Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles is a magical 3-day culinary experience for me. Last year, I had the opportunity to sample the best of the best in the City of Angels culinary scene. This year, I’m doing it again! THE TASTE, a Los Angeles Times’ annual event, celebrates the Southland’s best chefs, restaurants and food trends in the Southland.
This year’s line up will feature a locally-focused, internationally-flavored menu of offerings with favorites such as Thomas Keller (Bouchon, The French Laundry), Nancy Silverton (Mozza, La Brea Bakery), Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites), Susan Feniger (STREET), Roxana Jullapat (Cooks County), Nyesha Arrington (Wilshire), Jason Kim (Forage), Bricia Lopez (Guelaguetza), Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market), Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo-Chica), Judy Han (Mendocino Farms, Blue Cow), Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark (Cooking Channel) and many more.
If you’re looking for a fun-filled day out with your family or a tasting adventure with your significant other, then this is the place to be.
Dates & Times:
Saturday, September 2 | 11:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday, September 3 | 11:00am – 11:00pm
Monday, September 4 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038
$65 per event in advance
$75 per event at the door
FIELD TO FORK Saturday, 9/2 • 11 am- 3 pm (21 and over)
Times Food Editor Russ Parsons and Chef Ray Garcia of FIG hosts an event inspired by fresh, local ingredients and the pleasure of cooking seasonal dishes. The event will include cooking demos, a conversation with local farmers and a chef’s challenge to create a winning dish using a basket full of local produce. Participating restaurants include Cook’s County, Sunny Spot, Picca, Mo-Chica, M.B. Post and Mr. Chow.
COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL Saturday, 9/2 • 8 – 11 pm (21 and over)
Bartenders take center stage as we raise a glass to the simple joy of fine mixed drinks in the company of friends. Times Food & Night Life Writer Jessica Gelt, along with mixologist Julian Cox of Rivera and Playa host an evening dedicated to cocktail culture, mixology competitions, specialty elixirs and party-worthy bites. Participating restaurants and bars include The Roger Room, Rivera, Ammo, Public School 612 and Ray’s & Starck Bar.
FLAVORS OF L.A. Sunday, 9/2 • 11 am – 3 pm (21 and over)
Times Restaurant Critic Jonathan Gold and chef, author and host of KCRW’s “Good Food” Evan Kleinman host a day full of international authentic dishes– via Los Angeles’ best restaurants . Chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Susan Feniger, Kris Yengbamroong and Ricardo Zarate will be among those presenting a variety of cooking demos. Participating restaurants include A-Frame, Canele, STREET, The Spice Table and Wurstkuche.
DINNER & DRINKS Sunday, 9/2 • 8 – 11 pm (21 and over)
Times Deputy Food Editor Betty Hallock and “The Beer Chicks”, Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, host an evening of inspired conversations and pairings of signature dishes with artisanal brews, custom cocktails and wine. The Cooking Channel’s Alie & Georgia will also be on hand for a special beer cocktail demo. Participating restaurants and bars include Rustic Canyon Wine Bar, Whist at Viceroy Hotel, Salt’s Cure, Stella Rossa Pizza Bar and Red O.
LABOR DAY PICNIC, PRESENTED BY TARGET. Monday, 9/3 • 11 am – 3 pm. (All ages)
Times Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter and baker/restaurateur Zoe Nathan of Milo & Olive and Huckleberry host a Labor Day celebration designed to bring the whole family together to put honor the sandwich – from ice cream to burgers to tacos to bánh mì. Events include a a cooking competition between local firefighters, cooking demonstrations by Zoe Nathan (Milo & Olive, Huckleberry), Nancy Silverton (Mozza, La Brea Bakery), and Judy Jan (Mendocino Farms, Blue Cow). Other participating restaurants include The Grilled Cheese Truck, Coolhaus, Burger Lounge, Bouchon and A Frame.