Win Tickets to LA Times' Celebration of Food and Wine

LA Times Celebration of Food and Wine


Forget the beach bbqs during Labor Day Weekend, people, you’re going to want to save your appetite for the good stuff: the LA Times‘ first food fest, Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food & Wine, is all day Sunday, September 5, at Paramount Pictures Studio Backlot in Hollywood.

It’s going to be a potpourri of foodie goings-on and I’ve got the exclusive on some of the specifics! (I’ve always wanted to say that.)

  • Pick up secret recipes from the Times’ test kitchen
  • Listen in on a wine chat with Bar Covell‘s Dustin Lancaster and Matthew Kaner
  • Learn a new cocktail recipe or two during the mixology demo by Alie and Georgia, the girls behind those adorable McNuggetini and Bloody Bacon & Cheese cocktail videos
  • Put LA Times food editor Russ Parsons in the hot seat for the Q&A
  • Salivate over the farm-to-table cooking demos featuring Suzanne Goin of AOC/Lucques/Tavern and Mark Peel of Campanile
  • Discover how John Sedlar (Rivera), Jimmy Shaw (Loteria Grill) and Ricardo Zarate (Mo-Chica) reinvented Latin cuisine, via a panel moderated by Russ Parsons

The much talked about Food Network California Lounge will be surrounded by “The Great Food Truck Race‘s” food trucks like Nom Nom Truck, Nana Queens and Crepes Bonaparte. How convenient!

Of course you’ll get to sip and nibble as there will be over 100 food and beverage exhibitors. And after the demos, there will even be a concert featuring indie duo She & Him. Man, what a lovely and exhausting eight hours it’s going to be!

Tickets: General admission tickets ($55 advance, $65 door) give you access to eight tastings, the panel discussions and demos, the Food Network lounge, the concert and the food trucks (you have to pay for the additional food from the trucks). VIP tickets ($125 advance, $135 door) get you all that plus unlimited samplings of the food and drinks and access to the VIP tasting area!

OK, so who wants two free general admission tickets (value: $110) to LA Times Celebration of Food & Wine food festival on Labor Day Weekend? You do, you say?

Well, for your chance at the tickets all you have to do is the following:

  1. Leave a comment below (one entry per person) with your email address and your Twitter handle as well as who’s your favorite chef in all of LA.
  2. Tweet this: ?I?m hungry, @carolineoncrack! Gimme tix to #latfoodwine!
  3. And lastly become a fan of (aka ?Like?) my Facebook page.

**You have to do all of the above for your contest submission to be valid.**

Contest ends next Wednesday the 25th at 3pm PST. I’ll then plug the entries into the Randomizer, pick a winner and notify them the next morning on the 26th. If I don’t hear back from the winner by 10am I’ll pick another name, so make sure to keep an eye on your inboxes! The winner will then be announced at noon that Thursday.

Good luck, all!

EVENT: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 from 12pm to 8pm

Paramount Studios Backlot
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, California 90038 (map)

78 Responses to Win Tickets to LA Times' Celebration of Food and Wine
  1. Aly Rizzo
    August 18, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    I have to say that Ludo Lefebvre is my fav chef right now. I went to Ludobites 5.0 last nite, and I was completely blown away with the menu offerings.


  2. Gina Ruiz
    August 18, 2010 | 2:12 pm

    fave chef in los angeles now would be Eric Greenspan at The Foundry. love that place

  3. Richard Paz
    August 18, 2010 | 2:13 pm

    Who?s your favorite chef in all of LA.
    New and best serve to @chefludo

  4. K. Peterson
    August 18, 2010 | 2:16 pm

    Fav chef of the moment is Susan Feniger. Crave her street and mexican food constantly + they have great happy hours

  5. Becky Olmeda, @beckyoinla and @Moonlitingfoodi
    August 18, 2010 | 2:20 pm

    I lovelovelove Michael Cimarusti and his amazing Providence!!! There isn’t much I wouldn’t do to eat there as many times as possible during my lifetime.

  6. Jenn
    August 18, 2010 | 2:22 pm

    WOOO! Caroline, you have the best give aways! I don’t know how you do it! I’m crossing my fingers for this one! My favorite chef in LA is Thomas Ortega of Ortega120 in Redondo Beach!
    My twitter handle is _jennalee
    and I also “liked” you on FB a while ago!

    Good luck to everyone!!

  7. Kristen
    August 18, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    Ludo is my fave! Love how he pushes boundaries of flavor. @KrisDub

  8. Amber
    August 18, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    amber dot bechtel at gmail dot com
    My favorite chef in alllll of LA is currently Ludo Lefebvre. Is that too cliche?

  9. Justin M.
    August 18, 2010 | 2:32 pm

    Ludo Lefebvre is my fave

    @justin_mandel on twitter

  10. Christina Wong
    August 18, 2010 | 2:34 pm

    Nice giveaway! I want!

    My fave chefs are Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal. Best meal ever!

    christina.s.wong [at]

  11. Meredith
    August 18, 2010 | 2:35 pm

    I’m a fan of Suzanne Goin. She has continued to create amazing wonderful fresh and local dishes at both of her restaurants. It’s always a pleasure to dine at AOC and Lucques.

  12. Ilyssa
    August 18, 2010 | 2:39 pm

    My favorite chef is Ludo Lefebvre. I love his food and I love his Top Chef Masters performance!

  13. Marcela Beatty
    August 18, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    My favorite chef is John Rivera Sedlar from Rivera Restaurant! Yummy!

    My email: marcelabeatty at mac dot com

    twitter @mom2miahaudrey

    Great giveaway!

    tweeted and liked!

  14. Edward Holzer
    August 18, 2010 | 2:55 pm

    Ludo! How original. @edwardholzer

  15. Esi
    August 18, 2010 | 2:59 pm

    Loving Ludo (went to 5.0 last night) for the unique dining experience. @dishingdelights

  16. Julianne Lee
    August 18, 2010 | 3:17 pm

    Right now, my favorite chef is Ricardo Zarate. I’m a big fan of Mo-Chica!

  17. Stacey
    August 18, 2010 | 3:22 pm

    staclg86 at

    Jimmy Shaw!

  18. Dr. David Robinson
    August 18, 2010 | 3:25 pm

    @standupfalldown – my favorite chef in L.A. is Nozawa-san. Sushi chefs count, right?

  19. Justin M.
    August 18, 2010 | 3:43 pm



  20. NicoleMIizuka
    August 18, 2010 | 3:44 pm

    and my favorite chef… still totally jose andres.

  21. Victoria
    August 18, 2010 | 3:44 pm

    kirinofen at gmail dot com

    Chef Ludo!

  22. Geri Calabia
    August 18, 2010 | 3:57 pm

    Email Address:
    Twitter Handle: princessgourmet
    Favorite Chef in L.A.: Marcel Vignion, Bleecker Street (Tarzana)

    Already “Liked” on Facebook.

    Tweeting now…


  23. Maxwell
    August 18, 2010 | 4:16 pm

    Hands down, no questions asked, Susan Feniger is my favorite LA chef.

    The Amarillo Ceviche at BORDER GRILL is unbelievable, and I have dreams about the Lamb Kafta Meatballs and the Tatsutage Fried Chicken at STREET.

    Twitter: iammaxr

  24. Gena Urowsky
    August 18, 2010 | 4:36 pm

    email: gurowsky at gmail .com
    favorite — Nancy Silverton

  25. Peter H
    August 18, 2010 | 4:58 pm

    Let’s switch it up from Ludo for a sec… I’ll go with Katsu, but more for his dishes at Kiwami than the Katsuya goods!


    pshtv @ yahoo dot com

  26. Adriana
    August 18, 2010 | 5:15 pm

    * (Email)
    *@msbibliotecaria (Twitter)
    *Susan Feniger (She actually came out to greet us one time at Ciudad – love her!)
    *Already in ‘like’ on Facebook

  27. Xuan
    August 18, 2010 | 7:55 pm

    My Vietnamese aunt…but I guess that doesn’t really count! So I’ll have to go with the masses and agree that Susan Feniger is great.

  28. Caitlin
    August 18, 2010 | 11:51 pm

    I’m new to LA, which is why I really want to go to this food fest. I am a huge foodie, but I really only know the big New York names. If I had to choose a favorite LA chef, from my limited knowledge, I would probably choose Nancy Silverton, because Osteria Mozza is fantastic. I definitely hope to learn of more and more amazing LA chefs as I settle in here.

  29. Tam Truong
    August 19, 2010 | 8:34 am


    favorite LA chef: Josef Centeno

  30. Daniel Nguyen
    August 19, 2010 | 10:16 am

    I would love to win these tickets! My favorite chef would have to be Chef Cimarusti at Providence.


    I also already ‘like’ your page on Facebook.

  31. Cindy
    August 19, 2010 | 10:21 am

    Great giveaway!

    My twitter handle is @Cindywang10

    I’d have to say Chef Ludo takes the cake! I already like your page on Facebook 🙂

  32. Julissa Gutierrez
    August 19, 2010 | 10:39 am

    I’m so excited for this festival .. my favorite chef in LA would be Michael Voltaggio!



  33. Frank
    August 19, 2010 | 10:45 am

    My Twitter handle is @ardentbiscuit

    My favorite chef in LA is Roy Choi!

  34. Kosha
    August 19, 2010 | 10:53 am

    Favorite chef in LA is Travis Lett. Followed closely by Mark Gold. Love Gjelina and Eva!


  35. evan
    August 19, 2010 | 11:03 am

    jon and vinny @ animal


  36. Vladimir
    August 19, 2010 | 11:37 am

    Chef Daniel Elmaleh is my favorite!


    looking forward to the event!

  37. Gary Ho
    August 19, 2010 | 11:41 am

    I want to attend the event, and see She and Him perform in concert. My favorite “chefs” are Alton Brown, and Kim Garr of C’est La Vegan; and Jill Novatt the culinary producer of many Food Network shows get a big honorary mention. My twitter handle is orinxpress.

  38. Linda
    August 19, 2010 | 11:51 am

    I have to say, my favorite local chef right now is Betty Fraser. The Joe-Mama-Cita is amazing and so is the Tuna Melt at Grub Restaurant. I would love to win tix to this event!


  39. Albert Kim
    August 19, 2010 | 11:52 am

    It would be awesome to get these tickets.

    My email address is

    Twitter handle: @inthebus36

    My favorite chef is Michael Voltaggio

  40. Courtney
    August 19, 2010 | 12:08 pm


    I am pretty in love with Jose Andres right now, so I’ll go with him.

  41. Rachel
    August 19, 2010 | 1:22 pm

    what a fantastic promo! i’ve been dying to go to this LAT event! 🙂

    favorite chef right now: Mark Gold

  42. Laura
    August 19, 2010 | 2:12 pm


    Ricardo Zarate

  43. Sarah
    August 19, 2010 | 2:40 pm

    Chef Zov Karamardian


  44. Amy Cimino
    August 19, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    Email Address:
    Twitter Handle: amycimino
    Favorite Chef in L.A.: Michael Voltaggio

    I tweeted your message AND like you on Facebook

  45. Mike Van Gorkom
    August 19, 2010 | 4:27 pm

    I love Grub Chef Betty Fraser. Fresh and original ideas, great food.


  46. Your Next Bite
    August 19, 2010 | 5:13 pm

    My fave chef: Suzanne Goin. She never disappoints at A.O.C.! Read what I love to eat there at


  47. the Minty
    August 19, 2010 | 5:19 pm

    Too many fave chefs but another vote for Ludo! Ludo Bitches, y’all!


  48. Catty Critic
    August 19, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    Geebus…um, I guess I’m also on the Ludo bandwagon. But Chef Michael Cimarusti is also awesome in my book.


  49. Carmen
    August 19, 2010 | 6:05 pm

    Too many great LA chefs to pick from, but right now I’d also have to say Chef Ludo is up there as my fave!


  50. Mira
    August 20, 2010 | 12:42 pm

    I love Susan Feniger!


  51. Leandro
    August 20, 2010 | 12:58 pm

    Chef Ludo is the first name that comes to mind for my fave LA chef.

    leandro14 at

  52. Matthew
    August 20, 2010 | 1:09 pm

    fav chef is Jose Andres…he’s been making a lot of authentic dishes lately & i can’t stop raving him!

    twitter is TherealmattyMc
    & i like you on FB


  53. Gina
    August 20, 2010 | 1:28 pm
  54. Gabrielle Duong
    August 20, 2010 | 8:28 pm

    My favorite chef in LA right now is Sebastian as RH Restaurant because he made land snails taste like braised beef!! I loved it!! It really opens my mind into trying more out of the norm food items. 🙂

  55. Daniel
    August 21, 2010 | 10:22 am

    Choose me caroline!! i love the website and use it for a reference for many of my adventures in LA. my twitter handle is @iamspanky.

  56. Daniel Sung
    August 21, 2010 | 10:24 am

    oh yeah, my favorite chef, MARIO BATALI!! (well honestly, it’s a close race between my mama and Mario…lol)

  57. Caroline on Crack
    August 23, 2010 | 11:20 am

    Anyone having trouble leaving comments?

  58. Angela
    August 23, 2010 | 11:34 am

    My favorite chef in LA is my husband, but let’s see how these pros compare!;)


  59. Christian
    August 23, 2010 | 2:49 pm

    cupper07 AT hotmail DOT com
    Fav Chef is Roy Choi!

  60. Hannah
    August 23, 2010 | 5:06 pm

    Hands down: Jason Niederkorn at Cafe del Rey in Marina del Rey. His black truffle pizza + seasonal dishes: HEAVEN.


  61. Alessandra
    August 23, 2010 | 5:13 pm

    Well, Jose Andres was one of my favorites when I lived in Spain and still is. I’m also a big fan of Suzanne Goin.

  62. Bonnie Truong
    August 23, 2010 | 5:14 pm

    Twitter @bonnietruong

    fave chef in LA = Sushi Chef JUN at Ueru-ka-mu sushi in Tarzana, CA

  63. hemang
    August 23, 2010 | 5:51 pm

    Twitter @gmangoman I think my favorite chef would have to be michael voltaggio! 🙂 thanks for the opportunity!

  64. Erika
    August 23, 2010 | 5:55 pm

    Chef Ludo is my fav

    historymomma at hotmail dot com

    @history_mama on twitter

  65. Scentoria
    August 23, 2010 | 7:28 pm

    twitter handle: A2RUGEM
    My first experience with wine tasting was in Sonoma and Napa…I truly enjoyed it. I’m sure this event will be so awesome! Would love to go!

    My fav’ chef in La: Govind Armstrong but heard he’s no longer in LA…boooooo 🙁 he’s such a cutie

  66. Meg
    August 23, 2010 | 7:33 pm

    my email:
    favorite chef: jose andres at the bazaar. I love it!

  67. Kate @ Savour Fare
    August 24, 2010 | 11:41 am


    I’ve got to give a shout out to Susan Feniger, if only for the awesome Border Grill Taco Truck (but the chicken and dumplings at Street are also TDF)

  68. Rob Blasko
    August 24, 2010 | 2:40 pm

    I’m gonna go with Chef Ludo as well!

    Twitter @roblahblah
    Email robert at

  69. Bonnie Owens
    August 24, 2010 | 3:18 pm

    I loved Chef Michael Voltaggio at the Dining Room in the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Sadly, he left last month. I am looking forward to seeing how the new chef compares in Oct!

    twitter: decobonnie
    FB: Bonnie Owens

  70. Al[ha Owens
    August 24, 2010 | 4:14 pm

    Kerry Simon @ Sofitel Thanks for the chance!!

    kibou94 at

  71. gourmetpigs
    August 24, 2010 | 5:59 pm

    email: gourmetpigs at gmail dot com
    twitter: @gourmetpigs
    fave chef: Michael Cimarusti 🙂

  72. Stephen London
    August 24, 2010 | 9:07 pm

    Chef Ludo, but it’s a shame he won’t ever deliver while I stay home and catch up on Anthony Bourdain.


  73. Tiffany S.
    August 24, 2010 | 9:57 pm

    Jared Simons, formerly of Violet and now at Bardot. That mac and cheese was killer..

  74. tracee porter
    August 25, 2010 | 9:17 am

    caroline baby pick me you let me down for the food fest in pasadena, here is your chance to redeem yourself…lol! my twitter handle is @ladycabdriver!

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  76. Kosha
    August 25, 2010 | 12:28 pm

    Hey Caroline!

    Left my comment last week, but now I don’t see it here!

    Anyways my fave chef is Travis Lett, followed closely by Mark Gold!

    twitter: @koshashah
    email: kosha21 (@)(gmail)(dot)(com)

  77. Adriana
    August 25, 2010 | 2:46 pm

    My comment seemingly disappeared, so here it is again:

    Susan Feniger is my favorite.

    twitter: @msbibliotecaria
    facebook: I already “like” you. 🙂

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