May 2017 – More LA Food (Bowl) Events

I wanted to call out a few additional events happening this month, mostly pertaining to the Times’ LA Food Bowl, but one by Los Angeles Magazine as well, but before I get to that, just wanted to say that the Food Bowl has been a rousing success!  Many events associated with it were already in the books but it’s cool that the Times was able to bring them under the Food Bowl umbrella.  Amongst them were Taco Madness and Masters of Taste.  Here are some delicious bites from each event:

I also attended a few panels, including the kick-off Chef’s Fable event and Food for Soul, and they were vastly entertaining–Massimo Bottura is hilarious–and educational.  And the 5-night-long Night Market was definitely a crowd favorite.  My highlights:


So for upcoming events, LA Mag is holding its second annual Bourbon, Burgers, and Beer event at the Victorian in Santa Monica, featuring burgers from BOA, The Cannibal, Cassell’s, Citizen, Erven, Pono, and more, with drinks from Four Roses, Maker’s Mark, Golden Road, and more!

As for LA Food Bowl, probably the most exciting event is the Beast Feast on May 21st, featuring an all-star line-up of chefs:  Fergus Henderson, April Bloomfield, Kevin Bludso, Dario Cecchini, Nancy Silverton, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, and more!  And there are so many more events to choose from.  Go check out for more!

19. May 2017 by The Offalo
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May 2017 Food Events in Los Angeles

The month of April flew by, and now we’re already into the first month of May.  There are several great events this month, including a monster month-long one thrown by the newspaper of record in Los Angeles.  But first, tacos!

Friday, May 5th – LA TACO’s Taco Madness:  Yas, tacos!  LA TACO is throwing its mostly-annual (they missed last year) event, this year right behind Olvera Street near Union Station.  Event is 21+ and free–though you’ll need to buy your own tacos from the purveyors there.  But what a line-up of taco slangers:  Carnitas El Momo, Chichen Itza, Mariscos Jalisco, Tacos Punta Cabras, and my favorite, Guerrilla Tacos!


Sunday, May 7th – Masters of Taste:  Last year, the inaugural event surprised me with how smoothly everything went.  It helps they had the entire field inside the Rose Bowl to work with and a great line-up of restaurants.  This year, the participants are just as solid, with repeats Alexander’s Steakhouse, Hamasaku, Magnolia House, The Raymond, and others, joining newcomers like Bone Kettle, Kato, Mama Lion, and more!  Tickets are $105/$185 for GA/VIP–bring a hat!


Saturday, May 13th – EAT Show:  This new event–I believe last September was their first–has a daytime and an evening session and boasts some great newcomer restaurants including Baohaus, Kato, Little Fatty, Tentenyu, Tikifish, with some mainstays like Mariscos El Coraloense, Mexikosher, Otium, Seoul Sausage, and more!  Tickets are $60 per session.  Not all restaurants will be at both sessions, though the website doesn’t say which ones.  If you have a favorite, contact the organizers through their website.


Saturday, May 20th – EEEEEATSCON:  Boy, that’s a lot of capital letters!  The popular website Infatuation is throwing its first food festival in Santa Monica.  The event mixes keynotes, panels, musical performances and a la carte food–yes, you do have to pay for the food.  The price of admission is $40, check out the schedule for what that gets you.  And bring your wallet for great eeeeeats from Badmaash, chi SPACCA, Fat Dragon, Jon & Vinny’s, Mr. Holmes Bakery, NoMad Truck, Salazar, Shake Shack, Sweetfin Poke, and more!


ALL MONTH LONG – Los Angeles Times’s LA Food Bowl:  Trying to pull off a crazy #31daysoffood, the Times have packed the month of May with dozens if not hundreds of events!  The sheer volume is overwhelming even me!  There are so many events I’m hoping to attend that I’m not sure if I can make specific recommendations, but here goes:

  • Classes, including butchery at chi SPACCA, breaking down fish and making ceviche at Holbox, and more!
  • Night Market – 5 days (Wed-Sun) of open-air Asian-style night markets with participants running the gamut of the L.A. food scene, including Bludso’s, Coni’Seafood, Jitlada, Mamacita, Ricebar, and others!
  • Filipino Food Events including a screening of ULAM, Friday night dinners in Far East Plaza, and a Lechon Festival / cooking competition!
  • Food for Soul forum with Massimo Bottura, Mario Batali, Roy Choi, Dominique Crenn, Mary Sue Milliken on the 5th, Year of the Rooster dinner with chefs Eddie Huang and Louis Tikaram at E.P. & L.P. on the 7th, Jonathan Gold honors Wolfgang Puck at the inaugural Gold Awards at Spago on the 8th–there’s literally too many things to call out!

Let me know if I’ve missed any events, I’m sure I have!

04. May 2017 by The Offalo
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April 2017 Food Events & Festivals in Los Angeles

Can’t believe it’s April already! This month is heavily backloaded with multiple events happening the last weekend of the month, but there are definitely still events earlier in the month worth checking out:

Mondays, April 3rd and 17th – Hanging with Harris Dinner Series: Professional master of ceremony Billy Harris is literally the host with the most … events, that is! In addition to hosting two of my favorite food events–L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade and the aforementioned COCHON555 (all stops on tour!)–he somehow finds time to host a bunch of dinners here in L.A. Past dinners have sold out quick, but you still have a chance to hang out with Billy Harris a couple more times this month (and next), first with Michael Cimarusti at Connie & Ted’s on the 3rd and then with Neal Fraser at Redbird on the 17th. Tickets are $125.

Saturday, April 8th – FounderMade Future of Food Summit: The schedule for this conference is packed with panels from food entrepreneurs. Folks in the food industry will likely find this more useful than consumers, but it’s a great opportunity to see how others got started and how they’re thriving.


Saturday, April 8th – LA Beer Fest: This event features over 70 different breweries, as well as food from food trucks, and live musical entertainment. Admission ranges from $45 to $80 and includes all beer tastings (food sold separately). Daytime and evening sessions are available.

Los Angeles Beer Festival


Saturday, April 29th – Burgers & Beer: LA Weekly’s celebration of meat, buns, and brews, has moved to April this year, rather than the blazing hot August dates in the past. Enjoy beers from Angel City, Firestone, Lagunitas, Pizza Port, Santa Monica Brew Works, The Bruery, and more, with burgers from Belcampo, Button Mash, Hinoki and the Bird, Hopdoddy, Myke’s Cafe, Pono Burger, Slaters, The Upper West, WOLF, and more!  Tickets are $55 for GA, $75 for VIP with early entry and a gift bag.

Sunday, April 30th – Dessert Fest:  Time Out L.A.’s sweets-centric event is the first of many taking place on the last Sunday of the month.  Enjoy desserts from Magnolia, Ococoa, The Walrus and the Hedgehog (love the name!) and more.

Sunday, April 30th – Taste of the Eastside:  This event celebrating all things Eastside, takes place in a beautiful oasis next to the L.A. River,  and features such establishments as Haché LA, Tsubaki, Red Herring, Silver Lake Wine, Fat Dragon, Go Get Em Tiger, and more!  Tickets are $45-$75 and just $12 for kids 12 and under.


Sunday, April 30th – Santa Monica-Malibu Wine Auction:  Benefiting the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, this event draws out many of the great local restaurants including Ashland Hill, The Curious Palate, FIG, Michael’s, Sushi Roku, Upper West, and more!


Sunday, April 30th – Movable Feast:  This fundraiser for St. John’s Well Child & Family Center features chefs and restaurants such as David Feau, Angelo Auriana (Factory Kitchen, Officine Brera), Gilberto Cetina (Chichen Itza, Holbox), Charles Olalia (Ricebar), Joji Inoue (Chaya Downtown), Micah Wexler (Wexler’s Deli), and more!

Events to look forward to in May:  Masters of Taste (Sunday, May 7th), L.A. Times’ Food Bowl (all month long), and more!

02. April 2017 by The Offalo
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Late March 2017 Food Events

The last weekend of March is chock-full of food events, starting with…

Saturday, March 25th – Latin Food Fest:  Featuring chefs Ricardo Zarate (Rosaline), Francisco Perez (Aqui es Texcoco), Connie Cosio (Coni’Seafood), Josiah Citrin (Melisse) and more, this event celebrates the various cuisines of Latin American countries.  Tickets are $29 for GA or $149 for VIP, which includes early access and food in the VIP tents (lobster and steak, among other treats).


Saturday, March 25th – Simply diVine:  This annual event benefits the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and has some of the most popular restaurants in town, including Border Grill, Craft, Jar, Kismet/Madcapra, Milo + Olive, Petrossian, Sotto, Tavern, and more!  Tickets are $500 for VIP, which includes an hour early entry and exclusive chef meet-and-greets, or $125 for GA.


Sunday, March 26th – LA Weekly The Essentials:  The premier food event for the alt-weekly newspaper, in addition to hosting more than half of the Essential 99 restaurants–Baroo, Guerrilla Tacos, Jitlada, Love & Salt, n/naka, RiceBar, to name a few–this year the event introduces the Freshman 15, restaurants too new to include on the 99.  The inaugural group of newbies include 71above, Erven, Gwen, Holbox, Kato, Salazar, and more!  Tickets are $100 for VIP, which is the only way to check out the Freshman 15 showcase, or $65 for GA.


Upcoming events in April include the FounderMade Food Summit on the 8th, LA Weekly’s Burgers and Beer on the 29th, and St. John’s Well Child & Family Center’s Movable Feast on the 30th.  Did I miss any events  in April or for the rest of March?

20. March 2017 by The Offalo
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Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival 2017

Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival 2017

Last month, Los Angeles Magazine held its second annual Whiskey Festival at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.  Many of the same spirits were back, including my favorite Bruichladdich with their Octomore line of well-peated scotches.  But got to try some great stuff from Four Roses, Highland Park, Kikori, and Macallan.


Of course, you had to have some food to help space out all those high proof drinks.  Finger foods were passed around, charcuterie and cheese were available, and the mashed potato bar was back!  Also back were the cigars, hand-rolled while you waited.  Very old-school cool!

I joke with friends that having so much booze in between all those prehistoric fossils could be recipe for disaster, but like last year, the event went off without a hitch.  If you love whisk(e)ys, scotches, bourbons, or ryes, and didn’t attend last year or this year, set yourself a reminder for next year!

09. March 2017 by The Offalo
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