2014 L.A. Sriracha Festival Recap + Slideshow

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Flame red was a popular color at the second L.A. Sriracha Festival. [Jessica Park Photography]

The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS produced the second annual L.A. Sriracha Festival at Chinatown’s Central Plaza on October 19, featuring top chefs and benefiting Food Forward, a local charity whose mission is to rescue and donate fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste. Over 5 million pounds of food has been gleaned since 2009, and given to local food pantries, helping feed over 100,000 hungry Southern Californians each month. Thanks to the hard working food and drink pros, volunteers, multi-talented co-producer Randy Clemens, Chinatown Business Improvement District, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, Disaronno, Olmeca Altos and more who made the event a success, and to ticket buyers for their support! Scroll to see just some of the highlights.


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Food Forward, a terrific North Hollywood-based charity, rescues and donates fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste. They feed 100,000 people per month in Southern California. [Jessica Park Photography]

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Guests and vendors showed Sriracha the proper respect. [Jessica Park Photography]

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The L.A. Sriracha Festival allowed guests to choose their own adventure. Wherever they turned, something delicious to eat or drink was easy to find. [Jessica Park Photography]

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I made the rounds with my multi-talented co-producer Randy Clemens, who wore a popular panda-centric Sriracha shirt. [Jessica Park Photography]

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ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen made a big impression at the L.A. Sriracha Festival, not only by serving two flavorful dishes, but also by giving away gift cards for complimentary bowls at their burgeoning L.A. fast casual chain. [Jessica Park Photography]

Chef San Diego

ShopHouse (and Chipotle) executive chef Nate Appleman, a James Beard Award winner, greeted people at the booth when he wasn’t bonding with a good luck cat. [Jessica Park Photography]

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ShopHouse served Pork & Chicken Meatballs or Organic Tofu Bites with Tamarind Vinaigrette, Green Papaya Slaw, Herb Salad and Crispy Garlic. [Jessica Park Photography]

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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing was one of two businesses that served both food and beer. [Jessica Park Photography]

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Beachwood’s dish consisted of a Sriracha Braised and Glazed Smoked Spare Rib with Sweet and Spicy Vegetable Slaw. [Jessica Park Photography]

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The Eagle Rock Brewery crew previewed Eagle Rock Brewery Public House. [Jessica Park Photography]

Food Event Los Angeles

ERB Public House chef Jerry Su straddled the savory and sweet line, serving Beef Tendon Churrones with Sriracha Sugar & Mexican Chocolate. [Jessica Park Photography]

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Eastside Market Italian Deli has been a neighborhood mainstay since 1929. The Angiuli family rolled their famous meatballs down the hill for the L.A. Sriracha Festival. [Jessica Park Photography]

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Eggslut always comes strong at culinary events. Alvin Cailan and Johnny Lee led the charge in Chinatown for a second time this year. [Jessica Park Photography]

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Cailan and Lee served spicy pork tan tan ramen to preview Ramen Champ, a ramen spot that’s coming to Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. [Jessica Park Photography]

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Phillip Frankland Lee, Margarita Kallas-Lee and the couple’s tight-knit crew showcased the type of vegan cuisine they’re serving at The Gadarene Swine in Studio City. He also runs Scratch Bar in Beverly Hills. [Jessica Park Photography]

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The Gadarene Swine’s Crispy Yucca hosted Sriracha bell pepper sauce and rested on avocado puree. [Jessica Park Photography]

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Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese served a “Good and Proper” Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Sriracha, Egg, Red Onion, and a Tomato-Sriracha Soup Dip. [Jessica Park Photography]

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Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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