Ready to enjoy all the outstanding culinary talent that Los Angeles has to offer? Here's what to expect from The Taste 2017

Feasts have been celebratory events of grandeur throughout all of history. They are demonstrations of passion for chefs and foodies alike, introducing attendees to manners of flavor and flashes of cultures perhaps unknown to their palette, or celebrating classic dishes that have been praised for years.

One of the staples of a good life is good food, and while eating is a necessity in itself, slowing down to appreciate the labor of love perfected by generations of culinary artists truly paves the way for a day of perfection. After all, we’ve all been there when the only true good part of a day was sitting down with a nice dinner and a bottle of wine. As wonderful as that sounds, there is an event even more special on the horizon.

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Organized by the Los Angeles Times, The Taste 2017 is an annual gathering of more than 100 of Los Angeles’ most renowned restaurants. Throughout the weekend of September 1-3, the Paramount Pictures Studios will turn into an oasis of booths, loaded with food and drink to sample to your heart’s content. Just to give you an idea, take a look at last year’s event in the video below.

There are also programs such as chef panels and cooking exhibitions to explore food even more in-depth. Among these countless talents are the Pasta Sisters team, who will prepare their signature homemade spaghetti with bolognese ragu. Pizzeria Mozza will be making exquisite garlic knots. Chef Mirko Paderno will be crafting gnocchetti di patate con brasato di guanciola di manzo (little gnocchi with braised beef cheek), as a way to present the new, all-Italian menu at Estrella. Brynn Smith, the acclaimed bartender of Sotto and Rossoblu, will be making Hey Mambo, a refreshing “Italian Cuba Libre” with amari (Luxardo Amaro Abano and Cherry Morlacco) in place of Coke! Not to worry fellow sweet-toothed foodies, Bulgarini Gelato will also make an appearance with their creamy gelato. All these are people that want nothing more than to show the world the joys of food.

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There are main events available every year that never cease to impress, such as Field to Fork (12-3pm on Saturday, Sept. 2), a celebration of local ingredients prepared in delicious dishes by LA restaurants and hosted by Amy Scattergood from LA Times and Sang Yoon of Lukshon and Father’s Office. Dinner with a Twist (7:30-10:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 2) is going to be a cocktail party with fine dining and alcohol hosted by LA Times’ Jonathan Gold and Jenn Harris. Presentations include the Bar Stage with Brynn Smith from Rossoblu and the Culinary Stage with Top Chef alumni Antonia Lofaso of Scopa Italian Roots. Flavors of LA (7:30-10:30pm on Sunday, Sept. 3), with hosts Jonathan Gold and Chef Gilberto Cetina Jr. from Holbox and Chichen Itza, will explore the grandest of LA’s restaurants and their chefs.

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The Taste 2017 is the perfect event for those who want to taste the best refreshments and outstanding culinary talent that LA has to offer. See you there!

LA Times The Taste 2017 Logo

What: Los Angeles Times The Taste 2017
Where: Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
When: September 1-3, 2017
Tickets and information: Click here
Contact: For general event information, email


Disclaimer: Foodiamo received media passes in exchange for social media coverage. Cover photo courtesy of LA Times, all rights reserved.


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