Northridge, CA: The Compassion Experience

The Compassion exp

 

This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic.

In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope.

When: Sat March 12th to Thursday March 17th 2016

Check Schedule for times vary each day

Reserve Now: http://cts.compassion.com/modify-reservation/

See Video: https://vimeo.com/125943262

 

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Long Beach, CA: West Coast BBQ Classic

The Queen Mary welcomes back the 5th annual West Coast BBQ Classic (WCBC) for a finger lickin’ afternoon full of barbeque grillin’ on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. BBQqueenmary-72 (1).jpg The WCBC invites barbeque experts and amateur grill masters to take part in a classic showdown that will leave your taste buds filled with the unmistakable sweet ‘n smoky flavors of BBQ.

The WCBC will feature BBQ styles from across the country including slow-cooked hickory barbeque from Texas and southern Memphis-style barbeque. The competition is an official California-State-Certified, KCBS-Sanctioned, BBQ Championship and will bring Southern California’s most accomplished Champion Pitmasters together to compete for a $10,500 cash prize and the coveted title of West Coast BBQ Pitmaster Champion.

Whether you are a barbecue aficionado or simply a foodie fan, the West Coast BBQ Classic offers something for everyone with delicious BBQ samples for only $2 each, live music, backyard games, contests and a merchant market. Live entertainment will be provided by the country sensation, Scotty Mac Band. Join in the fun and participate in the watermelon or cobbler eating contests. Children are invited to Kids Country offering games, a bounce house, face painters and potato sack races just for little BBQ fans.

Cost: General value pack tickets are $20 each through April 30 and include event admission plus five tasting tickets and access to the Queen Mary ship. AfterApril 30 tickets increase to $25. VIP value pack tickets are $35 through May and include one-hour early event admission plus five tasting tickets and access to the Queen Mary ship. After May 1 tickets increase to $40. Event parking is $15.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the 5th annual West Coast BBQ Classic visit http://queenmary.com/events/west-coast-bbq-classic/.

Taste of Mexico 2015

If you have never been to the Mexico then please consider putting it on your to do list.  Sample the flavors of Mexico in liquid form like Tequila, Mezcal and agua frescas.  Try chapulines (grasshoppers),  a regional favorite of Oaxaca.  There are usually ceviches, tortas, tamales and tacos.

The Taste of Mexico seemed scaled down but this is not a bad thing.  Instead of a day and night event it returned to its humble beginnings as a night event only.  What I loved about it was the homier family style feel.  There were new touches like table and long bar tables.  There was amazing long salsa bar setup and long lines waiting to devour the sauces. 

Downtown Los Angeles: 5th Annual Taste of Mexico

Photo by Multi Cultural Cooking Network (Crystal Johnson)

The Taste of Mexico’s signature event takes place under the stars with extensive food tastings, tequila tent, mezcaleria installation by Mezcal Legendario Domingo making its U.S. debut, Ilegal Mezcal, Mezcal Los Javis, Mezcal El Silencio, michelada beer garden by Victoria Beer and Guelaguetza’s Miche Mobil, and live entertainment by A Poco No!, Jarocho Group Tenocelomeh and Metralleta de Oro DJ Collective.

New Highlights from this year’s Taste of Mexico will include: Pettycash, Guerrilla Tacos, Colonia Publica, Corazón y Miel’s Bar extraordinaire Robin Chopra, Aqui es Texcoco, Taco Libre, Chichen Itzá, Día de Los Puercos Food Truck, Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen and Cocina Condesa (full restaurant lineup below).

Regional food from LA favorites Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Mexicano, Frida, Frida Tacos, Lotería Grill, Torta Co., Mexicali Taco & Co., Casa Oaxaca, Tortas Bravas, Candela Taco Bar, Yuca’s, Tacos Punta Cabras, Mercado, Yxta and more…

Mariscos from Ceviche Project, Coni’Seafood, El Coraloense, Pez Cantina and Mariscos El Faro Food Truck.

Sweet Additions include La Monarca Bakery, Artesana Ice Pops, Mr. Churro, Frijolitos Mobile Coffee Cart and freshly spun cotton candy made with tamarind, mango and chocolate flavors by Love Swirls Cotton Candy. A complete list of this year’s participants can be found on The Taste of Mexico Association’s website.

Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork (Crystal Johnson)

New to the Event is The Taste of Mexico MERCADO, a one day market showcasing Los Angeles’ finest local products, artisanal edibles, home goods and apparel. Confirmed vendors include: Mala by Patty Rodriguez, Lil’ Libros,  LA Libreria and more…

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

La Plaza De Las Culturas y Artes

501 N. Main st.  Downtown, Los Angeles

VIP HOUR : 6:00 – 7:00 pm

GENERAL ADMIN:  7:00 – 11:00 PM

Los Angeles Korean Festival

Already on its 42nd year, the Los Angeles Korean Festival has become a yearly event promoting the Korean culture as well as providing an instrument in which the different cultures of Los Angeles can come together in fun and entertainment. With the different cultural communities in Los Angeles and free admission, the Los Angeles Korean Festival does a wonderful job in promoting the Korean culture as well as advocating the cultural diversity, a characteristic that defines the city of Los Angeles is known for. With the idea of multiculturalism in mind, the Los Angeles Korean Festival has grown to be one of the largest ethnic celebrations in the nation.

There are festivals—-and then there’s LA Korean Festival. By weaving a deep-rooted fascination with culture, community, history and humanity through everything we do—from the expo to the global adventures we undertake —LA Korean Festival Foundation transcend run-of-the-mill with experimental and diverse take on a culture-based Festival. Burdened stereotype and presumptions of it being too traditional and “boring”; anticipation and the element of surprise possess the Festival goers with an utter sense of excitement with every year’s never-ending improvements, the LA Korean Festival is about to rock the city of Los Angeles.

When: Oct 1 through 4th

Where:

Seoul International Park
3250 San Marino St
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Koreatown

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Korean Festival

http://www.lakoreanfestival.org/en/photo.php

http://www.lakoreanfestival.org/en/food.php

Los Angeles Restaurants: Enjoy National Dessert Day on Oct 14, 2015

Check out places in LA to satisfy your sweet tooth!

BierBiesl Imbiss

Sachertorte $5

One of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties, the cake consists of a dense chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam, coated in dark chocolate icing

Chocolate brownies

 

Esterhazy $6.50

A spiced buttercream, sandwiched between four to five layers of almond meringue dough. The torte is iced with a fondant glaze and decorated with a characteristic chocolate striped pattern

napolean cake

 

Messhall Kitchen

Banana Cream Jar Pie $9

Banana Cream Pie Dessert

Banana Cream Pie DessertVanilla wafer, whipped cream, toasted almond & Banana brûlée

Vanilla wafer, whipped cream, toasted almond & Banana brûlée 

Ocean Prime

Ten Layer Carrot Cake $12

carrot cake

Ten Layer Carrot Mexico

Cream Cheese Icing and Pineapple Syrup

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie $11

Peanut Butter Mousse, Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache

Baked Alaska $12

primed baked alaska

Primed Baked Alaska

Pound cake with Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry Ice Cream, Toasted Meringue & Fresh Raspberries 

Carbon Beach Restaurant

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie $19

The Deep Dish Chocolate Chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce is a Carbon Beach Club favorite. 

 

La Feria de Los Moles – 8th

The most important folkloric event in Los Angeles, The 8th Edition of ‘La Feria de Los Moles’ (Mole Fair), brings more flavor and delicious mole this year from Puebla & Oaxaca.

This delicious event includes a special presentation on the origin of the famous mole, which is one of Puebla & Oaxaca’s main dishes, a delicious and fun gastronomic debate amongst judges from the Mexican states known for their mole, and tastings of the different mole styles for all in attendance. Which mole do you like the most?mole

On October 4, La Placita Olvera will once again witness this celebratory feast filled with flavor and featuring an array of delicious moles that go from sweet to salty and hot. This year, for the first time an array of delicious pastries and other dishes will be prepared right along with mole, the unique star of the event.. Mole is a dish that originated from the collision of indigenous and Spanish cultures in Mexico.

You are invited to join the flavor of an event that brings together a record assistance of over 30,000 people of all ages, generations and cultures, offering more than 13 different Mexican moles to enjoy.

The delicious event starts at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until 7:00 pm. taking place at Olvera St., Los Angeles. Entrance is free and dishes are available for purchase.

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold speaks about Feria de Los Moles (2012):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MkJfW0AWUMc

Los Angeles: First Official Oktoberfest celebration

Chef Mairinger grew up at the Oktoberfests in his Austrian homeland – “It’s where I had my first beer –Oktoberfest Hat 2 (don’t ask how old I was).  I was also a champ at all the midway games and love the crazy hats.” 
Come celebrate Oktoberfest at BierBeisl Imbiss with traditional entertainment and authentic food and drink:  oversized beers, giant pretzel, pork shanks + spaetzle, beer flights, Austrian donuts, sweet and savory knoedels, sausages (of course) and more….all served on festive tables in The Spring Arcade, in the heart of downtown LA’s historic core.  Prizes for best lederhosen and best dirndl and best hat.
 
Date:  Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11    Time:  11 am – 2 am
Tickets available thru EventBrite 
Ticket Price:  $30 includes entertainment, 10 oz beer, pretzel and official BierBeisl Oktoberfest T-Shirt.
Special donation tickets available to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization formed to fight childhood cancer.  For VIP ticket information and reservations, contactoffice@bierbeisl-imbiss.com
 

2015 Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles

About The Feast of San Gennaro LA

The Feast of San Gennaro LA was originally created in 2002 under the auspices of The San Gennaro Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit created by celebrity Jimmy Kimmel, producer Douglas DeLuca and restaurateur Frankie Competelli, along with some of Los Angeles’ most prominent Italian-American citizens.   Although the Foundation closed its doors in 2014, its mission, to emulate St. Gennaro, patron saint of Naples who worked tirelessly to help people in need, continues to this day by partnering with various local charities that help underprivileged children and homeless in LA, as well as to provide entertainment and cultural enrichment to the community through its cultural outreach program.

Where: The festival venue is conveniently located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex and Metro Red Line, at 1651 N. Highland Ave, one block south of Hollywood Blvd.

When: The Feast will be held September 25-27, 2015 (Fri 5pm-Midnight, Sat 11am-Midnight, Sun 11am-10pm). General admission is $5 and kids under 12 are Free.

Check out Previous Coverage:

 

LA Times The Taste 2015

The Taste

You don’t want to miss one of the best. if not the best foodie events of the year. I speak with experience, this event has never disappointed.   It has a block party feel as you walk down those imaginary streets of the Paramount Studio Lots.  Every scheduled event time has a different feel.  The Saturday day event always has the anticipation of kick off.  Saturday night, OMG I love this (See Video).  I’m from Brooklyn, NY so when you’ve got a DJ mixing on the fire escape while fumes filled with different aromas of street foods ascend in the air then been you’ve been transported to New York as only Hollywood can do make believe. Picture brownstones and the multi-cultural foods everywhere.  The Day events have more of a family feel especially Sunday; however, Sunday niight is probably my least favorite.  It is like closing time at a bar when you get a sense that the party is over.  But if this is your only chance to escape to the event then by all means just go.  The perk is Sunday evening tends to be the least crowded which means shorter lines.  – by Crystal A. Johnson

Sitting curbside on the paramount lot at the Saturday night event.

SATURDAY

Field to Fork – Hosted by Russ Parsons, Times Food Writer and Columnist, and Gary Menes, Chef/Owner of Le Comptoir; Sat., Sept. 5th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

California’s bounty of fresh produce inspires this homage to seasonal cooking, punctuated with engaging demos from Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef Sherry Yard (Helm’s Bakery) and Niki Nakayama (n/naka). In addition to offering a glimpse into these locally-inspired perspectives, the event will feature a roundtable moderated by Parsons that examines the rise of the “root-to-stem” philosophy with Menes, Bruce Kalman (Union) and Ari Taymor (Alma). Restaurants include Hinoki & The Bird, Kye’s, M Café, Mayura Indian Cuisine, Michael’s on Naples and Westside Tavern, along with Choctal ice cream.

Dinner with a Twist – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, Jenn Harris, Times Deputy Food Editor, Michael Fiorelli, Chef of Love & Salt, and Master Bartender Vincenzo Maríanella; Sat., Sept. 5th, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The city’s boldest bites and cutting-edge libations come together in a celebration of pairings highlighted by demos from Love & Salt’s Fiorelli and Marianella;  The Church Key’s Steven Fretz and Devon Espinosa; and Petit Trois’ Ludo Lefebvre. Belgian Chef Daniel Joly and Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt will be on hand for a food and beer pairing demo

Vietnamese Soup

presented by Stella Artois, and Los Angeles’ innovative cocktail scene will shine in a group demo from Bricia Lopez (Guelaguetza), Zach Patterson (Melrose Umbrella Co.) and Josh Goldman (Soigne Group). Restaurants include Aqui es Texcoco, Diablo Taco, Ensaymada Project, Estrella, Ford’s Filling Station, Rocio’s Mole de los Dioses and The Churchill.

SUNDAY

Sunday Brunch and BBQ – Hosted by Amy Scattergood, Times Food Editor, Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Corina Weibel, Chef/Co-Owner of Canelé; Sun., Sept. 6th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Over-the-top eats from some of the city’s favorite brunch purveyors and pit masters will be served up in conjunction with demos by Carter, Weibel, Roy Choi (Kogi/A-Frame/POT) and Neil Strawder (Bigmista’s Barbecue). Scattergood will lead a discussion focused on the varied, innovative ways that fire is used in the kitchen with Quinn Hatfield (Odys + Penelope), Michael Kahikina (Barrel and Ashes) and Francisco Perez (Aqui es Texcoco). Restaurants include Canelé, Doomie’s Home Cookin’, POT, The Churchill and The Hudson, along with Diablo Pops.

Flavors of L.A. – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Carlos Salgado, Chef of Taco María; Sun., Sept. 6th, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The depth, breadth and diversity of flavor that make Los Angeles one of the most exciting places to dine are showcased in the closing-night celebration. Taco maestros Salgado and Wes Avila (Guerilla Tacos), along with critically-lauded chefs Curtis Stone (Maude) and Suzanne Tracht (Jar), will each choose a favorite dish to demo for festival-goers. Delving into the latest SoCal culinary phenomenon, Gold will discuss Things in a Bowl with Alvin Cailan (Ramen Champ/Eggslut), Christine Moore (Lincoln/Little Flower Candy Co.) and Minh Phan (Porridge + Puffs). Restaurants include Bar Pintxo, CHAYA, Gasolina Café, Joe’s Restaurant, Madcapra,Racion and Worldwide Tacos.