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Events: Labor Day Foodie Fun 2019: The Los Angeles Times The Taste Returns August 30-September 1

If you’re in Los Angeles over the three-day Labor Day weekend holiday, there’s no better place to be than at the Los Angeles Times The Taste, held annually at Paramount Pictures Studio in Hollywood.

Now in its tenth year, The Taste is always a foodie’s delight, with each night’s festivities offering different nibbles from some of the City of Angels’ best restaurants and caterers. Add in plenty of libations ranging from wine, beer, spirits and more, along with music, cooking demonstrations and mixology lessons; all that makes for a convivial night in the warmth of a SoCal summer.

At the Los Angeles Times The Taste. (Photo courtesy Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The 21-and-over parties start on Friday night and continue on Saturday and Sunday evenings as well, as The Taste transforms the studio backlot into the ultimate epicurean pop-up and block party over three distinct evening events. Tickets ($115-190) are on sale now and grant access to unlimited tastings from the hottest pop-ups, collaborations and pairings from chefs and restaurants around the city.

Every night features different celebrity chefs and top restaurants, so picking just one night may be tough! On Friday night from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., choose from restaurants including Aquí es Texcoco, Bibigo Kitchen, Church & State, Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken, INKO NITO, Izakaya Osen, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Lady M Cake Boutique, Le Grand, Love and Salt, Ma’am Sir, McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, Noree Thai on Beverly, Otium, Pop’s Bagels, Salazar, Tacos 1986, Tar & Roses, Tumbi Craft Indian Kitchen, Wurstküche and more.

Lots of chef demonstrations are held during The Taste. (Photo courtesy Los Angeles Times)

Saturday night (7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) brings About Last Knife, Baltaire, Cal Mare, Employees Only, Faith & Flower, Granville, Kali, LN2, Madre, Mister O’s, Nic’s on Beverly, Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, Roberta’s Pizza, Sosta, VCHOS Truck, Viviane, Wanderlust Creamery, Wurstküche, Yardbird Southern and more.

And Sunday finishes off with tastes from Apollonia’s Pizzeria, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Truck, Banh Oui, The Bazaar by José Andrés, BOURBON Steak Los Angeles, Chao Krung. Chichen Itza, EVE, Gabi James, Holbox, HomeState, Jitlada, The Manufactory, Pasta Sisters, Same Same, Yours Truly and more. 

In keeping with past years, the Los Angeles Times gives back to selected charities, with The Collins College of Hospitality Management and L.A. Regional Food Bank as The Taste’s adopted charity beneficiaries for the 2019 event.

For a detailed description of each event and full lineup of participating chefs and restaurants, visit http://extras.latimes.com/taste/.

Paramount Pictures Studio is the setting for The Taste. (Photo courtesy Los Angeles Times)

Tickets can be purchased at http://extras.latimes.com/taste/; they are $110 for general admission and $195 for VIP access, which includes the following:

  • VIP TICKET BENEFITS:
  • First in the door access to main event
  • Convenient and free parking inside the Paramount Pictures gates (savings of $15)
  • A selection of highly-rated international premium wines and among the first to taste the west coast debut of the highly anticipated Mod Seléction Réserve Champagne
  • Exclusive spirit samplings of Roku Gin, Haku Vodka, and Toki Whiskey by House of Suntory
  • Exclusive dishes by chefs including David LeFevre of Manhattan Beach Post/Fishing with Dynamite (Friday), Curtis Stone Events (Saturday), and Phillip Frankland Lee of Sushi Bar (Sunday)
  • Behind the scenes tour of Paramount Pictures Studios
  • Access to furnished lounge during the entire event


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