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The Los Angeles Times has announced its schedule for Food Bowl, a month-long festival comprised of over 200 events that celebrate the city’s diverse and evolving food scene.
The great and the goodwill hit the west coast for an event that will further cement LA’s reputation as the city to watch as it quickly catches up on New York and aims to become the US first city of food. A comprehensive list of Food Bowl’s fine dining events, demonstrations, panel discussions and volunteer projects and a lot more besides.
With Michelin recently announcing a long overdue guide for the City of Angeles, the West coast destination’s gastro scene is full of brio, there’s a sense of something great happening.
Big international names to hit the city during the month include:
Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Mexico), Daniela Soto-Innes (Cosme, USA), Norma Listman and Saqib Keval (Masala y Maiz, Mexico), Gaggan Anand (Gaggan, Thailand), Virgilio Martínez (Central, Peru), Koji Kimura (Sushi Kimura, Japan), Angela Dimayuga (The Standard International, USA), Rodolfo Guzmán (Boragó, Chile), Musa Dağdeviren (Çiya, Turkey), Andrew McConnell (Cutler & Co., Australia), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, USA), Yu Bo (Yu’s Family Kitchen, China), JP Anglo (Sarsá, Philippines), Tom Cunanan (Bad Saint, USA), Aaron Franklin (Texas), Pat Martin (Tennessee), Bill Durney (New York), Sam Jones (North Carolina) and Charles Michel (Oxford University Research Laboratory, Great Britain) are among the visiting chefs and experts scheduled to appear.
Highlights of Food Bowl include:
Mesmerica L.A. – April 30 - The first iteration of chef Enrique Olvera’s celebrated symposium to happen outside Mexico, opens the festival. The programme celebrates the rich and storied culinary connections between Mexico and Los Angeles.
DFiesta – May 1 - The Mexican-inspired festivities continue on the second night of the festival DFiesta at Grand Central Market and La Cita Bar where you’ll find chefs collaborating to the tune of Mariachi bands.
L.A. Times Food Bowl Night Market - May 8-12 – The Night Market will act as a hub for the Food Bowl with dozens of chef collaborations, tastings, DJs and musicians and art installations. Ticketed events will include Opening Night Collaboration Lab (May 8); Taco Tribute (May 9); L.A.’s Best Burgers (May 11); Dumplings, Noodles & Rice (May 11); All-Star BBQ (May 12)
Vespertine SYMBIOS – May 5 - A multi-sensory fine dining experience, a communal-style dining experience with a collaborative tasting menu by Vespertine’s Jordan Kahn, Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), Virgilio Martinez (Central) and Niki Nakayama (n/naka). Tickets come in at €350 a head with wine pairing included, so considering the talent at the table, all in all, it’s quite good value.
Effervescence - May 3-5 – It’s all about the bubbles as Food Bowl celebrates sparkling wines and Champagne with a walk around tasting at the Line Hotel in Koreatown. Punters will get the chance to talk to producers of locally produced fizz, the finest tête de cuvée Champagne and Italian Prosecco.
The Future of Food in Extreme Environments - May 7 – A panel discussion nvolving chefs and scientists where the topic is about growing food in space and in new, off world environmets.
L.A. Chef Conference – May 20 – The daylong conference with chef demos and panel talks/discussions on the issues facing everyone in the food and restaurant industry today. The event will take place at the Gourmandise School & ArcLight Cinemas and will include some of the best local, national and international names in gastronomy.