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IIRC 2009 was a mess and 2010 was good? I can't seem to locate any threads on 2010...

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  1. While a few of the participants spark my interest, I have to wonder if $80. for a VIP ticket is a good value considering some of the exhibitors are IMHO...sub par...like Slaw Dogs for example.

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    The Slaw Dogs
    720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

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    1. re: orythedog

      "As of now, the confirmed restaurants include: A-Frame, Bistro LQ, Chichen Itza, Earlez Grille, Jitlada, La Casita Mexicana, Manila Machine, Mayura Amrit, Meals By Genet, Mozza, Park's BBQ, Slaw Dogs, Street, The Gorbals, Mo-Chica and Upstairs 2. There will be 40 restaurants and/or food trucks at the event, and 30 wineries represented (The Wine House is the presenting sponsor)."

      If I can get $2 worth of food per vendor I'll be happy =D

      Many of those I haven't tried yet, slaw dogs included

      1. re: ns1

        Although I am still lukewarm about the idea, I do like your math. And...I assume that you are sticking your tongue out at me in the nicest and most playful way possible, right?

        1. re: ns1

          i went last year and thought it was great. good food by many places. some places do run out so best advised to get there early. in comparison to other events that are similar, it is well run and the food is good. you'll definitely get more than $2 per vendor. hell, the cheese plate from bistro lq last year was probably worth $20 alone.

          1. re: cdub

            orythedog - I'm an accountant, my math is always good. And yes, yes it is =P

            cdub - thanks, if I go I'd do VIP and get there as soon as they open.

          2. re: ns1

            We can not wait!! Old Favorites like Jitlada & Mo-Chica and then the new kids! Can't wait to see what Manila Machine has cooked up and how Parks BBQ is going to pull it off! We already got out tickets and unlike other food festivals, this SELLS OUT. So getem early kids...

            --Dommy!

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            Jitlada
            5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            Mo-Chica
            3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

        2. I found the thread on last year's event:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/691331

          We went last year and really enjoyed it. Definitely worked better in the new venue, and this year's venue is the same as the last's.

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          1. re: Nicole

            thanks! thing was impossible to find.

            1. re: ns1

              No problem! I didn't find it in a regular search either. I remembered posting so I just looked through my own posts from around that date.

          2. http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

            1. how did they handle the alcohol last year?

              Also, what's in the VIP gift bag?!

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              1. re: ns1

                Alcohol is included. I think you are given one glass that you keep on refilling? There were a lot of different wines to try, and a couple of beers (including Stella, with free glasses to take home). I don't recall if there was hard alcohol, maybe there were a couple of choices. I'm more into the food than drinking, so it's hard to remember. I can't recall what was in the VIP gift bag, but it definitely wasn't anything special. If you do the VIP tix, it's for early entrance, not the bags.

              2. got my tickets, $55 presale after fees.

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                1. re: ns1

                  Got mine too, sprung for the VIP so that I could get in early/wait in line less--so almost $75 post $10 discount and $4.50 fee. I noticed that the thread about the presale discount got deleted--the code to save $10 is GOLD11.

                  1. re: Nicole

                    thanks!

                2. i wasn't sure if anyone had seen this yet but they have announced the final list of restaurants this year:

                  A-Frame
                  Akasha
                  AOC
                  Babita
                  Bistro LQ
                  Bludso's BBQ
                  Chichen Itza
                  Cole's
                  CUT
                  Drago Centro
                  Earlez Grille
                  El Huarache Azteca #1
                  Eva Restaurant
                  Father's Office
                  The Foundry on Melrose
                  Good Girl Dinette
                  Guelaguetza
                  Jar
                  Jinya
                  Jitlada
                  La Casita
                  Little Dom's
                  Loteria Grill
                  Ludo Bites
                  Maison Giraud
                  Manilla Machine
                  Mayura Amrit
                  Meals By Genet
                  Mo-Chica
                  Mozza
                  Nickel Diner
                  Palate Food & Wine
                  Park's BBQ
                  Providence
                  Slaw Dogs
                  Starry Kitchen
                  STREET
                  Tacos Baja Ensenada
                  The Gorbals
                  Upstairs 2
                  Vincenti
                  Waterloo and City

                  sounds excellent to me.

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                  AOC
                  8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                  Park's BBQ
                  955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                  Jitlada
                  5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                  Meals By Genet
                  1053 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

                  Chichen Itza
                  3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

                  Loteria Grill
                  6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                  El Huarache Azteca
                  1378 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                  Mayura
                  10406 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                  Vincenti Restaurant
                  11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                  Akasha
                  9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                  Upstairs 2
                  2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                  Palate Food & Wine
                  933 South Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204

                  Tacos Baja Ensenada
                  385 W Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640

                  Little Dom's
                  2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                  Nickel Diner
                  524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                  Drago Centro
                  525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                  Father's Office Bar
                  1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                  Good Girl Dinette
                  110 North Avenue 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042

                  Mo-Chica
                  3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

                  Bistro LQ
                  8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                  Earlez Grille
                  3630 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

                  The Slaw Dogs
                  720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

                  Waterloo and City
                  12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

                  Starry Kitchen
                  350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                  The Gorbals
                  501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                  A-Frame
                  12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

                  Bludso's BBQ
                  811 S Long Beach Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

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                  1. re: cdub

                    Overwhelming deliciousness!!! There isn't one I'm going 'meh' about! :DDD

                    --Dommy!

                    1. re: cdub

                      nice! thanks for the list.

                    2. I wasn't able to understand the procedure from the website. For the entry price, do you get free items at each vendor, or do the vendors charge additional amounts once you're in the door? Thanks!

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                      1. re: hyacinthgirl

                        You entry fee will cover all food/drinks.

                        1. re: jsandler

                          Annnnnnnnd tickets officiallly BOUGHT! thank you!

                      2. So. What was in the goodie bag guys?

                        =D

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                        1. re: ns1

                          VIP Goodie Bag:

                          - Pom Concentrate for Making Cocktails
                          - XL Shirt of Beulliet Bourbon Whiskey
                          - Knork- Fork that can be used as a knife
                          - Deck of Playing Cards
                          - 2 tickets for Geffen Playhouse show to be redeemed at the box office
                          - i tunes giftcard
                          - Hotter than MoFo Hot Sauce
                          - Expandable Bag For Keeping things in your car? ( I think?)
                          - Coupon for Gelsons
                          -Coupon for Hammer Museum
                          - Also had wine glasses with the LA Weekly logo

                          1. re: terramassu

                            You got an itunes gift card?!? I didn't see that in my bag. That stinks for me. I had a good time at the event though.

                            1. re: Jase

                              I did not see a gift card at all.

                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                Hmm... it said it was for Broadway music, I'll double check it, maybe I misread it, or maybe I'm just special, but then again I was there extremely early.

                              2. re: Jase

                                They had some more of those cards at the LA Weekly table from what I remember.

                              3. re: terramassu

                                Slaw Dogs was vile indeed.
                                Cut's short ribs and Vicente's porchetta sandwich were divine as was almost all the Mexican I had. So many good tacos and rellenos and tamales and ceviches. I think Chichen Itza's ceviche with conch was incredible. Jar did a Char Shu Pastry canape that was delish. I didn't care for Eva's chili-pasta.
                                It gets very crowded after VIP time and many places closed up shop at 3, for an event that was going to 5. How's that happen?
                                Cole's did a very great job with old fashioned but the line was hard on the liver.

                                I didn't see any iTunes gift x card in MY bag.

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                                Chichen Itza
                                3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

                                The Slaw Dogs
                                720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                  Chichen Itza had one of the best booths there. great dishes all around.

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                                  Chichen Itza
                                  3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

                                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                                    I understand your post completely... Although due to some unforseen circumstances we arrived at ~3p. Although we missed out on several items... we still had a BLAST. Talking to chefs, catching up with friends & the unlimited bubbly. Compared to other events, I like the vibe of this... chili dogs next to the stand with fresh oysters and getting excited about BOTH... awesome. I thanked Mr. Gold after the event and told him it was worth it alone to have as many hot out of the fryer Tacos Baja Tacos as I wanted... I haven't had one that hot in fresh at the restaurant location in EONS... LOL!!

                                    --Dommy!

                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      yup yup, I had 3 of those TBE tacos. they were awesome. Another surprise for me as I wasn't expecting me. (i've already been to TBE)

                                      1. re: Dommy

                                        It was so great to see you Dommy and Jase, what a party it was? I also got to catch up with Ciao Bob. Plenty to eat, what a fantastic way to lunch on a Sunday afternoon, the wine was flowing, couldn't keep it in my glass though. Let's do it again next year!!

                                2. random thoughts:

                                  slaw dogs had the single worst bite of the event. Error in execution or concept I don't know but that dog was disgusting.

                                  loiteria grill was a big surprise. Loved their crab tostada.

                                  lots of mexican all around this year. Best tacos were the fish taco made to order and the braised pork @ babita

                                  parks = why bother?

                                  street serving up vietnamese crepes doing a disservice to banh xeo everywhere

                                  will probably spring for VIP next year, more than a few booths that we wanted to visit ran out or were too busy - CUT, Mozza, JAR, LudoBites

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                                  1. re: ns1

                                    You know what else surprised me? Jinya.

                                    A tiny cup with gummy noodles did nothing for me noodle-wise but the broth was something special.

                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                      What time did you get your portion? I got mine relatively early on and didn't find the noodles gummy. They had a good bite and chew, al dente-ish. Agreed on the broth. I thought their set up was pretty good for quick dispensing while keeping ingredients fresh. But apparently not as good as I thought if you got a gummy portion of noodles.

                                      1. re: Jase

                                        Probably later on, 3-ish. They weren't horrible for pre-cooked noodles.

                                      2. re: Ciao Bob

                                        I'm a Jinya regular so I didn't waste the calories @GoldStandard

                                    2. Had a great time and to try everything I wanted to except Mozza. My favorite items were Little Dom's grilled oysters, Bistro LQ's hare terrine with pickled huckleberrys, Cut's short ribs, The Gorbal's chicken gizards and Chichen Itza's ceviche.

                                      10 minutes in I managed to drip bahn mi juice all over my shirt.

                                      I personally thought there were a few too many places doing pork.

                                      Had a few too many wines, and most of them are kind of blurred to me at this point, but I did find a copy of wineries I will have to look more into (Verdad and Cline). I also really enjoyed the cocktails from A Frame (first one with rum, falernum and hibiscus, second one with cloves).

                                      I agree that Slaw Dogs served the worst thing I tried. Expected there would be a few places serving dessert items. I was also disapointed with the grilled cheese from The Foundry, but others seemed to like it well enough.

                                      I don't think most people realized they had tables/benches set up to the left of the entrance, behind the tarp. Would have been nice if they had advertised a bit more that there was a seating area. Though, the numbers of seats would have been insufficient had more people been aware of them.

                                      Overall, well worth the price of admission.

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                                      Chichen Itza
                                      3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

                                      Little Dom's
                                      2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                      Bistro LQ
                                      8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                      The Slaw Dogs
                                      720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

                                      The Gorbals
                                      501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                                      1. re: jsandler

                                        Couldn't find the Grilled Cheese. doh!
                                        Didnt' see the tables at all!
                                        Little Dom's line was too long, didn't try that either.

                                        that terrine + huckleberry was awesome though!

                                        the line for the old fashioned was SO FREAKING LONG omg. the A-Frame drink got too sweet after a while. BUT that a-frame popcorn was the surprise of the day for me. When I saw it on the A-Frame menu I was like WTF are you serious? But actually eating it made me a believer.

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                                        A-Frame
                                        12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

                                        1. re: ns1

                                          Little Doms was the longest line I waited in. The first time, right at the begining, I walked right up and grabbed an oyster. I went back toward the end and waited about 10 minutes. Well worth it.

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                                          Little Dom's
                                          2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                        2. re: jsandler

                                          Another dud, I thought, was Father's Office ribs. They were meaty and tender but sorely lacked flavor, like the Stout leached the flavor out of them, rather than adding any.

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                                          Father's Office Bar
                                          1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                            agreed to a point. Good but not memorable.

                                            1. re: Ciao Bob

                                              Agreed. I thought they were too sweet.

                                          2. i thought little dom's did the best overall. great barbeque oysters and spicy caramel sundaes. the short ribs from cut were great as were the lengua tacos from loteria. the pigs ear bahn mi were good as well from palate. forgot about the scallop tartar from providence.

                                            slaw dogs was terrible. i thought that whipped brie from ludo bites was terrible too.

                                            the cocktails from coles was a nice touch.

                                            1. This was my first time attending the event and VIP was definitely worth it. Highlights for me, were:

                                              Little Dom - Grilled Oyster
                                              Waterloo and City - Chicken Liver and Foie Mousse
                                              Chichen Itza - Tripe soup
                                              Mozza - Burrata pesto and roasted cherry tomato
                                              Palate - Pig ears, lardon and kumquat banh mi
                                              Providence - raw scallop with rice cracker wrapped is some type of leaf (best single bite)
                                              Gorbals - Chicken gizzards with romesco sauce (biggest surprise)

                                              The absolute worst dish of the day was Slaw Dogs, not sure what they were trying to do.

                                              Looking forward to next year.

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                                              Chichen Itza
                                              3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

                                              Little Dom's
                                              2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                              The Slaw Dogs
                                              720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

                                              Waterloo and City
                                              12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

                                              The Gorbals
                                              501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                                              1. re: puppychao

                                                "Providence - raw scallop with rice cracker wrapped is some type of leaf (best single bite)
                                                Gorbals - Chicken gizzards with romesco sauce (biggest surprise)"

                                                providence didn't work for me and I love cirimusti(sp?). friends loved the dish though. it was interesting but I wouldn't pay money for it.

                                                gorbals was very good. too bad so many people passed it up.

                                                I bet slaw dogs messed up by leaving their dogs in that rack/warmer thing too long.

                                                1. re: ns1

                                                  I think what impressed me with Providence, was the creativity and the ability and confidence to serve something so clean tasting.

                                                  I agree the Slaw dogs concept must be served immediately after it's prepared, otherwise the "wrapper" around the hot dog becomes leather. Not to mention it was impossible to get one bite of everything.

                                                  1. re: puppychao

                                                    not just the wrapper but the sausage itself

                                                    I thought I was eating chinese sausage. not even the habanero slaw could save it.

                                                  2. re: ns1

                                                    I missed Gorbals too.. but not on purpose. I just don't remember their booth at all.

                                                    I liked Loteria Grill's Prickly Pear Juice, and appreciated that there was Ethiopian and Indian food as well as many variations of foie gras and cheese.

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                                                    Loteria Grill
                                                    6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                    The Gorbals
                                                    501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                                    1. re: terramassu

                                                      Gorbals was at the far end of the outside line of booths right up against the wall. They were also late setting up. They weren't fully set up until after general admission had streamed in already. I hovered around their booth a little before 2 when they finally hit full production mode.

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                                                      The Gorbals
                                                      501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                                      1. re: Jase

                                                        Ohh... I missed out. By 2 I was already stuffed. Bummer. But I'm glad I missed Slaw Dogs.

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                                                        The Slaw Dogs
                                                        720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

                                                        1. re: terramassu

                                                          I walked by Slaw dogs a few times but it didn't look appealing to me. After talking to a couple of people who got it, I'm glad I didn't waste getting a sample. Shame since I did want to try some of their food.

                                                  3. re: puppychao

                                                    I did GA and thought it was a really good deal for the price - looks like the VIP was also worth it - that extra hour looked crucial for some of those busy tables (Mozza).

                                                    I'm glad I passed on slaw dogs too, as it looks like that was a disapointing one.

                                                    Write-up with pictures: http://darindines.com/2011/03/06/gold...

                                                    1. re: puppychao

                                                      that tripe soup from chichen itza was very good too. forgot about that.

                                                      1. re: cdub

                                                        It's Modongo... VERY rare to find in LA... They serve it on the weekends... a nice big bowl cures WHATEVER will ail you...

                                                        --Dommy!

                                                    2. I thought it was a great event this year. This year, VIP admission seemed even more worth it than last, because 1) there was better stuff in the gift bags, and 2) it seemed more crowded post-VIP than last year. Even when the crowds came, lines generally weren't long, it was just a bit claustraphobic for me.

                                                      For me, some of the highlights were:
                                                      Maison Giraud-vanilla and almond custard with blood orange gelee (custard was sooo creamy...almond actually helped bring out the vanilla...imagine your favorite creme brulee, then imagine it even better!)
                                                      Palate - Pig ears/pork belly sandwich (I wish Glendale were closer to where I live! They are geniuses at pork and sandwiches. At the L.A. times event, they had a sardine sandwich that may have been the best sandwich I've ever had.)
                                                      Mozza - Burrata with pesto and roasted cherry tomato (they served something extremely similar at the 1st gold standard 2 years ago, and it was simple yet great then too)
                                                      Foundry-grilled cheese sandwich
                                                      Chichen Itza -cochinita pibil (husband says that the ceviche was also excellent, but I didn't try it). We are such fans of Mo Chica in the same food court that we never go to Chicken Itza. Their food was good enough to cure us of this inclination.
                                                      Bludso's-pulled pork-glad I finally got the chance to try it. It was very good, but I prefer Big Mista's (can't really say one is better than the other, there are stylistic differences and I prefer the style of Big Mista's)
                                                      Jar-pork buns
                                                      Cut-short ribs (not innovative, but very tender and tasty)
                                                      AOC-pork rillete (pork itself was really good, everything else on the plate was meh)

                                                      Lowlights included:
                                                      Street-Vietnamese crepes (just didn't like the flavors--took one bite then threw it away)
                                                      Gorbals-their ad in the program was all about how great they are with pork...and then they served chicken gizzards...and didn't manage to get them out until maybe 2 hours late?...husband took a bite and said they weren't great-I didn't even bother to taste because by that time I was so full and didn't want to waste precious stomach space on mediocre food.

                                                      5 Replies
                                                      1. re: Nicole

                                                        Yeah... that Banh Xeo pretty much confirmed everything I heard about street... my Co-worker got one that was was PURE fish sauce on first bite...

                                                        1. re: Dommy

                                                          the fish sauce was the best part of my half bite.

                                                        2. re: Nicole

                                                          had to chuckle seeing Susan Feninger use the iron to heat up the banh xeo, will have to give her creativity points for sure. Agree with many that Bistro LQ's hare and duck neck terrine and Providence's scallop tartar on nastertium leaf were two of the best.

                                                          More photos after the jump http://ravenouscouple.blogspot.com/20...

                                                          Here's a photo of said iron

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                                                          Bistro LQ
                                                          8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                           
                                                          1. re: hppzz

                                                            she probably saw Dale do it on top chef

                                                            =D

                                                            1. re: hppzz

                                                              I thought that the use of nastertium leaf was really creative, it was very amusing because we grown them in our yard and I see them all over L.A. Indeed, we chatted with Michael Cimarusti and he said that they just foraged the leaves from wild growing plants. :)