastronomy with a collaborative showcase of their signature concoctions, and Meredith Hayman (Michael’s), Gabriella Mlynarczyk (Accomplice Bar) and Brynn Smith (Sotto) will shake it up with a group demo. Restaurants include Barrel & Ashes, Beauty & Essex, Black Market Liquor Bar, Faith & Flower, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Pedalers Fork, Scopa Italian Roots, Szechuan Impression, The Bellwether, The Ponte and Wolf. BUY TICKETS
Flavors of L.A. – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Gilberto Cetina Jr., Chef/Owner ofChichen Itza and Holbox; Sun., Sept. 3, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Closing night of The Taste embraces the depth and diversity of flavors that make Los Angeles one of the most exciting places to dine through demos by Cetina, Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos) and the team behind Badmaash: Pawan, Nakul and Arjun Mahendro. Gold will explore Korean barbecue with masters of the grill: Jenee Kim (Park’s Barbeque) and Chris Oh (Seoul Sausage Co.). Restaurants include Chichen Itza, Frankland’s Crab & Co., Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Holbox, Luv2eat Thai Bistro, Meals by Genet, Pasta Sisters, Revolutionario North African Tacos, Same Same and Worldwide Tacos. BUY TICKETS
Every year I’m surprised at the press Los Angeles is getting as a food designation but not really. It used to be all the great chefs either came from NY or want to GO to New York City but SoCal is blessed with vibrant creative chefs who will be at Los Angeles Magazines ‘2012 Food Event‘ at the Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu Hills. This is one of the jewels in the dining crown of SoCal on October 21st, Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm you get to experience an afternoon of great chefs, culinary experts and sommeliers. Los Angeles Magazine’s 2012 Food Event will have in attendance more than 40 restaurants and wineries offering tastes of their signature seasonal dishes. You can purchase pre-sale tickets for $98 or for $103 you get a subscription to LA Magazine (GREAT Deal!) or you can wait till October 1st and pay $115. I recommend purchasing tickets early so that you won’t miss out on this wonderful fall event.
Barbix Restaurant, Bizarra Capital, Black Market Liquor Bar, Cooks County, Farmshop, Gladstones, Lazy Ox, Loteria Grill!, Manhattan Beach Post, Malibu and Vine, Matteo’s, Mercato di Vetro, Mezze, Milo & Olive, Mo-Chica, M Street Kitchen, Night + Market, ONYX, Picca, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, Playa, Public School, Rivera, Saddle Peak Lodge, Short Cake, Short Order, Sotto, Stella Rossa Pizza Bar, Tavern, The Royce, Waterloo & City Restaurant, Drunken Udder Ice Cream, and Westside Tavern and more tasting options to come (link to details about restaurants/food)
Included in the price of your ticket are Chef & Mixologist Demos:
Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites)
I attended the dineLA 2011 Kickoff in downtown Los Angeles on September 28, 2011. I was able to briefly speak with Chef Wolfgang Puck and Sister Alice Marie Quinn about the festival and St. Vincents Meals on Wheels Program.
dineLA Restaurant Week is a two-week dining event established to introduce diners to the vast array of restaurants in neighborhoods throughout LA County. Local foodies and visitors to LA will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course meals from some of LA’s best restaurants during this dining event. These dineLA Restaurant Week menus will be viewable online at www.dineLARestaurantWeek.com
LA Food and Wine arrives October 13-16 with more than 70 unique city-wide events, 300 acclaimed wineries, and more than 100 celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Tom Colicchio, Tyler Florence and more! Don’t miss epic events including, Bubbles and Beats, Pigs, Pints, & Pinot, a California Clambake, Decadence: A Dessert Affair, and amazing live entertainment http://www.lafw.com/
Since 1977, St Vincent Meals on Wheels has delivered life-saving meals and warm greetings to homebound and hungry seniors and disabled or seriously ill adults across Los Angeles. From Skid Row to West Hollywood, the Hollywood Hills to South LA, they deliver to over 3000 clients a day, serving anyone in need regardless of age, race, illness, disability, religion or ability to pay. As the largest privately funded Meals on Wheels program in the country, St Vincent depends on the generosity of angels—compassionate friends and neighbors whose donations make the work possible— and volunteers, who deliver the thousands of nutritious meals each day. The need for these services is greater than ever with meal programs closing down or cutting back due to lack of funding, more seniors and ill or disabled adults are turning to us for the food they need to survive. St Vincent believes no one should have to choose between food, shelter or medical care. And no one should be left malnourished and alone. www.stvincentmow.org