Taste of Venice to Take Over Abbot Kinney

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Taste of Venice takes place on Sunday, November 3 in Venice, Calif.

Taste of Venice takes place on Sunday, November 3 in Venice, Calif.

Venice Beach is one of the many treasures to be found in Los Angeles. This particular little West Side gem is most notable for housing a wealth of creativity and culture. From sculptors, to musicians, to actors, and more, artists have continued to flock to the beach front community for decades.

Forerunners of various creative industries come here not only to be inspired by the depth of culture in Venice, but to also be inspired by one other. To find new ways to innovate and reinvent their chosen crafts. To continue blazing trails.

The culinary scene is no exception. After all, what is culture without food? Dozens and dozens of restaurants call Venice Beach home, and it couldn’t be more of a dream-come-true for the Southern California food enthusiast. Whether your delight be fine vegan dining, modern Italian, or classic American cuisine, if you seek it, you will find it in this lively and colorful beachfront community.

Now imagine being able to enjoy all of these foods, all in one place, all at one time, and all while supporting an amazing cause. That, in a nutshell, is Taste of Venice. This dynamic food festival returns on Sunday, November 3, to celebrate the arts, highlighting the culinary talent of the city. What’s more, Taste of Venice is giving back to the deserving, up and coming generation of artists and innovative thinkers – the youth.

More than 20 local restaurants, including Abbot’s Pizza, Hostaria del Piccolo, and Tasting Kitchen, will have their signature dishes on display to be sampled by all in attendance.

“You get to taste so many great things,” said Food Network’s Adam Gertler, who also has a line of sausages named Gertler’s Wurst that are coming to Costco in mid-December. “And this year, there are even more restaurants participating. In past years, we kind of have had the same restaurants. But this year, there are even more people doing it. So, that makes it really exciting.”

But the fun does not stop there. Guests may also enjoy wine and cocktail tastings, and even pick up new skills from the cooking demonstrations by a few of the town’s finest chefs.

Taste of Venice will feature a restaurant walking tour (4:30-6:30 p.m.), as well as host special presentations by Gertler and Iron Chef America’s Jet Tila.

“My passion for food comes from the love I’ve always had of eating it,” said Gertler during a phone interview. “…It’s just nature.”

For his special presentation, he said he would be doing a cooking demonstration. The VIP receptions is 3-4:30 p.m.

“I’m super excited that they keep asking me back for this event,” said Gertler. “It’s incredibly fun, and it’s a really good time.”

Taste of Venice is helping to support Inside Out Community Arts, a local organization that is committed to serving youth that might otherwise be overlooked.

“Aside from doing something for a great cause, it’s a great value for what you get,” said Gertler.

Inside Out Community Arts helps to enhance the lives of underprivileged young people by giving them insight to the arts and media education. Every restaurant involved in the event is generously donating their signature tastes to support the nonprofit organization’s after school programs.

“It’s a great deal for how much you get. If you love food at all, this is one of the best events in Los Angeles. And it’s relatively unknown because it’s still a small event,” added Gertler.

Taste of Venice
Sunday, November 3rd

Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue.
Venice, CA.

VIP Reception: 3-4:30 p.m.
Tasting Tour: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Nichole Jones is a Staff Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle, entertainment and sports. Follow her on Twitter: @Cinnam0nBun
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