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Guide to Masters Of Taste 2017

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The Pasadena Rose Bowl hosts the Masters of Taste, an outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival, again this year. Celebrate and savor the finer things on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and join over 2,500 food and beverage enthusiasts on the field of the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Enjoy the finest fare from over 40 Culinary Masters and restaurants, delectable sweets prepared by L.A.'s top Sweet Masters, signature handcrafted cocktails and tastings from over 30 Beverage Masters, including L.A's top bartenders and cocktail bars, local California wineries, local craft breweries, pressed juices, hand roasted coffee, live entertainment and much more.

100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives.

Masters Of Taste
Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103
Date: Sunday May 7, 2017, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Ticket Information
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – VIP Power Hour
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – General Admission
Tickets to this event are only available for guests 21+ and over. For more information on Masters of Taste or to book your tickets directly, please visit
Top Culinary Masters To See
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Chef Larry Monaco
CAST at the Viceroy
1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 260-7511

At Cast, enjoy the unique indoor/outdoor restaurant with stylish outdoor cabanas serving local and creative dishes which are changed seasonally in collaboration with local farms. Chef Monaco is serving his Korean BBQ spiced pulled pork on a rice cracker with Kimchi and sesame seeds for guests at the festival.

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Chef Michael "Mick" Schepers
Hache LA
3319 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 928-2963

Haché LA, L.A.'s new age burger-stand features everything from 100% Angus sirloin chopped steak burgers, Mick's Triple Cooked Fries, homemade drinks to real Wisconsin frozen custards. Chef Mick is letting guests take a taste of his Karma Burger which is made with 100 % Angus steak and served on bun No. 19 with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, Karma Sauce and American cheese

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Chef Paddy Aubrey
Hyperion Public Silver Lake & Studio City
2538 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 761-6440

With locations in Silverlake and Studio City, Hyperion Public serves a farm-to-table seasonal contemporary American comfort food menu that is By the People and For the People. Chef Aubrey is serving his Asian Lettuce Cups at the festival which are topped with pickled carrots, bacon coleslaw and cilantro.

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Chef Evan Colter
Magnolia House
492 S Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 584-1126

Magnolia House is a hideaway tucked in a little craftsman house in Pasadena offering unique craft cocktails and a globally inspired small plate menu. Chef Colter is bringing his meatballs, made with beef, pork and lamb, and topped with marinara, pecorino and basil.

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Chef Michael Hung
Mama Lion
601 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 377-5277

Mama Lion, which just recently opened in Koreatown on May 2 by Robert Kim and Chef/Partner Michael Hung, is a new traditional Supper Club. Hung will be debuting his Uni Tostadita topped with avocado and grapefruit salsa.

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Chef Kuniko Yagi
4945 B Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 895-7888

SpireWorks serves what they call "Döner American Style" food, creating a cultural melting pot of flavors and ingredients from across the globe. Chef Yagi is serving guests his Bangkok Rice Bowl with Beef which is made with tamarind chutney, yellow curry aioli, green onions, Thai coconut curry crumble and pickled red peppers with Sambal.

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Chef Nick Liberato
Venice Whaler
10 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 821-8737

Since 1944, The Venice Whaler has welcomed both locals and visitors alike to iconic Venice Beach and the Ocean Front Walk. Chef Liberato will be serving his Crab & Shrimp Roll with remoulade sauce, serrano chili, chili threads and dill.

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Garrett McKechnie
Bar Mattachine
221 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 278-0471

Bar Mattachine which was inspired by Harry Hay and the men of the Mattachine Society in the 1950s, is the first gay craft cocktail bar in Downtown Los Angeles. McKechnie will be serving his Pershing Square Fix which contains Absolut Elyx, fresh raspberries, house curacao and fresh lemon.

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Bethany Ham
Birds & Bees
207 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 537-0510

Birds & Bees is a new 50s inspired hidden cocktail den located in the basement of a Downtown high-rise office building on Broadway. Bethany Ham offers guest her Tierra Roja which is comprised of Olmeca Altos Reposado infused with strawberry and saffron, medium dry sherry, Cinnamon Cordial, white peppercorn tincture and fresh lemon.

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Marcos Tello
Killer Shrimp at The Mermaid
11 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 374-9344

Located just steps away from the beach, Killer Shrimp at The Mermaid is a local favorite seafood spot with a great happy hour. Marcos Tello's creation for the festival is the Gold Rush with Love which is made with Lot 40 rye, honey, green Chartreuse and fresh lemon.

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Jesus Gomez
1886 Bar at The Raymond
1250 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 441-3136

First opened in 2010, 1886 Bar has a strong foundation in classic techniques with house-made ingredients. Gomez will be serving the Ohana which is made with Cruzan Black Strap rum, Plymouth gin, lemon juice, Cinnabark syrup, crushed ice, angostura bitters and an orchid.

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Café Dulce
134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 346-9910

Serving up creative house made donuts and baked treats along with an extensive beverage and food menu, Cafe Dulce is a unique bakery and specialty coffee shop in Little Tokyo. They will be offering their Bacon Donut Holes which are donut holes with sweet glaze topped and topped with bacon.

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Magpies Softserve
2660 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 486-7094

The scratch recipe soft serve dessert shop creates flavors of soft serve that bring people back to their childhood, flavors that inspired founders Rose and Warren to become chefs. Magpies will be offering their Corn Almond and Caramel Chocolate flavors which are made in house to guests.

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1 W Mountain St #12
Pasadena, CA 91103
(855) 424-6282

Choctal chose eight distinct, robust flavor origins—four chocolates and four vanillas—to launch their new ice cream line. Stop by for samples of chocolate, like their Ghana or Costa Rican Chocolate, and vanilla, like their Indonesian or Madagascar Vanilla, ice cream that is made with single origin ingredients.

Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers: restaurants, bars, dating, relationships, sports and other lifestyle topics. View more work at Connect with him on Twitter at @JaroneAsh.
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