Now that it’s summer in Los Angeles, there’s a ton going on all over town. And when it comes to food events, it’s enough to make your head spin. But you want to play it smart with your time and funds, because no one’s got patience for fluff.
Fortunately, I’ve narrowed it down to the best four events you’ll want to attend this month. They’re all on the weekend, so you’ll have enough time to make your trek. Whether it’s raising money to combat childhood hunger, celebrating Fatherhood the best way possible, eating the best tacos in the city or carousing the famous Rose Bowl for the best bites in Los Angeles, June is shaping up to be an exciting time to be in L.A. Let’s get started.
Taste of the Nation Los Angeles – Sunday, June 9, 1 – 4 PM
Now in its 25th year, Taste of the Nation Los Angeles is one of the top charitable food events I’ve got going on all year. If you’ve have the money to splurge, go for the VIP ticket as you’ll have access to Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food, Mission Burger), whose cooking is presently available only in San Francisco and New York.
The general admission line-up is solid, including Evan Funke (Bucato), Susan Feniger (STREET), Antonia Lofaso (Black Market Liquor Bar), Vartan Abgaryan (Cliff’s Edge), Neal Fraser (BLD), Mette Williams (Culina), Ray Garcia (FIG), Wonny Lee & Yoya Takahashi (Hamasaku), Jason Travi (Littlefork), Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo-Chica, Paiche), Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market), David LeFevre (M.B. Post, Fishing With Dynamite), Sang Yoon (Lukshon), Roy Choi (Sunny Spot), Jason Neroni (Superba Snack Bar), Josh Whighman (The Bazaar), Kris Morningstar (Ray’s + Stark Bar), Valerie Gordon (Valerie Confections) and more.
The cause and the line-up are really all you need to know – besides the drink sponsors, that is. Livigni + Moix, St. George Spirits, Eagle Rock Brewery, The Bruery, Handsome Coffee and Intelligentsia will answer to that.
Tickets cost $160 for VIP admission and $110 for GA. At the door, they go up $50 and $25, respectively. All of this is for the benefit of your appetite and fighting childhood hunger via Share Our Strength. I’ll see you Sunday.
Firestone Walker + Food GPS’ Collabrewtive Brunch – Father’s Day: Sunday, June 16, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Josh Lurie, FoodGPS, is at it again. This time, it’s in celebration of Father’s Day with Firestone Walker Brewery, and local chefs, brewers and coffee roasters are coming together in Downtown L.A. for a brunch extravaganza that you won’t likely see again. Brewers have teamed up with a coffee roaster to come up with a coffee-flavored beer. Chefs will be plating specialties from their respective, well-regarded restaurants.
You don’t have to be a father to see that this is an occasion worth coming out for.
Brewer + Coffee Roaster Teams:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. + Intelligentsia Coffee
Golden Road Brewing + Handsome Coffee Roasters
Eagle Rock Brewery + Tierra Mia Coffee
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing + Portola Coffee Lab
Cismontane Brewing Company + Caffe Luxxe
Ladyface Ale Companie + LAMILL Coffee
Genevieve Gergis & Ori Menashe (Bestia)
Daniel Mattern & Roxana Jullapat (Cooks County)
Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry + Milo & Olive)
Jason Travi (Littlefork) John Sedlar (Rivera)
Steve Samson & Zach Pollack (Sotto)
A portion of the ticket proceeds is donated to Share Our Strength and for the drivers, there’s iced tea. Seating is communal and costs $50 per person, or $60 at the door, if still available. Get your tickets soon!
LA Weekly’s Tacolandia by Bill Esparza: Sunday, June 23, 12 – 5 PM
This is LA Weekly’s inaugural Tacolandia, featuring hand-picked vendors by the one and only Bill Esparza, the city’s resident taco expert. Join him for an afternoon at the Hollywood Palladium for not only tacos, but music, a tequila garden and more.
Confirmed participants include Laurent Quenioux of Bistro LQ, SOL Mexican Cocina, Westside’s Guerilla Tacos, Loteria Grill, Mexicali Taco Co., Rocio’s Mole De Los Dioses, SoHo taco and La Guerrerense, making for a super delicious, daring line-up for your ultimate taco pleasure.
Tickets are only $20 for GA and $40 VIP, the latter of which includes tacos and hosted bar. A portion of these proceeds will benefit Homeboy Industries, a great program which works for the reintegration of the formerly gang-involved into society.
LA Street Food Fest: Saturday, June 29, 3 – 9 PM
Towards the end of the month, we’ve got the 4th annual LA Street Food Fest at the legendary Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Go for the widest range of eclectic bites at a tasting event this year, with the vendor count toppling 100.
Taste of Mexico restaurants such as Guelaguetza, Yuca’s, Ceviche Project, El Coraloense and more will be on-hand, as will pop-up vendors such as Dante Fried Chicken and Starry Kitchen, plus food trucks such as Luckdish Curry and the Grilled Cheese Truck. Restaurants like Short Order and Lazy Ox Canteen will be providing bites, too. And it wouldn’t be complete without cocktails by Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni, 1886 and Julian Cox and Josh Goldman. A Singha beer garden and an ice cream social (that is, dessert area) are the icing on the cake.
All of the aforementioned is included in your $50 GA ticket, with the $75 VIP enabling you to enter two hours early. Total tickets cap out at 5,000 for maximum food portioning efficiency.
I’ll see you at these assorted June events around the city! Bring your bib!
Taste of the Nation LA
Sunday, June 9, 2013
1 – 4 PM
Tickets: $160 VIP, $110 GA ($210, $135 door)
9070 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Firestone Walker + FoodGPS “Collabrewtive” Brunch
Sunday, June 16, 2013
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Tickets: $50 adv, $60 door
613 Imperial Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
LA Weekly’s Tacolandia with Bill Esparza
Sunday, June 23, 2013
12 – 5 PM
Tickets: $20 GA, $40 VIP
6215 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
LA Street Food Fest
Saturday, June 29, 2013
3/5 – 9 PM
Tickets: $50 GA, $75 VIP
The Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103