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! :)
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.
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.
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
- 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
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. ;-)
"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...
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.
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.