April 2016 Food Events
Another month, another series of food events!
Sunday, April 3: The inaugural Masters of Taste event will take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 30 restaurants are participating, including Ayara Thai, Birch, Hamasaku, Inotheke, Ozu East Kitchen, Redbird, Sangers & Joe, Toca Modera, and Wood & Vine, and more! Drinks and sweets aplenty will be available too! Tickets are $125 for GA and $225 for VIP (one hour early entry), and proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services. I will be attending, and the organizers have set up a discount code for my readers!
Saturday, April 9: The 11th annual Simply diVine festival will host an all-star line-up of restaurants, including Border Grill, Connie & Ted’s, Leona, Odys + Penelope, Sotto, Terrine, and Viviane, and many, many more. The event benefits the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Tickets are $125 for GA and $500 for Club VIP (exclusive 1.5 hours access w/VIP celebrity chef hosts).
Sunday, April 17: The Santa Monica-Malibu Educational Foundation is holding its first wine auction to benefit area schools. Shops like The Wine House, importers like Blue Danube, and vineyards such as Joseph Phelps, Liquid Farm, Martian Ranch, Stolpman, and Turnbull, will host wine tastings, while restaurants such as Ashland Hill, BOA Steakhouse, FIG, Local, Melisse, Michael’s, and Upper West will provide tasty accompaniments! Tickets are $125 for GA, $150 for reserved seating to the food and wine tasting and the live auction.
Monday, April 18: The Women Who Inspire Awards is a food event and award ceremony that wraps up the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs‘ national conference, which takes place in LA this year. Featuring chefs Akasha Richmond (Akasha, Sambar), Valerie Gordon (Valerie Confections), Sara Kramer & Sarah Hymanson (Madcapra), Rebecca Merhej (Love & Salt), and others, the event should leave attendees well fed as they celebrate the achievements of the nominees and winners. The nominees for this year’s awards include Southern California women chefs/restaurateurs Joan McNamara of Joan’s on Third and Niki Nakayama of n/naka. Tickets are $250.
As always, if you know of any interesting food events happening in April, please let me know in the comments section below!