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The Taste - 2013. Anyone going?

ns1 Aug 16, 2013 04:39 PM

I just can't decide...


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    carter Aug 20, 2013 08:24 PM

    The roster does not look like anything special, and as others have posted, the sloppyness factor takes over during the evening shifts.
    Yet Alex vs. Wolfgang's $350 gig is lose/lose.
    Stay at home, buy a good bottle of wine, and enjoy the company of choice.
    And use the leftover funds to donate to YOUR charity of choice.

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      ns1 Aug 19, 2013 11:09 AM

      so uh, anyone going? Let's just say I only have $110 available for 2 tickets, so any discussion of $175pp is a moot point.

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        Will Owen Aug 19, 2013 12:24 PM

        Yes - we're going to the two evening ones, as we've done before. Mrs. O is heavily involved with the ad graphics and signage, so we have a sort of proprietary interest, and while the daytime things look fun enough it's just too hot and sticky for this old duffer. The evening events will also have a diminished likelihood of Stroller Encounters …

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          ns1 Aug 19, 2013 12:25 PM

          How's the crowds? Similar to Gold Standard or...?

          Do you feel it's worth the price of admission, or are you going for your obligations?

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            Will Owen Aug 19, 2013 12:40 PM

            Depends on what you mean by "obligations." If you mean would I go if my spouse were not? Probably not. However, I'm hard enough to drag out of the house these days, but "Let's go" and "I'm paying" work every time. Especially if there's food and drink involved.

            I know of few other such events, but I'll say that the crowds for these things are much larger than I really like, but there's usually someplace to find some refuge. That lot has lots of nooks, crannies and odd places to sit if you don't mind smudging your pants a bit, and we usually find some actual chairs along towards the end of things after the crowd thins out.

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              ns1 Aug 19, 2013 12:54 PM

              I mean this obligation, which I now read as more of an vested interest "Mrs. O is heavily involved with the ad graphics and signage, so we have a sort of proprietary interest"

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                Will Owen Aug 20, 2013 04:17 PM

                There was no obligation, but Times workers (both employees and freelancers) get a break on the tickets, I believe - I don't pry into these things, not when I'm buying only the gas.

                @ TonyC - the crowds at night can get rowdy, especially at Cocktail Confidential, but if one is not in an over-served state they're easier to deal with, and at least it's not hot. The long lines help at keeping on more sober, as it pads the intervals between samples, and there's some good nosh to be had as well. The first one, downtown, had a wonderful wild-boar ragu with pasta from Drago Centro that I ate about a quart of …

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              TonyC Aug 19, 2013 12:53 PM

              The crowd is more LAT readers, less Chow posters than, GS. The lot gets pretty messy, and (drunk) people end up sitting randomly on curbs, stoops, etc.

              The lines can be excruciating, but at least some of the events are at night.

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          maudies5 Aug 16, 2013 08:56 PM

          Saving my money for the Alex loves lemonade stand at culver studios, September 28.
          Best food event of the year and you help fund research for childhood cancer.

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          1. re: maudies5
            maudies5 Aug 16, 2013 09:05 PM

            Plow through the main link and you will find a list of all of the chefs coming to CC for this event. They come from all over and are among the greatest names in the culinary world.

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              ns1 Aug 16, 2013 09:16 PM

              I'd love to go but that's just too baller for me right now, esp. Because I can get tix to taste for $56.

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                maudies5 Aug 16, 2013 09:25 PM

                Yes. $175.00 pp is a lot of money. OTOH, it is exciting to meet the best chefs in the U.S. and taste their best dishes. As well, it is an open bar, as well as a great chance to taste some of the best wines represented in the U.S. Last year we had a chance to taste great clam chowder from "Connie and Teds" before they had even opened. I see that that Michael Cimmarusti will be there again. Food tasting events can not possibly be better than this one.

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                  ns1 Aug 16, 2013 09:35 PM

                  Preaching to the choir here.

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                Dirtywextraolives Aug 16, 2013 09:43 PM

                Somehow, I could never see being able to eat/drink that much in food & drink product at any one time event, especially with dealing with lines, parking, heat, seating, etc.

                I'd much rather donate at restaurants when I'm there, which we do already, as it just isn't worth my time & money for four on a one day event, no matter how many world class chefs I would get to meet.

                Now if I were single, without kids, that would probably be a different story.

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                  maudies5 Aug 16, 2013 09:53 PM

                  Go once and you will change your mind. I feel the same way as you. However, this event is very special and comfortable.
                  Here are the chefs who are participating this year. You will also feel good about meeting children whose lives have been changed forever because of the participation and altruism of these hard working chefs, vintners, bartenders, etc.
                  Meet the Chefs

                  Matt Accarrino (San Francisco, CA) - A16, SPQR
                  Chris Bianco (Phoenix, AZ ) - Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco, Bar Bianco, Union Jacks
                  April Bloomfield (New York, NY) - The Breslin, The Spotted Pig, The John Dory Oyster Bar
                  Michael Cimarusti (Los Angeles, CA) - Connie & Ted's, Providence LA
                  Giada De Laurentiis (Los Angeles, CA) Giada at Home, "Cooking with Giada, Everyday Italian
                  Vinny Dotolo (Los Angeles, CA) - Animal, Son of a Gun
                  Susan Feniger (Los Angeles, CA) - Street, Border Grill
                  Neal Fraser (Los Angeles, CA) - The Strand House
                  Suzanne Goin (Los Angeles, CA) - AOC, Lucques, Tavern, The Larder at Maple Drive
                  Hedy Goldsmith (Miami, FL) - Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
                  Gabrielle Hamilton (New York, NY) - Prune
                  Maria Hines (Seattle, WA) - Tilth
                  Brian Huston (Chicago, IL) - Publican
                  Anthony Keene (Los Angeles, CA) - Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood
                  Adam Perry Lang (New York, NY) - Barbecoa, CarneVino, Daisy May's BBQ USA
                  Ludo Lefebvre (Los Angeles, CA) - Trois Mec
                  David Lentz (Los Angeles, CA) - The Hungry Cat
                  Donald Link (New Orleans, LA) - Cochon Butcher, Cochon, Herbsaint
                  Jenn Louis (Portland, OR) - Lincoln, Sunshine Tavern
                  Katrina Markoff (Chicago, IL) - Vosges Haut-Chocolat
                  Mary Sue Milliken (Los Angeles, CA) - Border Grill
                  Matt Molina (Los Angeles, CA) - Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza
                  Zoe Nathan (Los Angeles, CA) - Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry, Sweet Rose Creamery, Milo and Olive
                  Nancy Oakes (San Francisco, CA) Boulevard
                  Zach Pollack (Los Angeles, CA) - Sotto
                  Naomi Pomeroy (Portland, OR) - Beast
                  Steve Samson (Los Angeles, CA) - Sotto
                  Michael Schwartz (Miami, FL) - Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Harry's Pizzeria
                  Jon Shook (Los Angeles, CA) - Animal, Son of a Gun
                  Johnathan Sundstrom (Seattle, WA) - Lark
                  Michael Tusk (San Francisco, CA) - Quince
                  Jonathan Waxman (New York, NY) - Barbuto
                  Rocco Whalen (Cleveland, OH) - Fahrenheit, Rocco's Nachos & Tacos
                  Shiho YoshiKawa (Los Angeles, CA) - Sweet Rose Creamery

                  There has always been adequate seating as well as a great play area for kids, complete with a Pink's Hot Dog truck. This event is FUN! Hope you reconsider.

                  1. re: maudies5
                    Dirtywextraolives Aug 17, 2013 02:51 PM

                    Oh, I don't doubt at all the good things that this charity does.

                    But neither I nor my husband would be able to get over a $700 price tag to eat & drink for four.....even with the playground and Pinks hot dog truck thrown in...... We've still got private school and college to pay for......

                    Now that I think of it...back about 20 years ago, we ate at the French Laundry, and the tab for four was less than that.....

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                      maudies5 Aug 17, 2013 03:04 PM

                      I don't think that kids are charged full price. Worth checking into.

                      1. re: maudies5
                        ns1 Aug 17, 2013 03:21 PM

                        We get it. Alex lemonades Stand is awesome. When I'm a whale hound I'll be going for sure.

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                          maudies5 Aug 17, 2013 03:52 PM

                          They would be happy to accept even a $5.00 donation.

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                          maudies5 Aug 19, 2013 09:59 PM

                          No charge for kids 12 and under. I checked today.

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                        latindancer Aug 17, 2013 04:07 PM

                        The price of the ticket goes toward an incredible cause.
                        It's like any other charity event...nobody necessarily goes for the food or drinks but for the charity in mind. Of course, with this event, everyone wins because the food is tasty and very memorable.
                        In my opinion, the cost isn't really that high considering what this event is, and has been, all about.
                        It's charity.

                        1. re: latindancer
                          maudies5 Aug 17, 2013 04:11 PM

                          Amen, Latin Dancer.

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