The Taste: Who's coming to this year's food festival

If you've already marked your Labor Day weekend calendars for The Taste, the Los Angeles Times' annual celebration of Southern California’s culinary scene, here's an update on who's coming. 

Chef Michael Fiorelli (Love & Salt), bartender Vincenzo Marianella, chef Gary Menes (Le Comptoir), chef Carlos Salgado (Taco Maria) and chef Corina Weibel (Canelé) are set to join The Times’ Food staff as cohosts of the festivities, which will feature five distinct events.

Specifics and a list of which restaurants and chefs are planning to be there are now up at, including details of those five events. Some of the local chefs scheduled to attend include Roy Choi, Sherry Yard, Curtis Stone, Quinn Hatfield, Neil Strawder, Ari Taymor, Francisco Perez, Suzanne Tracht and Alvin Cailan. Restaurants include Aqui es Texcoco, Ford's Filling Station, Rocio's Mole de los Dioses, The Churchill, POT, Canelé, Joe's, Madcapra and Racion. 

The Taste is set for Sept. 4-6 on the Paramount Pictures backlot. The weekend event includes unlimited tastings from the city’s best restaurants, specialty drinks, wine seminars and live demos. Tickets are on sale now at

Opening night tickets are $150. Tickets for each of the Saturday and Sunday events range from $100 to $125, and a $25 discount on individual tickets is available exclusively to Los Angeles Times subscribers. Details and tickets: Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ TheTasteLA (#TasteLA).

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