The much-anticipated Los Angeles Times ‘Food Bowl‘ is back again in May with its usual eclectic blend of hometown favorites and international chefs; diverse foods; panel discussions; tasty pop-ups; collabs between world-renowned chefs and of course… plenty of food.

Slated for an entire month, the citywide festival hosts more than 100 events across the City of Angels.

Here are just a few events we are putting on the calendar.

  1. L.A. chefs including Jordan Kahn (Vespertine), Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis (Bavel and Bestia) and Josef Centeno (Bar Ama, Orsa & Winston, Bäco Mercat, Amá•cita) will host events and one-off collaborations. Other Los Angeles restaurants such as Apollonia’s Pizzeria, Guelaguetza, Hui Tou Xiang, La Morra Pizzeria and Mian will also participate.
  2. Visiting chefs — including Ana Roš (Hiša Franko, Slovenia), Zaiyu Hasegawa (Den, Japan), Sean Sherman (The Sioux Chef, USA) and Ben Shewry (Attica, Australia) — will make rare local appearances as part of the festival.
  3. Food Bowl Night Market, May 14-17 in Grand Park
    This Food Bowl favorite is a bustling free-to-attend outdoor food market — featuring dozens of food vendors, musical performances, art installations and DJs. Themed ticketed events will include Middle East Feast, LAFiesta, Pizza & Pasta, Dumplings, Noodles & Rice, and All-Star BBQ.
  4. Outstanding in the Field
    A series of long-table feasts inspired by locally-sourced ingredients set in spectacular locations, including downtown L.A. and Weiser Family Farms in Tehachapi.

Festivities kick off April 30 with the announcement of the annual Gold Award (named after the late great Jonathan Gold) and the Restaurant of the Year winner.

The festival will also highlight issues of food access, sustainability and waste reduction. Check out lafoodbowl in April for the full line-up.

See you there!