Paella from Chez Tex is prepared.
A sampling from Meals by Genet featuring Dorowot, Ethiopian salad, sauteed tofu, and cabbage with carrots is served.
Garlic knots from Pizzeria Mozza.
Beef cheek gnocchi from Estrella.
A vegan “Last summer breath”: Pasta di bibim featuring mint cucumber jalapeno coulis, capellini, squash with rose kombucha dressing, fermented cucumber and Korean melon from Baroo.
Tacos de Mantarraya (made with stingray) from El Coraloense is served.
L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold with actor Danny Trejo (Trejo’s Tacos, Trejo’s Cantina, Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts).
Actor Danny Trejo shakes hands with L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold.
Actor Danny Trejo laughs as he speaks with L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold.
L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold speaks with actor Danny Trejo.
A DJ plays from a balcony as people attend the “Flavors of L.A.” night at the L.A. Times’ The Taste event on the Paramount Pictures backlot.
Homemade spaghetti with bolognese from Pasta Sisters is prepared.
Homemade spaghetti from Pasta Sisters is displayed.
Homemade spaghetti with bolognese from Pasta Sisters is spooned onto plates.
Peek gai tod (spicy Thai chicken wings) from Same Same.
Chef Gilberto Cetina Jr. (Holbox/Chichen Itza) gives a cooking demonstration. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)
Plum glazed pork belly with papaya slaw from Cliff’s Edge. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)
Chef Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos) prepares a cocktail.
Chef Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos) gives a cooking demonstration.
Burrito de birria from Burritos La Palma.
Abir Alnadar, left, Nermeen Ghreir and Wafa Ghreir of Kobe Factory serve mjadra with burgol, lentil, fried onion and a cucumber yogurt.
Kampachi poke with avocado and kelp noodle caviar from Sweetfin Poke.
Owner Alberto Bañuelos and wife Lauren Bañuelos stand for a photograph with burritos de pollo tinga and burritos de birria from Burritos La Palma.
A line forms for gelato from Bulgarini Gelato.
Samples of gelato from Bulgarini Gelato.
Bomboloni from Circa 55 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)
A shrimp and crab roll from Ford’s Filling Station. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)
A chalkboard features a reference to HBO’s Game of Thrones’ “Winter is Coming.” (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)