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August 8th, 2018 by Cherry

You know it’s the end of summer when you get to enjoy some of the best food around with the Los Angeles’ Times the Taste!

I’ve gone a few times over the years and have always been delighted with the introduction to new chefs, great food, wine and ideas with the cooking demos! This year looks like it’s going to be even better as we raise a glass to Jonathan Gold who passed away earlier this year. In his honor they will have special programming at each event for the beloved restaurant critic who’s passion for food and respect for the culture of cuisine won him a Pulitzer and special place in every food lovers heart.

Tickets are on sale now at

The Taste returns to the Paramount Pictures Studio backlot with three nights during the Labor Day Weekend (Aug 31 – Sept 2) of unlimited tastings for food and drinks with your ultimate block party ticket! This year they will highlight the rich history of Los Angeles international cuisine where you can travel the world with every bite! This year they have three evenings of fun with Friday all about LA Pop-Ups and Underground restaurants, Saturday is International with everything from Japanese to Mexican Breakfast Tacos to India and everywhere in between and Sunday is all about ‘home comfort’ food with the diversity of Los Angeles chefs giving us a taste of their favorite dishes!

  • Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
    L.A.’s pop-up and underground restaurants will take the stage with a demo of Cajun-by-way-of-Compton cuisine from chef Michael Lawless (Shad’s New Cali Catering). Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Ludo Bird) will showcase his French flair. Master of the grill, Burt Bakman (Trudy’s Underground Barbecue), will lead a barbeque how-to. Ricardo Zarate (Rosaliné) and Jonathan Yao (Kato) will provide a glimpse of what makes their dishes imminently Instagram-able. The Bar Stage will be serving up white wines of Italy with Wes Hagen of J. Wilkes Wines. Restaurants include: Amor y Tacos, Baltaire Restaurant, Bone Kettle, Casa Vega, Chao Krung, Farmhouse, Hinoki & the Bird, Otium, Pop’s Bagels and Wanderlust Creamery.
  • Saturday, Sept. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
    Delicious food will be the special of the night as Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama (n/naka) showcase Japanese cuisine and Briana Valdez (HomeState) celebrates breakfast all day with a demo of her signature dishes. Sommelier Ira Norof will give you 101 reasons to drink wine. Restaurants include: Cento Pasta Bar, Border Grill, Crustacean Beverly Hills, Jaffa, Kali Restaurant, Madre Oaxacan Restaurant & Mezcaleria, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Prawn, Taste of Tehran, Trois Mec and Winston Pies.
  • Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
    Experience the diversity of flavors in our fair city when Sean Lowenthal (Little Beast Restaurant) and L.A. Times Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter highlight Southern cooking, Minh Phan (Porridge + Puffs) shares her technique for elevating porridge, and Charles Olalia (Rice Bar/Ma’am Sir) gives a master class on Filipino cuisine. Wine expert Christine Dalton will raise a glass to rosé. Restaurants include: 71Above, Banh Oui, Coni’Seafood, Holbox/Chichen Itza, Hotville Chicken, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Inko Nito, Kobee Factory & Syrian Kitchen, Meals by Genet and Prince of Venice.

Los Angeles Times’ The Taste, presented by Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home, is produced in association with Best Events and this year The Collins College of Hospitality Management and L.A. Regional Food Bank are the event’s charity beneficiaries. Tickets range from $115 to $165; a $10 discount will be available exclusively to Times subscribers starting July 23.

Also this year for the first time The Taste travels to Costa Mesa this October from Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21 with programming to be announced in September. Details and tickets:

Connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @TheTasteLA (#TasteLA)

Leave a comment below if you plan to attend and what chef, demo or taste is on your foodie list! 

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February 9th, 2015 by Cherry


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June 7th, 2014 by Cherry

As the half year mark passes am looking to get some culture with live theatre with the actors gang.   So imagine my delight at the opportunity to maybe win a fun night in Culver city with the Actor’s Gang.  Hmm who would I take??? Well likely one of my friends since I haven’t met anyone lately worthy of a weekend of culture.  Of course am hoping that will change so maybe I should save this fun prize (if lucky enough to win).  Even if I don’t win I do think that after July I’ll organize a night in Culver City with friends with a play, dinner and dancing!  I have to say I’m a major fan of the fun low key vibe of Culver City.  A very walkable place with options to eat to entice anyone’s taste buds from chipotle to a burger gastro beer pub and anyone in between.  I especially like that I can sometimes decide on starting the night shaking my groove thing at Rush Street to getting my sing on at the Backstage!  Easy parking, fun people and people watching .. ohh I need to call my friends now to set up a fun Culver City night!  June is my birthday month and it’s been a while but I feel like having FUN!  Like Cyndi says girls .. WOMEN just want to have fun!

Enter to win the I <3 Culver City Package!

Tickets: $10 donation to The Actors’ Gang (or 3 for $25)

Drawing: Friday, June 13 at 4pm (Los Angeles time) – Package will be mailed to winner.

Package includes:

SONY PICTURES STUDIO Tours for 4 ($152 value)
One-night stay at THE CULVER HOTEL ($300)
(2) 30 Minute Massages at THE MASSAGE GARAGE ($64)
Lunch for 4 at LUNCH ($40)
Dinner for 4 at LYFE KITCHEN ($100)
Shopping Spree at LUNDEEN’S GIFT SHOP ($100)
(4) Tickets to a production at The Actors’ Gang ($140)
Total Value: $896

To enter, make a donation at (all donations received between now and next Friday at 5pm will be entered in the drawing – 1 ticket per $10 / 3 tickets per $25). Good luck and thank you for supporting The Actors’ Gang!

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January 23rd, 2014 by Cherry

Well I’m thinking it’s going to be all right since who doesn’t love to laugh???  Sign me up!  I’m very intrigued with this show.  I’m hoping they’ll pay homage to my old school Doctor’s that I grew up watching!  Hmm what would I suggest?  Well you know I need some K9, the Master (best Who Villain EVER),  Martha (favorite new companion who I MISSED in the 50th anniversary special .. urgh Rose HATE HER!!) and their trapped in a box!  Wait isn’t that an episode already from Moffit??? What would you suggest for the show?  Do you want to join me in Hollywood for a fun night out of humor and geekiness?  Perfect idea for a date .. hint hint!!!

Doctor Who Live!


The cast of Doctor Who Live will take a suggestion from the audience and use it as inspiration to create a fully improvised episode of Doctor Who – never before seen on TV or stage and never to be seen again!

Find us on Facebook

Twitter: @DoctorWhoLiveLA

“It’s great, you can get drinks and laughs for good prices, and they have nerdy and non-nerdy shows alike.” –

Article review from Comic Attack

Starring: Peter FluetChris McGowanGian MolinaMarkeia McCartyFrank MoranChris ThompsonDaniel WeissAndrew PishAndrew WollmanAlexis NotabartoloJen Krueger

Tickets can be purchased for performance(s) by clicking on the appropriate show date below Upcoming shows:
Saturday, January 25 @ 10:30 PM in the Main Stage – tickets are $5 (FREE for iO students)

For tickets, call (323) 962-7560 or find this show on the iO West page atTicketweb


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Gian Molina
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Markeia McCarty
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Frank Moran
Chris Thompson
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Jen Krueger

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