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Three Days of Deliciousness at the Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival in Santa Monica | March 1 – 3

Get ready, my fellow epicureans! We’re diving headfirst into the Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival (LAWFF), where the extraordinary fusion of flavors meets the chaotic harmony of art, all against the dazzling backdrop of the Santa Monica Pier from March 1st to 3rd, 2024. Mark your calendars, clear your schedules, and prepare your palates for a weekend of sensory delights of the most exquisite kind.

LAWFF recently a preview party at the beautiful Neuehouse in Venice Beach. The Hollywood Home was more than happy to be invited and if that event is any indication of what’s to come at the festival we’re all in for a decadent three days of deliciousness at the main event.

Photos from the LA Wine & Food Festival Media Preview Tasting

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And let me be the first to tell you, this isn’t your standard food and wine affair; it’s a full-on celebration of the wild, the weird, and the wonderful in food – California style. It’s also a celebration of the eclectic tapestry of California’s locales, the vibrant personalities of our best chefs, and the bounty of our amazing produce, all intertwined with a sprinkle of art, entertainment, and giving back.

Let’s delve into the soul of the festival – the remarkable lineup of chefs. We’re talking 90 culinary maestros, with 16 headliners ready to craft an unparalleled dining experience. But here’s the kicker – LAWFF is putting a spotlight on the fantastic female-owned restaurants in LA, in collaboration with their partners at Regarding Her (RE:Her), a non-profit dedicated to uplifting women in the food and beverage industry. I’m always saluting the unsung heroines of the kitchen, so this particular festival holds a special place in my heart.

And hold onto your knives because LAWFF is benefitting not one but two incredible L0s Angeles non-profits. The second? They’re proudly backing The Artist Plate Project, a charitable initiative supporting the Coalition for the Homeless. In connection with Frieze Los Angeles, The Artist Plate Project, an activation founded by Michelle Hellman, will feature at the event following its sold-out iteration at Frieze New York 2023 fifty limited-edition plates designed by world-renowned artists, including Virgil Abloh, Rashid Johnson, Takashi Murakami, and Amy Sherald. They will be on display and available for attendees to purchase. Proceeds will directly benefit the organization, and provide food, crisis services, housing, and other critical aid to thousands of people experiencing homelessness and instability.

Let’s dissect the juicy details of what awaits you at LAWFF below, including all the chefs, restaurants, DJs, and artists set for this amazing beachside weekend of wine and wonderful food:

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L.A. Times Food Bowl Photo Recap: Fiesta Friday, Danny Trejo, Holbox, Alfalfa, & More!

L.A. Times Food Bowl Team

Another incredible L.A. Times Food Bowl in the books! The annual month-long food festival held its three-night Night Market series at the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot over the weekend and the food was, as always, incredible. Legendary Los Angeles chefs were present, the drinks were flowing, the music was thumping, and the company of LA area foodies couldn’t have been more friendlier and enthusiastic. As far as food festivals in our great city go, the L.A. Times Food Bowl has established itself as the premier culinary event in all of California. As we always are, we were on site to try as many of the new and inventive dishes on offer as possible, meet the chefs (many of whom have become friends over the years), celebrate the influence of Jonathan Gold, and have an absolute blast. And, as we always do, we’ve photographed a selection of our favorites for your viewing pleasure. Don’t take our recommendations with a grain of salt: these are must-try dishes that are now being served at many of the restaurants that participated in the event. If we missed you this year, we hope to see you at next year’s L.A. Times Food Bowl. Bon appétit. And cheers!

L.A. Times Food Bowl Team

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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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All the Best Food & Wine From The Taste Los Angeles

The Labor Day Holiday weekend saw thousands of us flock to Paramount Studios in Los Angeles to spend three glorious evenings eating, drinking, sampling and savoring from LA’s best restaurants at the Taste, the Los Angeles Times annual food festival. The Taste has become Los Angeles’s de facto, signature food and wine festival. And for good reason. At no other festival in Los Angeles will you find such an extraordinary roster of restaurants. It’s the perfect event to cross off your 2018 restaurant “must” list in one weekend.

This year’s event paid special tribute to the late, legendary Jonathan Gold. Dozens of chefs created dishes in honor of the Pulitzer Prize winning critic. What a joy to discover so many hidden gems! For those of you couldn’t make it – here are a few of the many highlights from the festival. Your next dinner reservation starts here.

Hope to see you at next year’s Taste!

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The Best Los Angeles Events in May 2018

Happy May! Here’s a a great list of all the best Los Angeles events and things to do our great city has to offer in April from music performances, wine festivals, art and craft fairs, and, as always, food. Lots of food. Enjoy!

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The Best Los Angeles Events in February 2018

A list of  all the best Los Angeles events and things to do our great city has to offer in February from live readings, music performances, Chinese New Year festivals, art shows, anti-Valentines Day events, and food. Lots of food. Enjoy!

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Good Day Rosé: Food, Wine & Photos From The Taste at Paramount Studios

The Los Angeles Times’ The Taste, an annual celebration of Southern California’s culinary scene, returned to Paramount Pictures Studios with five events highlighting food from Boyle Heights to Beverly Hills, NoHo to Venice. Inside you’ll find all the best and most delicious food from all the best restaurants in town including Ocean Prime, Chaya, Otium, Kismet, Preux and Proper, and more. Plus your next new favorite bottle of rosé awaits!

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The Best Los Angeles Events This April 2017

Check out all the best Los Angeles events and things to do this April 2017. Enjoy!

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