This year, the Los Angeles Times' annual food and wine festival The Taste kicks off Friday, Aug. 29, with a full night of festivities. The Paramount Studios lot is transformed into an intimate party with some of the hottest chefs in the city.
The opening night is a chance for attendees to mix and mingle with the festival's participating chefs. This year, event hosts include Michael Cimarusti, chef-owner of Providence and chef-partner at Connie & Ted's; Julian Cox, mixologist at Rivera; John Sedlar, chef-principal at Rivera; and Nancy Silverton of Mozza.
Guests can expect small bites from Alma, Cafe del Rey, Chichen Itza Restaurant, DeSano Pizza Bakery, Guelaguetza, Hinoki & The Bird, Jitlada Thai Cuisine, Phorage, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, The Counter Burger, Union, Wood & Vine and more.
Basil Hayden's Bourbon, Don Julio Tequila, Kirin Ichiban, Knob Creek Rye, Matua, Stella Artois and Stoli Elit will be providing libations for the evening.
A limited number of tickets are available for $150 and include a selection of food tastings, cocktails, wine and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online. Attendees must be 21 years and older.
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