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Photos, Food, & More from the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl Night Market 2022

Another year, another incredible Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. A fantastic month-long series of nights celebrating local restaurants, innovative chefs, and fine wine in locations all over town. The finale of every Food Bowl? A weekend of Night Markets on the legendary Paramount Pictures Studios backlot. We were there on Saturday evening for their delectable Dumpling Crawl and again on Sunday afternoon for their hearty Backlot Brunch. While we had to skip night one, we’re told the “Smoked Soiree” was a rollicking good time with many of the same restaurants and chefs from Saturday and Sunday. That night was a classic celebration of the cities renowned food scene, highlighting top chefs, pitmasters, burger barons and grilling experts who gave patrons tasty food options to see first-hand what makes them so special.

We opted for the more vegetarian-friendly nights two and three, but all three days absolutely had something for everyone no matter your tastes or dietary restrictions. The Dumpling Crawl included celebrity guests such as Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman who enjoyed  the Live Demo hosted by Chef Matty Matheson and Culinary Producer Courtney Storer of the hit television series The Bear on FX. We also enjoyed bites from chefs such as Kevin Bludso of Bludso’s BBQ and Eric Greenspan of Mr. Beast Burger. Night 2 Saturday we celebrated the city’s renowned food scene by highlighting the diverse flavors of L.A. We sampled a smorgasbord of global cuisines for an experience that is quintessentially L.A. The Crawl was curated by L.A. Times food columnist Jenn Harrisinspired by her new series “The Bucket List: Dumplings!” with dumplings from CHD Mandu, Go Go Gyoza, Hui Tou Xiang, Lunasia Dim Sum House, Paradise Dynasty (VIP Only), Monta Factory, and more!

On Sunday we celebrated with the Backlot Brunch by feasting upon L.A.’s greatest brunches from west side surf to old school Hollywood glamour.  The highlight of the afternoon was Duff Goldman, who is best known for the hit Food Network show Ace of Cakes, where his team of pastry chefs and artists at Charm City Cakes create spectacular custom cakes. Duff let us into the wonderful world of baking with his delicious baking demonstration.

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LA Times Food Bowl’s Night Market at Paramount Pictures Studios this Weekend

This weekend The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl brings back Night Market to the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot for three days of exclusive gastronomic adventures and experiences that will highlight distinct aspects of food culture in Southern California. On September 23-25, Night Market will feature all-inclusive food and drink tastings, cooking and mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and more from the world-class culinary artists behind 50 of the city’s top restaurants. Feel the heat at Friday night’s Smoked Soirée, celebrate L.A.’s diverse restaurant scene at Saturday Night Flavor and eat your way through L.A. at the coveted Backlot Brunch on Sunday. Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind events! Tickets are available here. We’ll be there on Saturday and Sunday and can’t wait to see you! Read on for event details, demonstration details, and to find out if your favorite restaurants and chefs will be in attendance this weekend!

TASTING PARTICIPANTS

71Above • Acqua Panna • Angelini Alimentari • Angelini Osteria • Angry Egret Dinette • Banh Oui • Bar Moruno • Bari • bb.q Chicken USA • Caboco • Casa Vega • Delinquente Wine Co. • El Ruso • Eszett • Evil Cooks • Frankly Organic Vodka • Heavy Handed • Highly Likely Cafe • III Mas BBQ • Irv’s Burgers • Jewel • Kobee factory • Kogi • Little Dom’s • Lunasia Dim Sum House • Macheen at Milpa Grille • Makers Mark • MANEATINGPLANT • Maple Block Meat Co. • Mijenta Tequila • Mini Kabob • MÍRAME • Momed • Moo’s Craft Barbecue • Otium (VIP Only) • Otoño • Piccadilly Grace • Piccalilli • Poppy + Rose • RiceBox • River Street BBQ • Ronan • S. Pellegrino • San Marino Café & Marketplace • SLAB Barbecue • Standing’s Butchery • Stella Artois • STK Steakhouse • Tabula Rasa Bar • The Arbour • The Bad Jew • Tuk Tuk Thai • Valerie Confections • Yakiniku Osen

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Your Guide to the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl

The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl is back and bigger, better, and brighter than ever! The monthlong festival celebrates our great city’s top culinary talent, at both swanky and free and open to the public events, including special dining series in honor of the Los Angeles Times’s Restaurant of the Year and Gold Award winners and an awesome and an exclusive launch party at Grandmaster Recorders to kick off 30 nights of divine food, wine, and fun.

The Gold Award was, of course, created by and named after former L.A. Times Food critic, editor and Pulitzer Prize winner, Jonathan Gold. The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl and I go way back, to the very beginning I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Gold at a delectable tasting and wine-filled evening at Paramount Pictures Studios in 2017.

The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl Launch Party will kick off the 30 nights of festivities at Hollywood’s Grandmaster Recorders on Thursday, September 1. Ticket prices start at $150, which isn’t cheap, but you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth with a night that will feature special tastings from exciting guest chefs, live DJs, as well as cocktails, beer and wine  all included. Plus, the L.A. Times Food team General Manager Laurie Ochoa will honor this years’ recipients of the Restaurant of the Year and Gold Award with a live presentation of the awards. Tickets are going fast so be sure to get yours here and read on below for the exceptional list of chefs and restaurants attending this year’s opening night bash. Celebrate The Times’ Restaurant of the Year, Anajak Thai,  and Gold Award honoree, Meals by Genet.

The annual festival is presented by City National Bank and will combine the best of local eateries and world-renowned chefs in a series of over 30 pop-up dining events across the expanse of Los Angeles, while also highlighting issues of food access, sustainability and waste reduction.  This year’s lineup will also feature The Times’ return to Paramount Pictures Studios’s backlot with Food Bowl’s Night Market tasting events Sept. 23, 24 and 25. Tickets are available now at lafoodbowl.com, with discounted early bird pricing for a limited time. 

Plus, you can feel good about a night of imbibing as the Food Bowl supports the The L.A. Times Community Fund, where you can give back to nonprofits working in the community addressing hunger and food insecurity. Donations to the L.A. Times Community Fund’s Food Insecurity project enable Food Bowl to make substantial contributions to non-profit organizations like Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Project Angel Food, World Central Kitchen, No Us Without You, and more. Just $50 provides the equivalent of 200 meals. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, as just one example, has been fighting hunger in LA County for almost 50 years and has provided more than 1.5 billion meals to those in need. Yes, that’s billion with a B. Food and nutrition insecurity continues to challenge many of our community’s children, seniors, families and individuals. As a nonprofit organization, the LA Regional Food Bank relies on the generosity of organizations like the LA Times and its annual culinary festival.

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Old Hollywood Glamour Returns to The Roosevelt Hotel at Nancy Silverton’s The Barish

Tucked in the corner of the landmarked lobby of the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, The Barish held its grand (re)opening in May. After being open for just a few weeks in 2020 before the pandemic forced its early closure, it has been a long wait for celebrity chef Nancy Silverton to begin welcoming guests – many friends and family – back to the modern steakhouse in this historic space. We scored a table for two on the reopening night and have returned several times since. Exquisite dishes, divine drinks, impeccable service, sleek and stylish design, and a chance to be greeted by Nancy Silverton herself all combine for a one-of-a-kind dining experience that pays homage to Old Hollywood glamour while being something new and all its own.

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Los Angeles’s Best Takeout & Dine-In Valentine’s Day Dinners

Valentine’s Day may be a little different this year for many of us, but several of our favorite restaurants around town are thankfully still here to make the holiday extra special. Whether you are searching for a safe, socially distanced table for your first time dining out in months or hoping for a picnic basket or a decadent seven course meal to-go, this list should have something for everyone. And why not show a little extra support to our friends in the restaurant industry by adding a bottle of bubbly or two, and by tipping as much as you’re able.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Cheers! 💕

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Photos From Los Angeles Times’ The Taste at Paramount Studios

The LA Times labor of love Labor Day tradition continued over the past Labor Day Weekend with The Taste LA. Along with celebrating amazing and inventive cuisine by Southern California’s best chefs, The Taste also celebrated the legacy of the late Jonathan Gold. His image appeared in certain shadows of the event space as if he were watching from above and smiling down. We went to all three nights of the event!

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A Taste of East LA Meets Napa

Another year, another amazing AltaMed’s East LA Meets Napa food and wine festival. What sets the annual downtown Los Angeles apart this year is the vast and growing need for support AltaMed provides. The spate of current events have left many people in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and around the country, feeling vulnerable, fearful to seek medical treatment and other services they made need. That makes AltaMed, who presents the festival, more vital than ever. The always sold-out event draws 2,000+ people annually and proceeds benefit AltaMed’s initiatives and services that create access to health and dental care, senior and HIV services, teen mentoring programs, and more to undeserved families in Southern California. It’s an excellent way to eat amazing food, drink spectacular wine, and support a great and necessary local cause. It’s an event you won’t want to miss in 2020.

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Celebrate the Last Days of Pride Month & Support The Trevor Project at Pikoh

Pride Month is quickly coming to an end and although Los Angeles celebrates Pride Month every month, proceeds from the purchases of a refreshing cocktail at West Los Angeles’s best new restaurant, Pikoh, will support The Trevor Project for only the remainder of June. If you’re unaware of Pikoh, it’s the latest venture from Chef Ricardo Zarate, whom you may recall recently wowed us with his Peruvian dishes at Studio City’s incredible Los Balcones. You may have just until June 30th to drink to support a great and necessary LGBTQ+ nonprofit group, but Pikoh offers perfect brunches, delicious dinners, and craft cocktails during an awesome happy hour daily.

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Last Minute Easter Sunday Brunch, Hunts, & More in Los Angeles

Happy Easter Sunday! If you’re hoping to trade peeps for pasta on Sunday, April 21, you may be in luck. All of the restaurants below have tables available to celebrate the holiday for both brunch and dinner. If you’re making last minute Easter Day plans, check out the list, which also highlights a dish or two, desserts, whether the restaurant is all ages or best for adults, and we’ve thrown in an Easter egg hunt or two at the end. Enjoy!

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The Week in Nancy Silverton of Mozza News

This Week in Nancy Silverton.

The celebrated and award winning Los Angeles chef behind restaurants Osteria Mozza, Chi Spacca, and Pizzeria Mozza, has been all over the news lately. First, Silverton is set to open a new Italian restaurant at the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Second, Nancy is celebrating 30 years of La Brea Bakery. Third, Nancy’s famous grilled cheese returned to L.A. with a bang on Pizzeria Mozza’s late menu. And, finally (until next week, at least), Ms. Silverton is headed to Ojai in the coming months to host a food and wine series. Read on for all the details!

Photo: Courtesy of Finch

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