The 2014 edition of the Los Angeles Times The Taste was held at the picturesque Paramount Pictures Studios from August 29-31 and left guests with one memorable Labor Day Weekend that was filled incredible food and wine tastings and more!
Five different events, kicking off with the Opening Night festivities on Friday night, provided plenty of opportunities to take part of this wonderful setting that was as much of a party as it was in terms of partaking of food and wine. Opening Night was a little more intimate than the rest of the weekend, allowing guests to mingle with members of the Los Angeles Times food section along with some of the great chefs and mixologists that were going to be part of the weekend long event. Guests were also treated to a live performance from the indie rock group Black Crystal Wolf Kids.
Saturday began with the “Field to Fork” event, hosted by Russ Parsons and Nancy Silverton, which featured dishes that were inspired by locally sourced ingredients and seasonal flavors. While guests were able to make their way through the Paramount lot to taste some of these dishes along with a number of fine wineries they were also treated to cooking demonstrations from; Nancy Silverton, Tai Ronnen, Bruce Kalman and C.J. Jacobson.
Saturday night brought out the best of the cocktail world in Los Angeles with the “Dinner with a Twist” event. The night was not only filled with tasty cocktails, but some amazing classes including an assortment of cooking and mixology demonstrations and Tricia Carr presented a look at working with salts and sugars and some great alternate uses for those products.
Sunday Brunch was more geared towards the entire family as children of all ages were invited to attend this event and there were plenty of activities to keep them occupied. How could kids and adults alike not enjoy the brunch inspired food that saw a number of great variations of chicken and waffles and the Grilled Cheese Truck was huge hit with their Mac n’ Cheese and Pastrami grilled cheese sandwiches.
Sadly The Taste came on a conclusion on Sunday night with the “Flavors of L.A.” The night was highlighted by a cooking demonstration from Jimmy Shaw of Loteria Grill and Tricia Carr made another visit, this time showing what fun you can have with crushed cocktails.
If you didn’t attend The Taste this year you simply missed out on so many amazing flavors you likely could not have taken everything in. The restaurant lineup was just staggering as you had well knows restaurants such as; Loteria Grill, THE Blvd Restaurant, The Counter Burger, Jitlada Thai Cuisine and Chipotle and other restaurants that might have been new to people but were huge hits such as Asian Box, Zinc at Shade Hotel and Urban Garden. The list literally goes on and on, every time you thought you had your favorite dish picked out, something even better appeared in front of you. To go with that food and perfect for a hot Southern California weekend there were some fantastic ice cold beers including; Stella Artois, who was also sampling food and their Cidre, Shock Top, Kirin, with their amazing beer slushee. The spirits were also flowing with some great cocktails from Stoli, Pinnacle and ZYR vodkas, TY KU Sake and Spirits, Ascendant Spirits with their unique caviar lime vodka and Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, just to name a few. The beer and spirits paled in comparison to the stunning lineup of wineries from every region. this was a weekend made for the wine lovers of the world.
Citi Private Pass offered exclusive access to its cardmembers, including reserved parking, express entry into the events, front-row seating at demos and panels and great VIP lounge to get away from the crowds and relax in style. Citi cardmembers also learned about the Citi Table program that offers exclusive dining experiences and also helps address the issue of providing fresh and affordable food with their Citi Gardens program.
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(Photos Courtesy John Kinion)