Our appreciation for incredible food has made a huge resurgence in this country, fueled in large part by the rise of celebrity chefs and numerous cooking shows or channels. For California residents, there has always been an abundance of impressive dining opportunities throughout the state. But the chance to experience some of the best food from around the Southern California area is something special, and it’s happening this Labor Day weekend at the Paramount Pictures Studios’ backlot.
The Taste is a food festival from the Los Angeles Times that focuses on celebrating and showcasing the Southern California culinary scene, and it brings some of the best chefs from the region to the backlot for a variety of events and displays. From September 4 to September 6, visitors will be able to enjoy unlimited tastings from various restaurants as well as wine seminars, live demos, and specialty drinks.
There are a total of five separate events held throughout the festival weekend. These include:
• Opening Night – Festival hosts, bartenders, and chefs gather together for an intimate event with tastings, cocktails, and live entertainment.
• Field to Fork – This event stars Russ Parsons, who serves as the food columnist for the Times. He’ll showcase seasonal dishes made from ingredients that are all locally sourced, highlighting farmer’s market shopping and buying local.
• Dinner with a Twist – The Times’ restaurant critic – Jonathan Gold – and its deputy food editor – Jenn Harris – combine forces for this unique look at Southern California’s wide range of impressive spirits and interesting small plate meals.
• Sunday Brunch and BBQ – This is a testament to the early fall feasts that bring comfort to so many, and is hosted by Noelle Carter, the Times Test Kitchen director, and Amy Scattergood, the Times food editor. You’ll find a variety of different dishes on display here.
• Flavors of LA – The festival closes with Jonathan Gold as he helps showcase a huge range of flavors and dishes inspired by everything from tacos to ramen to pizza and beyond. The city’s best-known and best-loved chefs and restaurants are showcased during this closing event.
With something going on throughout each day, it’s not hard to find something that everyone will love at this festival. The Paramount Studios Backlot is a perfect setting for a showcase of the best food in California, and visitors are sure to enjoy their experience no matter which events they choose to take part in. Tickets are available at latimes.com/thetaste.