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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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).

MCCN Review of 2013 Taste of Mexico (Los Angeles)

Loteria Grill is one of the most exciting new restaurants in Los Angeles.

The Taste of Mexico Association set out in it’s ignaugural year to prove to the world the culinary scene of Mexico is about more than taco yet a great deal of the vendors this year served…tacos.  Now, these were for the most part not ordinary tacos.  Mexikosher’s Chef and Food Network’s Chopped champion served deep fried smelt (full length little fish)  on tacos.

Deep Fried Smelt from Mexico and yes, the editor took a bite out of the tortilla.

In an interesting twist, quite a bit of ceviches was served on chips including a magnificent octopus ceviche and halibut ceviche.  The flavors and fusion were certainly a culinary explosion for the tongue pero(but) mostly on chips or tortillas.

The reason may be that in the first year of the event, there were only four restaurants involved.  Those four restaurants are the core/founders which are Frida, La Casita Mexicana, La Monarca and Guelaguetza.  Although, the first year had a good attendance it was definitely catering to a smaller crowd.  Maybe bigger crowds translates to faster food.

A unique component of this year’s event was the Mezcal tasting area.  The restaurant association did successfully introduce a multitude of people Mezcal.  What pork is to chicken as the other white meat then Mezcal is to tequila as an authentic drink offering from Mexico.  Click Here to learn more about Mezcal.

Nevertheless, a good time was to be had.  There was more space.  Being an outdoor event for the first time gave it a great feel.   For an early October event the weather for the evening was perfect until the cooler temps at about 8 PM.  It seemed like more parents brought children.  There were not a lot of children but a few sightings.   Live Mariachi performed through the night.  Baked goods from La Monarca, chile relleno and taquitos from Casa Oaxaca.  Guelaguetza promtoed their signature Micheladas in bottled form.  It is best to come early when the crowds pile in after 6:30 pm the lines to get your taste of food become longer.

Watch Highlights from the 2013 Taste of Mexico

Taste of Mexico Event in Los Angeles

Desserts from La Monarca Bakery

MCCN’s road to Oaxaca Mexico began with stopping at Guelaguetza restaurant for Oaxacan food then we join Guelaguetza and three other restaurants for the Taste of Mexico event in Los Angeles.  Our hope is to excite your palate, desire to cook and explore a truly unique culinary experience by joining MCCN for the Taste of Oaxaca (Click to See Brochure).

On December 4, 2010 four power house Mexican Restaurants came together to create the The Taste of Mexico Association.  The Taste of Mexico is a gastronomic and cultural fare by Frida Mexican Cuisine, Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana and La Monarca Bakery.

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