Anyone with taste buds will enjoy going to the Santa Monica Pier from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 14th, for the annual Taste of Santa Monica.
Hosted by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the yearly event brings out 40 of the city’s restaurants, presenting an array of options for guests to sample.
“It’s a real community event,” says Laurel Rosen, president and CEO of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. “In four hours I run into 400 people I know personally. Everyone comes out for this.”
The range of restaurants runs from Buddha’s Belly to Panera Bread, from El Cholo Mexican Restaurant to Whist at the Viceroy, from Hooters to Locanda Del Lago.
“Buddha’s Belly is doing signature chicken salad with eight garden vegetable fried rice, Whist will offer roast duck with pistachio rhubarb and braised greens, and Wokcano will have spicy crab, spicy tuna, eel and avocado rolls,” Rosen says.
In addition to the restaurants, though, the event will also feature a molecular ice cream lab, which will be hosted and run by The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California ñ Los Angeles. Interactive workshops will be led by the academic director of the school, Chef Christophe Bernard, allowing attendees to create their own ice cream concoctions almost instantly.
For the adults, a wine garden and a cash bar will offer cocktails and fine wines to pair with the restaurant fare.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Route 66, a popular beach music band, and the event will be emceed by Jamie Kaler and the cast members from TBS’s My Boys.
Funds raised from the Taste of Santa Monica will benefit the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and this year’s featured nonprofit organization, The Wellness Community.
The Wellness Community is an international organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones, according to its Web site.
Plans for next year’s event are already in the works, Rosen says, in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the Santa Monica Pier.
“Keep watching, because we have some great new things that are going to happen,” she says.
Tickets for the Taste of Santa Monica are $40 in advance, $45 at the door, $20 for students with a valid school ID and $10 for children four to ten years old. Tickets for the wine garden are $15.
Information, (310) 393-9835, tasteofsantamonica.org/.