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Donut Summit! Who's going?

kauma Jul 28, 2011 08:09 PM


  1. Kris P Pata Jul 22, 2012 11:43 PM

    Is there a 2012 version? Where/When? Anybody ...

    1. k
      kauma Aug 2, 2011 09:50 AM

      Thank you, everyone! I wasn't able to attend, so I'm most grateful for the feedback from those who did.

      Maybe next year for me!

      1. Normal Garciaparra Jul 31, 2011 08:50 PM

        This event was pretty cool, well-organized and real fun! I think they had like almost 50 donut shops represented. Some unique ones like the applesauce donuts from Angel Food Donuts in Long Beach. So what if the donut shops didn't donate any, we all supported our local businesses, right?

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        1. re: Normal Garciaparra
          Kris P Pata Aug 1, 2011 03:11 AM

          Just completed a few rounds alternating between heavy and speed bags and before that, a few hours flat water kayaking from Lido Isle to Back Bay and back, all in effort to fuel burn from all the doughnuts I ingested at yesterday's Donut Summit and now, I'm too wired to sleep. I concur with my homie, Nornal: I was amazed by the variety of sweet dough treats which, like the folks who brought them, represented our fair city's multitude of neighborhoods. A dozen each of the aforementioned applesauce doughnuts from the LBC's Angel Food Donuts and a mixed selection from Beach City Baked in Redondo represented my debut contribution and even though neither placed in the respective Best of Show awards (Damn, my tardiness!), I was gratified nonetheless that my fellow doughnut lovers were introduced to two of my favorite doughnut shops.

          I was pleased to see old faves from Stan's, California, The Donut Man and Philippe's represented and, far from a vegan, pleasantly surprised by the depth of flavor from the various vegan entries. The event was relaxed, welcoming, free of pretense, off-putting know-it-all airs and cliquishness. It was also free of water by the time I got there. (Note to self: Bring water -- and extra carb blocker and chromium picolinate next time.)

          I quite enjoyed the afternoon: Good idea, good people, good vibe and good (for the most part) doughnuts. Props to the organizers. I'm already looking forward to next year and what I truly hope will be a growing, annual LA tradition.

          1. re: Kris P Pata
            Servorg Aug 1, 2011 05:39 AM

            "...and what I truly hope will be a growing, annual LA tradition."

            Don't worry growing LA as a result of this tradition. As I like to say about Primo's "50+ Years of Helping Angeleno's Attain the Shape of Doughnuts" ;-D>

            1. re: Kris P Pata
              coffeebrownies Aug 1, 2011 09:11 AM

              And what were the winners? I have to admit that yesterday I was enjoying a hot raised glazed from Bob's and thinking it couldn't get much better than that.....

              1. re: coffeebrownies
                Normal Garciaparra Aug 1, 2011 03:28 PM

                The winners are listed on the blogging.la website.

                1. re: Normal Garciaparra
                  Kris P Pata Aug 1, 2011 03:33 PM

                  Not to mention a very cool time lapse video of the afternoon.

                  1. re: Normal Garciaparra
                    Foodandwine Aug 1, 2011 05:32 PM

                    I had a wonderful time there yesterday ( dont know why my prior were taken down.. ) Very well thought out, fun games ( doughnut pong etc ) awards and I think the total was 56 entrys. Funny about 50% of all the doughnuts looked the same. It was the other 50% that were great. The ones I brought were pale in comparison. One guy had it right.. He brought a glass bottle of milk!! Great people and they really planned it and you can see their involvement. Really they worked hard for nothing in return, except a Thank you.. Kudos..

                    1. re: Foodandwine
                      TonyC Aug 2, 2011 10:56 AM

                      Looks like F&W really got the point, which is: it's a FREE community driven event. No corporate sponsorship (save for coffee sponsor, which is unrelated to contested products), no PR firm, no profit, just good people.

                      And despite despising donuts, I gotta say: good on you, the bloggin.LA crew.

                      Next year, maybe they can get Broguiere's milk to sponsor the drinks?!

                      1. re: TonyC
                        lucindamichele Aug 2, 2011 12:19 PM

                        "Next year, maybe they can get Broguiere's milk to sponsor the drinks?!"


                        I will look into that. :)

                2. re: Kris P Pata
                  Jase Aug 1, 2011 10:08 AM

                  Thanks for the report. Good to hear that it was fun event.

                  1. re: Kris P Pata
                    lucindamichele Aug 2, 2011 12:21 PM

                    Kris, it was great to meet you. :)

                    1. re: lucindamichele
                      Kris P Pata Aug 2, 2011 01:43 PM

                      Likewise! Kudos again for the fab job and ... thanks.

                  2. re: Normal Garciaparra
                    Windy Aug 1, 2011 09:06 AM

                    Looks great. And reviews should not be based on donated food.

                    There's a reason food critics do not accept free meals. It compromises the coverage (or blackmails small businesses).

                  3. Kris P Pata Jul 29, 2011 02:56 PM

                    Doughnut Ho that I am, I was gutted at missing the inaugural Summit and vowed to make it to the return. But, I have to say, the outreach and vibe for this weekend seems to be underwhelming. Any 'Hounders who attended last year planning to go this year? What's the scoop? Cheers.

                    1. k
                      kauma Jul 29, 2011 01:03 PM

                      You're both so right, MiLA and SGirlie...I simply wanted to find out who amongst us would be going. One might assume, from the lack of responses, that it's no one!

                      1. Mattapoisett in LA Jul 28, 2011 09:15 PM

                        I think there might be a sign of how organized the event will be when the first place on the list of places people should bring donuts to the summit from is both spelled wrong and has been closed for a couple of years.

                        I think it might be a ploy to get people to bring the organizer donuts. ;-)

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                        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                          kauma Jul 28, 2011 09:26 PM

                          Well done, MiLA! You're the first Chowsleuth to have noticed one of the (many) errors!!!

                          But, no doubt, you also noticed the apparent disclaimer: "Here’s a brief list of some of the places we hope to see represented"

                          Hope springs eternal, no? Just as donuts always rise...

                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                            sushigirlie Jul 28, 2011 09:34 PM

                            Seems pretty telling that they couldn't get the donut shops to donate donuts.

                            1. re: sushigirlie
                              Mattapoisett in LA Jul 28, 2011 09:43 PM

                              I am guessing this person is NOT Jonathan Gold.

                              1. re: sushigirlie
                                mrhooks Jul 29, 2011 09:36 PM

                                I know some of the people holding this. It isn't really a formal event per se, they're not charging admission or anything, so there's no reason to think they even should have tried to get donuts donated to the cause. It's just a group of bloggers having fun and inviting their readers (and anyone else who might be interested) to share donuts and vote on which they like - I don't think they're trying to make it anything more than that. And the more people who attend, hopefully the more shops will be represented.

                                That said, once again it has been scheduled when I can't make it.

                                1. re: mrhooks
                                  lucindamichele Aug 1, 2011 11:25 AM

                                  Dude! I've been wondering where you got off to! I miss you! :)

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