Each year during Labor Day weekend, the LA Times plays host to their annual “The Taste”. This event features tastings from some of the hottest restaurants in LA as well as many celebrity chefs and top mixologists. Thomas Keller, Ricardo Zarate, Nancy Silverton, Roy Choi and Curtis Stone are just a few of the chefs that have been featured at The Taste.
This year’s event returns to the Paramount backlot and is from September 1-3. It is a three day celebration of food, wine and craft cocktails. The events are held both during the day and in the evening and consist of various themes.
If you attend opening night, you get to mingle with the Times’ hosts along with many of the weekend’s participating chefs and bartenders. You’ll partake in a focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktails and wine offerings. Because this is designed to be an intimate event, tickets are extremely limited.
The holiday weekend rounds out with a “Sunday Block Party”, followed by a colorful “Flavors of L.A.” where Jonathan Gold takes you through the rich and diverse culinary scene of LA. In addition, various LA Times editors and writers will host daily panel discussions and demonstrations on topics from farm-to-table cuisine to how to mix the perfect cocktail. Your ticket includes full privileges for food and drink.
Food and wine seminars as well as cooking demos are held throughout the weekend. If you enjoy cooking or learning how to make craft cocktails, you will have the opportunity to watch the range top action through high quality angled demonstration mirrors. In previous years, I attended seminars by Ricardo Zarate (Rosaliné) and Neil Strawder (Big Mista) and found them to be interesting and informative.
Some of this year’s unique dishes include:
Shibumi – Cannabis Leaf Tempura
Restauration – Oxtail Doughnut
Astro Doughnuts – Creme Brulee Donuts
Ghengis Cohen – New York Cold Sesame Noodles
Tar & Roses – Spicy Bacon Popcorn and Oxtail Dumplings
This is one of the most fun and interesting events I attend each year. The Taste offers me a one-stop location to see some of the best finds in LA.
Information and tickets to the events may be found on their website: http://extras.latimes.com/taste/
Paramount Studios backlot
5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038