Hollywood CA (West Hollywood Today)Photos & facts by Karen Ostlund
THE TASTE 2013 showcased LA's brightest culinary stars, food, beverages & tech launches during Labor Day weekend’s 3 days celebration.
|Cadillac CTS & ELR 2014 lounge at Paramount Studios|
The three-day eat-drink activity featured five distinct events hosted by The Times editorial staff, Russ Parsons, Jonathan Gold, Noelle Carter, Betty Hallock and Jessica Gelt, and the city's most esteemed tastemakers, Chefs Michael Cimarusti, Sang Yoon, Nancy Silverton, and Cocktail Chef Matthew Biancaniello.
|Beatles tribute band "Britain's Finest" was convincing|
During the weekend, thousands of people descended on the Paramount lot to raise a glass to LA's food and cocktail scene with tastings from their favorite restaurants, cooking and mixology demonstrations led by the town's top talent, as well as thought-provoking panels moderated by the Times staff.
At Opening Night Presented by Don Julio, Friday, August 30th, revelers rubbed elbows with The Times hosts and their co-hosts, along with LA's most beloved chefs and food personalities, from the iconic Chef Susan Feniger (STREET, Border Grill) to rising stars like Chef Chad Colby (Chi Spacca).
|Evan Kleiman is a chef, author, radio host KCRW's|
|L & E Oyster Bar|
After enjoying an evening under the stars, Parsons (Times Food Editor & Columnist) and Cimarusti (Chef/Owner of Connie & Ted's, Providence) returned to kick off Saturday's events with Field to Fork, a tribute to the joys of cooking and eating seasonal dishes that included a dynamic panel discussion on "Fish or Famine: Sustainability & the Seafood on Your Plate.
|Book signing Russ Parsons & Sherry Yard eating |
fried jam-filled donuts
In between bites from favorites like Farmshop and Canelé, and sips of wine taken during the session's two tasting seminars, guests also enjoyed demos led by Alma's rockstar Chef Ari Taymor, Chef Ray Garcia from Fig, and LA's pastry queen Sherry Yard (Helm's Bakery), who wooed the audience with freshly fried raspberry jam-filled donuts.
|Rocksugar's Thai Basil Cashew Shrimp|
|Ray Garcia, Chef of FIG Santa Monica|
An epicurean crowd turned out to savor global eats, from Yoon's lip-numbing dandan noodles at the popular Lukshon booth, which he demoed that evening, to Chichén Itzá's grilled shrimp with creamy habanero sauce.
|Host Jonathan Gold w. his book |
Counter Intelligence: Where to eat in the real LA
|Labor day block party, daytime in front of Cadillac |
Sunday, September 1st day session launched into full swing with the family-friendly Labor Day Block Party hosted by Carter (Times Test Kitchen Director) and Nancy Silverton (Chef/Owner of Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza).
The crowds cooled off with honeydew "fluff" from Monterey Park's Fluff Ice and freshly shucked oysters from L&E Oyster Bar, and put on their culinary thinking caps during demos led by Nancy Silverton, Fred Eric (D'Elish, Fred 62) and Evan Kleiman (KCRW's Good Food), who showcased her pie prowess with a soulful cherry tomato pastry.
|Meals by Genet:|
Dorowot, Spicy Ethiopian chicken stew
Labor Day block party also featured face-painting fun for the kids, and Times Columnist Steve Lopez's Firehouse Cook-off crowning Cruz Macias from LAFD Station 87 in Granada Hills the king of the cooking brigade.
|Matthew Biancaniello w Jessica Gelt & Betty Hallock|
September 1st, same Sunday evening, Hallock (Times Deputy Food Editor) and Gelt (Times Food & Night Life Writer) teamed up with Matthew Biancaniello for a final toast to LA's culinary scene with a celebration of the shared inspirations inside LA’s best bars and kitchens.
|Michael Voltaggio, top chef from|
Bravos Top Chef 2009
In addition to plates and tastes from popular restaurants like Chi Lin, Cliff's Edge and Jitlada, the Cocktail Confidential event brought together the city's most dynamic chef and bartender duos, including John Sedlar and Julian Cox (Rivera), Octavio Becerra (Acabàr) and Josh Goldman (Soigné Group/ Acabàr), Kuniko Yagi and Brandyn Tepper (Hinoki & the Bird), and Michael Voltaggio and Gabriella Mlynarczyk (ink.), who engaged the thirsty throngs with cooking and mixology demonstrations showcasing the fusion of haute cuisine and craft cocktails.
|Cocktails Confidential by Christiaan|
Rollich, barman of Suzanne Goin
Caroline Styne's restaurants
Biancaniello furthered the conversation with a demo featuring his bartending contemporaries Serena Herrick (Allumette), Christiaan Rollich (Lucques/A.O.C./Tavern) and Brady Weise (1886).
|Sysco lounge, Luigi's famous La Porchetta Italiana|
Stella Artois beer launched a new Cidre, (4.5 % alcohol) - which is a crisp Belgian recipe cider, crafted with handpicked apples, enhanced by peachy, apricot notes, complimented by the woody finish.
|Stella Artois new Cidre with same |
alcohol as beer
Stella Artois Cidre Pear boasts a refreshing pear flavour enhanced by oaky notes, accenting Pear Cidre’s medium-bodied and crisp taste.
|Stack Wines, bottle divides in 4 wine|
|Mionetto Prosecco introduced IL Ugo! &|
IL Spr!z cocktails
Mionetto Prosecco also introduced a new Italian aperitif as
“IL” SPR!Z® (yes, spelled that way)- Crafted from the classic Spritz recipe of the Veneto, made with premium frizzante semi-sparkling wine and natural aromas and flavors of blood orange and select herbs .“IL” Ugo! is the Italian semi-sparkling cocktail, also from Mionetto, crafted with elderflower blossom and wildflowers.
|Svedka Vodka Launch, Orange Cream Pop|
w/ vanilla & Strawberry Colada
The new Blackberry Q10 & Z10 (Verizon, Sprint & T-Mobile) were to be found at THE TASTE’s only technology booth - besides Cadillac, and UBER.com – UBER offered a $20 credit, for new users, to avoid driving under the influence after all wine & cocktail tasting.
|Tech booth: Blackberry-Q10|
“You can peek at new incoming messages or notifications from virtually any other app. - Just a simple swipe of your finger reveals all the conversations you’re having over email and social media”, said Blackberry’s rep.
BlackBerry Hub smartphones surprised people how well it keeps your personal information separate from your work information, with help of two different screen buttons. This eliminates the time and hassle of flipping back and forth between apps to have conversations on social media and text messages.Like most BlackBerry operating systems before, BlackBerry 10 uses a red notification light to alert you to when you have received a new message from one of the accounts that you link it with like Facebook, Twitter, text messages, BlackBerry Messenger, and emails.
All of your messages are listed in as a flow of information with your most recent ones at the top of the BlackBerry Hub, and you can also take a peek at your upcoming calendar entries.
|Tender Greens: Salami & Kale salad|
|Michael's on Naples:|
Fiori di Zucca and Salsiccia w eggplant
(THE TASTE is a supporter of the LA Times Family Fund Summer Camp Campaign and the Cal Poly Pomona Collins College of Hospitality Management.)