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.


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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.

MCCN Goes Inside the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival 2014

Happy diners enjoying mussels with a green curry coconut milk sauce and Wine at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

Honestly, the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is one of the best events a foodie, a chef or restauranter could hope. .  Food beyond compare, great wine, and you are driven in a Lexus from festival venue to venue. Fun, Fun, Fun.

The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is the Cinderella belle of the ball of foodie events. Expect celebrity chefs and chefs from some of the very best restaurants.   Menu items included octupus paired with eggplant, wonton wrapper taco shells filled carne asada, and savory corn panna cotta topped with bacon and black truffle salad to name a few. 

Malibu Pier Restaurant Chef Jason Fullilove does the finishing touches to his California Sea Bass Crudo

Malibu Pier Restaurant Chef Jason Fullilove does the finishing touches to his California Sea Bass Crudo

We can’t forget the wine. Among the wineries there were Landmark Vineyard, Blackbird Vineyard and many more.  There seemed to be a lot of red wine and surprisingly a lot of Rosé.  Many wine snobs snub their nose to Rosé but is a great   summer drink.  If you were looking for a good cocktail Celebrity Cruise Lines provided their signature cocktails to sample.  

Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is the all-star show and party of food.  

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Written by Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

Los Angeles Times The Taste – A Labor Day Weekend Must Do

If the Los Angeles Times Taste event is not on your radar then please tune in.  It is a great annual labor weekend to do list event featuring the finest restaurants in So Cal.  There are also many wineries represented, beers and lots of cocktails Cooking demoflowing.  There are cooking demonstrations too!

Folks battled the heat to enjoy the event by day and others attend the night time sessions.I have been attending the event for years and I strongly recommend it.  I admit I have only gone in the day but this year I am going to check out the night time scene.  The event takes place on the Paramount Lot with vendor along the made for Hollywood movie streets.

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by Crystal A. Johnson

MulticulturcookingNetwork, Editor

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

LA is not only home to rock stars but to some of the world’s most rockin’ food.  Sorry, this ain’t your grandmother’s kitchen.  The world’s most famous chefs like Giada DeLaurentiis, Rick Bayless,  Guy Fieri and  Curtis Stone to name a few are the likes you will find at this culinary shing-ding.  However, this really more about the opportunity for foodie’s to chow down on some of the best food in Los Angels and experience some of the best wines.  Expect to find dream come true menu items such as maple smoked pork belly, deconstructed clam chowder,   The event is spread along Grand Street including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and more. 

When: August 21-24th

Ticket Info & Daily Schedule:  http://www.lafw.com/tickets/ 

Look for us updates via instagram (@multiculturalcookingnetwork) and on our facebook page live from the event.


Written by Crystal A. Johnson 

Stella Rosa Moscato

Serving wine at the LA Street Food Festival

Serving wine at the LA Street Food Festival

MCCN staffers got a chance to try the  Stella Rosa #Moscato.  Two of us found that it was crisp and not too sweet. Although, we had one dissenter of three from MCCN who was not a fan and found the wine to be too sweet for her taste.   From MCCN editor, “Cheers with Stella Rosa Moscato. ”


MCCN Editor

LA Street Food Festival 2014

Feast your eyes on big fun.

Feast your eyes on big fun.

You don’t want to miss one of the most fun culinary events in Los Angeles.  Bring.  There are two sessions, one for the daytime crowd and another for the night crowd.  What’s consistent is all around best of LA’s culinary creativity.

When: Saturday June 28, 2014

Where: Rose Bowl in Pasadena

To avoid the issues of crowds and long lines associated with these types of events, attendance will again be capped at just 5,000 attendees and all tickets are being sold pre-sale through Eventbrite. Affordable, all-inclusive, all you can eat, all you can drink $55 GA tickets include sampling from 100+ food vendors, cold brews,, refreshing summer cocktails at five bars, wine tasting, plenty of cool water stations, refreshments from Press Brothers Juicery, Joia Soda, The Bu Kombucha, Jarritos, and Pop Water; and photos at the All Star + InstaParty photo booth that will print out attendee’s Instagram pics with the hashtag #LAfoodfest; DJs, collectible swag (including hand fans for all, and for our VIP guests, eco plates), plus free parking, Uber ride discounts and OC Fair tickets for all attendees. The event is all ages with 21+ wristbands for those who’d like to enjoy beer, wine and cocktails. 

All-inclusive tickets are available online now through the LA Street Food Fest website and Eventbrite and are presale only. No tickets will be available at the door. All inclusive, all you can eat, all you can drink, tickets are $55. VIP Early Admission tickets are available for $80 and include early admission, VIP parking, VIP entrance, access to an expanded new VIP lounge and other perks including special bites like Matt Biancaniello’s cocktail infused oysters. LASFF 2014 is shaping up to be the hottest ticket again this summer! The event sells out every year, so don’t delay getting yours! 


On Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-la-street-food-fest-tickets-11625571397

Tickets are already more than 50% sold.  

Valley Greek Festival


The Valley Greek Festival happens annually on Memorial Day weekend at St. Nicholas Orthodox Greek Church in Northridge, CA.  Look forward to amazing food like lamb chops, leg of lamp, gyros, spanikopita and more.  


Plus there are cooking demonstrations, Greek dancing, games and various items for purchase from Greece.  It is mostly an outdoor event.  485553_10152840221085368_1469118654_n

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Details Please…26th Vintage Bouquet and Wine Event


The Vintage Wine Boquet is held annually by the Beverly Hills Bar Association and is well worth marking your calendar with anticipation.  The tickets are usually around $150 in advance and over two hundred dollars for a VIP at the door purchase but given the plethora of foods and wines you get to taste from Beverly Hills and the surrounding area,  the ticket is well worth it.    Also there are always silent auction items including an abundance of hotel, resort, and restaurant deals/gift cards with fairly low starting bids.

The event takes place at the beautiful Greystone mansion in Beverly Hills.  Attendees can’t resist to take advantage of photo op after photo opportunity on the lovely grounds.  As you arrive you are likely to hear the sounds of live jazz as you descend down the hill to join the festivities.  Expect find many women wearing sundresses and hats.  The men dress well but no tie but dressy casual for a Sunday afternoon.

Velvet Rope Bake Shop

Velvet Rope Bake Shop

The kinds of food can you look forward to begin with just the idea of dipping you bread into a fava bean mousse drizzled with creme fraiche or chilled split pea soup with caviar (offered by Wood and Vine Restaurant).  Love desserts? You will find not just your ordinary chocolate, ice cream, cookie and cake.  Let’s start with Ice Cream Lab.  Their gimmick is using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream instantly.  To their credit they made a really superior creamy ice cream mixed with pretzels and caramel.    This company is out to impress your friends at your corporate events, birthday parties or celebrations.  Velvet  Rope Bake Shop impressed me with their mini cake truffles.  I tried the red velvet.  I found it to be be moist and delicious.  They also sell homemade cookies such as peanut butter and habanero  jelly.  I really enjoyed the cookie but it lacked the pop I was looking for since it is naturally expect their would be contrast of spice offering.  Nevertheless, it is a tasty cookie.   This year, The Good Cookies and Beyond Gluten Free Bakery caught my attention.  The carrot cake was amazing and can compete with anyone’s carrot cake that isn’t glutten free.  The donut holes are light tasting yet dense in appearance.  I do not know if should consider it my favorite or a tie with carrot cake.  They also offer brownies, cheesecake and more.    Among the restaurant that tend to be participate in the event with splendid samples of their cuisine include Ruth Chris, Il Fornio, Napa Valley Grille and STK Steak house.


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This year Multi Cultural Cooking Network tried to divide our time with a little more attention to beverages.  Check out our interview with Blackbird Vineyards(Click Here).  Stella Artois is a pretty known brand from Belgium but this year they are promoting the new Stella Artois Cidre.  My guest and I walked away from the event with this being on the list of one of the favorite things we tasted at the event.

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