L.A. Times The Taste 2012 at Paramount Studios

by Franklin on September 9, 2012

Labor Day weekend was all about the food this year. With the L.A. Times The Taste happening Saturday through Labor Day, the event went day and night throughout the weekend. Situated at Paramount Studios on Melrose, the back lot was a nice scene for the food event.

I was planning on doing a blog post on each of the 5 events of L.A. Times The Taste, but I decided it would be over kill. Instead, I will be covering 4 out of 5 of the events, with pictures mostly. I was able to attend 4 out of 5 of the events, but I missed out on the best one — The Taste of L.A. I was still able to eat some amazing foods from all over Los Angeles.

The daytime events was a pain in the sun. Fortunately, cold drinks and Icelandic Clacial water kept everyone cool. At night, crowds grew to an uncountable number as people wanting a taste of food and drink. The Cocktail Confidential event Saturday night alone had nearly double the amount of alcohol vendors than food. Yes. The crowd was rowdy. The food was amazing and having a chance to try everything was a treat. Seeing Thomas Keller at the Labor Day Picnic was a cool experience. Being in the same room as him just made me feel like more of gastronomer.

The whole event was fun mingling with chefs and vendors, tasting almost everything they had to offer. The styrofoam plates and plastic forks were nothing compared to the fancy dishes and metal utensils from the LAFW, but you get what you pay for. Each event was $65 pre-sale, $75 at the door. There also was a Living Social deal where tickets were $50 each. That is a pretty good deal. The finishing touches might not have been as refined, but the food was all around delicious. I can’t wait for next year’s event!

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