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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
The LA Times the Taste is the final summer foodie blowout at the Paramount Studios with four days/nights of yummy tastes! Los Angeles has a great food scenes and the Taste is a great way for you to try delicacies from restaurants all over town.
The chef’s are bringing their A game for the Labor Day weekend with five great events day and night that will appeal to your tastebuds.
Parking for all events will be located in the Paramount Pictures Studios parking structures:
- Paramount Pictures Van Ness parking structure – 783 N. Van Ness Avenue, LA 90038
- Paramount Pictures Gower parking structure – 801 N. Gower Street, LA, 90038
Parking charge will be $13 and is CASH ONLY.
**For faster event entrance to The Taste, we strongly suggest parking and entering through the Van Ness entrance.
When using GPS to reach the event, please program in the parking structure address and please do not attempt to enter the Paramount Pictures lot via either entrance on Melrose Avenue. The Melrose Avenue entrances will not be working parking entrances for the event and you will be redirected.
Uber / Lyft / Public Transport / Taxi drop / Arriving on foot: Please proceed to either the Gower or Van Ness gate. No pedestrian entry will be permitted through the Melrose gates.
Are you meeting me this weekend at the LA Times The Taste? I’m excited to taste some great food, meet new and old foodie friends but don’t forget the sunscreen you’ll be getting lots of sun with your food! If you’re a subscriber to the LA Times you get $25 off! It’s a great way to spend the holiday weekend with friends and family! It’s all ages for the Sunday picnic but 21+ for the events from Friday to Saturday so make sure you have a designated driver or use Lyft, Uber, a cab or limo!
|August 29-31, 2014 • Labor Day weekend
Paramount Pictures Studios
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Taste and drink in all the unique flavors this city has to offer as star chefs and
mixologists serve up imaginative and exciting fare that’s authentically L.A.
*Does not include Opening Night, Secret Cellar or Cocktail Lab.
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I’m super excited to be covering the Los Angeles Times the Taste at Paramount Studios starting tomorrow afternoon. It’s a great opportunity to taste the great cuisine being created by our Los Angeles world class chefs and just enjoy the last gasp of summer. Well this is LA so summer is going to be here a little longer but you know what I mean.
If you don’t have plans you HAVE to grab a ticket to the fun weekend. It’s not just a fun time for foodies BUT a great opportunity for singles to meet someone for romance while wondering the Paramount lot.
Saturday has two events with Field to Fork and the Cocktail Confidential. I’ve posted details about the two events and am looking forward to interviewing not just chefs but also people enjoying this great event. With the proliferation of so many popular food shows it’s no wonder that people are excited for this event organized the the Los Angeles Times. It should be a great morning with learning about tasting wine, ideas for using fresh vegetables at home and just seeing talented chefs showing us how it’s done! Than back at 8pm for the nighttime grownups only mixology demos, competitions and the chance to try new beverages. It’s day that you can’t miss with food, wine and the great company of fellow food fans!
September 1 | 11 am – 3 pm | Paramount Pictures Studios
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Your all-inclusive ticket offers:
Unlimited beer, wine, spirits and food tastings, plus access to all wine seminars and cooking demonstrations.
Wine seminars and cooking demos:
11:45 am – 12:30 pm
How to Taste Wine Like a Master Sommelier featuring:
Fred Dame, MS (Director of Prestige Accounts for American Wine & Spirits of California)
Darius Allyn, MS (Sommelier/Beverage Director at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills)
Ira Norof, CWE (moderator and President of the Society of Wine Educators)
Prepare your palate for a course that will change the way you order wine.
Noon – 12:45 pm
Market Basket Challenge Cooking Demonstration featuring:
Alex Weiser (grower of specialty vegetables and fruits at Weiser Family Farms)
David LeFevre (co-owner and chef at Manhattan Beach Post)
Ray Garcia (chef at Fig and James Beard Rising Star Award winner)
What happens when you give one set of ingredients to two amazing chefs? You’ve seen this type of competition on reality TV and now you can see it live as David and Ray battle it out for creativity, taste appeal and fun.
12:45 – 1:30 pm
Cooking Demonstration featuring Roxana Jullapat (co-owner and chef at Cooks County)
Working with seasonal produce and alternative grains, Roxana’s menus are one of the most farmers’ market driven in town. Stop by to see what she’s slicing and dicing for her latest recipe.
1 – 1:45 pm
State of the Farmer’s Market featuring:
Tara Kolla (owner of Silver Lake Farms)
Diana Rodgers (consultant for the Sunset Strip Farmer’s Market, manager of the Mar Vista Market)
Jordan Toft (executive chef at Eveleigh)
Russ Parsons (moderator)
As farmers markets increase in popularity, so does its need to adapt for the future. Find out what’s in store for your local farms.
1:30 – 2:15 pm
Cooking Demonstration featuring Nyesha Arrington (executive chef at Wilshire)
In 2012, Zagat.com named Nyesha one of the 30 Under 30 – LA’s Hottest Up-And-Comers. See what her latest ingredients are for success.
2:30 – 3:15 pm
Everyday Bordeaux featuring Ira Norof, CWE (President of the Society of Wine Educators and a certified International Bordeaux Educator)
Bordeaux can range from an everyday table wine to some of the most expensive and prestigious wines in the world. Get to know the complexities (and simplicities) of this wonderful varietal.
September 1 | 8 – 11 pm | Paramount Pictures Studios
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Your all-inclusive ticket offers:
Unlimited beer, wine, spirits and food tastings, plus access to all demonstrations.
8:15 – 8:30 PM
Demonstration featuring Tricia Alley, presented by Southern Wine and Spirits
What creative libation will this craft beverage specialist bring to the table? A concoction invented at her former stomping grounds – Black Market Liquor Bar or Providence LA? Stop by to find out.
8:45 – 9 pm
Demonstration featuring Alex Day, presented by Karlsson’s Gold Vodka
From The Science of Shaking to Bar Myth Busters, people have come from all over to drink up Alex’s words of wisdom on today’s cocktail scene. Now you can see the step-by-step process of his latest creation.
9:15 – 10:15 pm
Mix-off on the Backlot: Mixology Competition judged by Julian Cox, Jessica Gelt and Jonathan Gold
Hold onto your garnish, this competition is sure to cause quite a stir! The Cocktail Confidential hosts and our Pulitzer Prize winning restaurant critic will crown one lucky mix-master king or queen of the night.