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