Chang Sensory Trails, For A Delicious Taste of Thai Cuisine at the Victorian, Friday

All Photos by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

All Photos by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

Today, I joined Chef Jet Tila and a host of Foodie bloggers and writers for a private luncheon of Northern Thai cuisine sponsored by Chang, Thailand’s fastest growing beer. It was set in a DTLA loft close to the heart of the Arts District. Chang beer understands hospitality, and they demonstrated that knowledge by offering one of their crisp and tasty beverages as I entered the loft set as a dining area. Chef Tila and his crew were busily preparing our meal when I arrived. The table was beautifully set as the smell of the food being prepared saturated the area. It was a fine proceeding to kick-off tomorrow’s Chang Sensory Trails at the Victorian in Santa Monica.


Photo Gallery After The Break

The inaugural Chang Sensory Trails Festival starts at 11am and will end at 2am at The Victorian. That’s quite a party! Chang Sensory Trails is a multi-sensorial playground to create new memories around iconic Thai flavors. The idea is to unite Thai food lovers from around the world. The festival launched in Singapore a few weeks ago and is visiting the US tomorrow, to be followed by a similar event in London. Thai dishes from 6 local Thai restaurants will be served plus a multi-sensory experience curated by Jet Tila. The 6 Thai restaurants will be represented at the Victorian tomorrow and an exclusive menu and VIP experience, specially designed by Jet Tila, awaits at the Chef’s Table. Chef Tila will only use the finest ingredients; Jet looks to wow festival-goers with his own expressions of iconic Thai dishes with these off-the-menu items:

  • Mieng Kum – Stuffed betel leaf with palm sugar jam
  • Nam Prik Ong – Pork chili dip, tiny carrots, long beans, sticky rice and chicharrón
  • Yum Som O – Grapefruit crispy rice salad with shrimp
  • Khao Soi Noodles – Northern Thai curry noodles with braised beef and curry leaf
  • Khao Klook Kapi – Shrimp paste fried rice with garnishes
  • Pad Thai Kon Kaen – A slightly spicier version with crabmeat and garlic chives

There will be live music, art, and delicious food and drinks. Chang Sensory Trails has all the ingredients needed for an entertaining Friday and an international dining experience, allowing your palate to travel beyond the confines of Los Angeles. 2640 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 – Phone: (310) 392-4956.

Billy Bennight

About Billy Bennight

Billy Bennight is a writer and photographer with expertise and years of experience in these disciplines. His musical youth started as a Punk Rocker and has expanded into exploring many genres of music, with a keen interest in art, fashion, photography, and writing. He shoots celebrity and red-carpet events for ZUMA Press. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Art Association. His images have been published in The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Parade, Wall Street Journal, and French Elle, both Vanity Fair and Vanity Fair Italia. He's very engaged in life. You an see more of his work at ZUMA Press at You can follow him on his Facebook page at: and on Instagram and Twitter @billybennight
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