BevCon 2018 is the Industry event in LA

I’m very excited to learn more about BevCon® the industry event founded by Angel Postell, owner of Sipindipity in 2016 from this idea a yearly event has sprouted wings and 2018 BevCon is fast approaching!

If you haven’t heard of BevCon® you are missing out on the industry only beverage event. It’s the event where professional bartenders, sommeliers, buyers, beverage makers, distributors, and importers are converging to network, learn and grow. The 2 day event with closing night party. Over the 2 1/2 days they have Bar Pop-Ups, sessions that cover everything from inclusion in the industry, moving your brand to the next level, LA Food Truck Culture, tastings and the Learning Sessions all of these must attend event for industry staff that work behind the bar, in the office, PR, marketing or covers the beverage industry!

The daily presentation will cover a variety of topics from operations, financial and legal issues, beverage making, new and cutting-edge techniques, and trends in the wine, spirits, beer and non-alcoholic industries that attendees can use in their business, writing and working with clients. This year’s BevCon is focusing on international trends, personalities and offer a tasting component of rare and hard to find products.

Tickets are still available for purchase to attend the third year of BevCon. It’s an opportunity to network with the movers and shakers (a little martini humor) I’m very excited for the 2018 Cocktail Competition! I always enjoy tasting new cocktails and seeing a great ‘show’. It’s not just going to be tasting, drinks, laughter and cocktails it’s also an opportunity to hear from successful brands, mixologists, restauranteurs, writers who cover the industry and others in the field to discuss success and failure that attendees can implement.

 

 

Unlimited pizza at A Tutta Pizza. What’s better than that?

By Gigi

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I went to A Tutta Pizza!(LA Foodbowl) This event located in the Hollywood Palladium was sponsored by Nissan, Hornitos, Maker’s Mark, and Italia to name a few. La Foodbowl holds fabulous food events all throughout the LA region for the month of May in hope to help raise awareness and funds to combat food waste, hunger, food insecurity, and promote sustainability.

A Tutta Pizza was my first ever food event! I had a lot of fun navigating the scene to make sure I could sample pizza from each of the 20+ pizza vendors on site. Unfortunately, I was not able to achieve that goal, but the next time I attend a similar event I will make sure I visit each table. I enjoyed the carbo-load, and ate every pizza slice in my proximity. 

Not only was there unlimited pizza, but LA Foodbowl also had workshops, panels, a photobooth, and a live DJ. I decided to attend the A’ Pizza! A Pizza Lab with Enzo Coccia workshop. There I was taught how to make pizza dough by hand like a true Italian. The workshop was led by Enzo Coccia. He even chose me to help him make deep fried pizza dough. On top of that, I met Jonathan Gold, renown restaurant critic for the LA Times. We even took a picture together.

I was very excited to see that many tables served margarita pizza, which is my favorite. I’m not ashamed to say, I stuffed my face with a few too many slices. As I said above, I attempted to make it around to each table, so I tried a variety of pizza flavors. I even tried pizza topped with purple brussel sprouts! It sounds crazy, but the pizza was both beautiful and tasty. You can’t say I didn’t eat any vegetables. My favorite pizza came from Ray’s and Stark Bar. Their pizza was topped with cute little purple flowers and the cheese was to die for. Personally the most important part of the pizza is cheese, that’s why I love margarita pizza so much. The Ray’s and Stark Bar pizza left a big impression on me and the other guests. It lined traveled across the festival site. 

For other fun events visit http://lafoodbowl.com. Comment your favorite pizza below; mine is margarita and goat cheese pizza! 

Join me at the LA Times the Taste

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.04.10 PMThe 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.

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.05.19 PMOPENING NIGHT

FIELD TO FORK

DINNER WITH A TWIST

SUNDAY BLOCK PARTY

FLAVORS OF LA

 

 

TASTE - OPENNING NIGHT

AN EVENING AMONG THE CULINARY STARS

Hosted by Noelle Carter, Jonathan Gold, Jenn Harris and Amy Scattergood

FRI., SEPT. 2 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM

TASTE - FIELD TO FORK

FRESH TASTES FROM LA’S BEST CHEFS

Hosted by Amy Scattergood and Michael Cimarusti

SAT., SEPT. 3 | 11 AM – 2 PM

TASTE - DINNER WITH A TWIST

LET THE GOOD TIMES POUR

Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Jenn Harris, Ray Garcia and Michael Lay

SAT., SEPT. 3 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM

TASTE - SUNDAY BLOCK PARTY

SUMMER’S LAST HURRAH

Hosted by Noelle Carter and Mary Sue Milliken

SUN., SEPT. 4 | 11 AM – 2 PM

TASTE - FLAVORS OF LA

ONE CITY, COUNTLESS TASTES

Hosted by Jonathan Gold and Kris Yenbamroong

SUN., SEPT. 4 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM

TASTE - PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

RELIVE SOME OF OUR TASTIEST MOMENTS

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.

Cooking BBQ with Darth Vader and the Death Star

Buy Star Wars Death Star BBQ and other gifts online - The FowndryI used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They’re not much bigger than two meters. – Luke, Star Wars: Episode IV A new Hope

Better keep Luke away from the new Star Wars Death Star Grill available for pre-order from TheFowndry for £99.99 (estimate $142.54 US) or he just might blow it up with a few of his rebel pals! <guffaw>  This grill is for the carnivore AND vegetarian grill fan or just a Star Wars fanboy/fangirl that must own a Death Star the can fit in your home or apt patio area. Just make sure that the rebels don’t make off with Princess Leia before your down with the interrogation! I think this looks almost TOO good to use and would look great in my living room full of geek collectibles!

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What will you cook in the Death Star? Let me know in the comments below and maybe I’ll swing by for a BBQ cookout!

 

Star Wars Death Star BBQ

NEW

£99.99

Buy Star Wars Death Star BBQ and other gifts online - The Fowndry

The Death Star Barbecue has the power to annihilate an entire chicken. Or, in the right hands, cook an al fresco feast in classic, sci-fi style.

That’s no moon… It’s the sun! And if it’s hovering over the house it means barbecue season is upon us. But don’t settle for your run-of-the-mill sputniks, dazzle your guests and terrorise the outer rim planets with the Death Star BBQ.

This officially licensed outdoor grill is made from stainless steel – so even if you’ve strafed it with a rebel sausage, it’ll still buff up like new. The intricate detailing isn’t just there for show either. Cleverly disguised as a devastating laser, the lid of the Death Star BBQ has an adjustable thermal vent – perfect for regulating heat. Just keep an eye out for X-wings.

The Lowdown:

  • Officially licensed Star Wars barbecue
  • Made from stainless steel
  • Adjustable air vents
  • Heatproof handle

Dimensions:

  • Weighs approx 3.5kg (7.72 lbs.)
  • Stands 84cm (33″) tall
  • Boxed size: 39.5cm X 23.0cm X 41.0cm (15.5″ x 9.05″ x 16.14″)

LA Weekly 99 Essential Restaurants Foodie Event DTLA

All my foodies meet me DTLA for the LA Weekly’s The Essentials event on Saturday, February 20th at the California Market Center.

 

 

It will be a fun night of tasty bites and samples of beer, wine & cocktails from 60 of LA’s best restaurants featured in LA Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants issue that will be out the same week!

The Essentials