As part of the LA Times’ Food Bowl May takeover, they will be bringing together dozens of food vendors, pop-ups, chef collaborations, art installations and live music at a free Night Market in Grand Park downtown. Starting tonight and culminating on Sunday. There is also a special offer you can take advantage of if you are a serious foodie. These themed, ticketed areas will bring together the best chefs in their fields creating taco, fried chicken, dumpling and BBQ specialties to amaze and delight. You can also expect DJs from KCRW and specialty lounges from event sponsors.
May 8, 2019
The first night’s theme is collaboration. Two chefs will be partnered up to create gastronomic delights for you. Chefs from LA Beat faves like Taco Maria, Shibumi Scratch Bar, Chengdu Taste, and The Bazaar will be participating, as well as popular chefs Timothy Hollingsworth and Esdras Ochoa, who will be working to create something that is sure to be spectacular. Yes, that’s tonight!
May 9, 2019
LA Times Food Staff Writer Amy Scattergood will be hosting a tribute to what is inarguably LA’s favorite food–tacos. Enjoy some of the best things ever to be put inside a tortilla from renowned local taqueros, including finalists from LA Taco’s recent competition,”Taco Madness.” Participants include Sonoratown, Tacos 1986, Chichen Itza, Broken Spanish, Teddy’s Red Tacos, and Guerrilla Tacos.
May 10, 2019.
Night three is sure to be a party–a fried chicken party! LA Times Food Senior Staff Writer Jenn Harris will be hosting fryers like Lucky Bird, The Crack Shack, Night + Market, Hotville Chicken, and Phat Bird.
May 11, 2019
The weekend bring us two–count them–two events per day! Check out LA’s Best Burgers with ; hosted by Jenn Harris and Lawrence Longo. HiHo Cheeseburger, Banh Oui, Everson Royce Bar, Hank’s Bowery, Love Hour, NoMad, and Belcampo Meat Co. will be flippin’ those patties for you.
In the evening go crazy over Dumplings, Noodles & Rice created by masters like Porridge & Puffs, Baroo Canteen, Hui Tou Xiang, Chongqing Special Noodles, Sang Yoon’s Lukshon, Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant, Noodle Harmony, and South Bay local, Little Sister.
May 12, 2019
The Bowl goes all out for the big finale! The All-Star BBQ not only features local pit masters, but all in one place you can taste the ‘que of North Caroline, Tennessee, and Texas. Barbecue, people! Do you know how long the lines are outside that place? People pay kids to wait in line for them! And here it will just be handed to you with ease. The theme is so amazing they will be offering it twice in one day, both afternoon and evening.
Editor Peter Meehan and the LA Times Food team welcome Burt Bakman (Slab BBQ & Trudy’s Underground BBQ, California), Musky Bilavarn (Kra Z Kai’s, California), Billy Durney (Hometown Bar-B-Que, New York,; Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue, Texas), Matt Horn (Horn Barbecue, California), Sam Jones (Skylight Inn & Sam Jones BBQ; North Carolina); Adam Perry Lang (APL, California), Pat Martin (Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Tennessee), Dave Marin (East LA Barbecue, California); Andrew and Michelle Muñoz (Moo’s Craft BBQ, California), and for something sweet, Valerie Gordon (Valerie Confections, California).
Admittance to the Night Market is free. Hours:
Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th: 5-10pm
Friday, May 10th: 5-11pm
Saturday, May 11th: 1pm-11pm
Sunday, May 12th: 1- 8pm
Opening hours for each special event vary; check the schedule for details. For the themed events, early bird tickets are available for $75 and standard tickets will be priced at $85.