The L.A. Times Food Bowl annual event is back! As always, the Food Bowl features a variety of events throughout the month of September, and the 2023 Food Bowl Night Market.

Food Bowl’s launch party is on September 6, 2023, as well as specialty dining events to follow, however the Night Market portion of the month long foodie festival will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot, September 22, 23 & 24, 2023. CLICK HERE to find out about the Launch Party, and also additional events. See below for info on the all weekend long Night Market.

2023 Food Bowl Night Market

2023 Food Bowl Night Market

Night Market returns to Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot for a three-day outdoor food and drink festival. Each event features unlimited tastings from more than 120 restaurants per session, along with live cooking demonstrations from world-renowned chefs and culinary personalities, DJs and more. Tickets for all sessions are available now – see below for more info.

Fiesta Friday

On September 22, 2023, at 8pm, the all-inclusive celebration of L.A.’s Latin American flavors kicks of the weekend. It will feature restaurants, cocktails and more from Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond. Also enjoy cooking demonstrations from Bricia Lopez (Guelaguetza) and Danny Trejo (Trejo’s Tacos). VIP tickets are available for purchase and include early event entry. Moreover, drive-on parking and access to an exclusive lounge is available. Friday’s event is strictly for ages 21 and up.

Participating restaurants include: A’s BBQ, Alfalfa, Anajak Thai, Awan, Bake Some Noise, Belles Beach House, Blue Plate Oysterette, Bridgetown Roti, Broad Street Oyster Co., By-You Dogg, Caviar Kaspia, Chichén Itzá, Coucou, Dino’s Famous Chicken, Dulanville Food Truck, East Side Cheesecakes, El Barrio Cantina, El Ruso, Evil Cooks, Farmhouse Kitchen, Fishing with Dynamite, Ggiata, Guelaguetza, Heavy Handed, Holbox, I Love Micheladas, Ilé Bistro, Kogi BBQ, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, LA Cha Cha Chá, La Sorted’s Pizza, Love Hour, Love.Life, Luv2eat Thai Bistro, Maple Block Chicken, Mini Kabob, Mírate, Moto Ramen, Nossa Caipirinha Bar, Paradise Dynasty, Park’s BBQ, Puesto, Ronan, Soulmate, Tacos 1986, Tallula’s, Villa’s Tacos and Wanderlust Creamery.


Wanderlust Creamery; photo by Richard Bilow

Saturday Night Flavor

On September 23, 2023, at 7pm, the Saturday evening event spotlights global cuisine that reflects quintessential L.A. The cooking demonstrations for Saturday’s event include: Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn (Le Du, Bangkok), Justin Pichetrungsi (Anajak Thai), Ahmad Alzahabi (The Golden Balance), Nick DiGiovanni (YouTube, “MasterChef”) and Food Network’s Aarti Sequeira (“Unwind: A Devotional Cookbook for the Harried and Hungry).

Participating restaurants include: 626 Hospitality Group, Amiga Amore, Awan, Bake Some Noise, Blue Plate Oysterette, Botanica, Broad Street Oyster Co., By-You Dogg, Cabra, Camphor, Caviar Kaspia, Chao Krung Thai & Tuk Tuk Thai, Chimmelier, Dino’s Famous Chicken, Dulanville Food Truck, East Side Cheesecakes, El Ruso, Evil Cooks, Farmhouse Kitchen, Genghis Cohen, Girl & the Goat, Hamasaku, Holbox, Holy Basil, Ilé Bistro, Intercrew LA, Kato, Kinn, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Le Coupé,  Loreto, Love.Life, Lunetta, Luv2eat Thai Bistro,  n/soto, Open Market, Osteria Mamma, Paradise Dynasty, Poncho’s Tlayudas, Salt & Straw, Sichuan Impression, Stella, Stellar Pizza, STK Steakhouse, Sunday Gravy, Tacos 1986, The Brothers Sushi, Villa’s Tacos and Xuntos.

Backlot Brunch

Finally on September 24, 2023, 12pm,  Sunday’s brunch event will turn the backlot into an afternoon block party for all ages. This event features barbecue, burgers as well as cooking demonstrations. Chefs include: Tiffani Thiessen (“Here We Go Again: Recipes and Inspiration to Level Up Your Leftovers”), Timothy Hollingsworth (Otium) and also the renowned Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster, Hav & Mar).

The Team from Tacos 1986; photo by Richard Bilow

Participating restaurants include: Alfalfa, Awan, Bake Some Noise, Bridgetown Roti, Brique French Toastery, Broad Street Oyster Co., By-You Dogg, Caviar Kaspia, De La Nonna, Di Di, Ditroit Taqueria, Dulanville Food Truck, El Ruso, Farmhouse Kitchen, Goodboybob Coffee Roasters, Guzzu Bento-ya, Happy Ice,  Heritage Barbecue, Holey Grail Donuts, Ilé Bistro, Jitlada,  L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele,  La Sorted’s Pizza, Le Shrimp Noodle Bar, Love.Life, Mírate, Mo’s House of Axe, Moo’s Craft Barbecue, Mozza Restaurant Group, Ospi, Jame, Jemma, Jemma di Mare, Paderia Bakehouse, Paloma Venice, Pasjoli, Pop’s Bagels, Prime Pizza, Ray’s BBQ, Rocco’s Deli Italiano, Saltie Girl, Slab, Stellar Pizza, Tacos 1986, The Brothers Sushi, Tulsi Indian Eatery, Turok’s Cheesecake and West & Co.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to one or all three Night Market events or visit the website;

What: L.A. Times Food Bowl Night Market 
Where: Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot. 5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
When: Friday, Sept. 22 – 23, 2023: see above for times for each day

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