In 2014, I did my first ever piece for a major web publication, when I covered Plate by Plate that year for Eater LA. Since then I’ve written pieces for LA TACO, which I’ve linked to, as well as Blackboard Eats, Los Angeles Magazine, and Los Angeles Times, which I haven’t linked to because those used my real name in the byline and I’m still trying to keep my blog and Instagram semi-anonymous even though most of my friends and family already know.
Anyway, Plate by Plate LA has special meaning to me as a writer for that reason, and also as an Asian American. It’s a fundraiser that Project by Project, a non-profit network of entrepreneurs who partner with worthy causes that help the Asian and Asian-American communities across the country. This year, PbP LA partnered with Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team and held the shindig at the Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center. The participants are, as always, curated by Kevin “kevinEats” Hsu, and included many of the best restaurants, Asian and otherwise, in LA.
I tried maybe 20 dishes, and you can find the ones I posted to Instagram at hashtag #offalopbpla2016. It’s always hard to pick favorites, but probably the top three dishes were from Hanjip, Republique, and Little Sister:
The attendees could vote for their favorite dish and drink, and Hubert’s Lemonade won for best drink, while Scratch|Bar won for best “dish” for their VIP 4-course tasting menu–they pioneered the concept at the 2014 PbP and won that year as well! It was one of the highlights for me as well, as were dishes from Viviane, Restauration, and Mardi:
The event seemed to be a great success! See you next year!