Rule Number 1 of summer booze and gluttony festivals? Pick night events. You’ll be drinking outside, in Los Angeles, during summer time. Granted LA weather has been a bit awkwardly cool for the last 3 weeks, but take no chances. (Pre)-Labour Day weekend is going to roast you alive, especially the white folks. Being drunk and Caucasian is great but being drunk, white, and sunburnt, isn’t.
For LAFW this means: The $6000 Founder’s Dinner is out, leaving Eater sponsored Asian Night Market, or the Lexus Live on Grand. Actually, Lexus Live on Grand is still $250, so the Eater’s Asian Night Market is a pretty easy choice if you’re into the glam of Los Angeles Food and Wine.
For The Taste this means: Opening Night, Flavors of LA, or Cocktail Confidential.
If Rule Number 1 and 2 still don’t whittle the events down to a singular choice, apply the following. Pick the smallest crowd and decide if you want to get drunk, or eat better food.
For The Taste this means: Opening Night is always a clusterF, especially because The Taste’s audience is much wider than LAFW’s. This leave’s Flavors of LA if you read Jonathan Gold, Cocktail Confidential if you prefer to see drunk Orange County-ites stumble around the Paramount lot by 8:30 P.M.
See, that wasn’t so hard! Finally, if you’re deciding between LAFW and The Taste, understand the pricing differs because there is a difference in the event’s organization. LAFW’s more intimate, with shorter lines, more food per person. The Taste is rowdier and more affordable.
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