Receive a Taste of the Eastside Shopping Bag with:

  • Whole Foods Market coupon for $5 off a party platter
  • Free hair consultation, cut, shampoo and blow dry (or 10 minute scalp massage) at Loft Hair Lounge and Spa with Audrey!
  • Heal the Bay bookmark, sticker, & Aqua Explorer Activity Guide for the kiddos!
  • Eat 24 free appetizer coupon and pair of red wayfarers!
  • Lenny G’s Taste of Louisiana coupon

Note: Contents of bag are subject to change prior to the day of the event. Bag shown is approximate.

VIP Parking in the Barnsdall Arts Park parking lot.

Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking subject to availability.

Uber roundtrip cab ride to & from the event!

Up to $100 value each way. There will be a raffle to pick two winners at random. Also, all ticket holders who are first-time Uber customers, receive $20 off cab fare to the Taste of the Eastside!

VIP Food & Drink Demos

Complete your day by attending the VIP-only educational demos and seminars led by local artisans, chefs and mix-ologists.

VIP ticket-holders are invited to sign up for demos when they arrive at the event. See below for the complete schedule and descriptions of the demos. Space is limited so we suggest coming early!

2013 Schedule

VIP Tent 1 (FOOD)

  • 12:45pm Landen Garcia, Laughing Bird Shrimp Ceviche Tostada
  • 1:30pm Food Story, Cupcake Sushi
  • 2:15pm Lenny G’s Taste of Louisiana, Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya
  • 3:15pm Weelicious, Kale Presto Melt!

VIP Tent 2 (BAR)

  • 12:30pm Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Black Valley Films
  • 1:45pm Kyle Glanville, How To Have Better Coffee At Home
  • 3:00pm Leo Sherlock, Sangria Slinging with the Best of ‘Em


Food demos:

Landen Garcia, Diablo Taco’s Chef de Cuisine:
Laughing Bird Shrimp Ceviche Tostada

Landen started his culinary career at the Eagle Rock hot spot, The Oinkster. From their, he gathered the skills and confidence to embark on his own business as a private chef. He worked for two years catering to social clients and families.

When Diablo’s opening was announced, he came to interview with the intention of gaining more fine dining and catering skills thru the restaurant’s unique concept.

Landen has quickly risen to become Chef de Cuisine for Diablo after being open 8 months. An LA native, he looks forward to continuing to grow with Diablo.

Weelicious: Kale Pesto Melt

Weelicious Is Kid-Friendly, Parent-Approved! Catherine McCord Is Making the Kitchen a Family Destination. Launched in 2007, Catherine, mom to Kenya (5) and Chloe (3), created as a platform to show parents around the world how easy and beneficial it is to expose children to wholesome and delicious homemade food.

After personally struggling with how to feed Kenya, Catherine recognized a need for realistic, accessible and nutritious recipes for parents using minimal ingredients that are fully loaded with flavor. Weelicious, which now houses over 700 original recipes, isn’t about taking risks or presenting challenges in the kitchen. Catherine inspires her community with ingredients that are readily available and recipes that are fast and easy to follow.

Japanese Foodstory: Cupcake Sushi!

Yoko Isassi is the founder of Foodstory, an innovative social-event hosting firm committed to presenting educational and entertaining workshops centered around the art of Japanese cooking. Her past experience has taken her all across the world, allowing her to learn about a wide array of culture and foods.

A self-taught expert in Japanese food history and cooking, Yoko regularly hosts Japanese cooking workshops at her cooking studio in downtown LA. She also tailors cooking workshops to suit team-building exercises and private cooking parties.

Lenny g’s Taste of Louisiana: Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

Gordon Pawlowski, Owner and Chef of Lenny g’s A Taste of Louisiana, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Gordon developed a passion for cooking at a young age by spending time with his father, Lenny, in the kitchen.

In October of 2009, Gordon created Lenny g’s and began operating as a prepared foods vendor at the Montrose Harvest Market with the intention of bringing Southern California customers authentic Louisiana cuisine paired with some of that hospitable Southern culture. Lenny g’s has expanded to a total of three Farmer’s Markets and has catered numerous events ranging from small backyard birthday parties to large fundraisers. While the goal of having a brick and mortar Lenny g’s location will hopefully one day be attained, two things will always remain: authentic Louisiana eats enjoyed amongst friends. Y’all come to Lenny g’s and savor the Taste…

Bar demos:

Kyle Glanville: How To Have Better Coffee At Home

“In 2001, Kyle started working as a barista at Victrola Coffee, and five years later, moved to L.A. to help Intelligentsia Coffee set up their influential Silver Lake café and Glassell Park roasting works. Glanville later oversaw the company’s expansion to Venice and Pasadena, led the Black Cat espresso project, rose to the rank of Director of Innovation, and ostensibly ran Intelligentsia’s West Coast operations. In 2008, he even won the United States Barista Championship. Earlier this year, Glanville left Intelli to co-found G&B Coffee with Charles Babinski.” (, by Joshua Lurie)

In his demo, Kyle will go over different strategies for improving the quality of your ‘cup of joe’ at home – from sourcing the best coffee beans to brewing techniques and more!

Leo Sherlock: Slinging Sangria with the Best of ‘Em

Leo Sherlock, bartender by trade and superhero by nature, shares his secret to a delectable, fruit-laden sangria. In his modest words, “just a guy from Jersey slinging some Sangria,” you won’t want to miss this professional’s take on the summertime classic or, at least in Southern California, year-round favorite vino-based refresher. Molto Bene!


Black Valley Films: Fame High, The Garden, OT: Our Town

Black Valley Films’ Scott Hamilton Kennedy will be showcasing trailers for three of his films, which all center around Los Angeles, with discussion to follow: FAME HIGH, THE GARDEN, OT: OUR TOWN

Kennedy’s debut documentary, OT: Our Town, won awards at some of the top film festivals in the world. His documentary The Garden, nominated for a 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary feature, is about the struggle of farmers in South Central Los Angeles to keep their 14-acre community garden, the largest in the U.S.

His latest project, Fame High, is a show about the L.A. County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) which follows freshman and seniors through a school year as they try to become successful actors, singers, dancers, and musicians.

Kennedy is a writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor and has worked on everything from music videos and commercials to motion capture animation, scripted and reality television, and fiction and non-fiction film.

Read about demos from our previous event in 2012.