August 28 - September 3
The TasteThe Taste returns to the Paramount lot this weekend with an impressive list of star chef-studded events: Thomas Keller will dish on 20 years of The French Laundry, Michael Cimarusti will throw down in a sardine cook-off, Nancy Silverton will cook a Field to Fork meal and more. Sample dozens of bites in between wine tastings, cocktail and cooking demos, and chef Q&A's.
8/29 to 8/31, various times, Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave. $100 to $150 per event; $299 weekend pass
OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK
Enjoy a Family Meal with Ludo
Join Chef Ludo for a family style lunch for an unforgettable experience. From his winning teams on The Taste, to the slew of accolades he's accumulated for Trois Mec, Chef Ludo Lefebvre is one of the most awarded chefs of our time. Don't miss your chance to get LA's hottest culinary ticket, only with your MasterCard®. Book now!
The Nice Guy
West Hollywood's The Nice Guy packs a triple threat to L.A. nightlife with food, drink and live music. The h.wood Group's first restaurant is a play on a classic red sauce joint with upscale cocktails, a proper chef's table and an old-school menu of chopped salad ($14), chicken "parm" wings ($15) and the decadent Nice Guy Burger with maple-glazed bacon and house-made American cheese ($18). The Nice Guy, 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., 310-360-9500
In honor of California wine month in September, we're sipping local. What to drink? Matthew Kaner of Bar Covell likes Tablas Creek's 2013 Patelin de Tablas Rosé, while Caroline Styne (AOC) opts for Idlewild 2013 Arneis: "aromatics of delicate white flowers and a palate loaded with racy citrus and mineral driver acidity." To take home, Jill Bernheimer at Domaine LA likes Matthiasson's 2012 white wine ($30). The Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Ribolla, Semillon and Tocai Friulano blend is "a summer-into-fall-white with great minerality and palette weight."
Two new happy hours we can't wait to hit: Bacaro LA is now offering $14 sangria pitchers on weekdays (Monday to Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m.), as well as half-priced house wines by the glass on Mondays. We're also going belly up to the recently-opened Bacari Playa del Rey wine bar for a 90-minute open bar deal: $20 for all the red, white, champagne, craft beer and sangria.