Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Recap of LA Times #TASTELA 2017 at Paramount Studios

Photos by Karen Ostlund at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA
Sept.1st-3rd 2017
Hornitos Tequila seating at #TASTELA
GOLDEN ROAD Mango Wheat beer booth launch, 3.2 % alcohol

OCTOPUS from Wallace (left) and Preux and Proper (right)

 Los Angeles Times' THE TASTE , had its annual festival at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Sept.1st-3rd. It celebrated the flavors of the world in Southern California style cuisine and remains the most popular event for Angelenos who stayed in the city, during Labor Day weekend heat-wave. 
Jonathan Gold and author Phil Rosenthal drinking Stella Artois beer
E.A.K.Ramen  pork/chicken broth w.egg, spinach, nori
Aquies Texcoco: Lamb BBQ w Bai juice
                 The festival was hosted by The Times' Food staff and acclaimed L.A. chefs and bartenders:  Amy Scattergood, Times Food Editor, Sang Yoon, Chef/Owner of Father’s Office and Lukshon.

Simmzy's Burbank beef burgers
                     Other culinary stars:
Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, Jenn Harris, Times Deputy Food Editor, Antonia Lofaso, Chef/Owner of Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar, and Marco A. Ramos, Mixologist at Scopa Italian Roots; and Gilberto Cetina Jr., Chef/Owner of Chichen Itza and Holbox.
HOLBOX-Ceviche Yellow Tail

The Taste transformed Paramount Pictures Studios into the ultimate epicurean pop-up and block party with its five events in three days - 15 hours in total.
 The five events included unlimited tastings from the city's best kitchens and a variety of wine, beer and seasonal cocktails:

Sherry Yard's cooking demo of chocolate biscuits and brownies

The Tuck Room: Reuben Croquettes

 Sunday Block Party, September 3rd – was hosted by Noelle Carter, LA Times Test Kitchen Director, and Sherry Yard, Chef/Owner of Tuck Room Tavern;
Great food and good times are the order of the day at the block party on the backlot Labor Day Weekend, where Sherry Yard demonstrated pastry-baking for home cooks and David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach Post) gave a master class on making biscuits. 

Sherry Yard's recipe Chocolate biscotti:


(left) Noelle Carter hosted a talk at Bar Stage with Dakota Weiss from Sweetfin, Chris Phelps (Salt's Cure) and Timothy Hollingworth from Otium - about what it means to brunch at some of the most innovative spots around town.  
OTIUM: Ceviche

                             The Sunday blockparty included tasting from: Cheezus, Cocobella Creamery, E.A.K. Ramen, Hotville Chicken & Chops, Hummus Yummy Food Truck, MessHall, Otium, Rosaliné, The Butcher's Daughter and Tuck Room Tavern.

Los Angeles Times The Taste was presented by JetBlue Plus Card and produced in association with Best Events. The Collins College of Hospitality Management, L.A. Regional Food Bank and Midnight Mission are the event's charity beneficiaries.

Banh Oui shrimp-toast w Essentia water

 Field to Fork restaurants included: Aqui es Texcoco, Banh Oui, Cento Pasta Bar, Coni'Seafood, Cruciferous, M Café, Maury's Bagels, McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, Robert's Catering Service and VCHOS Pupuseria Moderna.
Vegan bolognese by M Cafe
MAGPIES Corn-Almond softserve

                         Flavors of LA restaurants included: Chichen Itza, Frankland's Crab & Co., Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, Holbox, Luv2eat Thai Bistro, Meals by Genet, Pasta Sisters, Revolutionario North African Tacos, Same Same and Worldwide Tacos.
Chinese Laundry Truck Noodles

Hornitos Tequila Paloma and Margarita

Dinner with a Twist restaurants included: Barrel & Ashes, Beauty & Essex, Black Market Liquor Bar, Faith & Flower, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Pedalers Fork, Scopa Italian Roots, Szechuan Impression, The Bellwether, The Ponte and Wolf.

MEIOMI California Launch of Rose, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
Ketel One Vodka, berries and fruit mixing

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