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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 latimes.com/TheTaste

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: latimes.com/TheTaste.

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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, 2016 by Cherry

Kick off your Valentine’s month with this great ticket deal. You can attend the 2016 LA Weekly’s The Essentials  for only $90

With The Essentials event less than 2 weeks away, we have decided to run a special deal to sell out the event prior to the 20th. (doesn’t this make us sound desperate?)
Tuesday – Sunday ONLY, (readers will have the opportunity to) take advantage of a special Valentine’s Day Value Pack and get two tickets to LA Weekly’s The Essentials for only $90. That is over $50 in savings!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to say “I Love You’ then with tickets to LA’s BEST food and wine event of the year!
Tuesday – Sunday ONLY, take advantage of this special Valentine’s Day Value Pack and get two tickets to LA Weekly’s The Essentials for only $90. That is over $50 in savings!
L.A. Weekly’s The Essentials is coming Saturday, February 20, 2016 at The California Market Center in Downtown LA. We have 60 of the 99 most essential restaurants and chefs in the city sampling bites of the signature dishes that have made them famous.
And no date night is complete without the wine! Wine Exchange has curated a wide range of classic wine styles from around the world along with cutting edge wineries, to pair perfectly with the dishes from the amazing lineup of restaurants.
Limited supply available so take advantage of this deal NOW before it is gone. Tickets can be purchased at ticketf.ly/1SqR9ka
LA Weekly presents The Essentials, our signature food and wine event benefitting Food Forward!
LA Weekly’s The Essentials
A.O.C., Animal, Beverly Soon Tofu, Broken Spanish, Chengdu Taste, Chichen Itza, Coni’ Seafood, Crossroads, Guelaguetza, Guerrilla Tacos, ink., Jitlada Southern Thai, Kiriko Sushi, Kogi BBQ, La Casita Mexicana, Lucques, Mariscos Jalisco, Park’s BBQ, POT, Providence, Republique, Sotto, Spago, Sqirl, Szechuan Impression, Terrine, the hungry cat, Night + Market, Wexler’s Deli, Baroo, Jon & Vinny’s, Le Comptoir, Racion, Luv2eat Thai Bistro, RedBird, RiceBar, Mélisse, Philippe the Original, Bestia, Cassia, Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen, Guisados, Lukshon, Connie and Ted’s, Maude, Belcampo Meat Co., Little Sister, Dune, Pine & Crane, Union, Aqui es Texcoco, Burritos La Palma, Cacao Mexicatessen, Corazon y Miel, Bludso’s BBQ, Osteria Mozza, Trois Mec, Papilles Bistro, El Huarache Azteca, Button Mash
Saturday Feb 20, 2016

Doors: 6:00 PM (ends at 10:00 PM)

$0 – $110

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January 31st, 2016 by Cherry

I am excited for the opening night of Dirty Dancing at the Pantages. You can’t put BABY in the corner for the three week engagement that begins February 2nd          

Opening Night is Tuesday, February 2nd,  2016 at 8pm.

THREE-WEEK L.A. ENGAGEMENT WILL PLAY

HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE; FEBRUARY 2-21, 2016

The Nederlander Organization announced the cast of DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage featuring Gillian Abbot as “Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman,” Christopher Tierney as “Johnny Castle,” Doug Carpenter as “Billy Kostecki,” Jerome Hermann-Hardeman as “Tito Suarez,” Ryan Jesse as “Neil Kellerman,” Gary Lynch as “Max Kellerman,” Scott McCreary as “Robbie Gould,” Herman Petras as “Mr. Schumacher,” Alex Scolari as “Lisa Houseman,” Margot White as “Marjorie Houseman,” Mark Elliot Wilson as “Dr. Jake Houseman” and Jenny Winton as “Penny Johnson.”  As well as cast members John Antony, Rachel Marie Bell, Danielle Diniz, Jon Drake, Josh Drake, Rashaan James II, Joshua Keith, Kevin Mylrea, Katelyn Prominski, Amy Quanbeck, Alana Randall, Sean Rozanski, Adrienne Walker, and Devan Watring. Enriching the live experience will be the eight piece onstage band with all the sexy dancing you can handle! If you’ve seen the film than  you know not only the star crossed love story of girl of privilege and the adult townie lothario who is seduced with hit songs  “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.”

dd07cLondon’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”dd06c Tickets for DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage are on sale now and are available for purchase at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Boulevard). The box office opens daily at 10am except for Holidays. Ticket prices start at $29. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets by calling 866-755-3075 or by visiting www.PantagesGroups.com.

 

The performance schedule for DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage is Tuesday through Friday at 8pmSaturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.

For more information about DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage, visit the official show site: www.us.dirtydancingontour.com

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The North American tour of DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Amber Jacobsen, NETworks Presentations LLC, Grove Entertainment and Col Joye in association with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, and Magic Hour Productions.

DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage began as an eight-week staged workshop in Manhattan in the fall of 2001. It was first performed at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia in November 2004 before embarking upon a hugely successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A new production opened at the Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany in March 2006 where it broke records for achieving the highest advance in European history.

The production began performances on London’s West End in October 2006 with an £11 million advance and went on to become the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre. It closed in July 2011 in advance of a two-year UK national tour and then returned to London for a strictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre.

The show has gone on to perform across the world in markets as diverse as Utrecht, Holland, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.Most recently, it has been represented by a new UK tour (which launched March 2014 in Bristol), a German tour (which launched April 2014 in Berlin) and an Italian production (which launched October 2014 in Milan). The show returned to Australia with a new tour that premiered in late 2014 in honor of the stage production’s 10th anniversary.

 

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January 31st, 2016 by Cherry

LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show Rocks

Take your sweetie to the 2016 LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show at the LA Convention Center to kick off the month of love! This is the biggest baking and sweets convention on the West Coast and this year the event has expanded to 3x the space and 2 days of sampling!

This festival is the perfect opportunity to enjoy tastes from local and national sweet companies that can be enjoyed by vegan and gluten-free dessert lovers.

As you can see below the two day event has presentations, classes AND of course tastings! The VIP tickets are sold out for 2016 but general tickets are still available! So if you have a ‘SWEET’ blast this year make sure you buy your tickets early to enjoy the special treats in the the VIP area!

    

 

Your entry includes:
Sample hundreds of delicious sweet creations from local and national brands alike. Plenty of gluten-free and vegan options, too!

A packed culinary celebrity guest lineup from the stars of YouTube, Masterchef, Next Food Network Star, Chopped, The Cooking Channel.

Our Saturday headliner is Chef Ron Ben-Israel, world famous “King of Cakes” and star of Food Network’s “Sweet Genius”! 

Our Sunday headliner is Rosanna Pansino, the superstar host, creator and star and author of “Nerdy Nummies”.

Hands-on cookie and cake decorating classes. Expand your skills with fondant, buttercream, sugar flowers, blown sugar, candy apple making, chocolate modeling, candy kabob making…

Baking demos and classes from your favorite TV and blog personalities on topics such as Traditional Baking and Vegan Treats. Then, sample everything afterward! YouTube star Sugarcoder will be on hand to teach her kawaii macarons. Fellow YouTube star Sweet Art Made Simple will teach Valentine’s Day cookie decorating. Jo of Cake Poppin will teach Cake Pop 101. Our programming partners New School of Cooking and The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories will present classes and demos for all to enjoy. More demonstrators and teachers will be announced weekly.

Fan of Food TV? Food Network will film “Cake Masters” with Duff Goldman onsite! We’ve ordered a special cake for some of our lucky attendees to enjoy on Saturday, February 6. We will also reprise our annual Masterchef Stars Take the Stage panel with some of your favorite past contestants joining to share their experiences and give tips on how to become the next reality TV star.

Foodstirs and Foodstirs co-founder Sarah Michelle Gellar have joined us! Foodstirs offers creative baking and craft kits to bring your family together in the kitchen. Its co-founder, Sarah Michelle Gellar, joins us on the Main Stage on Saturday, February 6th to demo the Foodstirs fun with a panel of bloggers.
Decorators’ Showcase to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with local cake, cookie, cake pop and cupcake decorators showing their most intricate creations.

Amazing Fun & Activity Zones for the Whole Family
Our Otis Spunkmeyer Kids Zone with toddler and big kid play zones, crafts, snacks, games and activities, plus cookie decorating by Baking With Melissa, no-bake dessert demos by A Yummy Future and face painting — all free. Play with CityMoms Pass in the Kids Zone  Sensory stations, crafts, giveaways and goodies too!

Mommy Nearest is bringing free toothbrushes and other dental swag to help you recover from the sugar rush. A Yummy Future will be onsite with no-bake dessert classes for the kids. Otis Spunkmeyer will present tasty samples, games and more!

Two VIP Rooms for our VIP Weekend Pass ticketholders, press, professionals and celebrities. VIPs enjoy early entry to the show both days of the show, free massages by the National Holistic Institute, and an exclusive selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic sips and bites, plus an exclusive collectible canvas tote bag. Baby Bea’s Bake Shop will be on hand with complimentary cupcake decorating for our VIP, Press and Celebrity guests. The VIP Experience also features cake pops by Albert’s Petite Sweets, a sample of Tatrateas tea liqueur, Diama sparkling wine by San Antonio Winery and treats from winners of shows like Cupcake Wars and Cake Wars such as The Cake Mamas and Cream by Crystal, plus celebrity cake artist Bree’s Cakes and Sprinkles Cupcakes (Saturday only for Sprinkles).

**VIP Sunday Tickets are nearly sold out. We welcome new VIP Exhibitors Creme Caramel LA with Spring Baking Championship stars Kristine and Sandy; Papillon Bakery and its amazing Nutella ‘ponchiks’ (Armenian donuts); Yellow Tomato Catering; Little Spoon Frozen Pudding (Sunday only for Little Spoon); the Girl Scouts and more to be announced!**

Programming for Professionals to help you build your business and learn new sugar art and baking skills. Professionals also receive early entry both days of the show. Formosa Flexible Packaging America, Amoretti, Americana Ingredients, Divine Specialties, Paasche Airbrush, Satin Ice, Caljava/FondX and many other amazing B2B companies are ready to help you take your craft and business to the next level.

Five Classrooms and Stages just for learning more about baking and decorating!

 

***We sold out well in advance of our 2015 show. This event page is for the February 6 and 7, 2016 LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show and we expect to sell out again.***

FAQs

How will your 2016 show be different than your 2015 show?

We were blown away by the amazing response to our 2015 show! In 2016, we’re delivering even more exhibitors, more demos and hands-on classes with full audiovisual support, more sugar art to marvel at, and much more shopping for bakers, decorators and foodies. We also have 3x the space, a 2-day schedule, and early entry for VIPs, professionals, and press.

What isn’t changing: our incredible lineup of celebrity guests, endless extravaganza of delicious free samples and family-friendly atmosphere!

I love baking and decorating. Can I do some quality shopping at the event?

You don’t want to miss LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show. Our list of retailers grows sweeter every day. Come check out the best in ingredients, tools and decor from sponsors Amoretti, Kake Kreations, BakersBodega, Heilala Vanilla, Divine Specialties, Americana Ingredients and exhibitors from all over the world including Simi Cakes & Confections, All Your Baking Kneads, Fiesta Cake Supplies, Caljava, FondX Rolled Fondant and more.

Professional baker or creator? Our sponsors Formosa Flexible Packaging America, Americana Ingredients, Paasche Airbrush Company and Divine Specialties are on hand to help you grow your business, too!

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, you may transfer your paid ticket to someone else after purchase. Complimentary tickets given to celebrity guests, contest winners, etc. are non-transferrable.

Can I update my registration information?

Please use this link for instructions: http://help.eventbrite.com/customer/portal/articles/430100-how-to-update-your-ticket-registration-information  There is also a ‘Contact Us’ button at the bottom if you need help!

I bought multiple tickets but I’m giving some away as gifts. Do I need to change the name on all of them?

We’re only checking IDs for complimentary passes given to press and special guests, so if you buy multiple tickets you can leave your name on each one if you’re not sure who you’re bringing. However, each ticket can be scanned at registration only once, so make sure you only share the ticket with its rightful owner.

What are the show hours?

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 — VIP/Pro/Press 10 am – 5 pm, General Admission 11 am – 5 pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – VIP/Pro/Press 10 am – 4 pm, General Admission 11 am – 4 pm

When will you sell out?

VIP Sunday tickets are now onsale but nearly sold out! Sunday General Admission is also sold out! Professional Weekend Passes will be sold out by Monday January 25th. Saturday General Admission looks likely to sell out by Wednesday January 27th.

LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show!

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January 20th, 2016 by Cherry

If you are looking for a fun Valentine’s Day Gift for your girlfriend, boyfriend or just reliving a beloved movie as a singleton grab a ticket to see Dirty Dancing Tour for $49 (select seats/dates)! This should be a blast with music from the movie we all love and classic scenes brought to life by a talented cast. Don’t hesitate this if for a limited time only!

 

Have the time of your life with this SPECIAL OFFER! Select Performances are just $49 (Reg. $65-$89)

Seen by millions across the globe, the worldwide smash hit DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story On Stage features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances `Baby’ Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Baby discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters where an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort dance instructor. Baby’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off with breathtaking consequences.

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