Your Guide to the L.A. Times Food Bowl 2023

It’s that time of year again: summer is sizzling and the seventh annual L.A. Times Food Bowl, presented by City National Bank, returns! The Times has curated a full month of can’t-miss events, celebrating the best of L.A.’s diverse and dynamic culinary scene with the Gold Award, named after iconic food critic Jonathan Gold, plus Times food critic Bill Addison’s Restaurant of the Year, and L.A.’s favorite backlot food festival, Night Market at the legendary Paramount Pictures Studios. We go every year and not only we were incredibly lucky to have met the late, great Mr. Gold, the festival always offers ample opportunities to meet all of your favorite chefs, winemakers, brewers, and occasionally celebrities and perhaps even the Los Angeles mayor. But the best part of the festival is always being surrounded by so many foodies and Los Angeles culinary connoisseurs. The vibe is never off and always on at any given Food Bowl soirée.

It’s a delicious and decadent festival celebrating the city’s diverse food scene, featuring the best of local eateries and world-renowned culinary talent through dining events, special chef collaborations, the weekend-long Night Market festival, and other food-inspired events across Los Angeles. Mix and mingle under the stars at the kick-off bash to this mouthwatering month of food at the Food Bowl Launch Party on the gorgeous Lemon Grove restaurant rooftop with 360-degree views of all of Tinseltown. The launch party will bring the food and beverage industry together for an exclusive night of cocktails and bites with some of L.A.’s best chefs, brought to you by Singapore Airlines. Most events sell out, so read on for all the highlights of our city’s annual celebration of all things culinary and all things Los Angeles and do no wait to buy tickets!

September 6, 7 p.m.
Lemon Grove on The Aster Rooftop
Taste the best of Food Bowl before anyone else! Enjoy an all-inclusive food and drink menu, Hollywood Hills views and the chance to rub elbows with James Beard Award-winners and Michelin Star chefs from L.A and around the globe. Brought to you by Singapore Airlines.

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Malcolm Lee
Candlenut, Singapore
Brought to you by Singapore Airlines
At Candlenut, the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Chef Malcolm Lee serves up a modern take on his Peranakan heritage, combining ancient Malay and Chinese influences.

Courtney Kaplan & Charles Namba
OTOTO, Tsubaki
At their Echo Park restaurants, Chef Charles Namba and Beverage Director Courtney Kaplan showcase Namba’s Japanese roots alongside a variety of sakes curated by Kaplan.

Hau Fu Lee
Lunasia Dim Sum House
Lunasia Dim Sum House is a modern dim sum and Chinese restaurant with locations throughout L.A. Their menu features traditional dim sum as well as innovative takes on classic dishes.

Jon Yao
The L.A. Times ranked Chef Jon Yao’s Kato #1 on the 2019 101 Best Restaurants list. At Kato, Jon Yao reimagines Tawainese classics using the finest ingredients sourced locally and throughout Asia.

Keith Corbin
Alta Adams
Chef Keith Corbin of Alta Adams presents a unique interpretation of soul food, drawing a connection between traditional West African food and California cuisine that’s not to be missed.

Levain Bakery
Levain Bakery’s signature chocolate chip cookies have been beloved by New Yorkers and traveling epicureans for decades. Their first L.A. location, in Los Feliz, opened in 2023.

Marcel Vigneron
Lemon Grove on the Aster Rooftop
Chef Marcel Vigneron brings a refined touch — and earthly tastes — to his dishes at L.A.’s members-only club, The Aster. He reached the finals of Bravo’s “Top Chef” in season 2.

Margarita & Walter Manzke
Bicyclette Bistro
Chefs Margarita and Walter Manzke’s Bicyclette Bistro is a Parisian-inspired restaurant that opened in spring of 2021, featuring the best of Paris’s iconic bistro culture and California’s fresh ingredients.

Stephanie Izard
Girl & the Goat, Cabra
At her L.A. outposts, Chicago’s Chef Stephanie Izard draws inspiration from California flavors while maintaining a global influence. She was the winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 4.

September 22-24
Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot
The most delicious weekend in L.A. happens at Night Market. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the hundreds of different flavors and cultures that make L.A. such a culinary melting pot — all on a historic Hollywood backlot.

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“Fiesta Friday”
Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. 

The all-inclusive celebration of L.A.’s Latin American flavors will feature restaurants, cocktails and more from Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond, with cooking demonstrations from Bricia Lopez(Guelaguetza) and Danny Trejo (Trejo’s Tacos). VIP tickets are available for purchase and include early event entry, plus drive-on parking and access to an exclusive lounge. Friday’s event is strictly for ages 21 and up. Participating restaurants include: A’s BBQ, Alfalfa, Anajak Thai, Awan, Bake Some Noise, Belles Beach House, Blue Plate Oysterette, Bridgetown Roti, Broad Street Oyster Co., By-You Dogg, Caviar Kaspia, Chichén Itzá, Coucou, Dino’s Famous Chicken, Dulanville Food Truck, East Side Cheesecakes, El Barrio Cantina, El Ruso, Evil Cooks, Farmhouse Kitchen, Fishing with Dynamite, Ggiata, Guelaguetza, Heavy Handed, Holbox, I Love Micheladas, Ilé Bistro, Kogi BBQ, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, LA Cha Cha Chá, La Sorted’s Pizza, Love Hour, Love.Life, Luv2eat Thai Bistro, Maple Block Chicken, Mini Kabob, Mírate, Moto Ramen, Nossa Caipirinha Bar,  Paradise Dynasty, Park’s BBQ, Puesto, Ronan, Soulmate, Tacos 1986, Tallula’s, Villa’s Tacos and Wanderlust Creamery.

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“Saturday Night Flavor”
Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
Spotlighting global cuisine that reflects quintessential L.A., Saturday will feature cooking demonstrations from Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn (Le Du, Bangkok), Justin Pichetrungsi (Anajak Thai), Ahmad Alzahabi (The Golden Balance), Nick DiGiovanni (YouTube, “MasterChef”) and Food Network’s Aarti Sequeira (“Unwind: A Devotional Cookbook for the Harried and Hungry). Participating restaurants include: 626 Hospitality Group, Amiga Amore, Awan, Bake Some Noise, Blue Plate Oysterette, Botanica, Broad Street Oyster Co., By-You Dogg, Cabra, Camphor, Caviar Kaspia, Chao Krung Thai & Tuk Tuk Thai, Chimmelier, Dino’s Famous Chicken, Dulanville Food Truck, East Side Cheesecakes, El Ruso, Evil Cooks, Farmhouse Kitchen, Genghis Cohen, Girl & the Goat, Hamasaku, Holbox, Holy Basil, Ilé Bistro, Intercrew LA, Kato, Kinn, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Le Coupé,  Loreto, Love.Life, Lunetta, Luv2eat Thai Bistro,  n/soto, Open Market, Osteria Mamma, Paradise Dynasty, Poncho’s Tlayudas, Salt & Straw, Sichuan Impression, Stella, Stellar Pizza, STK Steakhouse, Sunday Gravy, Tacos 1986, The Brothers Sushi, Villa’s Tacos and Xuntos.

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“Backlot Brunch”
Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.
Sunday’s brunch event will turn the backlot into an afternoon block party for all ages, featuring barbecue, burgers and cooking demonstrations from Tiffani Thiessen (“Here We Go Again: Recipes and Inspiration to Level Up Your Leftovers”), Timothy Hollingsworth (Otium) and Marcus Samuelsson(Red Rooster, Hav & Mar). Participating restaurants include: Alfalfa, Awan, Bake Some Noise, Bridgetown Roti, Brique French Toastery, Broad Street Oyster Co., By-You Dogg, Caviar Kaspia, De La Nonna, Di Di, Ditroit Taqueria, Dulanville Food Truck, El Ruso, Farmhouse Kitchen, Goodboybob Coffee Roasters, Guzzu Bento-ya, Happy Ice,  Heritage Barbecue, Holey Grail Donuts, Ilé Bistro, Jitlada,  L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele,  La Sorted’s Pizza, Le Shrimp Noodle Bar, Love.Life, Mírate, Mo’s House of Axe, Moo’s Craft Barbecue, Mozza Restaurant Group, Ospi, Jame, Jemma, Jemma di Mare, Paderia Bakehouse, Paloma Venice, Pasjoli, Pop’s Bagels, Prime Pizza, Ray’s BBQ, Rocco’s Deli Italiano, Saltie Girl, Slab, Stellar Pizza, Tacos 1986, The Brothers Sushi, Tulsi Indian Eatery, Turok’s Cheesecake and West & Co.

September 12, 6 p.m.
Park’s BBQ
In honor of this year’s Gold Award honoree, Park’s BBQ, selected by The Times Food editorial team, Food Bowl will present a ceremony and dinner hosted by Times Food General Manager Laurie Ochoa and chef Jenee Kim. The event will feature passed appetizers and drinks as well as a family-style Korean barbecue dinner highlighting Park’s BBQ’s most iconic dishes. Tickets are sold out. 

September 13, 7 p.m.
L.A. Times food critic Bill Addison has awarded Holbox the L.A. Times Restaurant of the Year award. See why Holbox is the future of L.A. dining with a one-of-a-kind intimate dinner with curated courses featuring their Yucatan-style seafood specialities.

Outstanding in the Field Dinner Series
Sept. 3, 8 & 16
Wattles Farm in Hollywood, the Malibu Pier, & Coleman Family Farms in Carpenteria.
Food Bowl and Outstanding in the Field will host three dinner experiences in benefit of the L.A. Regional Food Bank. Each event will feature multi-course meals from local chefs while exploring a different element of Southern California’s storied past. The series will take place at iconic locations in Los Angeles and the Central Coast.

Wattles Farm with L.A. Times Food Bowl
Sunday, September 03, 2023
This community garden still contains century-old citrus and avocado trees from when it was part of the hillside estate of Gurdon Wattles. Now, those trees line garden paths winding between colorful community plots nestled against the historic Wattles mansion. You could walk down the streets of Hollywood and pass by these garden walls every day without ever knowing the magic that grows inside. Our host, Tobey, will open the gates for the afternoon to welcome us into this members-only community for a Peranakan dinner crafted by Michelin-starred Chef Malcolm Lee of Candlenut in Singapore. Los Angeles culinary creative (and fellow Michelin recipient) Chef Minh Phan of beloved local comfort food staple Porridge + Puffs, and fine dining experience Phenakite, will join Chef Lee in the field kitchen for a feast inspired by his Singaporean heritage and her love for L.A.’s multicultural influences.

Malibu Pier with L.A. Times Food Bowl
Friday, September 08, 2023
The Malibu Pier is a dream. Our table stretches down wind-worn wooden planks, seagulls surfing the breezes overhead while surfers ride the waves below. The iconic white towers have been a beacon for fishing charters and folks looking to hang a pole off the pier (or hang around to people watch) since it opened to the public in the 1930s. Join guest chefs Sammy Monsour (of newly opened Joyce) and Tony Messina (of the Surf Clam) for a sampling of the Pacific’s freshest catch. These two acclaimed chefs will marry their influences from across the US, braiding together the flavors of East Coast clam shacks and Southern soul food with a decidedly Californian outlook to create a truly memorable meal celebrating California’s coastal waters.

Coleman Family Farms with L.A. Times Food Bowl
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Outstanding Events in the Field stopped at Coleman Family Farms on their first traveling tour in 2003, setting their first table in Southern California in the rows of famous greens. This farm wasn’t just important to the history of Outstanding in the Field, though. The founder, Bill Coleman, was an advocate for small farmers throughout his life and one of the foundational vendors at the iconic Santa Monica Downtown Farmers Market. His son, Romeo, now carries on the family business, still setting up at the farmers market each week to sell their beautiful produce. Outstanding Events in the Field couldn’t wait to sample the best of what Coleman Family Farms had in season.

Stay tuned for more events!

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All photos courtesy of the L.A. Times Food Bowl.

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