Here are some upcoming food events and festivals in Los Angeles in July:
Saturday, July 15th – Sip & Savor Santa Monica: This new event taking place at the Santa Monica Pier will feature local and area purveyos like Tar & Roses, Spinfish Poke, 2424 Main Street (formerly Fork in the Road), Ococoa Chocolates, and Venice Ale House as well as a selection of wine and other beverage vendors. The event benefits MOSTe, “a non-profit empowering girls from underserved LA neighborhoods to become college-educated women” per the event site. Tickets are $70/$85 for GA and VIP (early entry), respectively, but right now LA Weekly has a promo code LAW that’ll get you $10 while supplies last.
Sunday, July 16th – California Spirit 32: This long-running gala benefitting the American Cancer Society is back at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City. This small and intimate affair features restaurants such as 71 Above, Barrel & Ashes, Bouchon, Roku, Tavern, and Wolfgang Puck Catering. Tickets are not cheap at $350, but if you can afford it, it’s a great cause.
Friday, July 28th – LUCKYRICE Los Angeles: I was bummed to miss this event last year, when they moved to the gorgeous Vibiana space. They’re back again this year, as are mainstay participants Ayara Thai, Parks BBQ, Seoul Sausage, Starry Kitchen, and joined by newcomers Bone Kettle, Chinese Laundry, Little Fatty, and more! Tickets are $88 (lucky!) for GA and $150 for VIP (early entry). American Express cardholders get additional benefits.
Friday, July 28th – East LA Meets Napa: This event, curated by AltaMed, a health service group that serves minority and underserved populations, has grown bigger and more swanky, to the point of moving to L.A. Live in DTLA. Some of the most popular Latin American restaurants in and around Los Angeles are participating, including Chichen Itza, El Coraloense, Porto’s, Rocio’s, and more! Tickets are $175 for GA through July 14th, then $200, or $300 for a Celebrity Lounge ticket.
Sunday, July 30th – Live & Dine LA 2017: Angeleno Magazine’s breezy event at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica attracts some of the hottest restaurants in town, including 71 Above, FIG, Gwen, Kali, Mama Lion, NoMad, Salazar, The Bazaar by José Andrés, and more! Tickets are $95 but search the internet for some discounts while they last!
Sunday, July 30th – Stu and the Kids: This annual fundraiser started by chef Stuart Skversky benefits orphaned and underserved Hill Tribe kids in Northern Thailand. He called up some chef friends years back to do a fundraiser and the rest is history. The event has grown and some very popular restaurants in L.A. are pitching in: Broken Spanish, Chichen Itza, Jitlada, Miro, Night+Market, Playa Provisions, Republique, Rose Cafe, The Wallace, and more! It’s all going down at Vibiana! Tickets are $125 for GA, $195 for VIP (early entry and a reception and book signing with chef Jet Tila), and $25 for kids 6-12 years old.
Events to look for in the next month or so: Plate by Plate LA on August 5th, L.A. Food & Wine August 24th through 27th, Los Angeles Times’ The Taste September 1st through 3rd, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade on September 9th, An Evening on the Beach on September 14th, and more!
This week, two friends have their books coming out, and they’re throwing parties–shh, one of them is a secret!
Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen has their Adventures in Starry Kitchen book coming out today! If you go to StarryKitchen.com/book, you can find links to order. Also keep an eye out on their website, Facebook, and other social media for some special events later this week!
In less than 3 weeks (June.. 6TH?!?😭😂😭) I join the elite ranks of Ernest Hemingway @paulocoelho and… @justinbieber 😱(you better "belieb" it👍) as an AuthOOOOOOR!! I had the first world privilege of spending the last 2 years pouring as much humor, never ending failure+behind-the-scenes humility and semantic recipe detail (incl recalculating illegal+underground measurements for EVERY recipe, if you want a jump start on your own illicit "place" 🙇🏻 #pleaseinviteme) as I could into this… BOOK!📕 And if you didn't know, it's just as much memoir as it is a cookbook with stories in between+IN every recipe too AND shit just got 💯REAL when I got THESE last week (included a hilarious "Bananas", banana from my loving editor @milesdoyle 🍌😏) I'm fucking proud of it and still can't believe it! Will it be a commercial success+get on that pie-in-the-sky (btw, what flavor pie is it anyway, I'd like to know+have a slice of this pie please 😝) @nytimes best seller list? Will I get a razzie? Am I still scared shitless (answer: YES😣) Does any of this really fucking matter?!? Not really, but we sure as hell ain't gonna stop pushing, would love for y'all to come along for the ride🤘 and keep shooting for the mother fuckin' STAAAAARS💫 (*whoosh!*😆) This book's for all of you that have supported us through the years. This book is for the many that have tolerated me+have some how become fans despite… Me! LOL This book will hopefully serve as inspiration for you guys who want to do more and consider that we were (+still are😉) a simple couple who had no experience, no idea and no other choice in the economic crash than starting an underground restaurant JUST to see where it would take them… And here we are now, #failingupwards together, with all of you.✊ Thanks kids. Let's enjoy the weekend, but really… LIFE!! (and don't ever hesitate to invite us too🙌🙌🙌😁) #ernesthemingway #ernesthemingwayrollinginhisgrave #paolocoelho #paolocoelhocomingafterme #belieberbook4ever #adventuresinstarrykitchen #starrykitchen #skbookhustlin
Bill Esparza of Tacolandia fame (see last post) has his book, L.A. Mexicano, coming out this week too, and he’s got a talk and book signing, at Vroman’s in Pasadena. $35 gets you entry to the event, a copy of the book, and food from two of my favorite chefs–Gilberto Cetina Jr. (Chichen Itza, Holbox) and Eddie Ruiz (Public Wine & Beer). That’s a pretty darn good deal!
We are one week away from the launch of @prospectpark_books LA Mexicano @vromansbookstore in Pasadena. Join us, along with @chichenitzala @eddiemunstr and El Tepeyac for Mexican food and literature. To get tickets, copy and paste this link to your browser: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vromans-presents-an-afternoon-with-bill-esparza-tickets-34338954738 It's my first book!!! Come say hello! #lamexicano #book #books #mexicanamerican #pocho #chicano #booksigning
StarChefs just announced their 2017 Los Angeles Rising Stars: Why They Shine list andmenu throwing a gala next week to celebrate. The line-up is impressive, from Johnny Zone of Howlin’ Ray’s to Vartan Abgaryan of 71 Above and so much more! Check out the and you’ll understand. Tickets are $95 for GA and $125 for VIP w/private reception (and caviar!) at Vibiana.
Exactly 2 weeks 'til #LARisingStars at @vibianaevents! If you'll be in LA on 6/13, make sure you get a ticket (link in bio) so you can experience 17 dishes, 17 pairings, and 3 cocktails from the city's hottest up-and-coming culinary professionals. Big thank you to the #StarChefs sponsors who believe in + support the 2017 class of award-winning chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, artisans, and sommeliers: @symrisena | @steeliteusa | @compassgroupusa | @sanpellegrino_us | @bombaysapphireus | @vitamix | @kitchenaidusa | @KikkomanFS | @royalbasmati | @mtuckerco | Minor's | @lonemountainwagyu | @taylorshellfish | @meyernatural | @freshoriginsmicrogreens | @PolyScience | @sturiausa | #foodsfromspain | @meiko_us | @rational_ag | @AmericanMetalcraft |@montague_company | Whip-it!
Who needs a short intro spiel? Here are the food events and festivals I’m interested in this month:
Saturday, June 10th – LA Food Fest: Last year’s LAFF was quite ambitious, with a pre-event launch party, private rose garden meals, and a main event with multi-tier pricing that was a bit confusing. This year, LAFF is going back to basics, with one big event and unlimited sampling of the food and drinks that will be there. The line-up is as good as ever, with a special curated group of chefs mostly from Mexico heading up a Nuevo Gastropub section of the event, including Diego Hernandez of Corazon de Tierra. Other restaurants include Coni’Seafood, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Hotville Hot Chicken, Little Jewel, Pasta Sisters, Popdup, Ray’s BBQ, Starry Kitchen, Sunny Blue, and more! Desserts by Afters Ice Cream, Amazebowls, Fluff Ice, Salt & Straw, Wanderlust, and others will be there too! Tickets are $65 for GA or $95 VIP (one hour early entry, VIP lounge access).
It's June! That means the #LAFoodFest is only 9 days away!!! Here's your game plan: • Tag all your friends • Clear schedule 6/10 • Buy your 🎟 • Bust out #Strechypants 👖 • Eat your ❤️ out! *BONUS! Buy tix now and you're entered to win a 3 night stay for 2 in Tequila, Mexico! __________________ *June 10th 2017 at the @lacoliseum – visit www.lafoodfest.com for tix + more info.
Sunday, June 11th – Taste of the Nation Los Angeles: TOTNLA is a relatively small but star-packed event benefitting No Kid Hungry, a charity striving to end childhood hunger. The chef chairs this year are Bruce Kalman (Union, Knead), Dakota Weiss (Estrella, Sweetfin), and Nick Shipp (Upper West), and they’ve curated a great line-up of restaurants, including Bazaar, Border Grill, The Cannibal, chi SPACCA, Chichen Itza, Jitlada, Kali, Kato, Mama Lion, Rice Bar, Sotto, Wexler’s and more! Tickets are $110 for GA, $160 for VIP (30 minute early entry, VIP bag, and there was a VIP lounge in the past), $25 for kids. Get 10% off with code LABLOGGER10.
Saturday, June 17th – Tacolandia: One of my favorite events, LA Weekly’s mega-sized festival of all things taco is back and bigger than ever. Blogger, cookbook writer, and James Beard winner Bill Esparza has curated a list of over 120 restaurants, chefs, etc., all serving up tacos for your pleasure! Some of my favorites will be there, including Broken Spanish, Carnitas El Momo, Ceviche Project, Chichen Itza, Galaxy Taco, Guerrilla Tacos, Mariscos Guerrerense, Mexikosher, and really, way, way too many others to name! Tickets are $45 for GA (VIP is sold out) for unlimited tacos!
Happy #TacoTuesday! Tacolandia's back this year on June 17th! Enjoy tacos from 120+ restaurants, trucks, and more! All the tagged spots in this post will be there! Get presale tickets now by going to ticketf.ly/2o6FGNP and using code TACOOFFALO! @laweekly #tacolandia #tacolandiala #laweekly #billesparza #foodevent #foodfestival #tacos #taco #losangeles #theoffalo
(Ignore the presale code, this was an IG post from earlier this year.)
Saturday, June 17th – Dessert Goals: If you don’t like tacos, well, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you. But if you like sweets more than tacos, I guess that’s okay. Happening on the same day as Tacolandia is Dessert Goals, a new(?) event here in L.A. with participants from all over the country serving up sweets and treats. Local favorites like Amazebowls, Coolhaus, and more will be there! Tickets are $15 for GA for 1.5 hours and you can purchase food from the purveyors that’ll be there, or $50 to access one of the workshops (includes GA too).
These flakey, buttery and oh so addicting kouign amanns from the famous @lesmadeleinesslc in Salt Lake City will be making a guest appearance in L.A. for one day only at @omgdessertgoals. Stock up on these while you can. Because this is totally what you should be eating for breakfast the next morning… or forever. #omgdessertgoals
Sunday, June 25th – Tavern‘s Low Country Boil: This 4th annual crawfish boil celebrates chef Amy Deaderick’s childhood growing up in South Carolina and having these feasts during crawfish season. The $65 dinner is four courses with a country board of pimento cheese, pickles, chicken rillettes, and Triscuits; followed by a refreshing corn salad; then the main event of boiled sausage, potatoes, shrimp, and crawfish; and a cornbread peach cobbler to finish things off! There’ll be live music too!
I’m sure I’m missing some other events, which I will add to this post (or start another post) to cover–please let me know what I should add! :-)
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:
@tacopuntacabras back for one night @lataco's Taco Madness last night! Been missing their super light tempura battered fried fish and tofu tacos! They'll be reopening in Santa Monica later this year! #fishtacos #tofutacos #fish #tofu #tacos #taco #tacomadness #losangeles #tacospuntacabras #theoffalo
@springlosangeles's Soupe de Petit Pois, English pea soup with mint and pea tendrils by @cheftonyesnault. Hand model: Mrs. Offalo. #soupedepetitspois #peasoup #englishpeas #peas #mint #peatendrils #springlosangeles — From @mastersoftaste benefitting @ushsnews. #mastersoftaste #foodevent #foodfestival #rosebowl #pasadena #losangeles #theoffalo #offalomastersoftaste @latimes @latimesfood #latimes #latimesfood #lafoodbowl
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:
@louises.la's Truffle Burrata Foccacia Toast & Truffle Vesuvio Pasta, two of my favorite bites from @lafoodbowl's Night Market! Happening again tonight and tomorrow! #truffle #burrata #foccacia #pasta #louisesla @latimes @latimesfood #latimes #latimesfood #lafoodbowl #nightmarket #foodevent #foodfestival #theoffalo
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 LAFoodBowl.com for more!
Beast Feast is this Sunday! Featuring the biggest culinary names in the world @fergushenderson @dariocecchinimacellaio @aprilbloomfield @nancysilverton @marysuemilliken @susanfeniger @bludsosbbq @cimarustila and more! Get ready for a carnivore's delight, May 21. Limited tickets available at lafoodbowl.com #31daysoffood #lafoodbowl
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!
🔥🌮 🍻Taco Madness returns to Downtown LA on Cinco de Mayo @laplazala 6pm-12am ~ tacos by @guerrillatacos @mariscosjalisco @carnitaselmomo @balamtaco @chichenitzala @tacopuntacabras @yucasla & more ~ micheladas by @ilovemicheladas ~ music by @_astronautica @metralletadeoro @que.madre ~ live art by @vyalone @cachicken @stevemartinezart @sart95 ~ live screen printing by @hnrcrew ~ taco goods by @tacocidal & @bkheel ~ supported by @goldenroadbrew @agualucha @redbull ~ presented by @hechoinla
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!