Sip and sample your way down Abbot Kinney this Sunday on a tasting tour led by some of LA's best chefs and culinary experts at the annual Taste of Venice fundraiser benefiting children's art education.
Festivities begin at an opening ceremony held at the Electric Lodge from 3 to 4:30 p.m. where 21 local restaurants, from Superba Food + Bread on Lincoln Blvd to Poke Poke on the Boardwalk, will offer small bites and cocktails during a silent auction. This is where tasting tour groups will meet-up before heading over to get a taste of all that Abbot Kinney has to offer.
Tasting Tours run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. led by "tastemaker" tour guides, such as Jon Shook, owner of Animal & Son of a Gun, Jennifer Sommer of Sommer Dish and west coast correspondent for Food & Wine, and chef Matthew Poley of Heirloom LA. So be ready for extra helpings of food, wine, and local expertise as you make your way through 14 stops along Abbot Kinney. See the list of participating restaurants, cafes and juiceries below.
There are also two special interest tours including one for singles, and one for veggie lovers. For veggie lover who also happens to adore Sriracha, this one's not to be missed as it will be led by Randy Clemens, author of The Sriracha Cookbook and The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook, and co-organizer of the LA & San Diego Sriracha Festivals.
Meet back at the post reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for coffee and treats. Be sure to try the delicious made-in-Venice Sweetness Of Being chocolates, made by the Sarah Engelhart who we recently featured on Lincoln & Rose. Read the story here.
Tickets are $125 per person for the full day, and that includes opening ceremony, tasting tour and closing reception. All funds raised from ticket sales support P.S. Arts, an organization based here in Venice, on Abbot Kinney, that provides yearlong arts education in dance, visual arts, music, and theater arts to children in underserved public school and communities.
**You must be 21+ to attend this event**
September 14th, 2014
Opening Celebration: 3-4:30pm
Tasting Tour: 4-6:30pm
Post Reception: 6:30-7:30pm
The Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Tours will begin promptly at 4pm. **PLEASE** be sure to arrive with plenty of time to enjoy the many restaurants at the Opening Celebration and find your Tasting Tour group.
Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter
Challen Cates, Actress and Wine Producer, Challen Winery
Jessica Collins, Actress, Food Writer, Chef
Antonio Diaz, Founder of Life & Thyme
Carole Dixon, The Carat Diet
Thomas Elliot, Owner of Bank of Venice and Co-Owner of Venice Ale House (ONLY 4 TICKETS LEFT!)
Michele Gan, Chef and Owner of Serves You Right! Catering
Adam Gertler, The Food Network (SOLD OUT)
Josh Goldman, Soigné Group, owner/operator Brilliantshine
Judy Han, Executive Chef of Mendocino Farms (ONLY 2 TICKETS LEFT!)
Alan Jackson, Chef and Founder of Lemonade Restaurant Group (SOLD OUT)
Catherine McCord, Founder of Weelicious (ONLY 6 TICKETS LEFT!)
Matthew Poley, Chef of Heirloom LA (SOLD OUT)
Kate Roland, LA Brunchers
Bruce Seidel, Food Producer/Hot Lemon Productions
Jon Shook, Owner of Animal & Son of a Gun (SOLD OUT)
Dana Slatkin, Beverly Hills Farm Girl, Chef & Owner of Beverly Hills Farmers Market, Inc.
Jennifer Sommer, Sommer Dish and West Coast Correspondent Food & Wine (SOLD OUT)
Drew Hubbard and Ben Waters, L.A. Foodie (ONLY 4 TICKETS LEFT!)
Andrew Wilder, Eating Rules
Wade Williams, Celebrity Chef, Owner Picnic Catering Los Angeles/New York City (ONLY 6 TICKETS LEFT!)
OTHER TASTING TOUR OPTIONS:
Three Day Rule Singles Tour – Led by Devin Alexander, NBC’s Biggest Loser Chef
Vegetarian Tour – Led by Randy Clemens, author of The Sriracha Cookbook and The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook, co-organizer of the LA & San Diego Sriracha Festivals
OPENING CELEBRATION RESTAURANTS*:
American Born Moonshine
Angel City Brewery
Bank of Venice
Barlo Kitchen & Cocktails
Castle Rock Water
Hostaria del Piccolo
Superba Food + Bread
Venice Ale House
Venice Beach Wines
TASTING TOUR RESTAURANTS*:
Abbot’s Pizza Company
Another Kind of Sunrise
Burning Torch featuring Paleta
Hal’s Bar & Grill
Kreation Kafe and Juicery
Primitivo Wine Bistro
TOMS drip coffee
Venice Duck Brewery