Taste of the Eastside

Taste of the Eastside


The 8
th Annual Taste of the Eastside Returns to Showcase the Culinary Diversity and Growing Food Scene from the Most Exciting Neighborhoods of Los Angeles

A food festival that has stood out since its inception, Taste of the Eastside, also known as TOTE for lovers and aficionados of good food and music is returning to celebrate the brilliant culinary evolvement of the East-Side and surrounding neighborhoods of Los Angeles on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at the charming Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

What began as an idea from a group of parents to raise money for Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School, LA’s oldest co-op for kids and the primary beneficiary and organizer of TOTE has now turned into a hugely popular and highly regarded food festival that brings together the best food, drink, and entertainment LA has to offer. The East-Side of Los Angeles and surrounding areas are experiencing a unique culinary renaissance with many new restaurants emerging in the hip neighborhoods of Silverlake, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Echo Park, Downtown, Highland Park, Eagle Rock and beyond.

Representing these diverse and exciting locales will be over 30 vendors, both newcomers and returning establishments, with something for everyone. Angelenos are sure to be familiar with some of the popular places bringing their tastiest offerings, including the cozy Los Feliz joint we all love, Little Dom’s, tasty Mexican spot, Diablo Taco, Silverlake’s delectable Chinese hidden gem, Fat Dragon, French neighborhood newcomer Melody, Eagle Rock’s New American Red Herring, Atwater’s Italian eatery, All’Acqua, savory and fresh Gigi’s Bakery, the sweet, sweet Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and the scrumptious McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams with many more participants ready to serve up their best fare!

TOTE would not be complete without flights from the region’s finest, boutique wine merchants, Silver Lake Wines. Of course, there will be signature cocktails from Mohawk Bend and Greenbar Craft Distillery as well as refreshing beer pours from Eagle Rock BrewingEl Segundo Brewing Co. and Strand Brewing Co. KCRW DJ favorites Raul CamposAnthony Valadez and Garth Trinidad will be spinning tunes for all music lovers, in addition to live music from Cousin JunebugThe Morning Yells and more. We are thrilled to announce this year’s addition of a local designer section including Dean Leather Accessories, Devon Leigh Jewelry and Sage LA Candles and Oils showcasing their creations and donating 25 percent of all proceeds to TOTE.

All proceeds from Taste of the Eastside will be donated to highly-deserving local organizations, including Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery SchoolThe Pablove Foundation, and FOLAR, Friends of the LA River.

For another memorable Sunday basking in the sun with great music and indulging in irresistible food and drink, all the while supporting this wonderful cause get your tickets for Taste of The Eastside 2018!

 

List of 2018 Participants: 

ALL’ ACQUA RESTAURANT

BARBRIX RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 

BON VIVANT MARKET & CAFE 

BOWERY BUNGALOW

CENTO PASTA BAR 

CHALLAH HUB 

CLIFF’S EDGE

DAW YEE MYANMAR CORNER 

DIABLO TACO + CANTINA

EAGLE ROCK BREWERY 

EAGLE ROCK BREWERY PUBLIC HOUSE 

EL SEGUNDO BREWING CO. 

FAT DRAGON

FROGTOWN BREWERY  

GIGI’S CAFE CUBANO 

GO GET EM TIGER 

GREEN BAR DISTILLERY 

JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAM 

LITTLE DOM’S 

MALO RESTAURANT 

MCCONNELL’S FINE ICE CREAMS 

MELODY 

MOHAWK BEND 

MOMED 

OKI POKI LA

PAZZO GELATO

RED HERRING 

SILVERLAKE WINE 

SPOKE BICYCLE CAFÉ

SPREAD MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN 

STRAND BREWING CO 

And MORE!

More about The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens:
The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens has been home to TOTE now for the past three years, giving the festival a unique location and vibe. The venue, a stunning mission-style villa with lush landscaping, soothing fountains and meandering, tiled patios, provides a breathtaking backdrop for SoCal foodies to sample delicious offerings from some of LA’s hottest purveyors of food and drink. The lovely grounds are home to several non-profit organizations that aim to revitalize the Los Angeles River and promote sustainable living. It is located at 570 W Ave 26 #100, Los Angeles, CA 90065.

More about main beneficiary: Rose Scharlin Nursery School:
Rose Scharlin is a cooperative Nursery School in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake area founded in 1939 with the distinction of being the very first cooperative nursery school in the City of Los Angeles and the model upon which local schools patterned themselves. It was founded in 1939 as the Echo Park Cooperative Nursery School, using the facilities of the Echo Park Playground but later merging with what was Lakeview Nursery School in Silverlake. The purpose is to provide a safe, secure and challenging environment for the children; to offer them a range of developmentally appropriate activities; and to reflect the diversity of backgrounds, our community and our world. They emphasize the process of parents and children learning and working together for the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual growth of all.

Sponsors and Partners of Taste of the Eastside 2018:
Sponsers 
include Williams Homes (Gold), Tracy Do (Silver), Silverlake Neighborhood (Bronze), Gelson’s (Bronze) and Partners include Boxed WaterLos Angeles MagazineEco ProductsLA River StudiosVOX StudiosRAM Board and Yelp.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Taste of the Eastside

For more information on ticket prices and to purchase tickets:  http://tasteoftheeastside.com/tickets/

Taste of The Eastside Social Media: Facebook: @TasteoftheEastside Instagram: tasteoftheeastside

Black Elephant Coffee

Black Elephant Coffee

Black Elephant Coffee – The latest coffee shop in Atwater Village.

“Support the community. Respect Nature. Drink good coffee. Join the tribe.”

This is the motto painted on the wall of the newly opened Black Elephant Coffee in Atwater Village.
Black Elephant Coffee owners are married couple Heidy Fu and Gonzalo
Otarola. They are also the proprietors of Simply Coffee in Burbank. The
partners are both from Chile, where the coffee culture pervades every area
of life. According to Heidy, in South America family and friends get together
and spend time talking and sharing over coffee. Being thousands of
miles from their family, Heidy says that their SoCal friends have become
extended kin. Their coffee shops have become a meeting place for many
people who are searching for a spot to drink coffee—or tea—with their tribe
in a neighborhood spot.

 

 

Why Black Elephant Coffee?
“Elephants are community-driven animals who are always looking out for the herd,”
Heidy says. “And this is what we want to create at the shop:
moments you share with family and friends.”
Elephants are also part of the natural ecosystem that includes coffee. In
order to further their personal connection, Black Elephant Coffee has
symbolically adopted an elephant through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). A
portion of the shop’s proceeds will support WWF.
In addition to serving locally roasted Stumptown Coffee, Black Elephant
Coffee in Atwater Village also serves a wide selection of loose-leaf organic
teas. The all-organic food and snacks section features grab-and- go items
including vegan and gluten-free options that include pastries, sandwiches
and wraps. Visit the website for free monthly community workshops. Some
upcoming topics include nutrition, feng shui, painting, and more.

Where to Find Black Elephant Coffee Atwater Village
Black Elephant Coffee
3195 Glendale Blvd, Atwater Village
(323) 486 7848

blackelephantcoffee.com

She Rocks Awards – 2018

She Rocks Awards – 2018

        2018 SHE ROCKS AWARDS
        Friday, January 26, 2018
        The House of Blues Anaheim, Anaheim CA
        6:30pm – 10:00pm

2018 honorees (top row): Melissa Etheridge, The B-52’s Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, Exene Cervenka, Karla Redding-Andrews
(middle row): Vanessa Mering, Fanny: Patti Quatro Ericson, Jean Millington Adamian, Brie Howard Darling, June Millington and Alice de Buhr; Dawn Birr
(bottom row): Fabi Reyna, Amberly Crouse-Knox, Kristy Porter, Candace Stewart, and co-hosts Kat Corbett and Laura B. Whitmore

 

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), proudly announces the 2018 She Rocks Awards honorees. Paying tribute to women in the music industry, the sixth annual She Rocks Awards at the NAMM Show will debut at its new home, the House of Blues Anaheim, on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at 6:30p.m. 

The 2018 She Rocks Awards recipients include:

  • Melissa Etheridge, Grammy® Award- and Academy® Award-winning artist
  • The B-52s Katie Pierson & Cindy Wilson, original members of one of the most beloved party rock bands of all time
  • Karla Redding-Andrews, Executive Director for The Otis Redding Foundation
  • Exene Cervenka, vocalist for the iconic punk band, X
  • Amberly Crouse-Knox, Senior Director of Creative and Business Development, BMG Production Music
  • Jean Millington AdamianJune MillingtonBrie Howard DarlingPatti Quatro Ericson and Alice de Buhr of the pioneering all-female American rock band, Fanny
  • Candace Stewart, Studio Manager, EastWest Studios in Hollywood
  • Dawn Birr, Channel Manager for the Americas, Sennheiser Business Solutions
  • Fabi Reyna, Founder and Editor of She Shreds Media
  • Vanessa Mering, Marketing Manager, HARMAN Professional
  • Kristy Porter, Guitar Center’s Director of Merchandising, General Accessories & Media

The event will be co-hosted by Kat Corbett, DJ on KROQ in Los Angeles, where she hosts the midday show and local music show, Locals Only, and host for Sirius XM. She’ll be joined by WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore.

Gearing up for its sixth consecutive year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Colbie Caillat, Ronnie Spector, Sheila E, The Bangles, Shirley Manson, Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Batten, Karmin, Orianthi, Dinah Gretsch, Craigie Zildjian, and more.

The She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and media to celebrate women in music. This high-energy evening includes live music, awards and speeches, celebrity appearances, a fabulous silent auction, food and beverages, giveaways, amazing gift bags and more!

104 Years Young – Reggie Gooch

104 Years Young – Reggie Gooch

Millie and Reggie – Casper, Wyoming 1942

At age 10, Reggie worked at a grocery store earning 50c per shift, except on Saturdays, when he worked from 7am-7pm and earned $1. This was during the economic decline as America headed towards the Great Depression, so Reggie loved his job because any extra produce was his to take home. He would share his food with his family of 7, plus all his neighbors.
At 15, he worked in a theater parking lot from 6:30PM -1AM and would do his homework on the job. “It didn’t bother me that I didn’t get enough sleep, because it allowed me to take my mother to England on a ship. I saved up for 3 years to do that.”
Indeed, by the time Reggie was 18 he had saved enough money to take his for 3 months to England via a cruise ship. That’s Reggie – a generous spirit.
Reggie tells me that he was married to Millie, and that they never had a fight, not once, in their 77 years together. Millie, who was four years older than Reggie, lived until 103 herself. Together they lived harmoniously in mutual respect and shared a deep love of adventure and travel. Talking about Millie and travel, Reggie’s eyes light up. These are the two things he loved most, and luckily, Millie loved traveling just as much as Reggie did. They traveled extensively, mainly on cargo boats, visiting almost every place on earth.
My favorite story was that at age 97, Millie looked at Reggie and said “there’s a Norwegian boat headed for Buenos Aires in 10 days from now. I think we should be on it.” And they were. They even extended their trip for a month long journey through South America. Reggie laughs, “People asked us, aren’t you worried about running around in those cities – and we said “Why should we worry?”
That’s what I love about this remarkable man: no squabbles with his wife, no reservations when traveling the world (literally and figuratively), no worries, no fears, and another thing, no medications. Reggie claims he has taken zero medications. He’s also never had an auto accident, and though he bought his first car in 1928, he quips that, “no insurance company has ever paid out on me in all those years. Plus, I never had to take any tests because I’d never had an accident.”
Reggie stopped driving at 100 of his own volition.
In keeping with his upbeat nature, as the interview was coming to a close, Reggie said “make sure you come to the lunch for my 105th birthday next year in June”.
You got it, Reggie. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

What do you enjoy most in life? What is your favorite thing to do?
I love traveling. So did my wife. We went on numerous trips over the years, all over the world, but we never made a reservation in our life.

Where have you spent the bulk of your life?
I was born in Canada but moved to Los Angeles at the age of 2. I’ve lived in LA ever since then. That’s 102 years in LA – I love this place. I’ve also traveled all over the world, my favorite place being Bavaria, though I Italy too.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen to Los Angeles?
East LA had an alligator farm and an ostrich farm. There were fun houses and roller coasters, and the Red Street Car. And the thing to do on a Saturday night was go to the movies. They had a huge movie theater with plush chairs that had a wraparound balcony that held 1500 people. This was five hours of entertainment that started with cartoons, the newsreel, a live performance, then intermission and after that, the feature movie. It was 25c to go in, but for 15c extra you could have nicer chairs.
I would save all week to go to the movies.
Plus, I’d walk up Laurel Canyon, except it was a dirt road, and at the top you could see the city, and in 1918, there were 3 properties – all big palace style homes. All the streets were named after the owners of properties. The biggest change is in land prices. After the depression in 1936, we bought 2 lots of land – each cost $350. We put $3.50 down and repaid $3.50 each month. We sold them for about 30k, but they are probably worth over a million now.

What are some of the places that you’ve traveled to?
Thailand, Burma, India, Egypt, Europe, Bali, Alaska, Singapore, Iran, South Africa, all over South America…I got stuck for 30 days in Kenya. I’ve lived on a house boat in Kashmir. I spent Christmas in the heart of Afghanistan. We bought a new car in South America then spent 9 months driving through Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica. We shipped the car to Columbia and drove down through Peru, Chile doing the Pan American highway. And I loved going on the cargo ships. You can go explore while they unload their cargo, and they’re cheaper – especially the Polish ships, but you may be on a ship for 5 – 6 months.

You’ve lived through both World Wars, and the Great Depression. What was the scariest time for you?
On March 20th 1944, I was stationed in Pompeii as part of the air force, when Mount Vesuvius erupted. 138 aircraft were lost. We had to go to Corsica to get new airplanes, but sadly we lost them all as well.

Which was your favorite era?
They were all good. I traveled a great deal, and spent 8 years out of the country. I was drafted into service in 1942 and spent four years in the air force. I wrote to Millie almost every day for four years…and she wrote back. 

(At this point, Reggie brings out two boxes of beautifully preserved letters.
It’s really a touching moment.)

Did you know you were going to live a long time?
My mother lived until 83, but my dad died of heart problems at 55. I never thought about it. I used to be live one year at a time; now I play with one month at a time. (Reggie smiles his winning smile)

We want to know your secret. Do you eat healthy, exercise, smoke, drink?
I’ve never smoked, and hardly drink. I may have a glass of wine at dinner. My meals are perhaps a little beef or chicken, but mainly I eat masses of veggies and fruit. I took care of 142 avocado trees at Wattles, and I was on their board for 33 years. I love vegetables. I still go every Saturday morning to tend the garden, if I can.

If you could tell young people one thing, what would it be?
I’d say don’t worry about anything – life is too short to get in a fight or to argue

   

 LIVING LONGER

The proportion of people reaching 100 is growing over time – it was rare in the 1940s, but today, it doubles roughly every year.

The oldest person ever on record was Jeann Louise Calment who lived until 122.

The oldest known living person in the United States is Delphine Gibson, who is 114.

Oldest person to give birth: Omkari Panwar is the oldest mother in the world, gave birth to twins at age 70.

Country with most longevity: In Monaco people live to be nearly 90 years old (89.5, to be exact), which is four years longer than any other country and almost an entire decade longer than the average American. Monaco also happens to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Next on the list is Okinawa, Japan

Oldest driver on the roads: Fred Hale was issued with a driving license in 1995 at age 104, and drove until it expired on his 108th birthday in 1998.

At 98, Tao Porchon-Lynch, is the oldest yoga teacher in the world and Ernestine Shepherd at 81, is the oldest competitive female bodybuilder in the world.

Camp Roberts, Paso Robles – 1942

NIKI SMART |  managing editor

Niki Smart is a writer living in Los Angeles.  Her first memoir “Hell Camp” won her 2 x eLit Awards, an invitation to read at the LA Times Festival of Books, was a Top Ten Best Seller at local book stores, and garnered rave reviews from readers. Smart’s second memoir is set for release in early 2018. Smart is currently the Managing Editor for the SoCal Magazine (previously managing editor for the LA Fashion Magazine), and her writings have been published in More Magazine, Laguna Beach IndependentAspen Times, StuNewsThe LA Fashion Magazine, SoCal Magazine, and the Gemeindezeitung.

Ascencia – Lifting People out of Homelessness

Ascencia – Lifting People out of Homelessness

 

Ascencia is not only a safe haven for homeless individuals and families, but also a multi-service center that includes street outreach, employment services, substance abuse recovery assistance, benefits advocacy, has an onsite health clinic and offers psychiatric services, as well as an adjacent shelter. Plus, they have a transitional housing program and a permanent supportive housing program. Their mission is to lift people out of homelessness, one person, one family at a time.
Ascencia envisions a community where people in need can find services, resources, and safe, affordable housing.
Please support Ascencia in their efforts to help people find their way back from homelessness.

There are several ways you can help:
Ascencia welcomes donations – (please click on the link to see how and what to donate)
Or if you prefer you can volunteer – (please click on the link to see how to volunteer – tutoring, arts, cooking etc..)
Or support their fundraiser in January 2018 – A Royal Night   (Click on the pages below to enlarge).

 

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