The 3rd Annual Masters of Taste Returns to the Rose Bowl

Here in Southern California we’re certainly spoiled when it comes to dining out. Almost every dish the heart desires can be found and the area’s home to some of the top chefs and best restaurants in the nation. Once a year several of them come together for the premier food event, Masters of Taste. In just two short weeks the 3rd annual will be held at the Rose Bowl and I cannot wait.

Last month my best bud and I head to a sneak peek of this year’s festivities and it was wonderful. We sampled a few of the over 90 vendors that will be offering an array of dishes, drinks and desserts.

I’ve long been a fan of Ayara Thai – I can’t go anywhere near LAX without grabbing some take out – and I was super excited to find them at the preview. We sampled a bit of their Braised Beef Khao Sol and it was out of this world amazing. Seriously, they serve the best Thai food in LA and I can’t wait to see what they come up with at the main event.

I also loved the Hamachi Crudo from Spring. The fish was paired with pickled grapes, lemon puree, puffed quinoa and nasturtium and it was incredibly delicious. I may have had seconds. Or thirds. Ok, I ate 4 servings! It was that good.

One of my favorite elements of the event is the amazing cocktail selection and every year The Raymond 1886 knocks it out of the park. This year looks to be no exception as both the drinks we tried, the Manhattan No. 33 and the Grog Cutter, were outstanding.

On the sweet side I have just one word for you – Porto’s. I’ve been a fan of the Cuban bakery for years and can’t resist their delicious baked good. For this event they really brought it offering a selection of desserts not regularly available in the pastry case like Arroz a la Inca. It was a delicious treat and I’m crossing my fingers it will be served again in 2 weeks.

As wonderful as the food and drink selection is it’s not the best part of Masters of Taste. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds go to Union Station Homeless Services aiding those in need throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In this day and age I can’t think of a better cause. It all goes down May 6, 2018 from 4-7pm (3-7pm for VIP’s) at the Rose Bowl. Tickets are available here and be sure to enter the code EXPLORER18 for $10 off.