The Taste - 2013. Anyone going?
I just can't decide...
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.