Food lovers unite!
This coming Labor Day weekend LA Times: The Taste returns for its annual celebration of the SoCal food scene in a three-day event that’s sure to be as impressive a display of culinary excellence as anything you’ll find all year in the city of angels.
And if the sneak preview Christina and I attended last week at the LA Times test kitchen is any indication, the food/drink served up is going to be (no surprise) superb.
Chef Michael Fiorelli (Love & Salt), Master Bartender Vincenzo Marianella, Chef Gary Menes (Le Comptoir), Chef Carlos Salgado (Taco María) and Chef Corina Weibel (Canelé) join The Times’ Food staff as co-hosts of the festivities, which will feature five distinct events all held at the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot starting with Friday’s opening night.
Special features of the weekend include a ‘root to table’ roundtable, a special dinner hosted by Jonathan Gold, demos from Love & Salt’s Fiorelli and Marianella, Roy Choi, Curtis Stone and more, plus unlimited tastings and pours at all events.
Opening Night tickets are $150. Tickets for each of the Saturday and Sunday events range from $100 to $125, and a $25 discount on individual tickets is available exclusively to Los Angeles Times subscribers.
All tickets via the LA Time website, and all events are 21+ only.
See full schedule of Taste events below!
Fri., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Opening Night. Restaurants include: BierBeisl Imbiss & Bakery, Chichen Itza Restaurant, Coni’Seafood, Horse Thief BBQ, Komodo, Sotto Restaurant and THEBlvd Beverly Wilshire.
Sat., Sept. 5th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Field to Fork – Hosted by Russ Parsons, Times Food Writer and Columnist, and Gary Menes, Chef/Owner of Le Comptoir. Restaurants includes: Hinoki & The Bird, Kye’s, M Café, Mayura Indian Cuisine, Michael’s on Naples and Westside Tavern, along with Choctal ice cream
Sat., Sept. 5th, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Dinner with a Twist – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, Jenn Harris, Times Deputy Food Editor, Michael Fiorelli, Chef of Love & Salt, and Master Bartender Vincenzo Maríanella. Restaurants include Aqui es Texcoco, Diablo Taco, Ensaymada Project, Estrella, Ford’s Filling Station, Rocio’s Mole de los Dioses and The Churchill.
Sun., Sept. 6th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday Brunch and BBQ – Hosted by Amy Scattergood, Times Food Editor, Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Corina Weibel, Chef/Co-Owner of Canelé. Restaurants include: Canelé, Doomie’s Home Cookin’, POT, The Churchill and The Hudson, along with Diablo Pops. Use special code LATBrunchtastic to get 10% off this event!
Sun., Sept. 6, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Flavors of L.A. – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Carlos Salgado, Chef of Taco María. Restaurants include Bar Pintxo, CHAYA, Gasolina Café, Joe’s Restaurant, Madcapra, Racion and Worldwide Tacos.