You could celebrate Mardi Gras in L.A. quite well by enjoying Cajun or Creole food at one of the city’s New Orleans-inspired restaurants, like empire-building Orleans & York Deli, ultra-popular newcomer Little Jewel of New Orleans, or old-school Uncle Darrow’s. Or you could go to one crazy free party next Thursday, February 12, and try specialties from all of these far-flung restaurants as well as food and booze from more than a dozen other places.
The bash is being thrown by Tastemade, a video network where food lovers share stories and insider tips at their favorite spots. Tastemade raised an additional $25 million in funding last year, and next Thursday’s party at their Santa Monica studios seems like a great way to spend part of their marketing budget. Dishes will include Orleans & York Gumbo Mumbo, Little Jewel jambalaya, and Uncle Darrow’s Mardi Gras pasta, which partygoers can pair with Stillhouse Moonshine Hurricanes or Groundwork Coffee’s cold-brew Sazeracs while grooving to tunes from the Mudbug Brass Band.