Hello lovely readers!!  I am still reeling from the utter perfection and beauty that was our wedding on Saturday… wait until you see the insanely gorgeous photos from this one!!  🙂 🙂  Today I am happy to share a fabulous new giveaway with all of you!  (I hope you don’t mind all the giveaways… but who doesn’t love free stuff??)  If you have been a blog reader for any length of time, you will know that I L-O-V-E food.  Cooking and fine dining have always been passions of mine.  I love to watch people cook, cook things myself, and eat delicious things other people cook for me!  Well here in Los Angeles, we are gearing up for a huge event called THE TASTE.  It is sponsored by the LA Times and is a fantastic celebration (a self-proclaimed “culinary spectacular,” if you will) of all things food, wrapped up in 9 events over 4 days.

Imagine unlimited food tastings and drinks from some of the best local restaurants and chefs.  Add in presentations from celebrity chefs, cooking demos, and live music… and you have the recipe for quite the tasty weekend.  🙂  Tickets are now on sale but guess what?  Thanks to my super-fab insider at the Times… Not one but TWO of my lucky readers will win a pair (so each winner gets a pair) of tickets to the event of their choice that weekend!!!!  You can pick from these 9 fabulous events:

  • Burgers & Beer (7-10p) on Friday, 9/2
  • Art of Mixing (9p-midnight) on Friday, 9/2
  • Secrets from the Kitchen & Cellar (11a-3p) on Saturday, 9/3
  • Taco Tequila Tryst (7-10p) on Saturday, 9/3
  • Fashion Bites Brunch (10a-2p) on Sunday, 9/4
  • Street Eats (4-8p) on Sunday, 9/4
  • Desserts after Dark (8-11p) on Sunday, 9/4
  • Food Noir (8p-midnight) on Sunday, 9/4
  • Picnic in the Hills (noon-4p) on Monday, 9/5

Check this site out to read about the details & participating chefs and restaurants for each event.  I’m curious to see if one of the winners picks the event I am attending (unfortunately I can only make one event that weekend… but it’s a great one!)… I will keep that under wraps for now.  😉

Here are the simple instructions on how to enter!

  • Make sure you “like” Events of Love and Splendor on Facebook before entering (I really want the winners to be L&S faithfuls <3)
  • Comment below and let me know which of the 9 events you would want to attend if you are a winner
  • Tell me your favorite soCal eatery… it could be a restaurant, a taco stand, a food truck or a cupcake shop!  I just want to add to my list of yummy hotspots!
That’s it!  To ensure you have a chance to win, make sure you follow all 3 instructions above.  Entries will be accepted until this Friday (8/26) morning at 11a.m. PST.  The winners will be announced shortly thereafter, around lunchtime PST.  😉  Of course, the winners will need to be a local soCal-ers or someone who is willing to travel to soCal for the festivities.  😉
Check back on Friday to see all the great eateries the entrants list for us in the comments and of course… to see if you’re one of the big winners!!  Best of luck and have a marvelous day~
P.S. Love and Splendor is not affiliated with The LA Times or this event.  This is simply a gift to our readers from a friend at the newspaper!  🙂  We are not receiving anything in exchange for sharing this giveaway.  Enjoy!

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  1. Maya: August 23, 2011

    What a fabulous prize! I would probably attend the Desserts After Dark event– I love anything sweet :)I have so many favorite So Cal restaurants, but one that I’m currently loving is George’s Ocean Terrace in La Jolla– the food is great but the real star is the beautiful view!

  2. Haseeb: August 23, 2011

    I would go to “Street Eats”, because I’m crazy about street food. My favorite SoCal food spot is the Kogi Truck (www.kogibbq.com), which operates in LA and Orange counties. It’s korean bbq meets the hot dog/taco truck scene, and it’s outstanding.

  3. Angela: August 23, 2011

    My hubby and I have a SWEET tooth!!!! If I were a winner I would attend Desserts After Dark 🙂 One of my favorite places to eat authentic Mexican food is Mijares Mexican Restaurant on Palmetto Dr in Pasadena, that’s actually where Mark and I had our wedding reception 🙂

  4. Ellaine: August 23, 2011

    I’m torn between these 2 events – Street Eats with Susan Fenniger or the Picnic in the Hills with Giada DeLaurentis. Giada’s one of my favorite celebrity chefs so this is a hard one to choose. My current favorite SoCal joint is Bottega Louie in Downtown LA for their brunch menu and scrumptious macaroons and the NomNom truck – serving banhmi all over SoCal. Thank you for this delicious giveaway Angel!

  5. andria sato: August 23, 2011

    I can’t decide between Taco Tequila Tryst (7-10p) on Saturday, 9/3 AND Fashion Bites Brunch (10a-2p) on Sunday, 9/4! I would love a pair of tickets, although if I were to take my husband, we would probably go to Burgers & Beer (7-10p) on Friday, 9/2! One of my favorite spots I highly recommend is Piccolo (http://www.piccolovenice.com/) in my neighborhood of Venice Beach. xo

  6. bethany: August 23, 2011

    hiii angel! what a fabuloouss giveaway! i think we’d go to burgers & beer (because bryan LOVES burgers) OR the picnic in the hills… sounds like a super fun way to spend labor day 🙂 oh! oh! and my favorite socal eatery… such a hard one. in LA i’m loving this little place called clementines in westwood/century city for really tasty sandwiches and salads and desserts… in OC i’ve been stopping by boudin (like the one in SF!) often for a taste of the bay 😉

  7. Connie: August 23, 2011

    I would love to go to Burgers and Beers or Street Eats. Sounds super fun and delicioso!!! My favorite place to eat is Pete’s Cafe & Bar in downtown LA. My favorite thing ever to eat there (and the best thing) is the Hellman Burger with chipotle fries! please try it!!! and for dessert, there is a new OC waffle place called Bruxie and they have a dessert waffle called the strawberry creme brulee waffle. MUST HAVE. 🙂 Hope I win your giveaway!!

  8. Jen Wong: August 23, 2011

    Ah, I love reading your blog posts and am also a food connoisseur! My grandma owned a restaurant since I was a kid, so I’ve been around the food industry my whole life and love it!

    What a great giveaway! If I won, I would attend “Art of Mixing (9p-midnight) on Friday, 9/2.” Food+music+drinks = an amazing night!! Does Jason Bentley refers to THE Jason Bentley from KCRW?! I die.

    I’m from the LA area, but recently moved to Laguna Beach and found La Sirena Grill down the street from my apartment and am obsessed! They use fresh, organic ingredients and promote the use of sustainable products!

  9. Nancy: August 24, 2011

    What a great giveaway! I would probably pick “Picnic in the Hills” b/c my 6-year old daughter loves Giada! Plus, her food always looks so yummy and amazing on her show! So many yummy places to pick, but one of our fave food haunts in the OC would be Brodard’s!

  10. anna: August 24, 2011

    yay! i’m actually going to be attending but can’t decide which event i want to go to!! stuck between street eats and food noir.

    one of my fave places in la is bottega louie or chabuya (a new discovery of tasty ramen that’s very well priced 😉

    YAY for food!! 🙂

  11. ivana: August 24, 2011

    i would go to the picnic in the hills.. yummm….

    mm.. in terms of favorite places to go to…. irori sushi in marina del rey, sushi king in santa monica, santa monica seafood place, samosa house.. yuum.. 🙂

  12. kamryn i.: August 24, 2011

    They all sound so good, but I would probably want to go to “Picnic in the Hills” since I love watching Giada on the Food Network!

    One of my favorite places to grab lunch at is Cook’s Tortas in Monterey Park (San Gabriel Valley area). They serve delicious sandwiches for any palette, ranging from carne asada, chicken, vegetarian or seafood! Yum! (:

  13. Angela: September 4, 2011

    Oh I would love to go to Pinic in the hills. My favorite place at the moment is scarpetta !
    I love me some Italian food!

    I know I’m too late but I liked reading others comments.

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