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LA Times Hosts Sixth Annual Food Bowl This Month, Featuring the City’s Unique Cuisine – Annenberg Media

LA Times Hosts Sixth Annual Food Bowl This Month, Featuring the City’s Unique Cuisine – Annenberg Media
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The Los Angeles Food Bowl Night Market takes place this weekend, and while this event gives people the chance to try different types of cuisines, the high ticket price can be a barrier for USC students.

The LA Times’ Food Bowl is a month-long festival celebrating the diversity of food LA has to offer. The Food Bowl features a combination of both local eateries and world-renowned chefs, as well as speaker panels and food events across the city of LA

The Night Market takes place Friday through Sunday at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood this weekend.

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The weekend kicks off with a “Smoked Soirée” on Friday, before moving on to “Saturday Night Flavor” and closing the event on Sunday with a “Backlot Brunch.”

For students struggling to find authentic LA restaurants and can’t drive around town for a food tour, the Food Bowl Night Market may be the perfect way to try food from many different restaurants, all in one convenient location.

Mandi Mikasa, a senior at USC who runs the Instagram account @foodoflosangels, said she loves the LA food scene because of “the diversity and different types of cuisines LA has to offer.”

Mikasa started her food account as a resource for people unfamiliar with the LA food scene. “If I can give a recommendation or a place that really interests or sparks [someone’s] curiosity,” said Mikasa. “Then I have the feeling that my goal has been achieved.”

The LA Food Bowl gives city dwellers the opportunity to try different types of dishes in one place and allows vendors to showcase their restaurants on a larger scale.

Tabula Rasa Bar, which opened in LA in 2016, is participating for the first time this year. “[W]We are so proud of Los Angeles as a whole, the diversity that is present and in our restaurant,” said Nicole Daugherty, one of the owners and beverage director of Tabula Rasa Bar.

Being a part of the LA Food Bowl is an honor for many LA restaurants. They are able to share their cuisine with people and gain fame.

“We’re happy to be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with other people who work hard and market unique foods from around the world, but that’s quintessential Los Angeles,” says Daugherty.

For many college students, however, exploring the LA food scene proves difficult.

For Fin Prakittiphoom, a sophomore at USC, transportation is a regular problem when looking for new eateries in LA

“Most of the eateries I find are always great, but getting there is always a problem because I don’t have a car,” she said.

Transportation isn’t the only impediment created by the LA Food Bowl. The age rule of 21+ and the high prices are an obstacle for most students.

For the price of $300 for a GA weekend pass or $540 for a VIP pass, you get access to all-inclusive food and drink tastings from the night market. For an individual night, the price starts at $110.

“I don’t think it’s aimed at university students because of the price. Although I think it would be very helpful for students,” Prakittiphooom said. “I think a lot of students wouldn’t pay that amount.”

Tickets are still available for the Night Market this weekend of Friday, September 23. until Sunday 25 Sept.

Nicholas Dinh contributed to this story.

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