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The Taste is an ambitious event consisting of 5 distinct culinary-themed events taking place this weekend, September 1st through 3rd.  The Paramount Pictures Studios will host dozens of the city’s best restaurants, wineries, breweries, and spirit makers for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink experience.  Each event is hosted by different LA Times food expert or local chef with a full schedule of demonstrations and seminars catered to the theme.  The themed events are:

9/1 (11:00 AM to 3:00 PM):  Field to Fork

This event focuses on true foodies and home cooks, with cuisine inspired by fresh, local ingredients and seasonal dishes.  In addition to the unlimited beer, wine, spirits, and food tastings, there will be seminars on how to wine taste,  a market basket cooking demo featuring chefs from Fig and Manhattan Beach Post – two LA restaurants focused on seasonal ingredients, as well as several other demos and seminars related to local ingredients, backyard farming, and farmers markets.

9/1 (8:00 PM to 11:00 PM):  Cocktail Confidential

This event is all about the cocktail, from the culture, to the drinks, to the bites that accompany them.  The all-inclusive admission also grants you access to mixology demonstrations on craft beverages and a mixology competition.

9/2 (11:00 AM to 3:00 PM):  Flavors of LA

This event focuses on the international flavor of LA’s local restaurants and brings in cuisines from around the world.  Seminars and demos will be held featuring authentic flavors of Mexico, Japan, Thailand, and Peru, from some of the most knowledgeable food experts in the city.  This event will also feature a demo from celebrity chef Susan Feniger of STREET and Border Grill who participated on Top Chef Masters.

9/2 (8:00 PM to 11:00 PM):  Dinner & Drinks

Sunday evening makes way for an event that focuses on the balance between a great dish paired with the perfect beer, wine, or cocktail.  There will be demos by mixologists who will create inventive drinks like beer cocktails!

9/3 (11:00 AM to 3:00 PM):  Labor Day Picnic

The only event not 21+, this event is a family-style celebration to cap off the weekend.  The picnic’s theme is the sandwich, including everything from ice cream to burgers to banh mi.  There will be seminars on how wine lists are created, pastry demos, an interview with Thomas Keller – widely regarded as one of America’s best chefs, as well as several other demos from local chefs.

All of the events are 21+ except for the Labor Day Picnic, and tickets are $65 for each event.  They will increase to $75 on 9/1, so buy your tickets now!  With the unlimited eats and drinks, we think this is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening on Labor Day weekend!  See the website for tickets and all the details.



Location:  Paramount Pictures Studios

5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA  90038

Date:  Saturday, September 1st through Monday, September 3rd

Times:  See Above

Website:  http://events.latimes.com/taste/