The Los Angeles Times' The Taste 2015 - The Only Way to Spend Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day to most means the end of summer. In Los Angeles that is merely a day on weather calendar as barometer is more likely to hit triple digits than it is to give you any sign of fall. But all of that Los Angeles sun can makes for the perfect setting for The Los Angeles Times' The Taste.

The Taste 2014

The Taste always goes all out by creating an incredible list of participants and this year it will feature co-hosts; Chef Michael Fiorelli (Love & Salt), Master Bartender Vincenzo Marianella, Chef Gary Menes (Le Comptoir), Chef Carlos Salgado (Taco María) and Chef Corina Weibel (Canelé). To give you just a taste of what to expect in terms of demonstrations, you will get insight from; Curtis Stone (Maude), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), and Devon Espinosa (The Church Key) and plenty more!

The Taste kicks off on Friday night with the highly anticipated Opening Night event as The Times’ renowned Food staff, the festival’s co-hosts, and participating chefs and bartenders gather for a soirée with a focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings along with live entertainment. The festivities get going at 7:30 so you have plenty of time to make your way over after getting off of work so you can enjoy restaurants such as; Alma, Ayara Thai, BierBeisl Imbiss & Bakery, Coni’s Seafood, Eveleigh, Faith & Flower, Little Sister, Sotto Restaurant and Sushi Roku.

That is only the beginning as Saturday The Taste gives you two great events to enjoy. Beginning at 11 a.m. is Field to Fork, hosted by Russ Parsons, Times' Food Writer and Columnist and Gary Menes, Chef of Le Comptoir. There is no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon that enjoying some tasty seasonal and sustainable dining options. You are also going to enjoy demos by chefs specializing in fresh-focused dishes, including Niki Nakayama (n/naka), Akasha Richmond (Akasha/Sambar), Nyesha Arrington (Leona), and Jessica Koslow (Sqirl).  In addition to wine seminars that inspire the palate, the event will feature a panel about making the most of great ingredients moderated by Parsons with Gary Menes (Le Comptoir), Ari Taymor (Alma), and Bruce Kalman (Union).  Participating restaurants include: Corazon y Miel, Free Range LA, Hinoki & The Bird, Kye’s, Pinches Tacos, Son of a Gun, The District by Hannah An, and Toca Madera. The night begins at 7:30 p.m. with Dinner with a Twist, hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Food Critic, and Jenn Harris, Times Deputy Food Editor, Michael Fiorelli, Chef/Owner of Love & Salt, and Master Mixologist Vincenzo Marianella. If you love a cocktail or two you will enjoy this evening as Southern California’s cutting-edge cocktail and culinary cultures collide with demos from chef & bartender duos including Fiorelli and Marianella, Steven Fretz and Devon Espinosa (The Church Key).  The collaborative spirit continues with a group demo hosted by Harris and Gold featuring Zach Patterson (Melrose Umbrella Co.), Josh Goldman (Belcampo Meat Co./Soigne Group) and Bricia Lopez (Guelagetza).  Participating restaurants include: Coni’s Seafood, Ford’s Filling Station, Komodo, Love & Salt, Mexikosher, Scarpetta, Terrine, The Bellwether, The Misfit Restaurant & Bar, and The Raymond 1886. For this evening it is well worth getting the Boozy upgrade ($50), which includes: an hour and a half of unique wine pours and one-on-ones with experts in The Taste’s Secret Cellar prior to the event.

What would Sunday be without a brunch? So The Taste gives you Sunday Brunch & BBQ, hosted by Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, Amy Scattergood, Times Food Editor, and Corina Weibel, Chef/Owner of Canelé from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch and ‘cue collide for a daytime affair with demos from Carter, Weibel, Roy Choi (A-Frame/POT), and Neil Strawder (Bigmista’s Barbecue & Sammich Shop).  To discuss the recent trend of open fire cooking in the kitchen, Amy Scattergood will moderate a panel with Francisco Perez (Aqui es Texoco), Michael Kahikina (Barrel & Ashes), and Quinn Hatfield (Odys & Penelope).  Participating restaurants include Baltaire, Dog Haus, Howlin’ Rays, Loteria Grill, Pedaler’s Fork, Petty Cash Taqueria, Ray’s & Stark Bar, The Churchill, The Hudson, and Taco Madera. The taste concludes on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. with Flavors of LA, hosted by Jonathan Gold and Carlos Salgado, Chef/Owner of Taco Maria. The closing night event spotlights the city’s rich and varied tastes with demos from Salgado, Curtis Stone (Maude), Wes Avila (Guerilla Tacos), and Suzanne Tracht (Jar). Exploring the benefits of serving things in a bowl, Gold will moderate a panel with Alvin Cailan (Eggslut/Ramen Champ), Christine Moore (Little Flower), and Minh Phan (Porridge & Puffs). If you ever wondered if local ingredients make cocktails taste better, culinary mixologist Tricia Carr will provide you with the answer. Participating restaurants include: AKASHA, Artisan House, Border Grill, Chi Spacca, Hyde Sunset, Lukshon, Madcapra, Napa Valley Grille, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, Proof Bakery, Taco Maria, The Springs, and Worldwide Tacos.

There are a number of great food events in Los Angeles throughout the year, but getting to enjoy walking, drinking and dining at Paramount Pictures Studios while basking in a glorious Southern California holiday weekend makes The Los Angeles Times' The Taste hard to beat!

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