Have you been longing to try buzzworthy local restaurants like Beverly Grove bistro A.O.C., Compton favorite Bludso's BBQ and Mediterranean newbie Dune in Atwater Village, but don't want to face the freeways? LA Weekly has gathered dishes from these and many more restaurants all at one event -- its signature food and wine extravaganza The Essentials. Curated by award-winning food critic Besha Rodell, this California Market Center event showcases signature bites from restaurants featured in the alternative weekly's annual "99 Essentials" restaurant issue, which hits stands the same week. Expect everything from tacos to tapas to Thai, as well as cocktail samples and wine from top shelf wineries. The Essentials benefits Food Forward, a volunteer-powered SoCal organization making community-wide change around hunger.
Visit the event’s website for a list of participating restaurants.