Between pigging out on expertly prepared bites at the LA Food and Wine Fest last weekend, gearing up for LA Times’ insane culinary talent for their upcoming The Taste festival, and overindulging at Septemberfest, this summer is quickly becoming a foodie’s paradise.

This Labor Day weekend, we are especially thrilled to be clinking our plastic stemware with the LA Times for The Taste festival at Paramount Pictures Studios. The three-day food festival is jam packed with some of the food industry’s biggest names. From our local faves like Ari Taymor of Alma (peep his feature in our newest issue), Craig Thornton of Wolvesmouth, and Josef Centeno of Bäco Mercat, to mixologists extraordinaire like Julian Cox, Brandyn Tepper, and Serena Herrick, this food fête is hitting all our deepest hunger pangs.

The weekend feast kicks off Friday evening where hosts, co-hosts, guests, and fancy food-lovers (oh-and us) will be mingling, rubbing shoulders, and tasting some of the finest food offerings in the city. On Saturday, August 31, food editor Russ Parsons and Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Connie & Ted’s) will highlight local and seasonal fare with Field to Fork from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. That night, Jonathan Gold and Sang Yoon (Father’s Office, Lukshon) will bring a foods representative of L.A.’s cultural diversity with Flavors of L.A. at 7:30 to 11:30 PM.


Test Kitchen editor Noelle Carter and Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza; Pizzeria Mozza) will host a barbecue-focused Labor Day Block Party welcome to Angelenos of all ages on Sunday, September 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival wraps up with Cocktail Confidential later on in the evening from 7:30 to 11:30 PM, hosted by deputy food editor Betty Hallock, food and nightlife writer Jessica Gelt and cocktail guru Matthew Biancaniello.

Tickets for the weekend-long grub fest may be a bit steep for some, but fear not young epicureans! LA CANVAS has got your back. We’re giving away a fabulous pair of tickets for The Taste’s Cocktail Confidential on Sunday, September 1st from 7:30-11:30 PM. Head to our Instagram and Facebook to find out how you can win.

So raise a glass and toast to a divine culinary experience. And let’s just hope Kat Odell and those damn Bravo cameras keep their paws off of our amuse-bouche.


Wintersalt Festival Giveaway

This dreary weather got you itching to get your dance on? Wintersalt Festival, presented by EYEHEARTSF, is going down NYE weekend, December 28th and 29th. Performances by the likes of Diplo, DJ Shadow, Dillon Francis and more, will be intrinsically altering minds at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion.

Lucky for you, we have two extra one-day passes for Saturday, which Diplo will be headlining. But, we aren’t just going to give these away. You are going to have to WORK for it. Get on your Instagram and post your best concert shot ever with the hashtag “#wintersaltLAC”. By the 11th of December, we will pick ONE winner. You and whomever you deem a worthy human being will be headed to Wintersalt! Get ready to “Express Yourself” and “Pick your Poison” because you may be going to Wintersalt…See what we did there.