Remember that brand new month-long food festival that took LA by storm in May 2017? Well, the LA Food Bowl is back in 2018 and better than ever! The 2018 LA Times Food Bowl was officially announced last week at Otium. The 2018 edition will feature hundreds of events all over Los Angeles with a mix of local favorites and world-renowned chefs during 31 days of events celebrating L.A.’s amazing food and drink scene.
The festival will also continue to raise awareness and funds for food-related causes, such as fighting food waste, hunger, food insecurity and promote sustainability and waste reduction through charity partners and participating events.The lineup of dining events, panel discussions, chef collaborations, volunteer projects, and other food and drink-inspired happenings will be announced on March 31 at lafoodbowl.com.
Can’t wait that long to find out what’s going on? No worries, here’s a sneak peek:
- Things in a Bowl: the official launch party taking place at Rossoblu will feature an allstar lineup of L.A. chefs creating “Things in a bowl” and the announcements of Restaurant of the Year and the Gold Award. Last year’s Restaurant of the Year award went to Locol (Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson) and the Gold Award was presented to Wolfgang Puck. This event will be open to the public for the first time — yes, that means YOU can come too!
- Changing the World Through the Power of Food: a conversation and more with José Andrés (The Bazaar by José Andrés), and special guests supporting L.A. Kitchen. Chef Andrés has been on the ground assisting disaster relief efforts, feeding the workers and victims of the recent California wildfires and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
- Night Market: a bustling street market featuring 50 food vendors, outdoor dining areas and entertainment in Grand Park, May 16-20. Over 45,000 attended last year’s Night Market events and it was super fun!
- A Tribute to the late Chef Tui Sungkamee (Jitlada): a night celebrating the life of the much loved and respected chef with Jazz Singsanong (Jitlada). On a personal note, Jitlada was one of the first places I visited when I started food blogging, so it will always have a special place in my heart/stomach.
- Outstanding in the Field: a series of long-table feasts in spectacular locations. Sustainable seafood on an iconic pier, Grand Park in downtown L.A., Malibu and a dinner in the desert with Virgilio Martinez (Peru), Weiser Family Farms, and Jim Denevan.
- Satoyama Exhibition in association with Japan House Los Angeles: Japanese chef Yoshihiro Narisawa (Narisawa in Tokyo is the Number 18 Restaurant in the World’s 50 Best list) is internationally known for his dedication to sustainability and representing the natural environment in his dishes by using indigenous Japanese ingredients. A conversation with Diana Kennedy (UK / Mexico), the godmother of Mexican cuisine: a panel discussion about Kennedy’s career and a sneak peek at the documentary currently in production, “Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy.” Chef Ben Shewry (NZ / Australia) from acclaimed Melbourne restaurant, Attica (Number 32 Restaurant in the World’s 50 Best list) will collaborate on a series of unique events with Everson Royce Bar and Hollyhock House.
- Science and food: a discussion about food in space at UCLA.
- Charity Bake Sale: a showcase of L.A.’s leading pastry chefs and the return of Beast Feast and Fried Chicken Party.
- New Kids on the Block Party featuring L.A.’s rising chefs and mixologists.
- Chef Showcase: a one-day event featuring leading chefs. Moderated panels, demonstrations, tastings, and more.
- A Sichuan Summit: acclaimed food writer Fuchsia Dunlop (Sichuan Cookery) and Chinese Chef Yu Bo will be featured, along with L.A.’s favorite Sichuan restaurants and special guests.
- Food Tours of L.A.’s tastiest neighborhoods.
- L.A. Cocktail Week: bartenders from across the city will be invited to create a cocktail that represents Los Angeles. The L.A.-inspired cocktails will be featured throughout the week.
- Gold Film Festival: a mini film festival curated by Jonathan Gold with screenings hosted in various neighborhoods around the city.
Photos by Jennifer Johnson