The 2nd annual The Taste of Mexico, which takes place in Los Angeles on November 30, offers all lovers of good food the opportunity to sample dishes from some of southern California’s most authentic Mexican restaurants.
Los Angeles has the nation's highest number of Mexican immigrants; unsurprisingly, there’s a vast array of Mexican restaurants here with cuisine from every region of the country.
“The idea is to promote authentic Mexican cuisine in Los Angeles, of different kinds; from regional cuisine to street food to fine dining to bakery and dessert to beverages. And to change the perception of Mexican food from not just tacos and burritos,” Ricardo Cervantes, president of the Taste of Mexico Association and co-founder of La Monarca Bakery tells us at a media preview.
“It is important that the restaurants have authentic Mexican cuisine. We are not exclusive, but we are selective in the restaurants that can participate, but we are open to any authentic Mexican restaurant that wants to participate.”
For one day only, guests are invited downtown to Vibiana, an amazing church turned event space, to indulge in an all-out taste test of delicious regional dishes.
The Taste of Mexico was created by some of Los Angeles’ top native Mexican restaurateurs including the founders of La Monarca, Frida Restaurant, Guelaguetza and La Casita Mexicana. At the preview event, hosted on November 15th, we found ourselves drooling over Cacao Mexicatessen's sea urchin tostadita with pork chicharrón and serrano corn esquites (above).
More than 1000 people attended The Taste of Mexico event last year, and this year promises to be bigger and better with Mexican beer, Baja wines, Mezcal, ultra-premium tequilas, as well as savory samplings of about twenty different restaurants including the founding eateries and even the nation’s only self-proclaimed Kosher Mexican restaurant, Mexikosher.
“It is a great opportunity to really showcase true Mexican food,” says Maria Lopez, of Candela Taco Bar. “Being in L.A., there are tons of different Mexican restaurants, but really the traditional Mexican dishes sometimes get misinterpreted. [Here] you can see different dishes from northern all the way to southern Mexico, in a really positive light.”
Live music, mariachi and DJs will keep the party going and a portion of every ticket sold benefits the Downtown L.A. Art Walk.
$50 all-inclusive tickets are available online through the Taste of Mexico site. Limited tickets may be available at the door, if the event is not sold out.