THE TASTE is a Labor Day Weekend extravaganza sponsored by the The Los Angeles Times. The Tasting events let guests experience local restaurant tastings and cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs and wine tastings and seminars from some of the top vintners in the world. The Signature Events feature renowned chefs/celebrities and specialized cuisines celebrating different tastes of themed food trends.
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You can enjoy three days of great food, drinks and noteworthy seminars with:
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)
Chef Ricardo Zarate in the Kitchen at Test Kitchen (Photo credit: Muy Yum)
Judy Han (Mendocino Farms, Blue Cow)
Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark (Cooking Channel)
WHEN: September 1-3, 2012
WHERE: Paramount Studios in Hollywood
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Enjoy unlimited food and drink tastings from more than 40 of the area’s top restaurants, cooking and mixology demonstrations, wine seminars and panel discussions will be featured at each event.
Early-bird ticket pricing, $50 per event, ends August 6. Beginning August 7, tickets will
be $65 in advance, $75 at the door.
The full program schedule, list of participating restaurants and tickets are available now at latimes.com/thetaste.
A portion of ticket sales will benefit Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona and the Los Angeles Times Family Fund’s Summer Camp Campaign.
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The weekend kicks off with Field to Fork on
Saturday, hosted by Times Food Editor Russ Parsons and Chef Ray Garcia (FIG).
The event will include cooking demos, a conversation with local farmers and a
challenge between chefs David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach Post) and Garcia to
create a winning dish using a basket full of local produce.
At Saturday evening’s Cocktail
Confidential, guests will sample drinks by mixologist Alex Day and watch as
top bartenders match jiggers and muddlers in a mix-off, which will be judged by
Times Food & Nightlife Writer Jessica Gelt, Times Restaurant Critic Jonathan
Gold and mixologist Julian Cox (Rivera, Playa).
On Sunday afternoon, Gold and chef, author and host of KCRW’s “Good Food” Evan Kleiman will host Flavors of L.A., which will focus on authentic dishes from around the world. Chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Susan
Feniger, Kris Yenbamroong and Ricardo Zarate will present a variety of cooking
Sunday evening’s Dinner & Drinks,
hosted by Times Deputy Food Editor Betty Hallock and The Beer Chicks, Hallie
Beaune and Christina Perozzi, will feature pairings of chefs’ signature dishes
with craft beer, custom cocktails and fine wine. The Cooking Channel’s Alie
& Georgia will also be on hand for a special beer cocktail
Rounding out the holiday weekend will be the Labor Day Picnic
Presented by Target hosted by Times Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter and
Chef Zoe Nathan (Milo & Olive, Huckleberry). The event will bring together
world-renowned chefs like Thomas Keller and Nancy Silverton, local firehouse
gourmets, and backyard burger champs to share their common love of good food and
Here’s the schedule for: September 2 | 11 am – 3 pm | Paramount Pictures Studios
EVAN KLEIMAN, CO-HOST
Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, hosts a day full of authentic dishes from around the world – via Los Angeles’ best restaurants – all in one delicious spot. Co-hosted by Evan Kleiman, chef, author and host of KCRW’s “Good Food.”
Your all-inclusive ticket offers:
Unlimited beer, wine, spirits and food tastings, plus access to all wine seminars and cooking demonstrations.
Wine seminars and cooking demos:
11:15 am – Noon Authentic Flavors of Mexico, presented by The Taste of Mexico Association, featuring: Bricia Lopez (partner at Guelaguetza) Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu (owners and chefs at La Casita Mexicana) Ricardo Cervantes (co-founder and CEO at La Monarca Bakery) Vincente del Rio (Frimex Hospitality Group and owner/chef at Frida Mexican Cuisine) Sergio C. Muñoz (moderator and founder of Intelatin) From Bricia’s Oaxacan cuisine to Ricardo’s bakery chain, you’ll discover even more ways to savor Mexico’s culinary influence.
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Sake 101 featuring: Tomohiro Matsukuma (Sake Specialist at Southern Wine & Spirits of Southern California) Ira Norof, CWE (moderator and President of the Society of Wine Educators) Tomo has traveled across the country educating the restaurant industry about sake. Now you can hear about the nuances and delights of this popular drink first hand.
Noon -12:45 pm Cooking Demonstration featuring Susan Feniger (owner of Susan Feniger’s STREET and co-owner of Border Grill) You’ve seen her on Top Chef Masters and Too Hot Tamales. Catch this celebrity chef in person as she cooks up a recipe from her new cookbook, Susan Feniger’s Street Food.
12:45 – 1:30 pm Cooking Demonstration featuring Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites) This famous chef helped usher in the pop-up roving gourmet restaurant movement. See what surprises he has up his sleeve at this demo.
1 – 1:45 pm The L.A. Food Scene, featuring Jonathan Gold, Evan Kleiman and Special Guests Join our hosts as they give you the inside scoop on the latest trends and happenings in the kitchens of L.A.’s best restaurants.
1:30 – 2:15 pm Cooking Demonstration featuring Kris Yenbamroong (chef at NIGHT + MARKET) Kris’ restaurant has been described as a temple of regional Thai street food meets a makeshift dinner party in an empty gallery annex. Expect the unexpected from the recipe he will bring to our table.
2:15 – 3 pm Cooking Demonstration featuring Ricardo Zarate (owner and chef at Picca and Mo-Chica) If you like Peruvian food, you’ll love this demo from Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in America for 2011.
2:30 – 3:15 pm Cline Cellars…a Family Business featuring Charlie Cline and Ira Norof, CWE (moderator and President of the Society of Wine Educators) Charlie’s love of wine began when his grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi of pump and spa fame, shared his love for the land by teaching Charlie how to farm and vinify grapes into wine. Fast forward to today to hear more of his story.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com