These Are the 7 New Restaurants You Need to Try at The Food Event 2017

Prepare yourself for the biggest food bonanza of the year

On Sunday The Food Event is taking over Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu for a decadent feast of all things delicious. Over 40 of L.A.’s best restaurants will be dishing out tastes, and they’ll be accompanied by an array of winemakers, beer brewers, and spirit distillers. If eating and drinking all that isn’t entertainment enough for you, there will also be chef demonstrations going on so you can learn a little something to try at home.

Obviously, everything at The Food Event is worth eating, but you’re going to need a strategy. We propose beelining to some of the brand-new restos you may not have tried yet, including a few exclusive bites and pre-opening previews, and then filling in with your tried-and-true favorites after.


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There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the newly renovated Westfield Century City mall, but nothing has been as anticipated as the almost-here, any-day-now, really-soon-we-promise opening of L.A.’s first Eataly, the much-loved, Italy-obsessed complex of dining and retail. For The Food Event, they’ll be serving up slices of four different types of panettone, flown in straight from Italy to your plate, to help you begin your transition into the holiday spirit.


Coming later this fall to the Arts District, Simone is one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year. Chef Jessica Largey cut her teeth in the three-Michelin-star kitchen of Manresa, and picked up a James Beard Rising Star Chef award along the way. Grab a morsel of the roasted romanesco with citrus and daikon she’ll be dishing out at The Food Event to get a taste of what’s to come.


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Chef Maycoll Calderon is one of the most celebrated chefs in Mexico, and he’s just burst onto the L.A. food scene with his bright turquoise patio restaurant Tintorera in Silver Lake. He will be on hand at The Food Event giving a live demonstration of how they do ceviche (one of his specialties) in Acapulco—and you’ll be able to taste a sample.


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Culver City’s newest wine bar and all-day restaurant is helmed by James Beard semi-finalist Ari Kolender. It specializes in what he terms “California-inspired cuisine with refined European technique.” Even if you’re already a regular, The Food Event will be your only chance to taste an exclusive, not-on-any-menu dish of charred eggplant with whipped tofu, chile, and lime.

71 Above

We can’t say you’ll have the full 71 Above experience at The Food Event, what with not being elevated up to the tippy-top of a DTLA skyscraper, but we will have some pretty gorgeous views of our own, plus a giraffe. Compare and contrast with your fellow food-lovers over bites of grilled shrimp with fennel, lemon, passionfruit, and fermented chili.

Wabi Venice

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You caught us. Wabi Venice isn’t technically new. It’s actually been dishing up Japanese fare for years. But if you haven’t re-visited this spot since it underwent a complete overhaul, complete with interior remodel and full menu update, it will seem totally new to you. Stop by its booth and, even if you’ve been visiting since the old days, you’re likely in for a fresh surprise.

Bone Kettle

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It has been a minute since Pasadena has seen such a buzzed-over restaurant as Bone Kettle. The Indonesian broth experts won’t be expecting you to slurp hot soup while walking around The Food Event because they care about you not staining your Sunday best. Instead, they’ll be dishing out equally-flavorful crab claw egg rolls with a coconut reduction sauce.

Vendor lineup for The Food Event is subject to change. For a complete list of participants, click here.

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