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Los Angeles Times Announces Lineup of Chefs, Bartenders and Restaurants Participating in The Taste

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One ticket provides unlimited tastings at the annual food and drink
festival on the Paramount backlot over Labor Day weekend

The Los
Angeles Times
 today announced the lineup for The
Taste
, its annual festival celebrating Southern California's
culinary scene. Hosted by The Times' acclaimed Food staff, The Taste
will transform the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot into the ultimate
evening block party over three nights during Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31
to Sept. 2). This year, The Taste will pay homage to the chefs and
restaurants who have helped make Los Angeles one of the most exciting
places in the world to eat. Admission to each of the three events
includes unlimited tastings from the city's best restaurants and sips of
seasonal cocktails, plus cooking demos and talks from renowned chefs.

  • Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
    L.A.'s pop-up and
    underground restaurants will take the stage with a demo of
    Cajun-by-way-of-Compton cuisine from chef Michael Lawless (Shad's New
    Cali Catering). Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Ludo Bird) will showcase his
    French flair. Master of the grill, Burt Bakman (Trudy's Underground
    Barbecue), will lead a barbeque how-to. Ricardo Zarate (Rosaliné) and
    Jonathan Yao (Kato) will provide a glimpse of what makes their dishes
    imminently Instagram-able. The Bar Stage will be serving up white
    wines of Italy with Wes Hagen of J. Wilkes Wines. Restaurants include:
    Amor y Tacos, Baltaire Restaurant, Bone Kettle, Casa Vega, Chao Krung,
    Farmhouse, Hinoki & the Bird, Otium, Pop's Bagels and Wanderlust
    Creamery.
  • Saturday, Sept. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
    Delicious food will
    be the special of the night as Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama
    (n/naka) showcase Japanese cuisine and Briana Valdez (HomeState)
    celebrates breakfast all day with a demo of her signature dishes.
    Sommelier Ira Norof will give you 101 reasons to drink wine.
    Restaurants include: Cento Pasta Bar, Border Grill, Crustacean Beverly
    Hills, Jaffa, Kali Restaurant, Madre Oaxacan Restaurant & Mezcaleria,
    Mayura Indian Restaurant, Prawn, Taste of Tehran, Trois Mec and
    Winston Pies.
  • Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
    Experience the
    diversity of flavors in our fair city when Sean Lowenthal (Little
    Beast Restaurant) and L.A. Times Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter
    highlight Southern cooking, Minh Phan (Porridge + Puffs) shares her
    technique for elevating porridge, and Charles Olalia (Rice Bar/Ma'am
    Sir) gives a master class on Filipino cuisine. Wine expert Christine
    Dalton will raise a glass to rosé. Restaurants include: 71Above, Banh
    Oui, Coni'Seafood, Holbox/Chichen Itza, Hotville Chicken, Gus's World
    Famous Fried Chicken, Inko Nito, Kobee Factory & Syrian Kitchen, Meals
    by Genet and Prince of Venice.

Los Angeles Times' The Taste, presented by Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home,
is produced in association with Best Events. The Collins College of
Hospitality Management and L.A. Regional Food Bank are the event's
charity beneficiaries. Tickets range from $115 to $165; a $10 discount
will be available exclusively to Times subscribers
starting July 23. New this year, The Taste travels to Costa Mesa over
three days in October (Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21), with
programming to be announced in September. Details and tickets: latimes.com/TheTaste.
Connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @TheTasteLA
(#TasteLA).

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