Culinary hotties Ben Ford and Ludo Lefebvre in 2010/Photo by Elise Thompson
In the marriage of the century, Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine will join together to create one amazing culinary festival this coming September. The four-day festival is scheduled to take place on Labor day weekend. Tickets for “LOS ANGELES TIMES AND FOOD & WINE’S THE TASTE” are on sale now. Don’t miss out!
Nine signature events are to be held citywide, including Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Downtown L.A. More than 200 of Los Angles’ many amazing restaurants will be participating. According to Jonathan Crocker, co-founder of THE TASTE, “One of the key distinguishing factors between THE TASTE and other major wine and food festivals is that the restaurants are the true ‘stars’ of the festival,”
Some participating restaurants are Bazaar by José Andrés (trippy molecular gastronomy), Bouchon (delicious Napa-influenced French food), Jitlada (authentic Thai Food from the adorable Jazz), Craft (Tom Colicchio’s western outpost), and popular spots like Fig, Fords Filling Station, Hatfield’s, Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery, and Osteria Buca. Activities include cooking demos, panels, tastings, and live music.
Many of the culinary world’s biggest stars will host the gastronomic affairs including renowned chefs Roy Choi, Duff Goldman and Ray Garcia, along with previously announced chefs including Giada De Laurentiis, Scott Conant, Art Smith, Ludo Lefebvre, Michael Voltaggio, Claire Robinson, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite, the official ticketing provider of THE TASTE. “Options include à la carte, themed city packages and signature event packages. Prices will range from $125 to $150 for à la carte tickets and $275 to $800 for experiential packages such as Daytime Delights, Night Crawl and The Ultimate Indulgence. City packages will include the Beverly Hills Package $475; the Hollywood Package $325.
A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Share Our Strength, Beverly Hills Education Foundation, Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona, Los Angeles Times Family Fund’s Summer Camp Campaign and Los Angeles Conservancy. THE TASTE website offers additional details, including event updates, programming and schedules, information about chef and culinary personalities, visitor information and more.”