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

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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...

                    --Dommy!

                    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. :)

                        --Dommy!

                        1. re: Dommy

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

            2. re: bg90027

              Thanks for the tip, buying 4!

            3. 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! :)

              --Dommy!

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

                1. Cars, booze, and food is this Sunday. Too bad the early bird offered has expired.

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                  1. re: TonyC

                    <jesse spano>

                    i'm so excited...

                  2. Unfortunately, I'm not going this year. I sat on the fence too long on the early bird tickets and they sold out before I was ready to commit. I kept expecting them to add a lot of restaurants and they really didn't add that many. The list doesn't look nearly as good as past years and I'm just not interested at full price. I'm curious to hear about what some of the new places -- Allumette, Littlefork and Bizarra Capital -- bring though.

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                    1. re: bg90027

                      yeah but for $37 it was and is still a no brainer!

                      1. re: ns1

                        It's worth $37 for sure. I just wasn't willing to commit to staying in town that weekend two months out.

                        Lucques' cassoulet night is the same day again this year. I'm going to that instead. I was bummed to have to miss out on that last year.

                        1. re: ns1

                          Especially because it's a chance to tell Besha, in her face, how everyone feels about her writing: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8915...

                          That's gotta be worth $7 out of $37? 4 martinis later and everyone's in the black. The food is just to stave off the hangover.

                          1. re: TonyC

                            Thanks Tony, now I've got this image of drunks poking someone they believe to be Besha in the chest while pontificating about her writing.

                            Makes me want to stay close at hand just to see what happens...

                      2. well, it was definitely worth the $37, although not nearly as strong as years past.

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                        1. re: ns1

                          some pretty strong dishes.

                          thought lukshon's scallops were good
                          little dom's bbq oysters and arancini
                          border grill's baby back rib tacos
                          storefront's chicken liver pate
                          fred 62's mac and cheese w/ pork belly.

                          well worth $37 and not even half as crowded as years past which made it much more enjoyable.

                          1. re: cdub

                            highlights for me were

                            - picca's artichoke heart (i got 5 servings for myself...). Quinoa salad was also great.
                            - horchata by ???
                            - lukshon's scallops
                            - copius amounts of free VOSS
                            - chichen itza's taco
                            - whitefish ceviche by ???
                            - aleego's spicy pork
                            - pazzo gelato
                            - chego's fries were pretty decent
                            - oinkster's patty was pretty decent

                            lowlights
                            - tsujita ran out by 2 or something. What the hell did they even serve?
                            - missed the ball on coffee this year...
                            - no memorable desserts at all. nickle diner closest with their maple bacon donut hole
                            - alumette WTF was that thing you were serving? seriously.
                            - Eva's sous vide egg. This is what you decide to serve at plate? Really?
                            - everyone was pretty much packing up by 4
                            - did not find a frame's peel and eat shrimp presentation well thought out

                            1. re: ns1

                              horchata by Guelaguetza.
                              allumette was citrus curd w/ grapefruit gelee + poppy seed.
                              VOSS... panty ripper.

                              highlight: wines. lots and lots of natural wines thanks to "curation" by Buzz.

                              1. re: ns1

                                whitefish ceviche by La Casita Mexicana

                                Lukshon's scallops and Pazzo Gelato was stupid good.

                                Eva's sous vide egg was just stupid... my paper plate was all limp from the watery egg

                                1. re: omieurhomie

                                  That ceviche knocked my socks off. So simple and bright. Saw the brothers in the museum gift shop and told them that. They were very gracious and all smiles. Cannot wait to have more! Tom Brenin's oysters and pretzels were delicious too. Lukshon's scallops were great - I think I had 3 of them! Agree about the chicken liver - had 2. Very good. Little Dom's donuts (they called them something else, but I cannot remember what) were so light - I was so not expecting that. Did not try their Arancini. Eva's sous vide egg - I was not sure if it was what I thought it was when I walked up. However, it was delicious. I have never had an egg prepared like that before but I plan to visit them for Sunday brunch so I can have it again! Guelaguetza's horchata was great. Who was it that had that guy with the green frog(?) head on? They served beef with shrimp crackers and pickled veggies. I thought that was very, very good. Overall, I think my favorite was Lukshon. Definitely worth it. ;-)

                                  1. re: WildSwede

                                    "Who was it that had that guy with the green frog(?) head on?"

                                    I can tell you're old. It was a deadmau5 mask and it was thi tran from starry kitchen.

                                    5* for SK's dish too, very classic. Forgot to mention it in my mini review. Did they have fried tofu balls this year? missed it again if so...

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      Thanks - yup, definitely old! LOL! Did not see any tofu balls.

                                  2. re: omieurhomie

                                    I think the paper plates were just a bad event decision overall. My Jitalda and Mayura servings bled through in no time. And several other dishes I almost dropped just from picking it up from the table, the damn things were so flimsy.

                                  3. re: ns1

                                    The sparser crowds were nice. But even with the sparser crowds, something like 3/4s of the food vendors packed up between 3:30 and 3:45. The event is advertised as lasting until 5. Seems like some effort should be made to ensure it actually lasts as long as claimed when tickets are sold.

                                    1. re: Capybara

                                      Yup, at 4 you were pretty much left with gelato and oinkster burgers, with some sub-par quinoa salad on the side.

                                      lots of short lines for wine at that time to ease the pain.

                                2. re: ns1

                                  Agree that it wasn't nearly as strong as past years. If I had paid full reg price of $85 or even the VIP price like I did the last two years, I would have been severely pissed.

                                  Although I liked several dishes, such as the scallops, ceviche, the pork belly on a rice cracker and the Oleego's spicy pork. Little Dom's oysters are a hit every year and the arancini was excellent.

                                  The chicken liver was good but the bread could have been better. I didn't think it showcased the liver off as well as it could have.

                                  Overall, there really wasn't as many fantastic dishes like there were in years past and a higher number of flat out duds. And considering there was a lot less stalls, that meant overall there just wasn't a lot of good stuff.

                                  It just had a weird vibe. I really felt like a lot of the places were just phoning it in. Where as in years past a lot of them seemed like they were trying to impress and show off.

                                  They were also selling tickets at the door which I don't recall happening years past. Not to mention some really oddball sponsors. I think not having Gold's name attached to this really hurt the event in attendance and quality of offerings.

                                  Oh, I see no one mentioned Fluff Ice yet. I really liked the texture of their ice and the coffee flavor was bright and intense. I could easily eat several of those.

                                  But I really doubt I'd attend again next year even at the discounted price. At full price, I definitely wouldn't do it.

                                  1. re: Jase

                                    I'd pay $37 again. If I paid $95 for VIP I'd probably feel ripped off, unless I drank myself into oblivion

                                    fluff ice did nothing for me, but maybe it was cuz they used such a tiny sample container.

                                    1. re: Jase

                                      Fluff Ice was interesting... kinda like dry ice cream. I found their Monrovia location last night, but didn't go in. It is in the same shopping center as the Baja Ranch market on Huntington.
                                      I think I would pay $37 again. I had a nice time walking through the museum afterwards.