Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There's Still Time to Get a Taste of L.A. on Labor Day Weekend

A preview of L.A. Times' The Taste brunch event included Loteria chilequiles and citrus bloody marys

August is a busy month for food festivals in L.A with L.A. Food and Wine coming up this weekend with a sprawling array of events from Santa Monica to Downtown.
Noelle Carter of the L.A. Times test kitchen's bacon cinnamon rolls
Labor Day weekend brings L.A. Times' The Taste festival, with five events that all take place at Paramount Studios. This one's got Jonathan Gold and other L.A. Times food writing folk like Russ Parsons, Betty Hallock and Noelle Carter hosting tasting sessions based around brunch, cocktails, fresh produce and the varied flavors of L.A. All events are discounted for L.A. Times members.
Here's what to expect:
Friday, Aug. 29: Opening night showcases restaurants like Jitlada, De Sano Pizza, Alma, Hinoki & the Bird and the Church Key, along with the awesome alternative cover band Black Crystal Wolf Kids.
Sat. afternoon, Aug. 30: Field to Fork is hosted by Parsons and Nancy Silverton, with lots of cooking demonstrations, wine, beer and cocktail tastings and restaurants including Canele, Coni' Seafood, Ammo and Pine & Crane.
Farmshop's flaky strawberry croissants
Saturday evening's Dinner with a Twist is a cocktail focused evening with demonstrations and tastes from numerous restaurants, hosted by Gold, Hallock and John Sedlar and Julian Cox.
Sunday Aug. 31 is a brunch extravaganza hosted by Carter and Thomas Keller, with pastries, brunch dishes and cocktails from Auntie Em's, Farmshop, Loteria, Bouchon and more. A 1 p.m. talk features Parsons interviewing Keller on 20 Years of the French Laundry.
Sunday evening is Tastes of L.A., hosted by Gold and Michael Cimarusti, including a foraging presentation and sardine cookoff. Restaurants including Fishing with Dynamite, Osteria Mozza, Cliff's Edge, smoke.oil.salt, Lum Ka Naad and Saint Martha.
Now go forth, and eat L.A.! Get tickets here. (And here's a hint: Alo check around sites like Goldstar since some food festivals are discounted close to the event.)

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