The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl Returns With a Month-Long Culinary Celebration in May

April 9, 2018 by Karin E. Baker
Taco Maria

Taco Maria. Photo by Ann Fishbein

When Jonathan Gold declares that he engaged in “some of the best food moments I’ve ever had” at a particular food festival, aren’t you a wee bit curious about checking it out for yourself?


Fortunately, you can do so in just a few weeks. 2017’s Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, the event Gold referred to during a recent press conference, is returning for the entire month of May, with a standout roster of more than 200 gustatory experiences. Billing itself as “a new kind of food festival,” this month-long event is as focused on fighting hunger and food waste as it is on creating great culinary adventures. With homelessness in Los Angeles up a staggering 75% over the last six years, helping the less fortunate with fundraising events like the Food Bowl is more essential than ever.

After a launch party on April 30, the first official day of Food Bowl 2018 will kick off with “Changing the World Through the Power of Food,” presented by L.A. Kitchen at the Wiltern with guests José Andrés, Jonathan Gold, Zooey Deschanel, Ron Finley, Susan Feniger, Nyesha Arrington, and Tim Kilcoyne. The month that follows will offer a cornucopia of tastings, discussions, dinners, and festivals. Among the the Food Bowl’s most anticipated 2018 events:

  • Peruvian Feast at Rosaliné. Ricardo Zarete will collaborate with Peruvian chef Virgillio Martinez on a three-course, Japanese-Peruvian feast at Zarete’s latest acclaimed restaurant.
  • In Praise of the Tortilla at Taco Maria: Chefs Carlos Salgado and Gabriela Cámara collaborate on a four-course dinner celebrating maíz and tortillas as the foundation of Mexican cuisine.
  • Tribute to Tui Sungkamee: At the Line Hotel’s tribute to late chef Tui Sungkamee of Jitlada, Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market Song), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), Jet Tila (101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die) and Jazz Singsanong (Jitlada) will unite for a K-Town evening of tastings, food stations, and live entertainment.
  • E.P. & L.P. Presents Street Elite, a seven-course dinner of elevated Asian street food with guest chefs Matt Abergel (of Ronin in Hong Kong) and Dan Hong (of Mr. Wong in Sydney, Australia) which includes cuttlefish, quail, and lobster dumplings.
  • The Jonathan Gold Film Festival will feature screenings around L.A. of more than 20 food-focused movies, including My Dinner with Andre, City of Gold, Babette’s Feast, and Dinner, Dessert and a Movie at Silver Lake’s Casita del Campo (a screening of the Mexican film Like Water for Chocolate accompanied by chocolate margaritas and Mexican chocolate ice cream)
  • Spirits by the Train. Taking place at Union Station’s North Patio, this cocktail and hors d’oeuvres event will focus on spirits produced in L.A. and throughout Southern California.
  • Taste of the Red Line Food Tour. Travel on the Red Line subway from DTLA to Koreatown to Hollywood, making five stops along the way to try some lesser-known food gems.
  • ...A Tutta Pizza! This celebration of pizza at the Hollywood Palladium will feature more than 20 pizza vendors (pizzerias, restaurants, and pizza trucks), talks featuring Jonathan Gold, Nancy Silverton (Mozze), and Tony Gemignani (Tony’s Pizza Napoletana), and more.
  • How Trader Joe’s Changed How America Eats,” a free talk at the Central Library.
  • Masters of Taste, a food and beverage festival held on the green of the Rose Bowl will feature tastes from 40+ restaurants, chefs and desert creators, along with handcrafted cocktails and tastings from 25+ spirit brands, bars, wineries, and local and craft breweries. All proceeds benefit the homeless.
  • An Evening in Chef Sang Yoon’s Private Test Kitchen. Enjoy a champagne reception on Chef Sang Yoon’s private test kitchen patio in Culver City, followed by a six-course meal, with wine pairings, of items not yet on Lukshon’s menu.

Food Bowl events will take place from May 1-31. For additional info on attending any of these 200 events, check the link here.