If you're an Angeleno It's clear that the homeless situation is a big problem in our city. It used to be a thing we only saw when we braved the drive near skid row, but everywhere we look now we see tents lined up and set up in places we never imagined possible. Whatever the reason is these people have landed in these situations they need help rebuilding their lives and you can be part of the solution all while chowing down on LA's finest. The Masters of Taste are giving you that opportunity to make a difference in your city. Philanthropy has never tasted this good.
Imagine an after noon on the field of the Rose Bowl Stadium enjoying the finest fare this city has to offer from over 40 Culinary Masters. Walk the beautiful green field while taking pleasure in delectable sweets, sipping on wine from local wineries, beers from local breweries and cheers-ing to cocktails made by LA's best bartenders. There will also be pressed juices, hand roasted coffee, live entertainment and opportunity for great memories to be made and hopefully the start to a yearly tradition for you - making your foodie dreams come true all the while making dreams come true for the homeless of Los Angeles.
The Masters of Taste 2nd Annual Event will be held Sunday, May 7th and 100 % of the Proceeds will directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping the homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Last year, Masters of Taste 2016 raised over $435,000 for Union Station Homeless Services, and this year Masters of Taste hopes to grow that number to $560,000. Get your tickets before it's too late at MastersofTastela.com/tickets
Here's what you can expect to try at this years Master of Taste
INTRO Art Gallery & Chef’s Table
Chef Paul Shoemaker (North Hollywood)
Chef Michael Hung (Koreatown)
Chef Kuniko Yagi (Westwood Village and Eagle Rock)
Bone Kettle and Komodo
Chef Erwin Tjahyadi (Pasadena and Los Angeles)
and all of these other great restaurants too:
Bacchus Kitchen & Eatery and Claude & Co. Chef Claud Beltran (Pasadena)
118 Degrees Chef Jenny Ross (Tarzana)
Alexander’s Steakhouse Chef Matt Bata (Pasadena)
CAST at the Viceroy Santa Monica Chef Larry Monaco (Santa Monica)
Celestino Chef Calogero Drago (Pasadena)
Church & State and Spring Chef Tony Esnault (Downtown Los Angeles)
Crossings Chef Lalo Sanchez (South Pasadena)
HACHÉ LA Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers (Silver Lake)
HokePoke Chef Lauren Haas (Downtown Los Angeles)
Hamasaku Chef Yoya Takahashi (Los Angeles)
Hyperion Public Chef Paddy Aubrey (Silver Lake and Studio City)
Little Beast Chef Jose Perez (Eagle Rock)
Magnolia House Chef Evan Colter (Pasadena)
Mexikosher Chef Katsuji Tanabi (Los Angeles)
Milk & Honey Chef Lulu Cai (Hollywood)
Miro Chef Gavin Mills (Downtown Los Angeles)
Momed Chef Alex Sarkissian (Beverly Hills and Atwater Village)
Nerano Chef Michele Lisi (Beverly Hills)
Prince of Venice
Ramen Tatsunoya (Pasadena)
Redbird Chef Neal Fraser (Downtown Los Angeles)
The Raymond 1886 Chef Tim Guiltinan (Pasadena)
True Food Kitchen Chef Phil Noresetter (Pasadena)
Venice Whaler Chef Nick Liberato (Venice)
A select group of Los Angeles Top Sweet Masters will showcase an assortment of delectable desserts such as the gourmet single-origin chocolate and vanilla ice creams from Choctal, homemade premium sorbets from Helados Pops, the finest globally-procured cacao from Chocolate Stars USA, Icy Rush, Lark Cake Shop, Magpies Softserve, Mignon Chocolate, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sprinkles, Street Churros and The Dirty Cookie.
A specially curated collection of Wine Masters will be showcasing their finest varietals including premium boutique winery Ascension Cellars, Antelope Valley’s Golden Star Vineyards, Jardesca, St. Helena’s Hall Wines, Anderson Valley’s Navarro Vineyards, San Antonio Winery in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Barbara County’s Tercero Wines, Napa Valley’s Trinchero Family Estates and Vinemark Cellars.
Napa Valley’s Trinchero Family Estates
Beverage Masters who specialize in barley and hops will be presenting top-notch ales, lagers, pilsners and more for guests to sample, sip and savor all throughout the event, including Southern California favorites Bootlegger’s Brewery, Indie Brewing Company, Iron triangle Brewing, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Three Weavers Brewing Company and 101 Cider House.
Bars & Spirits
Some of L.A.’s top bartenders and cocktail bars will be creating first-rate craft cocktails, including Peter Lloyd-Jones and 1886 Bar, Garrett McKechnie of Downtown L.A.’s Bar Mattachine and Bar Manager Bethany Ham of the newly opened 1950s inspired hidden cocktail den Birds & Bees. Top brands showcasing their finest spirits will also include American Born Moonshine, Dulce Vida Tequila, Mezcal El Silencio, Glenlevit, Kikori Whiskey, Martell Blue Swift and ZYR Russian Vodka just to name a few.
Birds & Bees
A variety of premium non-alcoholic Beverage Masters will also be on hand for those who wish to hydrate, caffeinate or regenerate, featuring the “bevolutionary” Bai who will be presenting their antioxidant juices, teas and water infusions, Boxed Water, Califia Farms Juices and Cold Brew Coffees, Dry Sparkling, Kombucha Dog, Milk+T, cold-pressed juices from Nekter Juice Bar, Philz hand roasted customized blended Coffee, and all natural, refreshing beverages from Zico Coco Water.
More Culinary Masters, Sweet Masters and Beverage Masters to be announced.
Union Station is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to end homelessness in our community and offers an array of services including street outreach, meals, shelter, housing, case management and career development.