On August 17, the third annual Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival took place in L.A.’s Chinatown, featuring some of the city’s best chefs and benefiting Chinatown Service Center, a great neighborhood organization that’s impacted the community since 1971. Thanks to the hard working food and drink pros, volunteers, Bolthouse Farms, Chinatown BID and more who made the latest Fried Chicken Festival a success, and to all the ticket buyers for supporting the event! Click through the captioned slideshow below to see just some of the highlights.
Historic buildings framed the Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival on Jung Jing Road, Mei Ling Way, Sun Mun Way and along Broadway.
Los Angeles Chinatown
I was thrilled to be able to work again with , the event’s presenting sponsor and a company that “loudly and proudly celebrates fresh fruits and veggies.”
A portion of event proceeds benefit , established in 1971, the largest community-based Chinese American health and human services organization in Southern California. Funds will go to the Los Angeles Chinatown Youth Council (LACYC), which provides the growing population of Chinatown youth with programs that guide them towards positive endeavors and further them in their development as confident and contributing adults.
Chinatown Service Center
is a badass Indian gastropub from the Mahendro family.
BADMAASH served Punjabi chicken pakora with roasted cumin & cilantro slaw.
chef Ray England and his team served fried chicken patties with Parker House rolls and smoked gribiche, with a side of schmaltz tots.
Craft Los Angeles
Fryer oil was bubbling all afternoon long in Chinatown.
and chef Dante Gonzales (pictured at right) served their DFC Combo: Sock-It-To-Me Fried Chicken with apricot crack & chocolate Guinness blueberry sauces, coconut honey biscuit, and Nu Skool elote.
Dante Fried Chicken
chefs Alvin Cailan, Johnny Lee and crew overcame power issues to serve fried chicken belly mazemen with egg noodles, a preview of things to come at Grand Central Market.
and chef Jesse Furman rolled their new truck to the festival and served fried chicken strips with Fresno chile, vinegar slaw and house buttermilk dipping sauce.
Free Range LA
was in the works for several years on Melrose, and Eric Greenspan’s crew is finally churning out butter, bread and cheese-focused flavor bombs.
Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese
Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese served Buffalo Blue, a grilled cheese sandwich crafted with rye bread, blue cheese, spicy carrot-celery slaw and fried chicken. Latke bites joined the fried fray.
Chinatown’s “assists high-risk and formerly gang-involved young women, and a few young men to become contributing members of our community through training in restaurant service and culinary arts.” People also learned they produce powerful fried chicken.
Homegirl Café had the day’s spiciest fried chicken thanks to the addition of habanero. Their bird came with pickled vegetable slaw.
Kris Morningstar, who’s helmed several top L.A. restaurants, most recently Ray’s & Stark Bar, recruited James Trees and a strong team to cook at the festival.
Morningstar, who’s opening Terrine with partners that include Stephane Bombet, served a Southern style fried chicken with Pimento grits, maple syrup and scallions.
Brian Dunsmoor, Jonathan Strader and a strong crew represented , a Southern restaurant in Little Osaka.
Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores
Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores served fried chicken with local spiced honey, cilantro, benne seeds and watermelon salad, a big crowd pleaser.
and his team from Jason Travi served Piece in the Middle East, Lebanese spiced chicken drizzled with pomegranate molasses. Pastry chef Lincoln Carson contributed yogurt-Aleppo cornbread.
Superba Food & Bread
Jason Bran and Damian Windsor, who oversee the cocktail programs for all 2014 Food GPS events, incorporated into the Kona Gold, along with pineapple, lime, jalapeno, cilantro, and agave nectar.
Olmeca Altos Tequila
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