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Jan 16, 2013 11:12 AM

LA Weekly Plate event (aka Gold Standard) still worth checking out?

Hey guys,

Is LA Weekly's Plate event (aka Gold Standard) still worth checking out even if Jonathan Gold is at LA Times now? Thanks in advanced!


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  1. It will be interesting to hear what peoples responses will be to your question. I would like to know as well. I have never been but am thinking about it. Also, are all tastes included in the ticket price or is it one of those that you have to pay additional for each one? Thanks for posting this!

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    1. re: WildSwede

      all the previous ones have been well worth going to. this list isn't the most impressive that i've seen. if the list ramps up, could still be good.

      last year was a bit bigger than previous years and had some pretty good plates served.

      1. re: WildSwede

        Past events just ticket price and you get all tastes including alcohol. Some stands would make too much and at end of event would be pushing you to take as much as you want. Others like Animal's foie dish would run out about an hour or so before the end.

        1. re: Jase

          Thanks, Jase. That is what I was hoping!

      2. the initial restaurant list is less than impressive.

        1. The list isn't that impressive yet although I'd say that only Fred62 strikes me as a really questionable pick. I think they are targeting having 40 restaurants so I assume that it will get much better.

          Early bird GA tickets are available at half price ($37) through Voice Deals right now. I'm leaning toward picking one up through that and assuming it will in the end be well worth that amount at least.

          In a somewhat related matter, someone asked Jonathan Gold today in his Wednesday chat whether he was planning to hold another Gold Standard event. It sounds like he won't be doing that but that they may hold a separate but related event that he'll curate around the time of the LA Times Taste event.

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          1. re: bg90027

            thanks for the heads up, at $37 bucks it's a no brainer IMHO

            1. re: ns1

              Yeah, I have been eyeballing that $37 thing - that is why I was so interested. I am definitely leaning towards getting one either way. I don't think I can lose. Thanks!

              1. re: WildSwede

                at $37, you can't lose. at event's like this, the vip and 1 hour early admission does make a huge difference. you can try everything before the place gets nuts. however, at $37, it really is a no brainer.

                1. re: cdub

                  yeah I pulled the trigger @ $37. Pretty sure I can drink $37 worth of wine.

                  1. re: ns1

                    Usually they have plenty of beer, a few cocktails & Champagne...


                    1. re: Dommy

                      I have never seen champagne but I probably never looked hard enough. Luckily, I just developed a taste for champagne last year :)

                      1. re: ns1

                        Oh it's been there every year... at least three different varieties... just look for the ice buckets. :)


                        1. re: Dommy

                          thanks for the protip ;) i'm excited now. hahah

            2. Totally! In fact, I perfer this event to the L.A. Times one...

              For the price of admission, you get unlimited choice of food and drink (For the champagne alone... OMG!) Also, the layout is much better (Where as the LA Times, it's so hard to find everything!) and most of the vendors really try to impress and work hard to get the food out. PLUS, it's all housed at a pretty neat museum!

              My recommendation is get there as early as you can and hit the big guys first (Also, ask around as to who had the best bite... just don't be sucked by the first bacon donut you see!). Once you find your favorite... go BACK. Odds are by the time you make it back around them, they might get sold out....

              Just when you are about to turn green... go for a walk around the museum. It'll be a nice breath of fresh air... and takes your mind off food... gets you a little bit more sober....

              Then go back for more (I always like to hit the ice cream places at this point).

              It's SO easy to overdo it... (And MANY MANY DO!) but if you are tactical... talk to the attendees, the wine guys, the chefs (many, many will be there!) it's can be quite enjoyable! :)


              1. Thanks for all the input guys! I'm definitely getting that voice deal haha