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.

While the entire festival is jam-packed with incredible events throughout September, we’ve highlighted a few of our Food Bowl favorites below. Be sure to secure your tickets early as these events tend to sell out! Hope to see you all at the opening night party at Grandmaster Recorders and many of the events beyond!

Food Bowl Opening Night at Grandmasters Recorders, September 1

Join us at the Food Bowl Launch Party as we kick off the 2022 festival at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood! The night will feature special tastings from Jon Yao of Kato, Justin Pichetrungsi of Anajak Thai, Ludo Lefebvre of Petit Trois, Natalia Pereira of Woodspoon, pastry chef Nicole Rucker of Fat + Flour, plus more exciting guest chefs. Guest will enjoy a live DJ set from DJ Prodijay with cocktails, beer & wine included. At the event, the L.A. Times Food team General Manager Laurie Ochoa will honor this year’s recipients of the Restaurant of the Year and Gold Award with a live presentation of the awards. Tickets are available now. 

Restaurant of the Year Dining Series with Anajak Thai, September 2 & 3

The 6th annual Los Angeles Times Restaurant of the Year was chosen by Food Critic Bill Addison. Food Bowl is excited to celebrate the winner of the 2022 award, Anajak Thai by chef Justin Pichetrungsi. On weekends, guests who can get a table experience provocative, reservations-only omakase meals. We’re celebrating with ticketed one-of-a-kind intimate dinners featuring 8 to 10 specially selected courses for 20 guests at a time. Tickets for both sessions are available now.

 Gold Award Dinners with Meals by Genet, September 9 & 10

The Gold Award was created by and named after former L.A. Times Food critic and editor, Jonathan Gold. In honor of this year’s Gold Award honoree, Meals by Genet, selected by Times Food General Manager Laurie Ochoa, Food Bowl will present two multi-course dinner sessions. Semi-retired chef Genet Agonafer will open her restaurant’s doors in Little Ethiopia once again to host all-inclusive family style dinners featuring the menu’s finest dishes. Each dinner will include a selection of appetizers, mains, beer, wine and dessert. Tickets for both sessions are available now.

Pez Sunday Whole Animal Roast and Beer Fest, September 11

Join the Pez team for a very special whole pig roast, served alongside some of their favorite Mexican beers, while being serenaded by a live band in their lush garden patio. Tickets are available now.

Viva Mexico Pop Up, September 16

Celebrate Mexico’s Dia de la Independencia, no plane ticket required! For one day only, La Cha Cha Chá has invited a few of their favorites from Mexico City, including Pardela and Cafe de Nadie, to join Chef Francisco Moran in serving up a very special 5-course tasting menu alongside beautiful views from their lush rooftop. Tickets are available now.

Silver Lake Block Party, September 21

A food and wine experience in Silver Lake, from Ceci’s Gastronomia to Sivlerlake Lounge, De Buena Planta, Wine Stop, Gemini & LA Sorted’s, Same Same and more! A mix of cultures, bites, and wonderful people will create a magical block party. Walk, drink, eat, dance and enjoy the sunset on Sunset Boulevard as you’ve never done before. Secret sauce? You and your energy. It’s a way to socialize, discover the neighborhood and the new and old businesses that are part of it. Each ticket includes a walking tasting tour of Sunset Blvd including bites and samples from these local establishments: Ceci’s Gastronomia, De Buena Planta, La Pergoletta, Same Same Thai, La Sorteds & Gemini, Silverlake Lounge, Wine Stop, and Bodega Park. And of course there will be music and lots of fun! Tickets are available now.

 Night Market at Paramount Pictures Studios, Sept. 23, 24 & 25

Food Bowl’s Night Market will take over the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot for a three-day outdoor food and drink festival, featuring tastings from more than 40 restaurants per session, libations, live cooking demonstrations, DJs and more. The all-inclusive ticketed events are “Smoked Soirée,” which will spotlight a themed street featuring BBQ and burger specialties from restaurants including Moo’s Craft BBQ, Heavy Handed Burgers and San Juan Capistrano’s Heritage Barbecue; “Saturday Night Flavor,” will highlight  some of the city’s best international cuisine from Lunasia Dim Sum House, Tacos 1986 and Flavors from Afar among others; and “Backlot Brunch” with bites from L.A. classics and budding icons like Jitlada, Ditroit, The Brothers Sushi and more. Tickets for all sessions are available now.

LA Regional Food Bank Charity Dinner with Nancy Silverton, hosted by Billy Harris, September 28

On September 28th join us at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where Chef Nancy Silverton is hosting the LA Regional Food Bank Charity Dinner. Chef Silverton will feature a three-course menu that highlights the seasonality of local produce while showcasing her the flavors of her rustic Italian Steakhouse. The menu will include such delectable offerings as her famous Barish baked bread, pasta al forno, roasted meats and luscious gelato. The evening will be hosted by Billy Harris and General Manager of L.A. Times Food Laurie Ochoa. 50% of the ticket price will be directly donated to the LA Regional food bank. We look forward to welcoming you into the Barish inside this iconic Hollywood space! Tickets are available now.

For the full lineup of incredible events, go here.

And be sure to connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @LAfoodbowl (#LAfoodbowl)!


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