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January 31st, 2018 by Cherry

Foodies unite for the COCHON555 return to Los Angeles on March 11th at the Viceroy Santa Monica. The Culinary conception has Five Chefs, Five Pigs, Five Winemakers, Five Somms, Five Barkeeps … all for ONE charity – Piggy Bank!

“The tour is about uplifting small, family farmers through epic culinary moments,” said founder Brady Lowe. “We create and restore connections between the farmer and chef who want to raise, source and serve food raised with purpose and passion. Together, through eating, we become stewards of the good food movement, motivate change and influence our food system from pasture to plate.”

Cochon555 is back on the road and it’s heading to the Viceroy Santa Monica that will be hosting this culinary delight on Sunday, March 11, 2018 with over a hundred prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps celebrating heritage breed pork and local family farming. It’s whole pig cookery with no waste and chefs using their ability to transform dishes that will have you saying ‘souie’ in a bite size taste. Every chef has a 200 pound pig to make a dish to impress the judges and guests at the event and the winner will compete for the regional grand prize to be crowned the ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ of Pork and four day wine & gastronomy in Rioja, Spain. All of the winners will meet at the National Cochon where the best ‘Three Bites’ will compete ‘head to tail’ to be crowned King or Queen for 2018!

Tickets for general admission start at $130; VIP tickets (early admission + exclusive access to cocktail competition and allocated wines and spirits) are $200.

 

Where:           Viceroy Santa Monica 1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

When:              Sunday, March 11, 2018

Time:               4 p.m. for VIP entry, 5 p.m. for General Admission

The ultimate aim of Cochon555 is to provide education to chefs and consumers and to create experiences that guests can sink their teeth into: honest food from real farmers. Through education, the Cochon555’s goal is to raise the bar on building a sustainable and profitable relationship for brands and chefs participating in culinary festivals. Every event is a fundraiser for Cochon555’s sister charity, Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (flood, fire and disease).

Dishes for the competition are just the beginning — all in, we’re talking about 1,500 pounds of responsibly raised heritage breed pork – guests will also enjoy innovative preparations and cocktails from some of the most critically-acclaimed kitchens and bars in Los Angeles.  The Welcome Lounge ushers guests in to the Buffalo Trace Punch Bar and our Signature Starter Bar and Cheese Experience spotlighting Cello, La Quercia, Cypress Grove and a local cheesemonger. Sip sparklers from Dry Soda and Topo Chico and experience craft cocktails including the Manhattan Project featuring premium bourbons from Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, and Breckenridge topped with Luxardo cherries. Learn about pairings at the TarTare Bar aligned to the wines of Antica Napa Valley, Rosé from Whispering Angel paired with organic pâtés and mousses from Les Trois Petits Cochons, a “Taste the City” culinary spotlight featuring the racy portfolio of Wines of Germany and an array of wines grouped under the “5 Winemakers” banner will feature Silver Oak; Pax Wine Cellars; Twomey Cellars and more. Cochon555 will debut a new experience called Trompo “Hora de Familia” in celebration of its first Global Cochon555 event in Mexico City later this year. Guests wanting a sweet bite will enjoy the Pop-Up Pie Shop presented by Mike’s Pies and Swine and Sweets, an innovative spin on dessert spotlighting notable pastry chefs working with Perfect Puree of Napa Valley.

Additionally, running in tandem with tour are a pair of internal competitions – Punch Kings, a whole-bottle punch bowl competition featuring Breckenridge Bourbon and five of the market’s top barkeeps, and Somm Smackdown, a face-off of the nation’s top sommeliers pairing the best wine with heritage pig.  A portion of all event proceeds will also benefit the Piggy Bank initiative to support local farms.

 

About the Cochon555 US Tour

The Cochon555 US Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through an innovative nose-to-tail pig cooking competition. This epic pork feast visits 15 major cities in North America annually. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions and cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and culinary schools each year. Since 2009, 108,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $1,100,000 has been donated to charities, and over $1,200,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more information, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.

About Piggy Bank

Launched in 2015, Piggy Bank is creating a farming sanctuary for heritage breed pigs, many of which are endangered.  Piggy Bank will provide genetics and access to shared business plans for raising heritage pigs to emerging family farms. Piggy Bank aims to change the future of food by creating a community in which small farmers can learn about safer, more responsible practices and share genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. Piggy Bank is building a model of socially responsible agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization which accelerates impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. For more information or to donate, visit www.piggy-bank.org or follow @PiggyBankOrg on Twitter.

About Viceroy Santa Monica

Located on iconic Ocean Avenue, Viceroy Santa Monica embodies luxury California living at its finest. The property boasts 162 meticulously appointed guestrooms originally designed by internationally acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler. Expansive executive suites updated by Dawson Design Associates offer sweeping ocean views. Enhanced by unique décor elements that blend hints of British colonial and lavish Regency style with modern materials and a bold color palette, as well as first-class amenities and unparalleled guest service, Viceroy Santa Monica provides visitors with a refined beachside experience unlike any other. On-site amenities include access to two plunge pools surrounded by chic cabanas offering privacy in style; CAST Lounge, an upscale and stylish nightlife destination with curated specialty cocktails in the hotel lobby; and a one-of-a-kind dining experience at CAST Restaurant, an acclaimed restaurant with a locally influenced menu utilizing seasonal and authentic flavors with distinct Los Angeles flare. If you would like to check out Viceroy Santa Monica on social media please use the relevant handles here: @viceroysm (Instagram), @ViceroySM (Twitter). For more information and to make a reservation, please visit www.viceroyhotelandresorts/en/santamonica or call (800) 622-8711.

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August 28th, 2017 by Cherry

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

Danny Trejo talks food with Jonathan Gold on Sunday Sept 3rd

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 30th, 2013 by Cherry

August 30 - September 1, 2013

From the Opening Night kick-off celebration on Friday, August 30th to the final sip taken at Cocktail Confidential on Sunday, September 1st, each TASTE event will feature unlimited tastings, specialty cocktails, wine seminars, live demos with our hosts (and more) and, of course, inspired conversations.

  • Opening Night Presented by Tequila Don Julio. All of our hosts and many of the weekend’s participating chefs and bartenders will come together for a special opening night soirée with a focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings, and live entertainment. Limited tickets available; Fri., Aug. 30th, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
  • Field to Fork – Hosted by Russ Parsons, Times Food Editor, and Michael Cimarusti, Chef/Owner of Providence, Chef/Partner of Connie and Ted’sA day inspired by fresh, local ingredients and thepleasures of cooking – and eating – seasonal dishes; Sat., Aug. 31st, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Flavors of L.A. – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Sang Yoon, Chef/Owner of Father’s Office and LukshonAn evening of authentic dishes from around the world via the best local restaurants; Sat., Aug. 31st, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
  • Labor Day Block Party – Hosted by Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Nancy Silverton, Chef/Co-Owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, and Founder of La Brea Bakery. A bash saluting those perfect end-of-summer dishes, to be enjoyed with family and friends; Sun., Sept. 1st, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cocktail Confidential – Hosted by Betty Hallock, Times Deputy Food Editor, Jessica Gelt, Times Food & Night Life Writer, and Matthew Biancaniello, Los Angeles Cocktail Chef. A night dedicated tothe gastronomic creations and libations that typify cocktail culture; Sun., Sept. 1st, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Tickets are available now:

  • Opening Night: $125, limited availability
  • All other TASTE events: $50 early-bird discount through July 14th or $65 in advance and $85 at the door
  • A 20% discount on individual tickets is available to all Los Angeles Times members.
  • For those looking to make a weekend out of it, select area hotels are offering ticket and accommodation packages.

Los Angeles Times THE TASTE is produced in association with Best Events. Sponsors include Cadillac, Icelandic Glacial, Stella Artois and Svedka. Details and tickets: latimes.com/thetaste.

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August 29th, 2012 by Cherry

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 The Food Event 2012from 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.

the food 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:

Matt Biancaniello (Library Bar)Matt Biancaniello

 

 

 

 

Chef David Féau (fay-o) grew up in the kitchen cooking with his mother in France. David Féau (the Rocye)

 

 

 

 

Ludo Lefebvre

Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites)

 

 

 

 

Caroline Styne was raised in Los Angeles and began her work in the food service industry in 1989 when, at the age of 22, she co-founded Basically Baked Inc., producing and distributing specialty foods to retail accounts nation-wide. By 1994, she was managing restaurants and teamed with celebrated restaurateur Sean MacPherson at Jones, in Hollywood. While there, she was introduced to Suzanne Goin. The meeting was life-changing for both and led to the opening of their flagship restaurant, Lucques, in 1998. With Goin’s culinary talent and Styne’s business acumen they made a formidable creative team.  The restaurant met with instant success and their efforts helped her partner to be recognized as one of Food and Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” 1999. Lucques received praise from Condé Nast Traveler, Gourmet, Bon Appétit and Saveur, including a prestigious 3 star review by the Los Angeles Times. Styne has served as the restaurant’s sommelier and wine buyer from the beginning, and has received multiple Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.  The partners’ second endeavor was A.O.C., the ground-breaking wine bar and restaurant located on West Third Street in Los Angeles. The restaurant features 50 wines served by the glass and small plates of food served family-style. A.O.C. and its wine list have received numerous favorable reviews, receiving three stars from the Los Angeles Times and named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s“50 hot tables.” Styne’s wine list was named “best new wine list” by Food & Wine magazine for 2003. As at Lucques, the wine list at A.O.C. has received awards from Wine Spectator.  Tavern, the newest venture by Suzanne and business partner Caroline Styne, opened in  2009. The Brentwood location serves as a casual neighborhood meeting place, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a full retail market from the Tavern Larder. Goin and  Styne opened The Larder at Maple Drive, an offshoot of their retail business at Tavern, in fall of 2011.  The Maple Drive location is also the commissary for the growing catering arm of their businesses, Lucques Catering. Goin and Styne have been the official caterers for the annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for the past three years. In April 2011, Goin and Styne were honored to be selected by the Obama fundraising team to prepare a dinner for the President Obama at Tavern, a momentous career achievement.   Styne continues as the sommelier and wine buyer for all of the restaurants and talks about her interests in wine through Styne on Wine, her wine and lifestyle blog. She has her hand in producing her own wines: Jules Harrison, a Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, J&H, a un-oaked chardonnay from Napa Valley and BTG, a project in collaboration with winery owner Mark Tarlov from Evening Land Vineyards producing approachable chardonnay meant to be served "By The Glass" at her restaurants.  Caroline Styne has been covered in GQ, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and appears regularly on wine panels for her expertise, including Food & Wine Aspen, Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Zagat, and ABC television. She received a coveted nomination as a James Beard Foundation finalist for Restaurateur of the Year in 2012.  Styne is a dedicated contributor to her community and continues to be recognized for her talents and generosity.  Along with partner Suzanne Goin and Chef David Lentz, Styne launched the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade cookout fundraiser in 2010, contributing over $600K to date in funding research for childhood cancer.  Caroline Styne is married to Michael Kohn, a contemporary art dealer and owner of the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. They have a daughter, Olivia and a son, Jules.Caroline Styne (A.O.C., Tavern, Lucques)

 

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September 29th, 2011 by Cherry

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

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