Warning: Reading about the list of food and drink to be had at The Taste will make you very hungry indeed.
Today the Los Angeles Times unveiled the lineup of chefs, bartenders and restaurants taking part in The Taste, its seventh-annual food festival, happening in Hollywood on Labor Day weekend. From Friday, Sept. 2, through Sunday, Sept. 4, the Taste takes over the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot for the ultimate culinary celebration.
Each of the weekend’s five events includes unlimited food and drink tastings in your ticket price. Opening the festivities on Friday is an intimate tasting with many of the fest’s participating chefs and bartenders in attendance. Dishes are going to be served by Badmaash, Little Pine, Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach Post, Son of a Gun and Sweetfin Poke.
Saturday begins with Field to Fork, a conversation with Nan Kohler, Alex Weiser and Roxana Jullapat, hosted by Times Food Editor Amy Scattergood. Chef Michael Cimarusti holds a live demo on sustainable seafood, then Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer team up for a vegetarian cooking how-to. Tastings are available from Aqui es Texcoco, Doomie’s Home Cookin’, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Kye’s Montana, L.A. Chapter and Salazar.
That night is Dinner with a Twist, an al fresco, end-of-summer jam hosted by the Times’ legendary critic Jonathan Gold, Jenn Harris, Ray Garcia and Michael Lay. Chefs and bartenders duet live on stage: Garcia and Lay highlight Mexican-American flavors, and Kris Morningstar and Ryan Wainwright showcase SoCal terroir. Gold and Harris hold a group demo featuring Katie Emmerson, Nathan Oliver and Tobin Shea. Restaurants offering tastings are Church & State, Haché LA, Leona, Public School, the Bellwether and the Raymond 1886.
A Block Party hosted by Noelle Carter and Mary Sue Milliken starts Sunday off right with live demos by Duff Goldman, Ramiro Arvizu and Jaime Martin del Campo. Carter leads a discussion on maximizing ingredients with Bruce Kalman, Chris Cormier and Michael Flood. Tastings are by Chichén Itzá, Donut Farm, Hinoki & the Bird, Mainland Poke, Simbal and the Guild.
Jonathan Gold and Kris Yenbamroong host the closing night even, Flavors of L.A., turning the spotlight on the influences of the city. Gold explores new Filipino cuisine with Charles Olalia, Gary Menes and Alvin Cailan. Yenbamroong demos his classic Thai cooking, while Nyesha Arrington shares a seasonal recipe, Kwang Uh provides freestyle Korean food and Tricia Carr leads a demo with aperitifs, bitters and rosés. Restaurants include Guisados, Herringbone, Knead & Co. Pasta Bar, Oh Man! Ramen, the Little Jewel of New Orleans and Wolf.
I don’t know about you, but I’m completely famished just reading about all the delicious food to be had at the Taste this year.
For tickets and more information, visit events.latimes.com/taste.