There are many great things about Los Angeles. One of them is the multi-cultural influence on the city’s cuisine. Another is all the exciting events that happen on a regular basis. Combine the two and you’ve got this year’s spring and summer top events to check out. Whether you’re looking to give back, shop or simply be entertained while you dine, these five food events will satisfy your appetite and much more.
Flavors Of Los Angeles 2013
The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Los Angeles is home to some of the most talented chefs in the world, and for many, decadent dining is a daily occurrence. But if the guilt of spending the equivalent of a car payment on a single meal dulls your taste buds, then the Flavors of Los Angeles can help. For $275 a ticket, you can justify your self-indulgence while raising money for the American Liver Foundation. You can learn about the cause and its research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease while mingling with others and enjoying an exquisite meal. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert are included.
Taste Of The Nation Los Angeles
Media Park in Culver City
9070 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Help stop childhood hunger in America by helping yourself to extraordinary cocktails and a gourmet dinner prepared by top chefs and mixologists who are donating their time and talent for the cause. Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is our nation’s leading culinary benefit which raises money for Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, St. Joseph’s Center, California Association of Foodbanks in the battle against hunger. VIP tickets ($160 advance/$210 at door) include access to the exclusive VIP area and a meeting with LA’s hottest chefs. General admission tickets ($110 advance/$135 at door) include a gourmet meal and cocktails. And of course, kids are welcome ($25).
NoHo Dine Out Fridays In North Hollywood
The Parking Lot at Twin Palms Apt.
11458 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
June 24 through December 27
Looking for some Friday night fun? Head for NoHo Dine Out Fridays. This community event is a combination of live entertainment, dog adoptions, a conglomeration of food trucks (aka food truck fest) and local craft vendors. Eat, drink, shop, mingle, adopt a dog and enjoy live music all in one place. It’s also free! Located on the outskirts of the NoHo Arts district, the Federal Bar, Eclectic Café, Skinny’s, the Laemmle theater and many other cool places are a short walk away.
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The Renegade Craft Fair
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
July 20 to 21
In recent years, crafting has become more of an entrepreneurial movement than just a hobby. And for die-hard crafters, the Renegade Craft Fair is a gift from heaven. Cruise down the rows and discover amazing finds like hand-crafted dolls to bath salts to reclaimed wood items to DIY kits to jewelry and so much more. And let’s not forget the food. Foodie treasures like gourmet marshmallows, blended tea, homemade jams, popsicles and toffee, to name just a few, are some of the reasons people come to the Renegade Craft Fair in the first place. The gourmet food trucks parked just outside are an added bonus.
Los Angeles: Multiple locations
Eat|See|Hear takes the concept of dinner and a movie to a new level. Catch a movie every Saturday night in an outdoor arena featuring a 52-foot-wide image with full digital, high-definition projection and audio. While you may come to see movies like “Almost Famous,” “The Hangover,” “Big”, “Coming to America,” “Ted,” “Say Anything,” “Risky Business” and many other new and classic flicks, you’ll definitely stay for the food. Enjoy gourmet food truck fare from Border Grill Truck, Flatiron Truck, Gravy Train, Buttermilk Truck, The Fry Girl, B Sweet Mobile, Brasil Kiss, Me So Hungry and Coolhaus, just to name a few. Drive up or walk in. General admission is $10, $8 for kids under 12n(free under 5) and $20 for fashionably late passes (reserved seating/parking). Check the website for a movie schedule and locations.
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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.