It was so hard to keep track of everything I ate this past weekend at the Fourth Annual LA Food & Wine Festival, but I think these photos do a good job showing you some of my favorites! Enjoy!
Looks like some of us may have a new Labor Day tradition! There is no better way to kiss Summer goodbye than by celebrating with the LA Times Food Staff and LA's best restaurants and chefs. The Taste is the last big food event of the season and it's going to be one amazing party taking over the Paramount Studios Lot...you better come, I'm inviting you right now!
Foodie festivities begin Friday, August 29th at 7:30 pm with the opening night celebration and conclude Sunday evening with Flavors of LA! For three days we get to eat the best LA has to offer and also enjoy discussions and cooking demos with your favorite chefs and LA times food staff members!
It's so exciting to be living in Los Angeles where the dining scene gets more impressive almost by the month!
Opening Night; Fri., Aug. 29th, 7:30 to 11:00 p.m.
Restaurants include CAFÉ del REY, DeSano Pizza Bakery, Girasol, Guelaguetza, Hamasaku, Mexicali Taco & Co., Pedalers Fork, Phorage, Plan Check, Sotto, Sushi Roku, THE Blvd Restaurant, Waterloo & City.
Field to Fork – Hosted by Russ Parsons, Times Food Editor, and Nancy Silverton, Chef/Co-Owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza; Sat., Aug. 30th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Restaurants include BOA Steakhouse, Chichén Itzá, Eveleigh, Girasol, Lemonade, Lotería Grill, Lum-Ka-Naad Thai, Michaels on Naples, Napa Valley Grille, Palihouse Brasserie, Pono Burger, Tender Greens.
Dinner with a Twist – Hosted by Betty Hallock, Times Deputy Food Editor, Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, John Sedlar, Chef/Owner of Rivera, and Master Bartender Julian Cox; Sat., Aug. 30th, 7:30 to 11:00 p.m.
Restaurants include BierBeisl, Carnitas El Momo, Craig’s Restaurant, Grub, Public School on Tap, RivaBella, Sotto, The Churchill, The Misfit Restaurant + Bar, The Raymond.
Sunday Brunch – Hosted by Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Thomas Keller, Chef/Proprietor of The French Laundry and Bouchon; Sun., Aug. 31st, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Restaurants include Del Rey Deli Co., Guelaguetza, Lotería Grill, Muddy Leek, my two cents, THE Blvd Restaurant, Wilshire Restaurant.
Flavors of LA, Closing Event – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Michael Cimarusti, Chef/Owner of Providence, Chef/Partner of Connie and Ted’s; Sun., Aug. 31st, 7:30 to 11:00 p.m.
Restaurants include Acabar, Ayara Thai Cuisine, Border Grill, Fishing with Dynamite, Horse Thief BBQ, Manhattan Beach Post, Meals by Genet, Mr. Chow, Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza, Phorage, Pine & Crane, Urban Garden.
To get your tickets and to explore even more about The Taste, please visit http://events.latimes.com/taste/
I hope to see you there!
Lady and Gentleman Food Pervs, one of the biggest food events of the Summer is almost here, are you ready?! The Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival will be served downtown August 21st through the 24th. Oh and it's presented by one of my favorite publications, you may have heard of it, Food & Wine Magazine.
You can expect to experience nothing less than top shelf culinary excellence from the talents of chefs such as Scott Conant, Michael Chiarello, Michael Mina, Ben Ford, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Nancy Silverton, Graham Elliott, Michelle Bernstein, Ricardo Zarate and Fabio Viviani...you know, just to name a few.
There are numerous events to choose from, if you aren't able to attend them all, Friday through Sunday. Ultimate Bites of LA, Hinoki & The Bird lunch with Kuniko Yogi and Charles Pham, Champagne and Caviar with Sang Yoon, The LEXUS Grand Tasting and plenty more! Also be prepared for live culinary demonstrations, tastings from world-class wineries, book signings and mixology seminars. Most importantly, look your best, you may have the chance to snap a selfie with your favorite chef! (WINK)
If you're out of town these days, I'm sorry to hear that, but if you're going to be around, your stomach cannot afford to miss this! Which reminds me...I should really get back to spin class!
For more information and ticket purchasing please visit
The Crave Expo, was a premiere event bringing the best quality from the LA culinary community straight to your palate. This expo personally showcased the talents of chefs, bartenders, bakers, and caterers to the public all at once. I was so impressed by the concept that I wanted to learn more! Check out my interview with the Crave Expo co-founders and team, Jacob Lee, Peter Paik and Martin Kim.
What was the inspiration for this business concept?
We saw our good friend Miles Canares, owner of Venue Tradeshow, bring in a new urban fashion trade show to Los Angeles. While visiting his show, we were awestruck by how buyers and exhibitors were engaging with one another and conducting business. Right there we got the epiphany: bring the tradeshow blueprint to the food industry. After much research, we were thrilled to find there was not a place where the food industry can gather in one place while conducting business with only their targeted leads.
What do you hope to accomplish at this premiere event?
We want Crave Expo to be everyone's one stop shop for their catering needs. We want our name to be synonymous with food and catering. We believe we can accomplish that by showcasing the best food exhibitors and inviting the best professional guests who will help market them or partner with them.
Why should people come to you for their catering needs?
We pride ourselves in showcasing the best exhibitors that each city has to offer. Imagine a town with all five star ratings with different cuisines, new concepts, and entertainment, how marvelous would that be! You can find all that in Crave Expo. You can come with confidence knowing these exhibitors have been vouched by us.
What has the reaction been from your clients?
Truly, these past few months have been a humbling and exciting time for us. It was amazing to see both our exhibitors and guests say that Crave was needed in both their industries. The exhibitors needed a platform to showcase their creativity and creation to those who matter. While the event coordinators, film productions, corporate offices, brides and grooms needed a place where they can sample variety of different food without traveling to multiple places wasting time.
What does your business aim to accomplish for its customers?
We want our guests to "work", finding their next caterer, while having a great time. We have been to countless shows where their guests are in and out in 30 minutes! We want our guests to network, lounge, and enjoy themselves while they are here. This way each guests and exhibitors can build a comfort level where conducting business is not awkward.
What are your individual relationships like with food?
Jacob has been wanting to open up his own restaurant ever since middle school. He enrolled in Art Institute - Culinary and worked as a chef. He loves to be in shape, but it's so difficult for him since he wants to experience every restaurant and cuisine!
Peter has always valued customer service above all else. Working as a chef, there was not a better feeling when his customers would take pictures and rave about his food.
Martin's love for food is unmatched. Traveling all over the world finding the best local eateries and trying exotic food, are his passion. (Try to catch him eating one of the exhibitor's food, and look at his facial expression!)
What was the most enjoyable part of planning this expo?
Meeting with our exhibitors was truly our biggest joy during this journey. Bringing us samples, introducing us to other professionals, inviting us to parties, negotiating, emailing, etc., was truly a vindication for us that we are in the right business; which ultimately is helping one another.
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