A few more events to wrap up October…
Sunday the 22nd – Eastside Food Festival: I can’t believe this event is only in its 4th year, I’ve always had a great time at the Eastside Food Fest. It feels like hanging out with friends, at the Mack Sennett Studios! Some great new participants like Cosa Buona, Fat Dragon, RBTA, We Have Noodles, as well as ESFF mainstays like Button Mash/Starry Kitchen, Ohana, and more! There will be panels, demos, and more! Tickets are $95 for VIP (one hour early entry), $65 for GA, and $50 for designated drivers/non-drinkers!
Congrats @masonjarvr on winning the giveaway! Tickets are still available if you didn’t win but still want to go! — #GIVEAWAY: @eastsidefoodfest is coming up this Sunday the 22nd and I have a pair of GA tix to give away! To enter: — 1. “Like” this post! 2. Follow @eastsidefoodfest & @theoffalo 3. Tag a friend in a comment! — Enter as many times as you want tagging a different friend each time. I’ll pick the winner Wednesday afternoon and announce that night! #eastsidefoodfest #foodevent #foodfestival #contest
Monday the 23rd – Los Angeles Times’ The Gold List: This event has moved around and changed names in past years but is the launch party for Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants list! This year it’s known as The Gold List and is taking place at The MacArthur. 30 of the top restaurants in town will be there–and highly likely, though not guaranteed, to be on the 101 list–including Animal, Bestia, Howlin’ Rays, Maude, Mozzaplex, RiceBar, Shunji, Taco Maria, Trois Mec, and more! Tickets are $135.
Saturday the 27th to Sunday the 29th – Taste Talks: I had such an amazing time at Taste Talks last year. The first day had great panels and then the second day had a cookout! This year, they are combining both in one day at Mack Sennett Studios, so people can go back and forth between eating and attending the panels, discussions, etc. The conference schedule isn’t up yet, but there’s a partial list of folks who’ll be their, for either the conference or the cookout, or both! They include the Badmaash clan, Ellen Bennett/Hedley & Bennett, Katsuji Tanabe/Mexikosher, Michael Fiorelli/Love & Salt, Christian Page/Cassell’s, Jon Yao/Kato, and more! There is also a kick-off dinner on Saturday. Tickets are $149 for an All-Access Pass to the entire weekend’s festivities, or $99 for the Saturday dinner, $79 for the Foodie Pass (conference + cookout), or $49 for the cookout.
The middle weekend of October is chock full of events–four that I know of, and probably more that I’m missing. The big one I’m looking forward to is Los Angeles Magazine‘s The Food Event!
Just the daily paper of record has their The Taste event each year, and the alt-weekly has The Essentials, L.A.’s monthly glossy magazine has its own headlining event that takes this year on Sunday, October 15th, at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, the most picturesque venue of all of the L.A. food events I’ve attended.
Participating restaurants include 71 Above, Estrella, Guerrilla Tacos, Here’s Looking at You, Michael’s, Republique, The Bellwether, and more! Tickets are $130 or $145 with the after-party.
And if that’s not enough to keep you occupied that weekend, here are three more events:
Saturday, October 14th – Off the Hook: This seafood-centric food fest on the Santa Monica Pier is in its third year and does a great job showcasing the local restaurants in and around Santa Monica, including Sushi Roku, Herringbone, The Lobster, and more! Tickets are $50 for GA and $75 for VIP, which grants you 1 hour early entry and access to the VIP area with Tar & Roses, FIG, and Ashland Hill! (Tickets go up in price the week of the event.)
Sunday, October 15th – Brunch at the Races: If you like pancakes and waffles, you’ll love this event! Featuring restaurants such as Bru’s Wiffle, Du-Par’s, Myke’s Cafe, Poppy & Rose, Barbara Jean, and more, this festive event takes place literally at the races, at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia. Tickets are $45/$65 for GA/VIP, the latter of which gets you a swag bag and access to VIP seating/bars but no early entry. Prices are $5 more at the door. There’s also a deal to buy 4 tickets for $120, which does save quite a bit of money.
Sunday, October 15th – March of Dimes’ Signature Chef Auction: This swanky fundraiser is taking place at Union Station this year and features Otium, Scopa Italian Roots, Firefly, Hot’s Kitchen, Sugarfish, and more! This is first and foremost a fundraiser, so tickets start at $400 and go up from there!
Somehow October’s food event game has picked up from past years–though it is the month when I once did five festivals in one weekend, so maybe it’s always been a busy month. There are so many events I had to split my upcoming food event post in three (early, mid, late) for October. So without further ado:
Today! Saturday, September 30th – Crawfish for Cancer: I had just heard about the event from a friend, and even though it’s in still September, I figure I’d include it. It’s for a great cause, benefitting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Tickets are $90 if purchased online up until noon (or maybe 1 PM, I can’t tell from the EventBrite page), or $100 at the door, for (I believe) all-you-can-eat crawfish, fixins, beer, wine, etc. Starts at 2pm on the Santa Monica Pier!
Wednesday, October 4th – #LACHEFSUNITE: Next Wednesday, chef Wolfgang Puck is inviting 19 other top L.A. chefs, including Nancy Silverton, Walter & Margarita Manzke, Ray Garcia, Suzanne Goin, Michael Voltaggio, Roy Choi, Jeremy Fox, and more, to join him at the Hotel Bel-Air for a fundraiser to help folks in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Florida, and Texas. Tickets are $500 and all proceeds go to Global Giving to help people in areas affected by recent storms and earthquakes.
Please help if you can. #disasterrelief #charity #fundraiser #prayforpuertorico #prayformexico #prayfortexas #prayforflorida #foodevent —� #Repost @chefwolfgangpuck (@get_repost) ・・・ On Oct. 4th, my team and I will host #LAChefsUnite a special pop-up dine around event @HotelBelAir benefiting those who have been impacted by the terrible recent natural disasters. From the earthquake in Mexico to the hurricanes across the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas, 100% of the evening’s profits will benefit the Global Giving Fund and their efforts to help those in need most. Join me and 19 of LA’s top chefs next Wed. from 6:30–9:30PM as we come together for an evening of giving back. To purchase tickets, please visit the link in my [@chefwolfgangpuck’s] bio.
Friday, October 6th – James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Los Angeles Dinner: This annal series of events has the respected culinary organization touring the nation hosting dinners across the country. The L.A. event takes place at Vibiana and includes a cocktail reception with food from Felix, Maude, Kismet, Shibumi, and Howlin’ Ray’s, followed by a dinner by James Beard Award winning chef Barbara Lynch, Michael Cimarusti, and Shannon Swindle. Tickets start at $300.
Sunday, October 8th – Special Olympics SoCal’s Pier Del Sol: Celebrating it’s 20th year, this long time fundraiser features restaurants such as Clementine, Hache LA, Melisse, Providence, Terroni, Wexler’s and more! This year’s honoree chef, who has participated in Pier Del Sol since the beginning, is Gino Angelini of Angelini Osteria. Tickets are $175 for adults and $75 for kids (5-12) and includes unlimited rides wristband for Pacific Park, the amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier.
#TuesdayTreat: @sprinklescupcakes has been a consistent part of #PierdelSol the last 6 years. Thanks for bringing your amazing cupcakes in support of #SOSCathletes! See you Oct. 8 🍪 —- #WeAreSOSC #PierdelSol #SOSCEvents #Sprinkles #AmazingCupcakes #CupcakesForACause #Original #SoCalIcon #SprinklesCupcakes #ThingsToDo #ThingsToEat #GreatFoodGreatCause #CoolFoodCoolCause #dinela #foodiela #lafoodie #forkyeah #laeats #TuesdayTreat #treatyoself #eaterla
Upcoming events in mid/late October: Off the Hook on Saturday the 14th Brunch at the Races on Sunday the 15th, The Food Event on Sunday the 15th, March of Dimes’ Signature Chef Auction on Sunday the 15th, Eastside Food Fest on Sunday the 22nd, Los Angeles Times’ The Gold List on Monday the 23rd, Taste Talks from Friday the 27th to Sunday the 29th, and more!
One of my favorite events falls in early September, when fatigue from LAFW and The Taste is just settling in–#foodworldproblems, I know. But this event, LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade, I would have to say is possibly my favorite each year, and it’s happening this Saturday, September 9th!
Benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, LALAL (as the cool kids call it) came about after Suzanne Goin & Caroline Styne (a.o.c., Lucques, Tavern, the Hollywood Bowl now even), and Suzanne’s husband David Lentz of Hungry Cat, went to Philly to help chef Marc Vetri with his fundraiser years ago, and decided to start their own, now in its 8th year!
The amount of talent, both from Los Angeles and across the country, is astounding. I’m not even going to try to name them. Go check out the list of participating chefs/restaurants, and you’ll see! And the food is top notch. I’ve been posting some flashback posts to my IG:
Even though The Taste is just starting, just wanted to let y'all know about another food festival on Sept. 9th: @lalovesalexs benefitting @alexslemonade! This event draws amazing chefs and restaurants from all over LA and the country. Here's a few dishes from 2015! — From @lalovesalexs @alexslemonade @ucla #lalovesalexslemonade #lalovesalexs #alexslemonade #alexslemonadestand #alsf #onecupatatime #roycequad #ucla #westwood #losangeles #theoffalo #offalolemonade #offalolemonade2015
@lalovesalexs is in just a handful of days, on September 9th! It's probably my favorite event of the year! Check out the dishes I tried from two years ago–will post some from last year's event later. Many of the tagged chefs/restaurants are back this year! Tickets still available to support @alexslemonade! — #lalovesalexslemonade #lalovesalexs #alexslemonade #alexslemonadestand #alsf #onecupatatime #roycequad #ucla #westwood #losangeles #theoffalo #offalolemonade #offalolemonade2015
And you can see more on IG with hashtag #offalolemonade. Just to give you a taste of what you might be in for if you buy tickets. Since it is a fundraiser, the tickets are a bit on the spendy side at $195, though $95 is tax deductible. And kids 12 and under are free with accompanying adult!
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Less than a week after Alex’s Lemonade is another event that was new to me before (and took place earlier in the summer last year) is happening on Thursday, September 14th. Dubbed An Evening on the Beach, this event benefits the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels program, which started 40 years ago, serving meals to the homebound. The chefs for this event are not as numerous, and much more local, than Alex’s Lemonade, but they are some of the best chefs, and/or represent some of the best restaurants in LA. They include Angelini Osteria’s Gino Angelini, Bestia’s Genevieve Gergis, Felix’s Evan Funke, Michael’s Miles Thompson, Ricebar’s Charles Olalia, and Wexler’s Deli’s Micah Wexler, to name a few. Tickets are $185. Check out my coverage of last year’s event, and here were a few of my favorite bites:
@petrossianwesthollywood's @chefalexageneau's marinated yellowtail, tomato water, yuzu, caviar. #yellowtail #hamachi #caviar #petrossian — For @chefsonthebeach benefitting @stvmow. #chefsonthebeach #eveningonthebeach #stvmow #deliverlove #jonathanclub #santamonicabeach #santamonica #losangeles #theoffalo
Upcoming events in October: James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Benefit Dinner on Sunday the 6th, Pier del Sol on Sunday the 8th, Off the Hook on Saturday the 14th Brunch at the Races on Sunday the 15th, The Food Event on Sunday the 15th, March of Dimes’ Signature Chef Auction on Sunday the 15th, Eastside Food Fest on Sunday the 22nd, Taste Talks from Friday the 27th to Sunday the 29th, and more!
Not going to reinvent the wheel here–below is from the press release for the Los Angeles Times‘ The Taste event happening this weekend. Even though I just spent a weekend attending 5 separate events for the LA Food & Wine Festival (check out #offalolafw2017 on IG for coverage), I’m very excited to attend The Taste, which is one of my favorite food events of the year.
On my way to the first night of @lafoodwine but traffic is insane. At least I'm not driving! Instead I'll post some pics from the other weekend-long food festival coming up next week: The Taste! These shots are from 2015. Some of the participants are back this year! For more info check out @thetastela! #thetastela #tastela #foodevent #foodfestival #offalotastela2015 #offalotastela #losangeles #hollywood #theoffalo
This year, especially, I’m extra excited because one of my photos is part of the event, as I had taken a portrait of chef Gilberto Cetina, Jr. of Chichen Itza and Holbox, which he submitted for use in The Taste’s promotional materials! Without further ado, here’s what you can look forward to this weekend if you attend!
- Opening Night – Hosted by all of the individual event hosts listed below; Fri., Sept. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The Taste’s most intimate soiree features a focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings, and a chance to party on the backlot with The Times’ hosts and the weekend’s participating chefs and mixologists. Restaurants include Baran’s 2239, Bourbon Steak, Chinese Laundry, Crying Tiger, Fat Dragon, Friends & Family, Georgie, Hatchet Hall, Lao Tao, Little Fatty, Mainland Poke, Scratch Bar & Kitchen, Side Chick, Simone, Tabula Rasa Bar and Tar & Roses.
- Field to Fork – Hosted by Amy Scattergood, Times Food Editor, and Sang Yoon, Chef/Owner of Father’s Office and Lukshon; Sat., Sept. 2, noon to 3 p.m.
Inspired by Southern California’s agricultural roots and DIY attitude, Yoon and Miles Thompson (Michael’s) will each share their farmers market savvy through individual cooking demos using their favorite bright and flavorful ingredients. Scattergood will lead a discussion about the importance of farms and eating local with Romeo Coleman (Coleman Family Farms), Alex Weiser (Weiser Family Farms) and Wes Whitsell (Manuela). Restaurants include Aqui es Texcoco, Banh Oui, Cento Pasta Bar, Coni’Seafood, Cruciferous, M Café, Maury’s Bagels, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Robert’s Catering Service and VCHOS Pupuseria Moderna.
- Dinner with a Twist – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, Jenn Harris, Times Deputy Food Editor, Antonia Lofaso, Chef/Owner of Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar, and Marco A. Ramos, Mixologist at Scopa Italian Roots; Sat., Sept. 2, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
L.A.’s dining and cocktail culture takes the stage with a chef-bartender demo by Lofaso and Ramos, and by Allan Katz and Jonathan Whitener (Here’s Looking At You). Breana Jackson (Sugar & Spice: Baked by Bre), Danielle Bennett (Lady on the Rocks), Derrick Lewis (Not Your Mama’s Kitchen) and Chef E Dubble (E Dubble Catering/Grilled Fraiche) will celebrate urban gastronomy with a collaborative showcase of their signature concoctions, and Meredith Hayman (Michael’s), Gabriella Mlynarczyk (Accomplice Bar) and Brynn Smith (Sotto) will shake it up with a group demo. Restaurants include Barrel & Ashes, Beauty & Essex, Black Market Liquor Bar, Faith & Flower, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Pedalers Fork, Scopa Italian Roots, Szechuan Impression, The Bellwether, The Ponte and Wolf.
- Sunday Block Party – Hosted by Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Sherry Yard, Chef/Owner of Tuck Room Tavern; Sun., Sept. 3, noon to 3 p.m.
Great food and good times are the order of the day at the block party on the backlot, where Yard will demystify pastry-baking for home cooks and David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach Post) will give a master class on making biscuits. Carter will host a talk with Chris Phelps (Salt’s Cure) about what it means to brunch at some of the most innovative spots around town, with additional panelists to be announced. Restaurants include Cheezus, Cocobella Creamery, E.A.K. Ramen, Hotville Chicken & Chops, Hummus Yummy Food Truck, MessHall, Otium, Rosaliné, The Butcher’s Daughterand Tuck Room Tavern.
- Flavors of L.A. – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Gilberto Cetina Jr., Chef/Owner of Chichen Itza and Holbox; Sun., Sept. 3, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Closing night of The Taste embraces the depth and diversity of flavors that make Los Angeles one of the most exciting places to dine through demos by Cetina, Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos) and the team behind Badmaash: Pawan, Nakul and Arjun Mahendro. Gold will explore Korean barbecue with masters of the grill: Jenee Kim (Park’s Barbeque) and Chris Oh (Seoul Sausage Co.). Restaurants include Chichen Itza, Frankland’s Crab & Co., Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Holbox, Luv2eat Thai Bistro, Meals by Genet, Pasta Sisters, Revolutionario North African Tacos, Same Same and Worldwide Tacos.
Tickets range between $95 and $150, with a $25 discount for current Times’ subscribers, and are available on The Taste’s website: http://extras.latimes.com/taste/