This Sunday, March 8th, from 2pm–5pm, the LA Weekly presents “The Essentials” at the California Market Center in DTLA. Tastes will be provided by the 99 Los Angeles restaurants selected for the annual Essentials issue.
Participating restaurants include LA Beat favorites Animal, Plan Check, Cacao Mexicatessen, Providence, Father’s Office, Lukshon, Mozza, Sqirl, Guisados, Mariscos Jaliscos, Hungry Cat, Petit Trois, ink., Din Tai Fung, and Park’s BBQ. One of our favorite aspects of Essentials is the inclusion of smaller, neighborhood and international restaurants like Buna Ethiopian Market, Jitlada Southern Thai, Rocio’s Mole de los Dioses, Bludso’s, Beverly Soon Tofu, and Pa-Ord Noodle.
Classics are well-represented by Angeli Osteria, as well as Lucques, Langer’s Deli, Musso and Frank’s, Melisse, and Phillipe the Original. Not to mention the recent James Beard award-winning Guelaguetza, Ari Taymor’s Alma, which was named “Best New Restaurant in America 2013 “ by Bon Appetit, truck pioneer Kogi BBQ, and the toughest reservation in town, Curtis Stone’s 7-table restaurant, Maude.
Top shelf wineries will be pouring, cocktails will be mixed and local vendors will be showing their wares. The event will be taking place in the Penthouse of the California Market Center , featuring 360 views of the city.
“A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Food on Foot and collections will be taken on site as well. Since 1996, Food on Foot is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the poor and homeless of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, job opportunities, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.”