What LA Needs Now: A Rib Festival! Sunday July 13

Chris Oh Spicy Korean BBQ Spare Ribs (Photo courtesy of FoodGPS)

Chris Oh Spicy Korean BBQ Spare Ribs (Photo courtesy of FoodGPS)

Since 2005, Food GPS has been at the forefront of groundbreaking food writing and chef profiles. Writer and founder Joshua Lurie’s love for food simply could not be limited to the written word. Wanting to share the best of LA with fellow Angelenos, Food GPS is becoming as a major player in the world of culinary events. Last year’s Fried Chicken Festival was just a starting point. This year Food GPS reprises the Fried Chicken Festival and brings us the wonders of ribs and Sriracha.

The inaugural Food GPS Rib Festival is taking place on Sunday, July 13, from 4pm to 7pm in Chinatown’s Central Plaza. You might expect a rib event to feature the usual suspects like Bludso’s, Phillip’s and Dr. Hogly Wogly’s. Instead, Food GPS has put together a chef-driven event with some of the best chefs in LA. As Joshua Lurie explains, “My basic approach to curating Food GPS events is to team top chefs with fun food items and take a global view. In a lot of cases, that means playing against type…Also, ribs by no means have to be limited to BBQ.”

Some examples of the more exotic dishes in the works are The Spice Table’s Bryant Ng’s
Lamb ribs prepared with cumin, chile, and mustard with Burrata and sambal marinated grilled eggplant. Chris Oh of Seoul Sausage and Escala will be serving Spicy Korean BBQ Spare Ribs with Colombian Street Corn. Erwin Tjahyadi of Komodo Food will be tickling our palates with Island Ribs with Homemade Pineapple BBQ sauce and Filipino Macaroni Salad.

Other selected chefs include Vartan Abgaryan of Cliff’s Edge, Matt Poley of Heirloom LA, Freddy Vargas of Scarpetta, Johneric Concordia of The Park’s Finest, and Jason Neroni of Superba Snack Bar. Guests will also enjoy desserts from Cake Monkey Bakery, Salt & Straw and Sugarbloom Bakery, cocktails created by Jason Bran and Damian Windsor, as well as craft beer and sodas.

Chinatown is currently undergoing a rebirth “as a multinational culturally defined, economically vibrant and socially engaging community.” With restaurants like Starry Kitchen and a gallery row with the likes of Coagula Curatorial, Chinatown is fast becoming the new center of cool. Joshua Lurie explains his choice of venue, “I’m excited to hold the Food GPS Rib Festival, Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival and L.A. Sriracha Festival in Chinatown this year. The neighborhood has incredible history, renewed energy, and I’m looking forward to growing with the community.”

Tickets are available online. $65 General Admission and $90 for VIP, which grants you 1 hour early entry to the event. We recommend the Summer Series Pass which scores you VIP access to both the Food GPS Rib Festival and the Fried Chicken Festival. 21+  A portion of event proceeds will benefit Pablove Foundation.

Chinatown’s Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Facebook page Hashtag #FoodGPS 

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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