It’s been a long couple of years since the Los Angeles Times‘ delectable, food festival, the LA Food Bowl, made its way to the City of Angels. The extraordinary, month-long event had been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but foodies can rejoice as the renowned Los Angeles Times has announced that the Food Bowl is indeed back and will certainly be better than ever as it celebrates its milestone five year anniversary. Taking place the entire month of September, the outstanding festival will feature over 30 pop-up dining events across Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is known for its diverse food scene, so what better place than LA to host the Food Bowl and recognize the robust culture and expansive flavors found within the foods this city offers. Presented by City National Bank, the LA Food Bowl will bring together local eateries along with world-renowned culinary talent and feature panel discussions, chef collaborations, and tons more excitement for 30 days of food-filled merriment.
This year is an extra special one for the event. It’s the first time the Los Angeles Times is hosting the LA Food Bowl since the pandemic and it marks five years of the magic this event brings to Los Angelenos. Restaurants and those working in the food industry were greatly impacted by the pandemic. With the return of the LA Food Bowl, it’s amazing to see the city come together after a very tough couple of years and recognize the resilience of those in the food industry and honor their phenomenal work.
One of the many thrilling moments throughout the LA Food Bowl is the recognition of the Los Angeles Times‘ Restaurant of the Year Award and Gold Award honorees. This year, the Times will be honoring Anajak Thai with the prestigious Restaurant of the Year Award and Meals by Genet will be presented with the coveted Gold Award.
New and old LA Food Bowl fans alike can look forward to the return of the Food Bowl’s highly-acclaimed Night Market tasting events. Night Market is known to be a highlight during the Food Bowl. The Night Market events will be taking place on Sept. 23, 24, and 25 at Paramount Pictures Studios’ backlot.
Let’s take a look at some of the mouth-watering events that foodies can get excited over during the LA Food Bowl. (source: press release)
- Food Bowl Opening Night at Grandmasters Recorders, Sept. 1
The festival will launch with an opening night party featuring guest chefs, food and drinks, live DJs and the presentation of The Times’ 2022 Restaurant of the Year and Gold Award. Tickets are available now.
- Restaurant of the Year Dining Series with Anajak Thai, Sept. 2 & 3
Food Bowl will present two dining events in celebration of the Restaurant of the Year, Anajak Thai, chosen by Times Restaurant Critic, Bill Addison. Chef Justin Pichetrungsi will serve up one-of-a-kind omakase dinners featuring 8-10 specially selected courses for 20 guests at a time. Tickets for both sessions are available now.
- Gold Award Dinners with Meals by Genet, Sept. 9 & 10
In honor of this year’s Gold Award honoree, Meals by Genet, selected by Times Food General Manager Laurie Ochoa, Food Bowl will present two multi-course dinner sessions. Semi-retired chef, Genet Agonafer will open her restaurant’s doors in Little Ethiopia once again to host all-inclusive family style dinners featuring the menu’s finest dishes. Each dinner will include a selection of appetizers, mains, beer, wine and dessert. Tickets for both sessions are available now.
- Night Market at Paramount Pictures Studios, Sept. 23, 24 & 25
Food Bowl’s Night Market will take over the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot for a three-day outdoor food and drink festival, featuring tastings from more than 40 restaurants per session, libations, live cooking demonstrations, DJs and more. The all-inclusive ticketed events are “Smoked Soirée,” which will spotlight a themed street featuring BBQ and burger specialties from restaurants including Moo’s Craft BBQ, Heavy Handed Burgers and San Juan Capistrano’s Heritage Barbecue; “Saturday Night Flavor,” will highlight some of the city’s best international cuisine from Lunasia Dim Sum House, Tacos 1986 and Flavors from Afar among others; and “Backlot Brunch” with bites from L.A. classics and budding icons like Jitlada, Ditroit, The Brothers Sushi and more. Tickets for all sessions are available now.
BBQ, burgers, and sushi, oh my – only at the LA Food Bowl can you find all of your greatest food cravings all together in one space. Aside from all of the phenomenal, food-inspired events and festivities, another thing that makes the LA Food Bowl so remarkable is its commitment to combating food insecurity in Los Angeles. According to the press release, “Food Bowl supports The L.A. Times Community Fund, where you can give back to nonprofits working in the community addressing hunger and food insecurity. Donations to the L.A. Times Community Fund’s Food Insecurity project enable Food Bowl to make substantial contributions to non-profit organizations like Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Project Angel Food, World Central Kitchen, No Us Without You, and more.” So, not only will you be able to have the time of your life eating all of the scrumptious food you’ve been yearning for, but you’ll also be able to know that this stellar event makes many great efforts to give back as well.
The best news we could possibly hear is the return of the Los Angeles Times‘ brilliant LA Food Bowl, and needless to say, September couldn’t come any sooner! Stay tuned here at AlexisJoyVIPAccess.com for more updates regarding the terrific food fest. For more information, visit lafoodbowl.com and follow @LAFoodBowl on Instagram and Twitter.