The Taste LA Festival 2015, LA

Photo: Erin Poole for Average Socialite
Affair: The Taste LA Festival 2015

When: Friday, September 4- Sunday, September 6, 2015

Hot Spot: Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Deets: The Taste, its annual celebration of Southern California’s vibrant, influential culinary scene, returned to Paramount Pictures Studios’ iconic backlot over Labor Day weekend. Reflecting The Times’ distinctive, award-winning coverage of all things edible, each of the five events showcased the chefs and restaurants at the heart of L.A.’s food and dining culture and included unlimited tastings from the city’s best eateries, specialty drinks, wine seminars and live demos. 

· Opening Night – Fri., Sept. 4th, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The Taste’s most intimate event brings together the festival hosts alongside featured chefs and bartenders for an opening night soirée with a focused collection of tastings, premium cocktail and wine offerings and live entertainment. 

· Field to Fork – Sat., Sept. 5th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russ Parsons, Times Food Columnist, lends his farmers market savvy to a daytime event inspired by seasonal dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. 

· Dinner with a Twist – Sat., Sept. 5th, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. 
Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Jenn Harris, Times Deputy Food Editor, team up for an evening exploration of the city’s unique variety of small plates and great spirits. 

· Sunday Brunch & BBQ – Sun., Sept. 6th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Amy Scattergood, Times Food Editor, and Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, host an homage to the sweet and savory dishes that exemplify an end-of-summer feast. 

· Flavors of L.A. – Sun., Sept. 6th, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, closes the festival with a tacos-to-ramen-and-back tasting of the world’s most authentic flavors through essential L.A.-based chefs and local restaurants.

Los Angeles Times The Taste is produced in association with Best Events. Sponsors include Knob Creek, Stella Artois and Hornitos Tequila. 

Spotted: Foodies, chefs (Roy Choi, Jonathan Gold, Jenn Harris, and critics

Hint For The Average Socialite: Opening Night tickets are $150. Tickets for each of the Saturday and Sunday events range from $100 to $125 and a $25 discount is available exclusively to Los Angeles Times subscribers. Details and tickets:

As a Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card Member you’re invited to buy tickets to individual Taste events, or purchase an exclusive Card Member-only Weekend Pass.

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