This May, we’re spending the month thinking about, talking about, celebrating — and yes, eating — some of the best food this city has to offer. The first annual Los Angeles Times Food Bowl is taking place throughout the month of May, with events, panel discussions with world-class chefs, a week-long Night Market featuring food stalls at Grand Park and a series of themed dinners at restaurants around the city.
Read more about the chefs and restaurants participating in this year’s Food Bowl below and visit the festival website for a full schedule of events.
How to make the most of your Food Bowl experience
With dozens of events throughout the month all over the city, here’s our cheat sheet to helping you find things that might interest you. Happy drinking and dining. For a complete list, here’s the full program.
For the taco lovers
For the carnivores
Vegetarian or vegan-friendly
Booze with your dinner
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Learn from culinary experts at Food Bowl
- Pez kid’s cooking and painting class and lunch
- Middle Eastern mezza kids cooking class with Jamie Oliver’s food revolution ambassador chef Lisa Walker
- Empanadas and apertivos!
- Grilling with J&J
- From sea to ceviche
- Olive oil in focus
- Italian street food
On and off the plate
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Know the issues
Food waste and sustainability-focused events at Food Bowl
- Feeding the 5000
- Food for Soul: A Forum
- Food Waste: Solutions informed by science
- WPchef’s series featuring chef Massimo Bottura, Nancy Silverton, Roy Choi and Wolfgang Puck
- Michael Cimarusti + Dan Hunter Sustainable seafood dinner
- Fin, foot or hoof: Earth-first dining
- The future of food: An edible conversation
- The intersection of hunger and food waste, L.A. Regional Food Bank
Transcendent Mexican seafood tostadas at Holbox
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Up close and personal
Where to find Jonathan Gold at Food Bowl
- Los Angeles Times Gold Award dinner
- Chef’s Fable
- L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold on the legacy of Julia Child
- Screening of ULAM, a Filipino food documentary
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Lead photo: Beets and grain salad are served to guests at the LA Times' Food Bowl event earlier this year. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
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May 3, 5:50 p.m.: This article was been updated with the fact that the event at Life of Pie at Cosa Buona has been cancelled.
This article was originally published at 3:20 p.m. April 12.