A Taste Of LA Times' The Taste
The Paramount Studios lot was the perfect place to hold the series of festivities, giving The Taste the feel of a giant street fair, without the other nuisances of it actually being held in a public space.
Culinary heavy hitters such as Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger and Jonathan Gold were in attendance, as well as many other star chefs and mixologists.
After tasting the different bites and taking sips of the many drinks, attendees shared their opinions of the food with friendly strangers while standing in long lines for popular eateries such as Plan Check and Coolhaus.
The yellow watermelon “Greek salad” consisted of feta cheese, pickled cucumber, black olive tapenade, and mint. Not only was it cool and refreshing, but it hit impactful sweet, salty, savory and tangy notes all in just one little balanced bite. At an event where it was 4 hours of eating and drinking nonstop, it became necessary to pick and choose what to finish, but I would save a bit of extra real estate in my stomach just for another bite of this composed "salad."
During "Cocktail Confidential," Bulgarini served up a crowd favorite almond gelato topped with red wine. It was a heavenly combination, causing each of the flavors to combine and pop on the palette. It was worth the long line, despite the stand's slower service.
There were a wide range of wine and spirit purveyors, such as Cline Cellars, Peroni, VeeV Açaí Spirit, Karlsson's Gold Vodka, and Quint Sangria pouring glasses of their new and classic drinks. Many also crafted unique cocktails using hot sauce, lavender and basil leaves, or superfruits such as blackberries.
Many restaurants paired their signature drinks with their food, a highlight being a pale ale with the truffle burger at the Blue Palms Brewhouse tent.
Indian and Indian fusion restaurants were quite popular as well, such as Mayura, RockSugar and Saffron Spot. Additionally, Tamarind of London and Susan Feniger's STREET both served tasty and tangy variations of "aloo puri" and "panipuri."
For the more adventurous eaters, Wurstküche served its juicy rattlesnake and rabbit sausages with yellow and red peppers.
Ranging from $65-$75 per event for general admission, it was well worth it for the unlimited food, drinks and sun that made for a delicious and indulgent Labor Day weekend. Guests left completely full, but surely seemed hungry for next year's event.