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The Taste food festival: Bites and sips from some of the city’s best restaurants

The Taste food festival: Bites and sips from some of the city’s best restaurants
Kasih in Little Tokyo features Asinan kelapa, an Indonesian slaw that has gluten-free and vegan options. (Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)

The Taste, our annual food and drink festival, is happening this weekend at the Paramount Pictures backlot. Some of the best chefs and restaurants in the city, including N/naka’s Niki Nakayama, Ma’am Sir’s Charles Olalia and Rosaliné’s Ricardo Zarate will be there. Here’s a taste of the weekend’s highlights so far:

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Otium serves yellowtail confit with smoked eggplant and sweet and sour tomatoes on opening night of the L.A. Times' The Taste on Sept. 1. Silvia Razgova / For The Times
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Festival attendees mingle and nosh at The Taste's opening night at the Paramount Pictures backlot. Silvia Razgova / For The Times
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Chef Timothy Hollingsworth of Otium talks to festival attendees as he hands out samples. Silvia Razgova / For The Times
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Wanderlust Creamery serves violet marshmallow ice cream and "te amo L.A." sorbet. Silvia Razgova / For The Times
LOS ANGELES, CA — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2018-- Maple Block features a wood smoked brisket with vi
Maple Block features a wood-smoked brisket with vinegar slaw and green sauce at The Taste. Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times
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Chef Michael Lawless gives a live demonstration on preparing his jumbo gumbo. Silvia Razgova / For The Times
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Festival-goers collect plates during The Taste's opening night. Silvia Razgova / For The Times
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Chef Richard Zarante of Rosaline poses with his como saltado after performing a live demomstration on opening night. Silvia Razgova / For The Times
LOS ANGELES, CA — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2018-- A Jonathan Gold top 101 restaurant is Mayura India
Mayura Indian Restaurant, a Jonathan Gold top 101 pick, features a variety of options like the Naan bread. Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES, CA — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2018-- A portrait of Jonathan Gold is painted during the
A portrait of Jonathan Gold is painted. Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES, CA — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2018-- Border Grill features a breakfast after dark with
Border Grill features a breakfast after dark with Chorizo-wrapped eggs and guava and cheese empanada. Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES, CA — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2018-- Smoked Macedoine at he Trois Mec tent has many foo
Smoked Macedoine at the Trois Mec tent has many foodies lining up. Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES, CA — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2018-- The Los Angeles Times cafe at The Taste, an annual
The Los Angeles Times cafe has samples of coffee and a place for people to take a seat and enjoy the festivities. Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES, CA — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2018-- Burt Bakman of Trudy’s Underground BBQ at the T
Burt Bakman of Trudy'€s Underground BBQ holds a brisket preparation demomstration. Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES, CA — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2018-- Briana Valdez at the Taste, an annual food festiv
HomeState's Briana Valdez demonstrates Texan-style cooking. Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES, CA — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2018-- Los Angeles foodies, Ilene Strudevant, Ashley Nunn
Los Angeles foodies, from left, Ilene Strudevant, Ashley Nunn and Tanner Pfaff pose in front of a GIF maker. Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES, CA — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2018-- Prawn coastal features a Paella and shrimp and cra
Prawn coastal features a Paella and shrimp and crab soba noodle salad at The Taste. Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times
Spicy Kua Kling dry Thai curry with ground chicken from Jitlada during The Taste on the Paramount St
Spicy Kua Kling dry Thai curry with ground chicken from Jitlada during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Sept. 2. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Charles Kuhnau, Jenny Kuhnau, Sirine Bunkua, Jazz Singsanong, and Aoun Sungkamee, right, stand with
From left, Charles Kuhnau, Jenny Kuhnau, Sirine Bunkua, Jazz Singsanong and Aoun Sungkamee stand with spicy Kua Kling dry Thai curry with ground chicken from Jitlada during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Sept. 2. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Kim Prince, owner, prepares Nashville Hot Chicken bites from Hotville Chicken during The Taste on th
Kim Prince, owner, prepares Nashville Hot Chicken bites from Hotville Chicken during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Sept. 2. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Sticky Tofu bites from Banh Oui during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Monday, Septemb
Sticky tofu bites from Banh Oui during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Sept 2. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Jazz Singsanong of Jitlada carries away some beverages during The Taste on the Paramount Studios bac
Jazz Singsanong of Jitlada carries away some beverages during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Sept. 2. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Sticky Tofu bites from Banh Oui during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Monday, Septemb
Sticky tofu bites from Banh Oui during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Minh Phan of Porridge + Puffs prepares savory fig mochi with LA Times' Amy Scattergood on the Culina
Minh Phan of Porridge + Puffs prepares savory fig mochi with the L.A. Times' Amy Scattergood on the Culinary Stage during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot . Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Minh Phan of Porridge + Puffs prepares savory fig mochi with LA Times' Amy Scattergood on the Culina
A savory fig mochi from Minh Phan of Porridge + Puffs Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Devin Liston paints a mural of Jonathan Gold during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Mo
Devin Liston paints a mural of Jonathan Gold during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Marcel Vigneron, Wolf chef and owner, serves up crack potatoes from Wolf during The Taste on the Par
Marcel Vigneron, chef and owner, serves up crack potatoes from Wolf during The Taste on the Paramount Studios Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Crack potatoes made with liquid nitrogen from Wolf during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot
Crack potatoes made with liquid nitrogen from Wolf during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Charles Olalia of Rice Bar and Jennifer Feltham of Sonoratown present on stage during The Taste on t
Charles Olalia of Rice Bar and Jennifer Feltham of Sonoratown present on stage during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Sunday, September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For The Los Angeles Times) Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Taco de Carne Con Chile Colorado on handmade corn tortilla from Guisados during The Taste on the Par
Taco de Carne Con Chile Colorado on handmade corn tortilla from Guisados during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Sunday, September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Vartan Abgaryan, executive chef, left, and Javier Lopez, chef de cuisine, of 71 Above, prepare crisp
Vartan Abgaryan, executive chef, left, and Javier Lopez, chef de cuisine, of 71 Above, prepare crispy cauliflower with yuzu kasha bagna cauda pecorino, lime and dill during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Jennifer Feltham of Sonoratown presents on stage during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot o
Jennifer Feltham of Sonoratown presents on stage during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
BBQ Brisket biscuits with home-made pimento cheese and house pickles from Yardbird Southern Table &
BBQ Brisket biscuits with home-made pimento cheese and house pickles from Yardbird Southern Table & Bar during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Doro Wot tofu with cabbage and carrots from Meals By Genet during The Taste on the Paramount Studios
Doro Wot tofu with cabbage and carrots from Meals By Genet during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Niki Nakayama and Carole Lida-Nakayama of n/naka present on the culinary stage during The Taste on t
Niki Nakayama and Carole Lida-Nakayama of n/naka present on the culinary stage during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Kobee fried, made with cracked wheat, beef, onion and pine nuts, from Kobee Factory during The Taste
Kobee fried, made with cracked wheat, beef, onion and pine nuts, from Kobee Factory during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Marcel Vigneron, Wolf chef and owner, right, pours liquid nitrogen with Ramon Bojorquez as they prep
Marcel Vigneron, Wolf chef and owner, right, pours liquid nitrogen with Ramon Bojorquez as they prepare crack potatoes from Wolf during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Monday, September 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For The Los Angeles Times) Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Crispy cauliflower with yuzu kasha bagna cauda pecorino, lime and dill from 71 Above during The Tast
Crispy cauliflower with yuzu kasha bagna cauda pecorino, lime and dill from 71 Above during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Sunday, September 2, 2018 i Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
Doro Wot tofu with cabbage and carrots is served up from Meals By Genet during The Taste on the Para
Doro Wot tofu with cabbage and carrots is served up from Meals By Genet during The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot on Sunday, September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times
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