LA Weekly’s The Essentials food and wine extravaganza in Los Angeles, California

LA Weekly proudly presents The Essentials in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Anchored in the California Market Center, this signature food and wine extravaganza is curated by award-winning food critic Besha Rodell. It will showcase signature bites from restaurants featured in LA Weekly’s 99 Essentials restaurant issue that will hit the stands the week of February 20. Along with tasty bites, you can enjoy wine from top shelf wineries and cocktail samples.

A portion of the proceeds of the event will be donated to Food Forward. Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connects this abundance with people in need, and inspires others to do the same. This volunteer-powered, grassroots group of Southern Californians are passionate about reconnecting to our food system, promoting the issue of food justice, and making changes concerning hunger in our community. They convene in private properties, public spaces, and farmers & wholesale markets to recover excess fruits and vegetables, donating 100% to local direct-service agencies who feed our community’s most vulnerable. Along with the distribution partners, they provide food to over 100,000 people a month across Southern California.

Restaurant Line-up:

Wine Village curated by Wine Exchange:

Sponsor lineup:

Artisan Vendor Village lineup:

Tickets (Attendee must be 21+ and have a valid ID for entry):
  • General admission ticket includes: entry into the event at 6pm, unlimited food and drink samples, and access to the artisan vendor village - $65
  • VIP admission ticket includes: all of the general admission perks plus 1 hour early entry into the event and a special VIP gift bag - $100

Purchase tickets today before it sells out! You don’t want to miss your chance eat and drink the best all under one roof!

For more information:
California Market Center
110 E. 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90079
Date: Feb. 20, 2016 at 6 p.m. (VIP admission starts at 5 p.m.)
Parking: Underground parking garage - $9 flat rate on weekends