“I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K.” Shandi Pierce has a lot going on in her busy life. She's a single mom who is raising her brilliant son, Nathan, and finishing college. She's also tasked with trying to mediate the constant fighting between her divorced parents. So when Shandi finds herself in the middle of a convenience store robbery, she already has enough to deal with. But then William Ashe steps in, shielding Shandi and her child from the armed robber, and she falls in love. William Ashe has his own issues; as he was confronted at gun point, he believed it to be his destiny. William is a talented geneticist who believes in science and numbers, but to him, destiny is about choice. Now, William and Shandi will navigate their destinies, making important choices that will change the course of their lives.
214 S Main St., Historic Downtown Los Angeles, 90012
6:30pm to 2:00pm
From September 12 through October 25, 2014, the program will stop in ten cities over five weekends, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a line-up of local chefs, followed by a one-night-only, collaborative four-course dinner crafted by a Taste America All-Star and a local celebrity chef.
A weekend-long tour, Los Angeles’ Taste America itinerary will kick off on Friday, October 10 at Vibiana with A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The evening will begin with a reception filled with bites and libations from local chefs, including Walter Manzke, République, Los Angeles and Host Chef Neal Fraser, Redbird, Los Angeles. After which, guests will be seated for an unforgettable dinner. The one-of-a-kind four-course meal will be prepared by Taste America All-Star Aarón Sánchez*, Alegre, NYC and Local Star Nancy Silverton* with Matt Molina* and Dahlia Narvaez of Mozza Restaurant Group, Los Angeles.
On Saturday, October 11 a series of free, in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table® located at Farmers Market, 6333 West Third Street, #10. Activities of the day will include cooking demos by All-Star Aarón Sánchez, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans; and more. For the full schedule and to RSVP for cooking demos, please visit jbftasteamerica.org/events and select your city.
Oct. 10-11 Los Angeles: All-Star Aarón Sánchez
26455 Rockwell Canyon road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Ready for your 15 minutes of fame? Start that long march to your star on Rockwell Boulevard and join us in celebrating the very night the PAC opened in 2004. Poetry, dance, theatrical monologue, comed...
San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank, 910502
12:00pm to 7:00pm
Sample 60 varieties of craft beer, enjoy special to-go menus from DTNBUR restaurants, and groove to the eclectic sounds of KCRW DJ Gary Calamar at the 2nd annual DTN OktoBURfest, Saturday, October 18 from 12 noon to 7:00 PM. OktoBURfest will be held in a specially constructed Biergarten outdoors on San Fernando Boulevard between Olive Avenue and Angeleno Avenue in Downtown Burbank.
Confirmed breweries include:
Affligem & Weihenstephaner | Angel City Brewery | Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits | Deschutes Brewery | Duval, Achouffe and Ommegang | Eagle Rock Brewery | Eel River Brewing | El Segundo Brewing Company | Enegren Brewing Company | Epic Brewing Company | Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company | Firestone Walker Brewing Company | Great Divide Brewing Company | Lost Coast Brewery | New Belgium Brewing Company | Ohana Brewing Company | Samuel Adams | Schneider Weisse | Sierra Nevada | Smog City Brewing Company | St. Archer Brewery | The Bruery | Uinta Brewing | Victory Brewing Company | more to come
Tickets are $45 for general admission (2:00 to 7:00 PM), and $55 for the VIP reception (12 noon to 2:00 PM). VIP tickets include access to rare and high quality drafts. http://downtownburbankoktoburfest.eventbrite.com
Attendees who book their room at a Burbank hotel via www.visitburbank.com will receive two complimentary OktoBURfest tickets. For participants who choose not to drive, on-demand ridesharing company Lyft is offering a $25 credit for first-time users.
943-951 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
2:00pm to 6:00pm
Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual L.A. Sriracha Festival is taking place on Sunday, October 19, at Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza.
This chef-driven, all-inclusive, 21+ event spotlights the world's most iconic hot sauce at a unique, historical venue. Multiple stations allow guests to enjoy a variety of Sriracha-themed dishes, including desserts, at their own pace. Local craft beer, cocktails, sodas, iced coffee and iced tea help tame the heat while a live DJ set helps create a fun and unforgettable food and drink experience.
Some of L.A.’s best chefs and restaurants participating in this year’s event include:
- BEACHWOOD BBQ Gabe Gordon –Top 10 Orange County Barbecue Restaurant, Gayot
- EAGLE ROCK BREWERY PUBLIC HOUSE Jerry Su – Opening This September, Los Angeles Magazine, 2014
-EASTSIDE MARKET ITALIAN DELI Vito Angiuli –Featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”
-EGGSLUT Alvin Cailan & Johnny Lee –Best Thing We Ate, Zagat, 2013
-THE GADARENE SWINE + SCRATCH BAR Phillip Frankland Lee –Featured on Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight,” Season 1
-GREENSPAN'S GRILLED CHEESE Eric Greenspan –Grilled Cheese named #3 Comfort Food in America, The Food Network
-JITLADA Tui Sungkamee + Jazz Singsanong –Jonathan Gold’s Best Los Angeles Restaurants, Los Angeles Times, 2013
-KOMODO Erwin Tjahyadi –Voted one of the 10 Best Food Trucks in America by GQ Magazine, 2009
-LITTLE JEWEL OF NEW ORLEANS Marcus Christiana-Beniger –14 Things You Need To Eat In LA This Fall, Thrillist, 2014
-MEI LIN Mei Lin –Featured on Bravo Network’s “Top Chef,” Season 12
-MENDOCINO FARMSJudy Han –Best Sandwich Downtown, Maybe Anywhere: Mendocino Farms, Eater LA, 2010
-MUD HEN TAVERN Kajsa Alger –6 New LA Restaurants You Need To Book A Table At Immediately, Thrillist, 2013
-SHOPHOUSE SOUTHEAST ASIAN KITCHEN Nate Appleman – Rising Star Chef Award, James Beard Foundation, 2009
-SQIRL Jessica Koslow –Top 10 Restaurant in Los Angeles, LA Weekly, 2014
-WILLY B's Christian Page –The Best of LA, “7 Local Hot Sauces for Spice Lovers,” Los Angeles Magazine, 2014