Farewell Summer, Hello Fall Food Events: The Taste, KCRW Pie at LACMA, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade

by Jessica on August 29, 2013

Some folks are gluttons for music festivals, conventions, and big food events. Me? I just tend to get totally overwhelmed. I heard some positive reports about LA Food & Wine extravaganza last week, however, so I’m hoping to get over my crowd-crabbiness at the L.A. Times’ fest The Taste, happening over the course of this weekend at Paramount. (Doesn’t quite wind up feeling like a fun break for people who actually work on studio lots, though.)

Follow that link above for details, but regarding families, the best event will be the Labor Day Block Party picnic co-hosted by one of the figurative godmothers of the L.A. food scene and actual mother of three, Nancy Silverton, this Sunday, September 1st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take note — admission is $5 for kids aged 3 to 12. Plus there will be face painting, bubbles, and stuff. Chances are Sang Yoon won’t be serving the Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs with Cauliflower Foam he fared pretty well with on last night’s Yo Gabba Gabba kid-centric Top Chef Masters ep at his and J. Gold’s sold-out party Saturday night anyway. Specifics from the press release after the jump.

This end-of-summer bash will offer an inside look at barbecue with “Going Whole Hog: Tales from Masters of Competition BBQ,” a panel led by Carter that features Ryan Chester (The Rub Co.), Sylvia Curry (Lady of Q) and Neil Strawder (Bigmista’s Barbecue). Attendees will also be treated to cooking demos from Silverton and Fred Eric (D’Elish), and Times Columnist Steve Lopez’s crowd-pleasing Firehouse Cook-off. Participating restaurants include BOA Steakhouse, Brite Spot, Café Gratitude, Coni’Seafood, Freddy Smalls: Bar & Kitchen, Got Kosher?, Haven Gastropub, Juan’s Restaurante, Kings Row Gastropub, Pizzeria il Fico, Pono Burger, Rosebud Cakes, Waffles de Liege.

I almost forgot, pie! KCRW’s 5th annual Good Food Pie Contest is on Saturday, September 7th at LACMA, this year with a new kids’ category for ambitious bakers aged 12 and under. I wonder how old the youngest entrant will be?? My husband makes a killer pie; I gotta get him to compete one of these years…

ALSO: Coming up at the end of the month is one of the few happenings we always go out of our way to attend and support — L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade. It’s amazing, seriously. And fun. Our local gymnastics place even sets up an area for the kids to get their yayas out while parents peruse the booths featuring some of the country’s most incredible chefs. It’s all super sincere and wonderful, with heartfelt speeches and tears. Hardly a dry eye was left in the (open air) house after Alex’s parents told her story. Suzanne Goin and David Lentz get big kudos for brining this benefit — an outgrowth of Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event — to Culver City on Saturday, September 28th from noon to 4:00 p.m. It’s not cheap, but an important cause, and kids under 12 get in free with a paying adult. Maybe some of you saw winning chef Neal Fraser donate his victory prize to this charity that fights childhood cancer on the aforementioned Top Chef Masters.

Here’s the list of participating chefs. Given the wineries and mixologists involved, it’s also a fine opportunity for some leisurely Sunday afternoon drinking; just be sure to plan accordingly.

Matt Accarrino (San Francisco, CA) – A16, SPQR
Chris Bianco (Phoenix, AZ ) – Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco, Bar Bianco, Union Jacks
April Bloomfield (New York, NY) – The Breslin, The Spotted Pig, The John Dory Oyster Bar
Michael Cimarusti (Los Angeles, CA) – Connie & Ted’s, Providence LA
Giada De Laurentiis (Los Angeles, CA) Giada at Home, “Cooking with Giada, Everyday Italian
Vinny Dotolo (Los Angeles, CA) – Animal, Son of a Gun
Susan Feniger (Los Angeles, CA) – Street, Border Grill
Neal Fraser (Los Angeles, CA) – The Strand House
Suzanne Goin (Los Angeles, CA) – AOC, Lucques, Tavern, The Larder at Maple Drive
Hedy Goldsmith (Miami, FL) – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Gabrielle Hamilton (New York, NY) – Prune
Maria Hines (Seattle, WA) – Tilth Brian Huston (Chicago, IL) – Publican
Anthony Keene (Los Angeles, CA) – Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood
Adam Perry Lang (New York, NY) – Barbecoa, CarneVino, Daisy May’s BBQ USA
David Lentz (Los Angeles, CA) – The Hungry Cat
Donald Link (New Orleans, LA) – Cochon Butcher, Cochon, Herbsaint
Jenn Louis (Portland, OR) – Lincoln, Sunshine Tavern
Katrina Markoff (Chicago, IL) – Vosges Haut-Chocolat
Mary Sue Milliken (Los Angeles, CA) – Border Grill
Matt Molina (Los Angeles, CA) – Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza
Zoe Nathan (Los Angeles, CA) – Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry, Sweet Rose Creamery, Milo and Olive
Nancy Oakes (San Francisco, CA) Boulevard
Zach Pollack (Los Angeles, CA) – Sotto
Naomi Pomeroy (Portland, OR) – Beast
Steve Samson (Los Angeles, CA) – Sotto
Michael Schwartz (Miami, FL) – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Harry’s Pizzeria
Jon Shook (Los Angeles, CA) – Animal, Son of a Gun
Johnathan Sundstrom (Seattle, WA) – Lark
Michael Tusk (San Francisco, CA) – Quince
Jonathan Waxman (New York, NY) – Barbuto
Rocco Whalen (Cleveland, OH) – Fahrenheit, Rocco’s Nachos & Tacos
Shiho Yoshikawa (Los Angeles, CA) – Sweet Rose Creamery

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