Today we have an exciting giveaway via our fabulous Michelle!  Read on!!


Hello everyone!!  It’s been a while since I checked in and I thought I would say hello AND give something away.  The best of both worlds, right?  😉  For those of you readers both new and old, you know that Angel and I share an appreciation for all things F-O-O-D!  Whether it’s cooking something up ourselves, baking all hours of the night, ordering take-out or sitting down to a fine dining experience, we love every minute of preparing things for our loved ones or enjoying something especially prepared for us!

So for those of you in the Los Angeles area, you may know that a very delicious and exciting weekend is coming up over Labor Day weekend: the Los Angeles TimesTHE TASTE annual food and wine festival is back and we’re giving away not just two pairs of tickets (like last year), but FOUR PAIRS of tickets!  That means we will have four different lucky readers and winners!  We brought you this giveaway last year and we’re able to repeat it this year with the help of an insider.  😉  It’s going to be another great weekend with local and celebrity chefs, delicious restaurants, tasting libations and a plethora of cooking demos.

You will get to choose between one of five events.  Every event will be held in Hollywood at Paramount Pictures Studio on their backlot (and if you haven’t been, you’re in for a treat!  It’s such a cool location!).  Keep in mind that all events are 21+ EXCEPT for the Labor Day Picnic where all ages are welcome!

  • Field to Fork, Saturday – 9/1 from 11a-3p
  • Cocktail Confidential, Saturday – 9/1 from 8p-11p
  • Flavors of LA, Sunday – 9/2 from 11a-3p
  • Dinner & Drinks, Sunday – 9/2 from 8p-11p
  • Labor Day Picnic, Monday – 9/3 from 11a-3p

Check out the official website to learn which Times food writer or critic will be hosting each event, read up on the chefs scheduled for cooking demonstrations and book signings, or just let your mouth water as you review the long list of restaurants participating at each event.  Nummy nummy is all we have to say about it!!

Here are the simple instructions on how to enter!

  • LIKE Events of Love and Splendor on Facebook (we want to ensure our most loyal L&S readers are amongst the winners!)
  • Comment below and let us know which event you’d like to attend and why
  • Tell us briefly about your favorite food experience!  It could be anything from your favorite local Mexican restaurant, that bakery that whips up your nostalgic childhood treat, an amazing pizza spot, a decadent meal at a Michelin-starred establishment or even a dinner you prepared yourself!

That’s it!  To ensure your name is added to the drawing, please make sure to follow all 3 instructions above.  We will accept entries until Tuesday, 8/28, at 11 a.m. PST.  The winners will be announced on the blog shortly thereafter.  Of course, remember that the events are in Los Angeles so we apologize to our non-local readers (unless you’re ready to road trip!).  Also, we ask that you double-check your schedule to ensure you can attend the event, since we want to give the tickets to folks who are really excited to be there!

Check back Tuesday to view all the great entries and see what other readers picked and why!  More importantly, don’t forget to check to see if you’ve won! 😉  Best of luck to all entrants and have a fantastic week.  Continue to find what you love and truly enjoy it!




Thanks everyone!  Have a marvelous weekend and see you next week for the winners announcement AND (finally) Olive’s 5 month post and yet another giveaway!  Woohoo!!!  xoxo, Angel

Comments (8)

  1. michelle: August 24, 2012

    well if i had a facebook page i would definitely “like” us!! 😉

    can’t wait to see which events our readers pick and hear about some of their favorite food experiences!!

    good luck L&S lovelies!!


  2. Nancy T: August 24, 2012

    I’d love to attend the Labor Day Picnic because Thomas Keller will be there, featuring some food from Bouchon! That’s really exciting for me because my dream was always to go to French Laundry when I got engaged…and my sweet fiance made it happen locally (he knew I would suspect too much if he flew me up to NorCal) by taking me to Bouchon!!! So you can only imagine the GREAT memories this would make for us, considering Bouchon played such a big role in our engagement 🙂

    My favorite food experience involved my first taste of elegant fine dining at Tru in Chicago! My fiance took me there for a trip because he knows that I’m a foodie. The entire experience was so elegant, high-quality, and every single dish was beautifully executed – both in presentation style and in flavor. Besides the 9 course dinner, they ended the meal with a cart full of mini desserts that you could choose from!! That was my first introduction to a canele, which is literally the most perfect mini-dessert I have ever tasted. Ever since this experience, I have been on the hunt to find caneles everywhere I go…and luckily, I was able to find them again recently in LA!!

  3. Vivian: August 24, 2012

    I would like to attend the Labor Day Picnic for so many reasons! First, my husband and I would love to be able to take our 9 month old girl to the event. Also, Osteria Mozza is my husband’s favorite restaurant in LA, and Nancy Silverton is going to be doing a demo at the event!

    My favorite food experience was the 5 course meal at Providence for Valentine’s Day 2012. My husband and I hadn’t been out to a nice dinner since the birth of our daughter in November 2011. When my parents offered to babysit, my husband made reservations at Providence. The food was AMAZING. Every dish was so unique and the details from presentation to taste were perfect. The mojito cube and screwdriver gel “cocktails” were the cutest thing ever. I think I was able to appreciate all the dishes even more since I couldn’t have alcohol, raw food, and unpasteurized cheeses for so long. I still dream about that meal to this day!

  4. D. Budsy: August 27, 2012

    I’d love to attend the Labor Day Picnic, because it’s an ode to the perfect art form–the sandwich! Banh mis are among my favorite, because of their sumptuous blend of smoked meat, clean crisp veggies, and toasted bread. Excuse me while I grab one now.

    As far as my favorite food experience, I have 3 words for you: Jitlada, Jitlada, Jitlada! It’s not because of Jonathan Gold’s or Irene Virbila’s rave reviews or the lines out the door from 4pm til close. It’s the scrumptious Southern Thai menu that you can’t find anywhere else. Spring rolls and Pad Thais are a dime a dozen (excuse me, a baht a dozen), but how many restaurants can boast of world class coco mango salads (tendrils of coconut cool your tongue), jungle curries, and crying tigers with juicy, smoky pork? Yes, the intense spices will cause your tear ducts to gush open like Niagara Falls, but you’ll quickly dab those tears away when you realize you have enough leftovers to last you through breakfast, lunch, and dinner tomorrow.

    It’s also where my boyfriend took me on our first date. He wanted everything to be absolutely perfect, so he memorized the names of the best dishes beforehand, so he could order with ease. But what he didn’t account for was the spiciness of the dishes combined with his frazzled nerves. I still remember beads of sweat gushing down his forehead, and somehow it totally endeared him to me! (of course along with his romantic nature) Seven wonderful years later, we are still together. And aren’t the best food memories ones you share with loved ones? I’ll definitely take him to the Labor Day picnic with me!

    p.s. I liked you on Facebook.

  5. Kamryn: August 27, 2012

    I would love to go to the Labor Day Picnic to see and hear Thomas Keller of French Laundry speak. On a recent trip to Paris, a couple of my friends had the honor of being able to go to French Laundry and spoke of the amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity that they had. Since I will not be able to dine at French Laundry anytime soon, this will be a great opportunity. The Flavors of LA event is also enticing, being an Angeleno myself! (:

    One of my favorite food experiences was this past summer in Paris where we ate at Au Moulin a Vent, a quaint restaurant in the old part of Paris. The chateaubriand steak with shallots and butter was to die for, as well as the sauteed mushrooms, white asparagus and potatoes. I believe this restaurant is one of Michael Kor’s favorites. Not only was the food delicious, the atmosphere was truly Parisian with the small tables buttressed against the wall and spilling out towards the sidewalk.

    Thank you!! Love reading your blog!

  6. Maya: August 27, 2012

    The Labor Day picnic looks like so much fun! One of my favorite food memories is when my husband and I were in Paris for a summer session in law school. We sat under the Eiffel Tower with amazing bread, cheese, and sweets. I felt like I was in a movie!

  7. Patricia: August 27, 2012

    Hi L&S Team! I hope you’re well (:

    Angel, I’ve been following your blog since the last time we spoke & was fantastically excited when I saw this giveaway! I’m obsessed with all things food (but who isn’t these days, right (;) & have been checking updates about this event for awhile. I have to say that I’d most like to attend Flavors of LA because Picca is always a treat & being a native Angelena, I’d like to see what more the other chefs have in store. Plus, Jonathan Gold has been around for a long while & I’m always interested in what he has to say.

    As for my favorite food experience, I honestly have so many that it’s difficult to choose, so I’ll opt for a warm memory. My boyfriend and I started dating after we had been really great friends for a year so when we were working out the potentially awkward knots of the friend-to-partner transition, I was adamant that we weren’t going to start planning these formal dates all of a sudden. When the, “so…where to?” question loomed over us the day after we had set all of our feelings on the table, we happily surmounted it by heading into the nearest Chipotle. That’s where we had our first official date. I can honestly say that it made our meal at The Bazaar (glorious play on philly cheesesteak, anyone?) the following weekend that much more relaxed–all frills & fuss aside behind us. (:

    Thanks for hosting this! Hope to chat soon, Angel! (:


  8. Haseebo: August 28, 2012

    I want to go to the Labor Day picnic! Because it would be un-American not to.

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