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The best way to celebrate Labor Day is three days with the demo, cooking, wine and mixology demos the Los Angeles Times The Taste. The celebration of SoCal food that represents the diversity of not only LA but the USA. The LAT Food staff is taking over the Paramount backlot. The Block Party is for the SoCal neighborhood so come hungry for three nights of bites from August 30 to September 1st.
VIP Access Presented by City National Bank
- First in the door access to main event
- Convenient and free parking inside the Paramount Pictures gates (savings of $15)
- A selection of highly-rated international premium wines and among the first to taste the west coast debut of the highly anticipated Mod Seléction Réserve Champagne
- Exclusive spirit samplings of Roku Gin, Haku Vodka, and Toki Whiskey by House of Suntory
- Exclusive dishes by chefs including David LeFevre of Manhattan Beach Post/Fishing with Dynamite (Friday), Curtis Stone Events (Saturday), and Phillip Frankland Lee of Sushi Bar (Sunday)
- Behind the scenes tour of Paramount Pictures Studios
- Access to furnished lounge during the entire event
Friday, Aug. 30, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
L.A. Times Food Columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson will cook up a special on-stage presentation of one of his favorite projects for the Food section. Paola Da Re and Giorgia Sinatra (Pasta Sisters) will lead an Italian cooking demonstration with Chiara Soldati (La Scolca) who will lead a wine discussion, presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The Times’ Wine Club will launch with a demo by expert Mark Oldman. Take a wine tour through France with Ira Norof (Southern Glazer’s), Erin Landsberg (American Wine & Spirits) and Troy Chappel (Southern Glazer’s). Restaurants include: 40 Love, Baldoria Bar + Kitchen, Bibigo Kitchen, Burritos La Palma, Casa Vega, Donut Friend, Fat Dragon, Izakaya Osen, LBK Pizzeria, Love & Salt, Ma’am Sir, Mainland Poke, MANEATINGPLANT, Park’s BBQ, Pop’s Bagels, Prawn Coastal, Rao’s Hollywood, Salazar, SLAB, Supercool Creamery and Wurstküche.
Saturday, Aug. 31, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Delicious food and plenty of spice will be the order of the night with Kim Prince (Hotville Chicken) as she showcases her famous Nashville hot chicken with L.A. Times Senior Food Writer Jenn Harris. Chefs Pawan, Nakul and Arjun Mahendro (Badmaash) will demonstrate their mix of contemporary and nostalgic approaches in creating delicious Indian fare, hosted by Times Cooking Editor Genevieve Ko. Get a rice wine 101 with a sake demo by Courtney Kaplan (Ototo). The Bar Stage will feature Ira Norof and Wes Hagen (J. Wilkes Wines) talking wine, enlightenment and contentment. Restaurants include: Baltaire, Bull & Butterfly, Castaway, Coni’Seafood, Employees Only, Faith & Flower, Granville, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Little Sister, Madre, Mister O’s, Nic’s on Beverly, Ocean Prime, Pedalers Fork, Pikoh, Sosta, The Bellwether, Viviane and a special collaboration between Freedman’s and Genghis Cohen.
Sunday, Sept. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Teresa Montaño (Otoño) will demonstrate how to cook one of her favorite Spanish-inspired dishes with L.A. Times Food Writer Amy Scattergood. Learn how to make the perfect Tijuana-style taco with Jorge Alvarez-Tostado and Victor Delgado (Tacos 1986). Chris Bianco (Tartine Bianco) will show home cooks how to make a relaxed Italian meal with Times Deputy Food Editor Andrea Chang. Tobin Shea (Redbird) will shake up a seasonal mocktail, and the Bar Stage will feature a discussion about women in wine with Ira Norof, Chiara Soldati and Lora Tagliarina (Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits). Restaurants include: Aqui es Texcoco, Bone Kettle, Cal Mare, Chao Krung, Eve, HomeState, Jitlada, Kobee Factory, Lalibela Ethiopian, Le Comptoir, LN2, Mora Italiano, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Same Same, The Bazaar by José Andrés and Triple Beam Pizza.
Los Angeles Times’ The Taste is produced in association with Best Events. The Collins College of Hospitality Management and L.A. Regional Food Bank are the event’s charity beneficiaries. Tickets range from $115 to $190; a discount will be available exclusively to Times subscribers for select events starting July 19. For the second year in a row, The Taste will travel to Costa Mesa for three events over two days in October (Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19), with the programming lineup to be announced in September. Details and tickets: latimes.com/TheTaste. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheTasteLA (#TasteLA).