Masters of Taste Returns to the Rose Bowl on April 2

Image courtesy of Masters of Taste.

Widely regarded as one of LA’s best food events, Masters of Taste returns to Pasadena’s iconic Rose Bowl on Sunday, April 2.

Help raise funds for Union Station Homeless Services as you stroll along the 50-yard line savoring food, drinks, and sweets from some of LA’s best creators of culinary and beverage experiences. 

Now in its 6th annual iteration, Masters of Taste offers food from dozens of culinary masters and restaurants. This year’s participants include Michelin Bib Gourmand winner Ayara Thai, Mercado, Lunasia, Celestino, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Great Maple, Casa Cordoba, Yardbird, Poppy + Rose, Yuca’s, Ramen Tatsunoya, Pez Cantina, World Empanadas,Taishi Hainan Chicken, Alexander’s Steakhouse, VCHOS Pupuseria, and many more.

Sip exquisitely crafted cocktails, along with wine, sake, and beer, from the likes of The Raymond 1886, Mezcal 33, Knox & Dobson, MacLeod Ale, CRU Winery, Native Son, Empress 1908, Arts District Brewing Company, Hitching Post, Que Padre, Sake High, Dulce Vida Tequila, Seisyu Akagisan, and more. You’ll also find plenty of non-alcoholic choices from Good Idea (flavored Swedish sparkling water with amino acids), Mountain Valley Spring Water, boba from Bearology, Sunright Tea Studio, Humm Kombucha, and more.

Photo gallery by Karin E. Baker for The LA Beat

If you love all things sweet, don’t miss the Sweet Masters, showcasing a variety of decadent desserts from the likes of Läderach Chocolatier Suisse, Porto’s, Butter Cake Shoppe, Etoile Filante Pâtisserie, Lark Cake Shop, Bertha Mae’s Brownies, Creamy Boys Ice Cream, and more. 

During a press preview for Masters of Taste, we savored Salmon Crudo from Soulmate, Black Truffle Lobster Risotto from Hank’s in Pacific Palisades, Poppy & Seed’s Duck Confit Taco, Land & Sea Duo from Alexander’s Steakhouse, and Chocolate Cake with Blue Cheese Ganache and Salted Caramel from Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery. All were fantastic. 

We also learned about some of the people Union Station Homeless Services has helped, including a 74-year-old man named Jose who, after having to recover from surgery on a cot, managed to find shelter in a hotel via Project Roomkey. Then, Union Station helped him move into an apartment of his own. 

100% of the day’s proceeds will go to Union Station Homeless Services. Now in its 50th year, this nonprofit organization assists homeless individuals and families. Over the past five years, Masters of Taste has raised $2.7 million to help homeless and low-income people find housing and security.

Masters of Taste tickets are $155 for General Admission or $225 for VIP Admission. Both ticket types include unlimited sampling, while VIP tickets also get you early entry, VIP lounge access, and VIP-only food samplings. 

The VIP Power Hour is from 3 to 4 p.m. General Admission begins at 4 p.m., and the event will end at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit Masters of Taste.

Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.
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