Tasting & Talking Around LA! 

VintageShe Lifestyle was on the scene this year at Taste Talks Los Angeles curated by Kelis, singer/song writer & certified chef. I was excited to discover what’s next in food and culture around Los Angeles.  
Taste Talks is a national festival series, awards program, and editorial platform charting the future of taste. It’s a three day weekend long celebration of food, drink, music, and culture in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. 
Taste Talks features panel discussions with the industry influencers and top chefs, Delicious tastings, intimate dinners, festival interviews or videos. 
Taste Talks was founded by: Daniel Stedman & Scott Stedman 

This year, Taste Talks  LA was curated by Kelis. We all know Kelis from her hit song “Milkshake” and how she can bring all the boys to yard… but in this case Kelis’s food is brining all the foodies out to eat. 

Kelis is such a cool down to earth woman who wears many hats such as superstar singer, trained chef , and a wonderful mom. I had the pleasure of meeting her after she finished cooking up some duck stuffed ravioli for the “Mother of Pearl intimate dinner. Dinner was  held at “The Unique  Space” in Downtown LA. 

During the “Mother Of Pearl” dinner Chef Julian Hoyos Vallejo (Tres Bastardos Columbia) , Chef Jesse Barber of (Dudley Market, Barnyard) , Chef Brett Halfpap of (Belcampo Santa Monica) , & Valerie Gordon of (Valarie Comfections) & Robyn Sue Fisher of (Smitten Ice Cream) came together to prepare an amazing culinary cuisine of:

  • Roasted Duck
  • Santa Barbara Spot Prawn Crudo, Chilled corn tagliarini, Serrano 
  • Duck Ravioli 
  • Bread Pudding with Ice cream

We started off with oysters & wine… and some strange orange drink you see below which was very spicy… I realized this drink should’ve been consumed with the oysters… oohhhh!!! 


The table was set so perfect! Family style eating with people you don’t know is a great idea. I met some amazing people over some great food. We ate, drank, and laughed. Here’s a shot of the table. 

Here’s a few shots of the food we enjoyed during the Mother of Pearl dinner. We ended the night with a glass of 1942 Don Julio Tequila. 

Roasted Goat


The conference actually started on Friday Nov 4th, which was an invite only kick off party held at The Normandie Hotel I didn’t get any photos because my invite was lost in the mail.

No problem! I made my way to the conference on Saturday morning held by The Line hotel located in Korea Town. Here’s a few photos of the hotel: 

Here’s a picture of “The Comissary” a restaurant inside of a Green house, how cool is that? I’m planning to return for Brunch. 


The conference started with brunch which included burritos made by the one and only Roy Choi.  Unfournately they ran out of breakfast burritos by 10:30am which was a bummer. I ended up drinking wine, and eating cereal from the cereal bar.

  

People below actually looking for more burritos…. ain’t No Mo Burritos!! 

One of my favorite moments from the conference was the cooking demos & discussion by Chef Louis Tikaram of EP & LP restaurant. Chef Louis gave a great presentation on how to make curry from scratch. I’m a huge curry lover… so when I tasted Chef Louis’s curry I was hooked! I must try that curry again and again. Here’s a shot of Chef Louis discussing all the fresh ingredients to make curry from scratch. 

The Amazing Curry sample!

The festival ended on Sunday with an All Star BBQ.. the highlight of this event was the Brisket & 72 hour short ribs… delicious! Maple Block Meat Co. & Baroo Koren & American kitchen brought that fire!! Whew!! Sooo good!! 


Chef Ron Duprat along with Manouschka Gueerrier of Single Serving whipped up a carribean inspired meal… so yummy! 


So much great food… I had to balance it out with a little something sweet from Van Leeuween artisan ice cream

After all that eating I grabbed a margarita from Don Julio truck,  and did a two step in front of the “Sweet Beats” DJ truck. I love that truck, it pumped out some great tunes. 

Here’s more photos from the All Star BBQ

Grilled Chicken Sausage

Yellowtail Grilled Fish Taco


Chicken & Waffles

Poke

Overall I had a wonderful time at Taste Talks LA. The food and culture was amazing. To taste the creativity from all the chefs was a foodie paradise. 

Food brings people together, just like music, and pairing those two things is a recipe for success. 

Happy Eating! 

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