Full Week Agenda: Good Food Festival in SaMo, Pie Madness with KCRW at LACMA, Lobster Festival in San Pedro + Giveaway!

by Jessica on September 13, 2011

This week is brimming over with family-friendly food events. And don’t forget about Park[ing] Day! Here’s a rundown of what sound like super tasty all-ages activities, and keep reading to find out about the ticket giveaway for the Lobster Festival at the Port of Los Angeles.

September shows no signs of slowing down in the educational food festival department. The Good Food Festival & Conference starts tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14 and continues through the 18th. It’s everything from food preserving demos to inspiring lectures to film screenings to a street fair at SaMoHi and an opening of rediscovered WPA-sponsored agricultural art. The fancy Localicious Gala, held at that jewel-of-a-property Annenberg Beach House on Friday, September 16th, salutes 30 years of the Santa Monica Farmers Market with 30 chefs and 30 restaurants represented (tickets $125-250).

Way back before pie was cool, a student in the American Studies department at my college put together an annual Pie Day party. While quaint and admirable, the spread was nowhere near what will be witnessed at LACMA this Sunday, September 18 during the Slice of Pie celebration from 12:30 to 4 p.m. (Free with museum admission.) If you listen to Good Food on KCRW, you already know about Evan Kleiman’s never-ending quest for pie perfection and indulging this quintessentially American obsession. The day includes KCRW’s 3rd Annual Good Food Pie Contest, special dessert-themed gallery tours with Maite Gomez-Rejón from ArtBites, hands-on arty crafty things to do, a set by awesome Hollywood mom and KCRW DJ Anne Litt, and tie-ins with the Tim Burton exhibition. Stark Bar will offer a Pie Cocktail, along with Executive Chef Kris Morningstar’s special three-course $35 prix fixe dinner in honor of the pie-fest at Ray’s starting at 5 p.m.

Some of us mostly associate the Port of Los Angeles with the Love Boat, but there’s also something else big happening there this weekend. The Lobster Festival at the Ports o’Call Village is all weekend (September 16-18th), during which kids under 12 get in free, and general admission is $10 per person. A gang of food trucks will be on-site, including the Lobsta Truck, which we LOVE. Lobster meals are $19 each — plus carbon footprint tax. Kidding! (But let’s face it, locavorism this is not, even if “conservation measures” are part of the agenda.) Pirate shenanigans will be aplenty, and the San Pedro Red Line runs free all weekend, too.

I have a set of VIP TICKETS valued at $82 to GIVEAWAY. This package includes lobster meals. To enter, please leave a quick comment below and do me a favor and please like Taster Tots on FB if you haven’t already (thank you!), and get an extra entry for tweeting the contest by 9 a.m. PST on Friday, September 16th. (And heads up, I’ll need a mailing address from the winner.)

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Jillian Tate September 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

As a mother of a three-year-old boy in Silverlake, I totally appreciate your reviews. Not only are the reviews useful, but you’re also setting a great example in bringing kids to “non-family” restaurants. Well done!

BTW, we would love to go to the LobsterFest, and I will like/tweet accordingly :)


Jamie Husted September 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Love your blog! Looking forward to attending the Lobster Festival!!!!!!!!!!!! Would love to win your VIP tickets and will definitely like/tweet accordingly!


Adam September 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Love the blog! So informative…especially for someone who doesn’t have kids yet, but has TONS of friends and close family who do! A great resource to find new places to eat that are kid-friendly!


Jeanne @SouthBaySparkle September 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

What a great round-up! Lots of stuff in here we’d love to do…now how to fit it all in? And I have a kid who loves, loves, loves lobster! : )


Jeanne @SouthBaySparkle September 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Just tweeted and “liked” on FB too!


Joyce September 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I would love to go to The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival again and make it an annual event! I attended last year, cannot get enough of lobster marinated in butter sauce dip, delicious!!! : ) Thank you for the opportunity.

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Lisa Vitale September 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Whoo, I’m commenting, tweeting, sharing, you name it. Thanks for such a comprehensive list, looks like we may be very busy this weekend!! :-)

Lisa Vitale, Momprenuer


Janelle Miranda September 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

I am putting my bib on! I would really enjoy attending my first Lobster Festival and my mouth is watering to just think about the delicious food that will be on hand. I LIKE, followed and tweeted to win!


Linda September 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

I’m extremely excited about the Good Food Festival!


Steve September 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

Woo hoo … <3 lobster … can't wait


Erika Moreno September 14, 2011 at 11:11 am

Thanks for the info! You guys do a great job! Hope to see you there.


Bill Lee September 14, 2011 at 11:13 am



Elly Santamaria September 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

Enjoyed the blog, very informative. Went to the Lobster Festival for the first time last year and would love to go again. I have my lobster hat and shirt ready.


Kimberly September 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

I just found you on Facebook and am passing your blog on to my foodie Twitter friends. I’m really looking forward to attending my first Lobster Fest. Taking my “little” brother and his best friend on Saturday–we’re all driving from Lake Elsinore and looking forward to escaping the heat. We grew up going to Ports O’Call as kids, but haven’t been in ohhh, 30 something years. (eek!) Also can’t wait to see all the food trucks. My dad owned several trucks many years ago, long before they became trendy. It’ll be so nice to see them up close again and not having to work on one or clean it!


June September 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

Mmmm… Lobster… in my mouth… with loads of butter… gahhhh *salivating*

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Kenslee September 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Love (Good) Food…Love My Kiddies…Love Your Blog!
Lobster Festival will be a Blast. Excited about all the food trucks (kiddies do not eat lobster).
Glad to have found your blog. Looking forward to searching through your great ideas and finds.
Will look for you on FB :0)


Robert Luna September 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Awesome! Can’t wait for Lobster Fest!!! We’ve been going for years! Even worked @ Ports O’ Call…Love it!!!


J September 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Would love to win!
I “liked” you on FB and tweeted (_jennalee)


Kristyl Adams September 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Would go bizerk if I win..:) From Boston originally and out here in SoCal for over 30 years without enough lobster. Sounds like a great time..Go ahead..Make my day ;) xoxo


Matt September 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

Sounds awesome! Sign me up – love a lobster…even better since it’ll be free! More $ to save on other lobster treats at the fest!


Kimberly September 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Thank you so much, Jessica! Very, very much appreciated!


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