From September 1-3, 2012 in L.A., the Los Angeles Times will present their fabulous annual three-day food festival, THE TASTE — and has enabled me to give away one pair of tickets to the weekend’s crowning event, a Labor Day picnic that celebrates some of the best food in L.A.!
Read on to win…
THE TASTE 2012 will take place over Labor Day weekend at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. The festival’s five events highlight Southern California’s culinary scene, each featuring unlimited food and drink tastings from some of my favorite local restaurants and chefs, along with cooking and mixology demonstrations, wine seminars and panel discussions.
The first four TASTE events are:
FIELD TO FORK Saturday, 9/2 • 11 am- 3 pm (ages 21+)
Focused on cooking seasonal dishes, this event features local farmers and a chef’s challenge to create a winning dish using a basket full of local produce. Participating restaurants include two I especially enjoy, the all-American Cook’s County and Peruvian Picca.
COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL Saturday, 9/2 • 8 – 11 pm (ages 21+)
An evening dedicated to cocktail culture, mixology competitions and small bites. Participating restaurants and bars include The Roger Room (my favorite bar in L.A.) and Ray’s & Stark Bar (the bar/restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
FLAVORS OF L.A. Sunday, 9/2 • 11 am – 3 pm (ages 21+)
A day full of international dishes via Los Angeles’ best restaurants and celebrity chefs like Ludo Lefebvre, Susan Feniger and Ricardo Zarate. Participating restaurants include STREET (a celebration of street foods from around the world) and The Spice Table (an elegant blend of Vietnamese and Singaporean cuisine).
DINNER & DRINKS Sunday, 9/2 • 8 – 11 pm (ages 21+)
“The Beer Chicks” (Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune) host an evening devoted to pairing signature dishes with schmancy booze, including custom beer cocktails. Participating restaurants and bars include the sleek Whist at Viceroy Hotel and Rick Bayless’ Mexican hacienda-style Red O.
And the event for which I have tickets is:
LABOR DAY PICNIC Monday, 9/3 • 11 am – 3 pm (all ages)
A celebration of the sandwich, from ice cream to burgers to tacos to bánh mì. Events include a cooking competition between local firefighters, and cooking demonstrations by Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry), Nancy Silverton (Mozza and La Brea Bakery), and Judy Jan (Mendocino Farms). Other participating restaurants include some of L.A.’s most treasured eateries: The Grilled Cheese Truck, Coolhaus, Bouchon, and A-Frame.
For most of the rabble out there, each of these five events will cost $65 in advance or $75 at the door.
If you and a companion
(plus two children under the age of 12)
would like to attend the Labor Day Picnic for FREE,
here’s what you do:
Leave a comment below,
naming your favorite sandwich in the world
*Be sure to include your email address
so that you can be contacted if you win*
Only one entry per email address
This contest closes on Monday, August 20th at 12 noon PST
Chosen at random, the winner will be contacted
and provided with tickets via email
by Wednesday, August 22nd
I’ll be at all the TASTE 2012 events, including the Labor Day Picnic, and would love to see you there!