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.

       

Lisle, IL (Chicago): Veggie Fest

Veggiefest

Veggie Fest, one of the largest vegetarian food festivals in North America, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this summer with another incredible weekend of family fun on August 15 & 16, 2015. The two-day festival, which drew record-breaking crowds of over 30,000 people from around the world last year, will be held in a new location this summer: Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd., Lisle, IL 60532.

“We’re really excited for the new venue this year,” said event organizer Jonathan Kruger, “It’ll give us even more room to make our 10th Annual Veggie Fest bigger and better than ever.”

For more info visit: http://www.veggiefestchicago.com/

Northridge CA: Valley Greek Festival

Greek food

The 42nd annual Valley Greek Festival commences on May 23rd.  It is three days of food, music, and fun 1PM to 9PM each day.  There’s a change this year.  It’s gonna cost ya $3.00.  Well, you can always say it goes to the church Also when you bring a canned food item you get a dollar of the cooked food at the event or off any non-alcoholic beverage.

Get ready for  marinated meats bursting with flavor and very sweet pastries.  Although the food always is a draw, it is dance and music that keeps you coming back for more each year.

Where: The festival takes place at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 9501 Balboa Boulevard, Northridge, CA 91325.

website: http://www.valleygreekfestival.com/

27th ANNUAL VINTAGE BOUQUET FOOD & WINE EVENT

Incredible food, amazing wine tasting and a spectacular setting are among the delights on tap at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s (BHBA) popular Vintage Bouquet on Sunday, April 26, 2015, from noon to 4 pm, at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.  Considered one of the BHBA’s signature events and recipient of the coveted “Best of Beverly Hills Award,” it Food and Wine Eventfeatures delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by some of Los Angeles’ best restaurants and chefs paired with tastings from California’s top wineries, spirit and beverage companies.

MCCN has had the pleasure of covering this event year after.  Honestly, this is one of better smaller events of the year.  The location is the beautiful Greystone Mansion.

Tickets to the 27th Annual Vintage Bouquet are $175 per person ($200 after April 15, 2015).  A limited number of VIP tickets ($275) are also available and include entree to the V.I.P. Cocktail and Martini Lounge with exclusive restaurant and spirit and cocktail tastings.  Sponsorships are available.  Greystone Mansion is located at 905 Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills, CA 90210.  For tickets and information, please call (310) 601-2242, or visitwww.bhba.org/vintagebouquet

When: Sunday April 26th 12 to 4PM

Where: Greystone Mansion.

The Evolution of Taste of Mexico in Los Angeles

Photo by Joe Ramirez DAVEMILLERSMEXICO.WORDPRESS.COM

Now in it’s 4th year, the Taste of Mexico festival has expanded not only in size but become a day and night event.  This year was the launch of the Farmer’s Market Picnic.  People brought their blankets and relaxed under umbrellas.  If you have never been attended then look for unlimited food and drink sampling.  The night time event uses twice as much room as day but with the successful launch of the day maybe it will be bigger next year.

Photo by Multi Cultural Cooking Network

Photo by Multi Cultural Cooking Network

I love this event but having gone since the first year it does seem that a bit of the vision has been comprised “to show that Mexico cuisine is more than tacos.”  Now with multiple restaurants involved rather than the founding four (La Casita Mexicana, Frida, La Monarca and Guelaguetza), the shift has gone tacos.   High volumes of people require quick and easy food to sample.  The size of this event has easily quadrupled in four years.  And even though, there is a plethora of tacos being offered,  in many cases chefs are raising the bar on what is a taco.   There are unique offerings like quail, octupus and more.  Historically, La Monarca normally takes center stage as the providers of desserts; however, his year they made room for Compañía de Café.    Media sources like the LA Times and more are raving about this new establishment.  Now contributor Dave Miller(Dave Miller’s Mexico blog) and I disagreed on our thoughts in relation to this cafe and its offerings.  Dave is more traditional and authentic whereas I appreciated and enjoyed the fusion like Mole poundcake.  Hibicusus coffee and tamarind coffee drinks.   See MCCN Interview Below.

And of course there was Tequila.  See our interviews with Tequila Centenario and with Amor y Tacos.

Taste of Mexico – Los Angeles

Can’t make it to Mexico.  Make it to Los Angeles on September 27th for the annual Taste of Mexico event.  It gets bigger ever

Photo by Multi Cultural Cooking Network

Photo by Multi Cultural Cooking Network

year.  Don’t miss this event held in Downtown Los Angeles.   It is going to be a little different this year with two parts Saturday, September.  At 12-4pm (Farmers Market Picnic) and then  7-11pm (Dinner and Agave Night).  It will be held at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main St.

Reflecting the Association’s commitment to the authentic flavors of Mexico’s cuisine, each event will showcase LA’s most admired and respected Mexican chefs, restaurants and food purveyors and include unlimited tastings from participating restaurants, specialty drinks and live music. Tickets are on sale now at: thetasteofmexico.org/buytickets/.

Farmer’s Market Picnic – Saturday, September 27th, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Presented by Montejo Beer and Northgate Market

The fresh and seasonal flavors of LA’s Mexican cuisine are featured at a family-friendly daytime cookout, michelada beer garden by Montejo and Guelaguetza’s Miche Mobil, fresh cocktail bar by Centenario Tequila, churros, fruit carts, and live entertainment by cumbia DJ collective Dinamita. Restaurants include La Monarca Bakery, Frida, La Casita Mexicana, Loteria Grill, Mexicali Taco & Co., El Borrego de Oro, Mariscos Jalisco.

taquitos

Photo by Multi Cultural Cooking Network

Dinner and Agave Night – Saturday, September 27th, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Presented by Montejo Beer and Sysco

The Taste of Mexico’s signature event takes place under the stars with extensive tastings, tequila tent, mezcaleria installation by Ilegal Mezcal, michelada beer garden by Montejo and Guelaguetza’s Miche Mobil, and live entertainment by A Poco No!. Restaurants include La Monarca Bakery, Frida, Guelaguetza, El Coraloense, MexiKosher, Coni’Seafood, Yxta Cocina Mexicana, Mercado, Companñia de Cafe (full list below).
Farmer’s Market Picnic tickets are $35. Dinner and Agave Night tickets are $55. A limited quantity of VIP All Day Passes for both events is available for $75. Each ticket purchase automatically enters an individual into a raffle for a pair of round-trip tickets to any destination in Mexico courtesy of Aeromexico. Details and tickets: thetasteofmexico.org. Connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (#TOM2014).

LosAngeles Times The TasteLA by Night

Photo by Crystal Johnson- Multi Cultural Cooking Network

MCCN has been covering Los Angles Times Taste event for years and not one time had we ever attended the evening event portion…our mistake.  If you are looking for a party revolving around fine and innovative food then the The Taste Los Angeles is the event for you.  LA’s best restaurants were showing off with incredible fusions and traditional cultural cuisines.  On Saturday night there is definitely a block party atmosphere set on the Paramount lot completely with dj’s.   People were dressed to impressed and having a really good time.  Sunday night, the pace slows down but the flavors don’t.  Many attendees mentioned how they appreciate the being held during cooler temperatures.   Whether folks attends by day or night, they can enjoy culinary trip all set on Paramount’s Studio mock street scene.

Octopus tacos

Octopus Taco by Chichen Itza

Your tongue will travel around the world with a taste of Mexico,  Vietnam, Japan, American southern barbecue and more.  One of the impressive menu items was the Octopus Taco with Calamari ink served up by Chichen Itza.  Chaya served up King Crab with cauliflower and panna cotte. 9021Pho served a delicious curry chicken soup.

Five star dessert offerings came from the Ensaymayda Project,  B Sweet and Sprinkles.  Filipino Ensaymada is a soft, sweet bread smothered with a mixture of sugar and butter icing and generously topped with shredded cheese. What the Ensaymada Project offers in addition the classic ensaymada is a twist on cupcakes like Red Velvet.  The owner would describe it as,  moist brioche swirled with red goodness, slathered with a smooth frosting and finished off with red velvet cake crumbs creates a medley of textures. ”  See our interview with owner/culinary creator Charli Heredia-Reyes about the Green Tea Red Bean Ensaymada.  Then there is nothing more comfort food than bread pudding and B sweet brings fun and innovate spins to bread pudding with flavors such as Red Velvet, glazed donut and chocolate banana bread pudding.   B Sweet has a dessert bar, food trucks and bread pudding flavored ice creams sold in stores.  Sprinkles had many offering of their famous cupcakes.  MCCN staffers enjoyed the S’more cupcake with a chocolate cake topped with slightly roasted marshmallow.

The most interesting drink we had was the Veruca Salt which consisted of housemade celery drink, 209 Gin and a smoked sea salt lined rim of the glass imparting a unique twist to the flavor.