Tastemade Takeover: “HistoricCore Tasting Crawl” in DTLA

Last night a rowdy bunch of Tastemakers explored some of the coolest spots in the Historic Core section of Downtown, Los Angeles. Tastemade hand picked The Gorbals, Beelman’s Pub, The Must, and Badmaash for a tasting crawl, and we couldn’t have been happier with our choices! We tasted a bunch of amazing items featured on each restaurants menu, along with cocktails and microbrews along the way. It was a blast and we can’t wait to takeover another culinary hot-spot soon!

imageTastemakers just getting started at The Gorbals.


The Fried Brussel Sprouts with yuzu, cilantro, and sriracha aioli were a huge hit at Beelman’s Pub.


Chicken Tikki Poutine from Badmaash is quickly becoming a Downtown food staple. Chef Nakul Mahendro describes it as “traditional Canadian poutine with a splash of Indian on top”. 


We had a surprise visit from the brainchild of Starry Kitchen, Chef Nguyen Tran! There’s some serious “chef on chef” action going on is this picture. Food really is love, people!

See you at the next Tastemade Takeover!

Last Sunday, September 22nd San Francisco Tastemakers headed out to Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle to celebrate Mexico’s greatest spirit!! Exclusive tastings, art, music and of course a festive Tastemade photo booth were just a few of the highlights from this magical night. Mustache we say more?

Alongside Mexico’s finest, guests got to experience some of the tastiest mezcal hot spots in San Francisco, including El Techo de Lolina, Beretta, Colibri Mexican Bistro, La Urbana, TamarindoLoló and many more! If you missed out on the madness this year make sure to keep an eye out for next year’s shin dig, we know we will! 

Check out the recap from Tastemaker Andrew HERE

On Monday, Sep. 15, Tastemakers take on lunch at the sexy and sporty Salt Lounge located in iPic Theaters in Pasadena. The lunch menu showcased items like the turkey burger, grape crostini, and “piping hot tots!” Warning: Tanaya’s recap will make you hungry!

What better way to kickoff the week than with a food tour — Taste of Venice, that is! On Sunday, September 14th, Los Angeles food-loving locals took on Abbot Kinney with their very own culinary celebrity, Wade Williams of Picnic Catering. Our Facebook ticket giveaway winner, Megan, and Tastemaker correspondent, Nitar, sample 14 restaurants including Willie Jane, N’ice Cream, and Chop Daddy’s!

Did we say 14 restaurants in one afternoon?! Yep, see the Tastemade recap here!

Satisfied Souls in Santa Monica

Last night a group of Tastemakers were treated to an evening great eats, cocktails and soul-sensation, Mr. Charles “Screaming Eagle” Bradley during the “Santa Monica Soul Tasting”. We kicked off the night with delicious Ahi Tacos, Cheesesteak Eggrolls, and cocktails appropriately titled “VIP” while sitting on the patio at Del Frisco’s Grille


Just as the sun was setting we moved onto the main event - the last of the Twilight Concert Series on the pier with Daptone Records soul singer, Charles Bradley. We were lucky enough to have VIP tickets which included a nice backstage area to hang and enjoy an open bar and complimentary food from local seafood restaurant, Albright. Once Charles hit the state, we headed right up front to witness an emotionally fulfilling performance in front of a crowd of thousands. Mr. Bradley danced, crooned just about everyone, and told stories of his mixed past, all while inspiring the crowd to “never give up on your dream”. The man has more love in his heart than can be expressed here. 


Once the show was over, the party didn’t stop. The group of Tastemakers we’re treated to drinks and pizza at nearby Italian establishment, Ristorante Al Mare. There were laughs, more live music for a local trio, and (many) more drinks. Stay tuned for more exciting events like Tastemade’s “Santa Monica Soul Tasting” announced in the future!


On Sunday, September 7th, Tastemakers were in for a morning treat — brunch! The Community Meet-and-Greet Brunch at the Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica showcased some of the finest local artisans including: Bloody Marias and Tequila Sunrises from MiddleBar, freshly brewed Rwanda coffee from Silverback Coffee, platter of exotic fruits from Melissa’s Produce, and a variety of Crostinis, savory flatbreads, and even a cinnamon toast crunch brioche waffle from Chef Hans.

Want to see this event for yourself? Check out this Tastemade appisode recap here and the drool-worthy photos here.

Nestled in the heart of Venice, on the trendy street Abbot Kinney, lies Salt Air Venice Bistro where you can get delectable, fresh, oceanic fair. There are few things we love more than Lobster Rolls and Monkey Bread and that is exactly what we indulged in during our memorable meal. Executive chef Greg Daniels, knows how to serve-up one heck of a “Connecticut Style” Lobster Roll. (trust us, this is one you do not want to miss) Watch our Tastemade appisode below for a BTS look at this Venice gem.

Tastemade is hopping on the mixology bandwagon! With help from Stillhouse Moonshine we crafted the THREE essential cocktails you must try going into Indian Summer, Fall, and Winter. STILLHOUSE has elevated the classic American craft of making Moonshine by using estate-grown corn and a proprietary recipe, then distilling it five times for superior quality and a remarkably smooth finish.

Spicy Apple Crisp

  • 2 oz. Stillhouse Apple Crisp Moonshine
  • 3/4 oz. Smoked chipotle chili infused Orgeat
  • 3/4 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Garnish with your favorite fall herb - sage, rosemary or cinnamon stick.
Peach Don’t Kill My Vibe
  • 2 oz. Freshly made lemonade
  • 2 oz. Stillhouse Peach Tea Moonshine
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Pomegranate juice
Garnish with a slice of fresh peach and champagne grapes.
Irish Coconut Cream
  • 2 oz. Freshly made irish cream
  • 2 oz. Stillhouse Coconut Moonshine
Garnish with crumbled pieces of chocolate or toffee.

Here at Tastemade we believe that some of the happiest moments in life are created around a dining room table. With that in mind, we are always striving to create those one-of-kind, authentic food moments for people in our community to remember and cherish. A few weeks back we hosted an exclusive pop-up dinner at The Great Company in partnership with Kitchensurfing— the dinner went off without a hitch! Chef Adam from the Kitchensurfing delivered a 5-course, farm-to-table, seasonal feast that left all us all in food-coma bliss. The event was truly one for the books, with endless laughs, new friendships, and of course mind-blowing food. To get a peak into this magical evening, check out some of the Tastemade appisodes below!

For those of you who are not familiar, Kitchensurfing delivers the experience and convenience of a private chef at an accessible price through its online marketplace of outstanding local cooks. With a variety of cuisines, price points, and chefs, Kitchensurfing invites users to explore the world through food in their very own kitchen. To learn more about KS check out this Tastemade wrap-up video:

BIG thanks to The Great Company for providing an incredible backdrop to our dinner, Kitchensurfing for the delectable food,  as well as Summerland for providing the fresh, seasonal produce for the dinner!

Want to help us make a show? Here’s your chance!

Tag your favorite places and dishes using #SAFoodboard on social media and we will pick our favorite and feature them on our next episode!

We are excited to see where you take Megan next!