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Our City Wide Tastemade Takeovers are officially here!! We spent the last couple of weeks galavanting all over San Diego and Houston sharing some of the best eats/drinks with our fabulous local Tastemakers. How’d we kick everything off? With a proper happy hour of course!

In San Diego, we got things started at Puesto where Tastemakers chowed down on classic margaritas and cactus tacos! Watch HERE

Houston invaded Triniti to kick off their city wide grub fest and ohh what a party it was! Go Houston

Next up, ATLANTA!! In the area and looking to get involved? Email jenny@tastemade.com for all the tasty details! 

Houston photos by Dalida Anthony. 

Bite Club Returns!

It’s a been a little while, but last night Bite Club was back at Tastemade Studios, and it was a food frenzy!

15 different tables were set up serving drinks and dishes from all over Los Angeles. Including, the Fair Game Food Truck with a Pickled Vegetable Sloppy Joe…

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Pink Hair Chef serving up vegan cupcakes and homemade spice rub…

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The Must had dangerously delicious Jello-O wine shots all ready to go… 

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Mama’s Boy Infusions with Tequila drinks flowing…

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Melissa’s Produce kept it fresh…

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Creme Caramel LA provided the sweets with a “yam custard with graham cracker greek yogurt crust” and it was surreal…

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Fritzi Dog won for Spiciest Dish…

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The Roost at LA Farm took over one of our kitchens and did not disappoint… 

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There was also a super awesome Flipbook Photo Booth…

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The Prince and Pantry stunned  folks with their “Charcoal Pasta with Bone Marrow and Breadcumbs” dish…

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and we can’t forget the triple distilled Agave shots from Revel Spirits

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Starry Kitchen served up “Fried Tofu Balls” and kept the party going all night…

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Three Day Rule served up tasty drinks too…

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Hungry Bear Catering kept it classy with yellowtail crudo…

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 …and Upper West with burrata salad made with a fresh green apple-blackberry panzella…

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Don’t forget to follow the Tastemade LA Facebook Page for updates on the next BITE CLUB!

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An Italian Getaway in Long Beach can only be done at the beautiful rooftop of Michael’s on Naples. On Tuesday, Sep. 23, Tastemakers had the pleasure of meeting Chef David Coleman and General Manager Massimo Aronne, our Italian tour guides for the evening. The Italian food and wine journey started off in Malvolti where a refreshing Prosecco was paired with a mission fig and prosciutto. By the end of the night, we were clinking forks to the decadent Torta di Cioccolato made from Valrhona chocolate! See our Tastemade video recap here!

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.

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

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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”. 

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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

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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. 

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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!

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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.