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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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Celebrating Mother’s Day at Sunday Brunch in Los Angeles

Nothing says “I love you Mom” like a fantastic Sunday brunch where the champagne flows and the dishes, and laughs, are aplenty. Are you making last minute Mother’s Day plans? You’ll want to take a look at this list of eight amazing spots for Mother’s Day brunch that, against all odds, still have a table or two open. While we celebrate Mom every day in our own way, here’s where to take Mom for a brunch to remember this Sunday in Los Angeles.

Photo courtesy of Bianca.

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Yakiniku Osen: Decadent Japanese Barbecue in an Intimate Silver Lake Setting

In the simplest Japanese terms, “Yaki”(焼) means grill and “Niku” (肉) means meat. But there’s nothing simple about the colorful and creative dishes at Silver Lake’s newest hotspot Yakiniku Osen. Destination dining for Los Angeles’s east side, the restaurant from chef Damon Cho offers an upscale tasting menu of A5 wagyu beef flamed to perfection right at your table.

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The Best Christmas Dinners To-Go in Los Angeles

In 2020 there’s really no place like home for the holidays. We all deserve a restful and peaceful time this holiday season. So take a load off, put your feet up, and order from some of Los Angeles’s best restaurants this Christmas. Here are our picks for the top options throughout our great city. It’s a great way to support your favorite local restaurants and to have a relaxing, mostly dish-free evening. Make sure to call ahead to confirm availability. Happy holidays from The Hollywood Home!

Photo courtesy of Jane Q.

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The Hollywood Home 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays looking very different this year than in year’s past, and with businesses from booksellers to restaurants in Los Angeles struggling to survive, we designed this holiday shop-small gift guide to help support some of our favorite local Southern California outposts. Many items on this list below can be both ordered for delivery or picked up at the brick and mortar locations if you, like me, are a little late on the holiday shopping this year. These shops reflect everything that makes this city great and are items that you might not find anywhere else from vendors who — after this tumultuous and challenging year — could use a little of your love.

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Support Your Favorite Local Restaurants by Ordering Thanksgiving Dinner In

Novelist, screenwriter, and director Nora Ephron’s famous Thanksgiving turkey recipe was simply to salt and pepper the bird and stick it in the oven at 450 degrees and “do not do one thing to it. You don’t baste it…you might have to cover it a certain point. And you might have to drain some of the fat that comes off, but it’s all these years of endless basting for nothing, it turns out.”

Believe her or not, preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends can sometimes feel a bit like a chore, especially in 2020 when you will most likely be entertaining far fewer friends and family, or anyone at all. With restaurants in Los Angeles set to close dine-in services this Wednesday for at least the next few weeks, ordering your Thanksgiving dinner in is a great and easy way to support some of your favorite restaurants who no doubt have had an extraordinarily difficult year.

Check out this list of restaurants and grocers who will do all the work for you: select and test the recipes, cook the meal, and (in some cases) deliver it straight to your door. Restaurants include Little Dom’s in Los Feliz, Freedman’s in Echo Park, Lawry’s in Beverly Hills, Wexler’s in Downtown, Lunetta in Santa Monica, and many more.

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The Best Events in Los Angeles This January – 2020!!!

Happy New Year, Los Angeles! As ever, our great city is filled with many amazing events and things to do in January 2020 including ice skating, star gazing, Photo L.A., the Women’s March, a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day concert, and so much more. Check out all the events in Los Angeles you won’t want to miss this January!

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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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The Best of SoCal Chefs at The Taste Labor Day Weekend at Paramount Studios

Los Angeles Times’s The Taste food & wine festival returns to Paramount Studios this Labor Day weekend and if you are in the mood for end-of-summer craft cocktails, local brews and award-winning wine from the best players in the beverage space and, of course, plenty of bite-sized, mouth-watering eats from the best of the culinary scene in Southern California, plus live music, cooking demonstrations, panels with celebrity chefs, and lots more, you won’t want to miss the foodie event of the year. Read on for tickets, other info, and a who’s who of participating restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

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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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