The greatest possible news you can get from a friend is that they have an extra ticket for a Los Angeles gourmet food event up for grabs. It’s like waking up thinking it’s a Monday when it is actually Saturday (although that’s likely not to happen since the pounding headache from last night’s drinking will make a sharp and biting reminder that it is most certainly the weekend). I was fortunate enough to receive this news from my BFF Kaila Yu, and boy oh boy am I excited for this fantastical nomfest, Masters of Taste.
So what is Masters of Taste, you say? Tomorrow, Sunday, April 3rd marks the day where the phenomenal congregation of 40 of LA’s best restaurants and 25 local delectable breweries, wineries, and spirits take over the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA. Event producer Dennis Richardson (Taste LA, Taste Beverly Hills, and Wolfgang Puck Catering) and restaurant owner and businessman Rob Levy (The Raymond 1886, HomeStreet Bank) are the masterminds behind this food-fanatic event, and their charitable efforts are benefiting the Union Station Homeless Services. The event is open to the public, and for all of you latecomers, you can purchase your tickets here. For those looking for a more exclusive experience, there will be a VIP section with private lounge seating and concierge dining services.
Get your palettes ready, because here is a little taste of who and what to expect at the event:
118 Degrees – Chef Jenny Ross (Tarzana)
Alexander’s Steakhouse – Chef Matt Bata (Pasadena)
Ayara Thai Cuisine – Chef Vanda Asapahu (Westchester)
Claud & Co. Bacchus’ Kitchen – Chef Claud Beltran (Pasadena)
Birch – Chef Brendan Collins (Hollywood)
Celestino Ristorante & Bar in Pasadena – Chef Calogero Drago (Pasadena)
HACHÉ LA – Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers (Silver Lake)
Hamasaku – Chef Yoya Takahashi (Los Angeles)
Hyde Sunset – Chef Chris Crary (Hollywood)
Inotheke – Carolos Tomazos (Santa Monica)
Magnolia House – Chef Evan Colter (Pasadena)
Osawa Pasadena – Chef Shigefumi Tachibe (Pasadena)
Ozu East Kitchen – Chef Paul Yi (Atwater Village)
Redbird – Chef Neal Fraser (Downtown Los Angeles)
Sangers & Joe – Chef Laurent Quenioux & Chef Eduardo Pineda (Pasadena)
Say Cheese – Chef Glenn Harrell (Silver Lake)
SOL Cocina – Chef Tia Baker (Playa Vista)
Spare Tire – Kitchen & Tavern – Chef Isaias Peña (Los Angeles)
The Raymond Restaurant – Chef Tim Guiltinan (Pasadena)
Toca Madera – Chef Raymond Alvarez (Los Angeles)
Wood & Vine – Chef Kyle Schutte (Hollywood)
Sweet Masters: A select group of L.A.’s Sweet Masters will come together for one afternoon to showcase an assortment of delectable desserts such as handcrafted buttery toffees from Alique Gourmet Toffee, and gourmet single-origin chocolate and vanilla ice creams from Choctal, the finest globally-procured cacao from Chocolate Stars USA and authentic Danish pastries from Copenhagen Pastry just to name a few.
Some of this year’s participating Beverage Masters include:
Brewmasters: Beverage Masters who specialize in barley and hops will be presenting top-notch ales, lagers, pilsners and more for guests to sample, sip and savor all throughout the event, including Southern California favorites Alosta Brewing Co., Bootlegger’s Brewery, Iron Triangle Brewing, Indie Brewing Company and Golden Road Brewing. Other fine breweries included in this year’s event are Elysian Brewing from Seattle, the famous Goose Island Beer Co. from Chicago and Northwestern favorite 10 Barrel Brewing Co., along with internationally acclaimed Brewmasters such as Shock Top, Stella Artois and Stella Cidre.
Wineries: A specially curated collection of Wine Masters will be showcasing their finest varietals including premium boutique winery Ascension Cellars, Oxnard’s Herzog Wine Cellars, Ventura’s Four Brix Winery; who will be featuring their top internationally-inspired blends, Napa’s Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Toluca Lake’s Spin The Bottle Wine Studio, and special selections from Ste. Michelle Estates, and more.
Bars & Spirits: Some of L.A.’s top bartenders and cocktail bars will be creating first-rate craft cocktails showcasing the finest spirits, including a premium Barrel-Aged Cocktail Bar provided by Erik Lund and Alexander’s Steakhouse, signature handcrafted cocktails from Head Barman Peter Lloyd-Jones and 1886 Bar, and Mixologist and Sommelier Adam Seger will be introducing the newly launched Balsam Luxury Vermouth, with much more to be revealed.
Non-Alcoholic Beverages: A variety of premium non-alcoholic Beverage Masters will also be on hand for those who wish to hydrate, caffeinate or regenerate, featuring the “bevolutionary” Bai who will be presenting their antioxidant juices, teas and water infusions, hand roasted, ethically-sourced coffee from the newly opened Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen, all natural, refreshing and energizing sparkling beverages from Diabolo and fresh, cold-pressed juices from Nekter Juice Bar to name a few.
All of these flavors in one event and for a charitable cause? It’s pretty much a foodies dream! So get your tickets now and let’s party it up at Master’s of Taste LA!
For those who can’t make it, I’ll be covering the food shenanigans via Snapchat.
See you there, and come hungry. <3