Archives for May 1, 2019

Los Angeles Times’ Third Annual Food Bowl Returns in May

The citywide food festival will feature hundreds of events across Los Angeles with a mix of local favorites and world-renowned chefs

The Los Angeles Times announces participating chefs and event highlights for its third annual Food Bowl, a monthlong festival in May celebrating the city’s dynamic food scene. Spanning 31 days of food, Food Bowl will feature many of Los Angeles’ best chefs and restaurants alongside world-renowned chefs in rare local appearances.

Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Mexico), Daniela Soto-Innes (Cosme, USA), Gaggan Anand (Gaggan, Thailand), Virgilio Martínez (Central, Peru), Koji Kimura (Sushi Kimura, Japan), Angela Dimayuga (Standard International), Rodolfo Guzmán(Boragó, Chile), Musa Dağdeviren (Çiya, Turkey), Andrew McConnell (Cutler & Co., Australia), Frederic Morin and David McMillan (Joe Beef, Canada) are among the visiting chefs and experts scheduled to appear.

L.A. chefs including Niki Nakayama (n/naka), Michael Cimarusti (Providence),ArjunNakul and Pawan Mahendro (Badmaash), Nicole Rucker (Fiona), Wes Avila(Guerrilla Tacos), Jordan Kahn (Vespertine), Wolfgang Puck (Spago), Jessica Koslow(Sqirl), Nancy Silverton (Mozzaplex) and Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market) and sommelier Helen Johannesen (Helen’s Wines) and many more will represent their hometown through a series of special one-off collaborations and events.

The Times Food staff, led by Editor Peter Meehan, will honor the legacy of critic Jonathan Gold through the continuation of the Gold Award (previous winners as selected by Gold include Wolfgang Puck, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken) to be announced alongside the Restaurant of the Year on May 1 at the opening event. The festival will also highlight and help tackle the issues of food access, sustainability and waste reduction.

Los Angeles Times Food Bowl charity partners include L.A. Regional Food Bank, Food Forward and Midnight Mission. Festival sponsors include founding partner Citi along with High West, Jose Cuervo, Sapporo and Wines of Germany. For additional information, to register a participating event or for festival updates, visit Connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @LAfoodbowl (#LAfoodbowl #31daysoffood).

Credit: Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. Images and Information were provided.

Barbeque, Chili and Beer Oh My! Queen Mary’s Waterfront Cook-Off Docks in Long Beach May 11th!

Savor in mouthwatering BBQ and Chili tastings, cold brews, eating contests, lawn games, and more in the outdoor park overlooking Long Beach Harbor

Treat your taste buds to an all-new food festival and competition, the Queen Mary’s Waterfront Cook-Off, on Saturday, May 11 from 12 – 5 p.m. Grab the family for a finger-lickin’ afternoon of fun with delicious tastings, lawn and beer games, eating contests, and more, and watch as SoCal’s top BBQ pitmasters and chili experts compete for trophies, $10,000 in cash prizes, and the highly-coveted People’s Choice Award.

The Queen Mary’s Waterfront Cook-Off will feature BBQ styles from across the country including slow-cooked hickory barbeque from Texas and southern Memphis-style barbeque. The competition is an official, KCBS-Sanctioned, California State BBQ Championship that brings together 25 of the top BBQ pitmaster teams to compete for cash prizes, as well as the People’s Choice Award, for which all Waterfront Cook-Off attendees can cast their vote.

The official California-State-Certified Chili competition is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS), welcoming 30 of California’s top chili teams to compete for cash prizes. The California State Championship Chili Cook-Off will feature chili styles from traditional red, homestyle, chili verde, and veggie offerings.

Whether you are a barbecue enthusiast or simply a foodie fan, Waterfront Cook-Off offers something for everyone. In addition to the BBQ and chili tastings, guests will be able to enjoy delicious corn, funnel cakes, and a variety of other treats. The game zone will offer giant Connect 4, beer pong, horseshoe toss, ladder ball, corn hole, and a mechanical bull ride. Groove to the beats of DJ Rod Epic and DJ Cordova, or enter the watermelon eating contest or pie eating contest in the afternoon for a chance to win cash and prizes.

General admission tickets include event entry and five tasting tickets for $35. VIP tickets are $75 and include exclusive one-hour early event admission at 11 a.m., ten tasting tickets and two drink tickets. Individual tasting tickets are sold separately and are only available on-site for $3 per tasting. Event parking is $20. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Queen Mary’s Waterfront Cook-Off, visit

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Marvel, May 2nd Pet of the Week!

Talk about an Incredible Hulk! Or better yet, hunkMarvel is a bunch of superheroes rolled into one friendly, talkative fellow. He’s only 2 years old and has plenty of time for a long, successful run. Want to be a superhero’s superhero? Then meet Marvel on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A624920.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Companion Animal Village.

Eat|See|Hear Launches Outdoor Movie Screening Series on May 4th!

Eat|See|Hear, the original traveling outdoor cinema, kicks off on Saturday, May 4  as the beloved series returns with movie screenings taking place every Saturday through the month of May. Guests can enjoy live musical performances alongside 150+ rotating food trucks before settling in for a screening on the largest inflatable movie screen on the west coast. With timeless classics and current blockbusters, everyone will be able to find their fan favorite film. The event reaches many different neighborhoods of Los Angeles, including some iconic destinations such as The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (which will offer free entry to the museum, encouraging guests to explore the galleries) and the iconic Los Angeles State Historic Park. All locations are 100% dog-friendly and even have a Fashionably Late VIP Section for optimal viewing. Bring your pup, grab a bite, and settle in for the show!

For more information, visit

WHEN:                 Every Saturday in May 2019



  • Saturday, May 4thFerris Bueller’s Day Off at North Hollywood Recreation Center
    • Musical performance by Molly Moore, a genuine vocal and Electro-pop artist, precedes the film screening
    • Food trucks include CVT Kitchen, Oaxaca on Wheels, Richeeze and Street Kitchen
  • Saturday, May 11thCrazy Rich Asians at the Los Angeles State Historic Park
    • Musical performance by independent pop duo Mating Ritual precedes the film screening
    • Food trucks include Main Squeeze, Me So Hungry, Pinch of Flavor, Thai Mex Cocina and Tropic Truck
  • Saturday, May 18thGet Out at Santa Monica High School Amphitheater
    • Musical performance Disco Shrine, featuring high energy electronic beats and sensual pop melodies, precedes the film screening
    • Food trucks include Creative Eats, Fette Schwein, Mandoline Grill, Roll’n Lobster and Yalla
  • Saturday, May 25thComing to America at The Autry Museum of the American West
    • Musical performance by Trapdoor Social, an LA-based indie rock band that combines music with activism, precedes the film screening
    • Food trucks include Caribe Fusion, Comet BBQ, Oaxaca on Wheels, Rice Balls of Fire and Street Kitchen


  • The Autry Museum of the American West – 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Los Angeles State Historic Park – 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • North Hollywood Recreation Center – 11430 Chandler Blvd, North Hollywood, CA, 91601
  • Santa Monica High School Amphitheater – 601 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90405

TICKETS:              General Admission (Advanced Online Purchase): $14

                                General Admission (At the Door): $16

                                Kids (Ages 5-12): $8

                                Kids under 5: Free

To purchase, visit:


Eat|See|Hear, a Los Angeles Times signature event, brings outdoor movies, food trucks and live music entertainment to iconic Los Angeles venues each summer. The eighth annual event series presented by SHOWTIME Networks features up-and-coming bands from the local music scene, a range of food trucks and the largest inflatable movie screen on the west coast with the highest quality HD-projection, a 52-foot wide image and professional sound. Select locations include beer and wine bars and all welcome dogs. For more information follow @EatSeeHear(#eatseehear) and visit

Rancho Days Fiesta Returns to Heritage Hill Historical Park May 4th!

Explore the rich history of Orange County’s Ranchos and Native American cultures with activities and performances for the whole family

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to experience the 23rd Annual Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park on Saturday, May 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Travel back in time to explore Orange County’s rancho era, and enjoy activities, music, dance, and more in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Rancho Days Fiesta will feature a wide variety of activities, exhibitors, and vibrant performances and demonstrations for the whole family including piñata breaking, butter churning, and candle dipping. The celebration will also feature Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations, along with Native American and Folklórico dancing.

Historic buildings including the Serrano Adobe, El Toro Grammar School, the Harvey Bennett Ranch and St. George’s Episcopal Mission will be open and available for tours, courtesy of Amigo de la Colina docents.

“Rancho Days Fiesta is a long-standing tradition at Heritage Hill Historical Park and we are honored to bring another year of learning and fun to our community,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “It’s a wonderful day celebrating the history of Orange County’s Ranchos and Native American cultures through fun, educational activities for all ages.”

Heritage Hill Historical Park preserves some of Orange County’s rich cultural heritage and represents distinct eras in the early development of Saddleback Valley and the town of El Toro.Experience the rancho era with OC Parks during Rancho Days Fiesta! Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and over, no cost for parking.

May 4 – Rancho Days Fiesta

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Event Cost: $5 per person ages 3 and up

Parking: Free

Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630


Contact: (949) 923-2230

The County of Orange and OC Parks.

Celebrate Children & Families in Little Tokyo with Fiesta Matsuri on May 5th!

Go Little Tokyo for Fiesta Matsuri on Sunday, May 5th! Hosted by the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), Fiesta Matsuri is a free cross-cultural celebration combining Children’s Day in two communities—Kodomo no hi in Japan and Dîa de los niños in Mexico. Both holidays celebrate the growth, happiness, and success of children and immerse families in the vibrant traditions through art, dance, and song. Enjoy a free day of workshops and performances for the whole family.
In partnership with Visual Communications, Fiesta Matsuri will include and host one of the opening weekend events of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for a selection of films called “Kids Shorts (Not the Kind You Wear)” on Sunday, May 5th at 11 AM in the Aratani Theatre. This family-friendly program showcases films highlighting stories of courage, determination, fascinations, and plain old hunger.
WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 2019 beginning at 11 am
WHERE: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)244 South San Pedro St. between 2nd and 3rd streets
Los Angeles, CA 90012


12:00 PM – Nishi Child Development Center
12:30 PM – Folklorico Del Mar
1:00 PM – Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu of Little Tokyo
1:30 PM – Plaza de la Raza Mariachi
2:00 PM – FandangObon
2:30 PM – Tía Chucha’s Son Jarocho Youth Group
3:00 PM – Kitsune Taiko
3:30 PM – Bando Hidesomi

12:30 PM – Jarana and Ukulele for Kids
2:00 PM – Mochi-making by Fugetsu-Do

Takuma’s Burgers
The Surfer Taco

Tanabata Festival
Self Help Graphics and Art
Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory

Go Little Tokyo for Fiesta Matsuri.

Bear Awareness Day at the OC Zoo May 4th!

Join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Bear Awareness Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gather family and friends for a day of bear-themed activities, zookeeper chats and more.

The OC Zoo’s annual Bear Awareness Day invites families to learn more about the black bear while enjoying various fun-filled activities including crafts for kids and special zookeeper chats about bears. Bear Awareness Day will also feature a learning station where families can find more information about bear conservation and research, learn how to “bear proof” camping sites and what to do if you encounter a bear.

Bear Awareness Day is free with a paid admission ticket to the zoo, which costs $2 per person (ages 2 and under are free). Parking is $5 per vehicle and reservations are not required.

Experience the animals of the OC Zoo and join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Bear Awareness Day at the OC Zoo!

May 4 – Bear Awareness Day

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Event Cost: Free with paid zoo admission of $2 per person, ages 2 & under are free

Parking: $5

Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869


Contact: (714) 973-6846

Credit: OC Parks.

Miguel’s Jr. Announces New Rialto Restaurant Grand Opening May 2nd!

Miguel’s Jr. is pleased to announce the grand opening of newest location in Rialto, California, located in the Renaissance Marketplace. Miguel’s Jr. will host a grand opening celebration on Thursday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. Marking the first Miguel’s Jr. to open in the city of Rialto, the event will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted by Miguel’s Jr. founders Mike and Mary Vasquez and President and CEO Javier Vasquez.

The Rialto location is reflective of Miguel’s Jr. original and classic design aesthetic featuring the convenience of a drive-thru for guests on the go, as well as a full dining area. The new Rialto restaurant will offer all of the latest Miguel’s Jr. menu items including six famous signature burritos, hand rolled in all-natural hand stretched flour tortillas. The menu also includes homemade horchata, lemonade, and the brand new CoffeeChata made with Miguel’s Jr. signature homemade horchata mixed with 100% all-natural premium natural Columbian coffee served over ice.

Miguel’s Jr.

Renaissance Marketplace

1240 W. Renaissance Pkwy, Rialto CA 92376


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Thursday, May 2, 2019m 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm

Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10:30pm



Founded in Corona, California in 1975 by Mike and Mary Vasquez, Miguel’s Jr continues to offer superb-quality family recipes in a fast-food environment using premium ingredients, inspired by the cuisine of Central Mexico. With locations throughout Inland Empire and Orange County, Miguel’s Jr is expanding to key markets in Southern California, spreading their unparalleled standard for customer service and reputation for delivering the freshest, best tasting California Mexican food daily.  For more information, including menu items and locations, visit


Instagram: @Miguels_Jr

Twitter: @WeAreMiguelsJr