Today’s the day. That is, the last day to get your tickets to this weekend’s events at L.A. Times’ The Taste before they go up in price! Also, there are some events (tomorrow night’s limited-capacity opening night, Flavors of L.A. and the weekend pass) that are sold out, so don’t snooze on it; get your tickets now while you can.
It’s another culinary bazaar (we here in Los Angeles know how often these come around) but this time, it’s our city-wide flagship publication pulling out all the stops. It looks like the L.A. Times will live up to their name, too, because there are names to be had at this event held at on New York Street (yeah, pretty funny) in the backlot of Paramount Pictures.
Demonstrations will be taking place for your pleasure and education, as will panels by the following:
- Michael Voltaggio â€“ Winner, Top Chef Season 6
- Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo – Animal Restaurant
- Mark Peel –Campanile, The Tar Pit, Top Chef Masters Seasons 1 & 2
- Suzanne Goin –AOC, Lucques, Tavern and The Hungry Cat
- Jimmy Shaw -Loteria Grill
- Ludo Lefebvre â€“ LudoBites
- Betty Fraser â€“ Grub, Top Chef Season 2
- Chris â€œC.J.â€ JacobsenÂ – The Yard, Top Chef Season 3
- Alex Reznik â€“ Ivan Kaneâ€™s Cafe Was, Top Chef Season 7
- John Sedlar â€“ Rivera
- Barrie Lynn â€“ The Cheese Impresario
- Ricardo Zarate â€“ Mo-chica
- Russ Parsons â€“ Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
- Noelle Carter â€“ Manager, Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen
- Rene Lynch â€“ Assistant Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
- Jessica Gelt â€“ Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
- Betty Hallock â€“ Deputy Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
- Krista Simmons â€“ Associate Editor, Brand X
And of course, high brow or not, it wouldn’t truly be a Los Angeles food event without food trucks present. Don Chow Tacos, Wahooâ€™s, The Sweets Truck, The Buttermilk Truck, DosaTruck, Coolhaus will all be there if you so prefer your food off a 4-wheeler.
Wine, sake and spirits from various vendors will help you wash down your bites. Blackheart Spiced Rum, Broc Cellars / Broadside Wines, Conway Family Wines, Dutcher Crossing Winery, Evan Williams Hong Reserve Bourbon, Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, Gekkeikan Sake, Hook & Ladder Winery, Lunazul 100% Agave Tequila, Kook Soon Dang Beer, Michael David Winery, Rideau Vineyard, Sinatra Family Estates, and Venteux Vineyards will all be present during the event.
If you buy in advance, you’ll save $10. The best part is that general admission attendees also get to enjoy a good number of pours (8 to be exact) with their food. But if VIP is more your speed, you’ll get unlimited pours and in addition, you’ll get to taste bites from these participants. Benefiting from ticket sales are Share Our Strength and the Los Angeles Times Family Fund, so you can feel good that you’ve spent your day also supporting worthy causes.
Seems like a it’ll be a great debut. I’ll see you there.