LOS ANGELES, CA — A major monthlong event of gastronomical proportions in the City of Angels.
It’s a month long food trip in Los Angeles at the Food Bowl. Throughout May, restaurants and chefs are holding special events showcasing the best of the city — many of them Filipino.
Last week, Grand Park became the site of the Food Bowl night market.
From a rainbow of Ensaymada at the Ensaymada Project to Fil-Am owned Lobsterdamus, with a seafood arroz caldo, Filipinos proudly gave LA a taste of Pinoy pride.
“We’re honored, we’re blessed, we feel like it’s a great blessing to be here and be welcomed, as part of the greatest group of restaurants that are here today,” said Lobsterdamus owner Johnny Angeles.
Streets were shut down so that the White Rabbit Truck could park their Filipino fusion tacos and burritos.
While non-Filipinos helped push the flavors of the Philippines, like DK Donut’s ube donuts, the restaurant RiceBar teamed up with a Filipino “Top Chef,” as Sally Camacho served up this dessert.
“This is a sweet corn ice cream sandwich in a cookie which is a macadamia nut, peanut and white corn cookie,” said Camacho. “I actually wanted to do a maiz con yellow, but I wanted to do something that’s more holder friendly. So what better than a sandwich?”
While the LA Food Bowl offers plenty to chew on, lobster noodles from Lobsterdamus were served outside City Hall.
The event also offers food for thought — from panels to movie screenings.
One of the most anticipated events of this Food Bowl comes next week. The documentary Ulam will premier on Saturday, at the million dollar theater.
Many of the Pinoy chefs featured in the film will be there.
“Every time we get the platform in a proper way, especially in a thriving food town like LA… it’s always a privilege, and the same time it’s a responsibility to give it justice,” said RiceBar’s Charles Olalia. “We’re stoked that it’s in a movie.”
In a town packed with celebrity chefs and Filipino food pushers, the Food Bowl — which celebrates the diverse flavors of the Southland — looks to be the premier culinary in the years to come, bringing Pinoy tastes with it.