And the Pick of the Week, THE TASTE continues…..Labor Day Block Party is today….NO…it’s not on Labor Day. The event takes place Sun from  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hosted by Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Nancy Silverton, Chef/Co-Owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza;

TPOW THETASTE-Signonly-NightShothis end-of-summer bash will offer an inside look at barbecue with “Going Whole Hog: Tales from Masters of Competition BBQ,” a panel led by Carter that features Ryan Chester (The Rub Co.), Sylvia Curry (Lady of Q) and Neil Strawder (Bigmista’s Barbecue). Attendees will also be treated to cooking demos from Silverton, Evan Kleiman, and Fred Eric (D’Elish), and Times Columnist Steve Lopez’s crowd-pleasing Firehouse Cook-off. Participating restaurants include BOA Steakhouse, Brite Spot, Café Gratitude, Coni’Seafood, Freddy Smalls: Bar & Kitchen, Got Kosher?, Haven Gastropub, Juan’s Restaurante, Kings Row Gastropub, Pizzeria il Fico, Pono Burger, Rosebud Cakes, Waffles de Liege.

Cocktail Confidential takes place tonight from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m…..Hosted by Betty Hallock, Times Deputy Food Editor, Jessica Gelt, Times Food & Night Life Writer, and Cocktail Chef Matthew Biancaniello;

Blurring the lines between cooking and bartending, the final evening will center on a farm-to-glass craft cocktail demo presented by Hallock, Gelt and Biancaniello. Taking it a step further, some of L.A.’s boldest pairs, Michael Voltaggio and Gabriella Mlynarczyk (ink), John Sedlar and Julian Cox (Rivera) and Kuniko Yagi and Brandyn Tepper (Hinoki & the Bird), will share their inspiration for food and drink combinations.

The five events highlight Southern California’s culinary scene, each featuring unlimited food and drink tastings from standout local restaurants and chefs, along with cooking and mixology demonstrations, wine seminars and panel discussions.

C3-Tasteooking demos, and panels & seminars too.

Ticktets range from $65 to $125, so be sure to check the website. Admission is $65 per event in advance, $85 to $$ per event at the door. Buy Tickets Here!

What: THE TASTE 2013
Where: The Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue CA 90038
When: Labor Day Weekend

In Downtown LA….

caamoutsideCAAM’s Caribfest in the Plaza takes place…Yes, it’s Carnival Time. Caribbean communities and their cultural contributions are celebrated on this special annual Labor Day eve extravaganza.

CAAM celebrates our island nations with elaborate costumes, delicious food and a musical feast!


What: Festival
Where: California African American Museum, 600 State Dr., LA 90037
When: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Phone: (213) 744-7432

And a bit later… bout some art??? Coagula Curatorial in partnership with Manipulated Image offers a night of video screenings, performances, socialization and free beer – a LABOR DAY WEEKEND SPECIAL!

Sun 9.1 CoagulaEnjoy “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” videoart curated by Alysse Stepanian, and “Trial & Error” curated by MI’s Swedish partners, Eva Olsson and Jonas Nilsson of art:screen – 1 hour of videos by 20 artists from seven countries.

LA based artists, Gelare Khoshgozaran and Christy Roberts will also be presenting new performances created for this event.

What: Reception
Where: Coagula Curatorial, 977 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: 7:30 pm
Phone: 213-620-1569

We listed some Labor Day events for you…..but don’t forget to take time to chill.