The biggest celebrities in Hollywood these days might surprise you. Nope, not Anne Hathaway or Johnny Depp; it's the all-star lineup of celeb chefs appearing at the epic LA Times and Food and Wine's "The Taste" festival taking place over Labor Day weekend.
Spread over four days, "The Taste" runs September 2-5 and celebrates the epicurean explorations of restaurants, world-class chefs and the very best in food and wine. With events happening at locations between Rodeo Drive, The Studios at Paramount and throughout Downtown L.A., event-goers can sample from 40 of Los Angeles' best restaurants and wineries, breweries and distilleries, as well as catch classes and presentations from their favorite chefs du jour.
Angelino organic-loving foodies might want to check out the Secrets from the Kitchen & Cellar event on Saturday September 3rd in Beverly Hills. Chef Aarti Sequeira, who won season six of The Next Food Network Star, will be one of many celeb chefs on site. Sequeira combines her food knowledge, love for cooking and enthusiasm as seen in her daytime cooking series Aarti Party, and takes an approachable and delectable Indian cuisine spin on all-American classics.
Also noteworthy is season five winner of The Next Food Network Star, Melissa d’Arabian, who landed the ultimate foodie dream job: her own Food Network show. Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian shares tasty, healthy and easy recipes and sticks to her $10 promise: Four people, ten bucks, infinite possibilities. Melissa will be appearing at the Picnic in the Hills Labor Day celebration on Monday, September 5th also in Beverly Hills. This is definitely one for the kids, too, with homemade veggie chips and cupcakes courtesy of Sprinkles.
For those of you who like beats with your beets, KCRW DJ Jason Bentley will be spinning on Friday night at the Art of Mixing, which will feature food from more than 30 area restaurants, drinks and live musical performances at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood.
And for the true L.A. foodie experience, you don't want to miss Street Eats on Sunday, September 4th, featuring gourmet food trucks representing the diverse culture of L.A. street cuisine at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood. Then, head Downtown on Sunday night for Food Noir, where film and foodie buffs can sample classic 'noir' inspired eats and catch classic film reels, Warner Bros. cartoons and more at the Orpheum Theater.
Check out complete festival details here.
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image: LA Times Food and Wine's The Taste