Plate by Plate 2013 Giveaway

Project by Project (what is Project by Project?) is hosting its 11th annual fundraising tasting event this Saturday, Plate by Plate. Located in downtown’s Vibiana (the former cathedral), the event brings together heavy hitters in the world of LA food & drink for an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink fest.

Net proceeds go to a partner charity each year; this year, the charity is Asian American theater organization East West Players. The food-fest isn’t exactly cheap ($150 GA & $250 VIP), but I have an opportunity to give away two free VIP passes ($500 retail value) to Saturday’s event to one lucky reader. The exhaustive list of participants is below.

Restaurants Desserts
9021pho Fluff Ice
Allumette Ramekin
Bashan Drinks
Bestia 1886 (VIP only)
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s Asahi Beer
Chaya Downtown Boutique Sake
Chef Jet Tila Bird Pick Tea & Leaf
Church & State Boba 7
Circa The Bruery
Guelaguetza CNS Enterprise
Hamasaku Gekkeikan Sake
Kali Dining (VIP only) Joto Sake
Lazy Ox Canteen Kettle One
Lexington Social House Kirin Beer
Little Bear Monster
Lukshon Off the Vine
Mills + Co. PIL Sake
Oinkster Rebel Winery
Paiche San Vicente Cellars
The Park’s Finest VeeV
Patina/Patina Pastry Ventura Limoncello
Petty Cash Tequeria Voss Water
Phorage White Lion
The Raymond
Redbird (VIP only)
Saddle Peak Lodge
Scratch Bar
Seoul Sausage Co.
Starry Kitchen
Stella Barra Pizzeria
Taberna Arros y Vi

For a taste of what to expect, see a recap of the event I attended in 2011:

And also see a thorough recap of the 2012 event:

To enter, please comment with your name and a valid e-mail address and tell me which vendor (food or drink) you’re most looking forward to trying…and why! Again, it’s two VIP tickets for one winner. Deadline is 10pm Wednesday evening, winner will be selected randomly and notified that same night. In the event that the chosen winner cannot attend, tickets will be re-allocated (non-transferable).

As for me? There’s a bunch, but I’m curious to see a preview of Neal Fraser’s Redbird (soon to open at the Vibiana) as well as to try Petty Cash Taqueria. I love Bestia and Lukshon and will likely eat whatever they are serving. For drinks, I thoroughly enjoy 1886’s cocktails and The Bruery’s beers…I have a feeling I’ll be stopping by those tables multiple times.

What: 11th Annual Plate by Plate Los Angeles.
Where: Vibiana. 214 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
When: Saturday, August 3rd. 6pm VIP entry, 7pm general admission.
How: I just told you! Or to guarantee admission, buy your tickets here.

Thanks for playing!

UPDATE 7/31 10:10pm: Thank you to all that participated! It was fun seeing what everyone’s looking forward to – it seems like Oinkster, Bestia and Paiche may be some of the most popular tables on Saturday. An Excel random number formula was used to choose a number between 1 and 61 with the result being comment #22. Congratulations to Marcus! If positive confirmation of acceptance is not received within 24 hours, I will draw another number. Thanks again.


  1. If I had to choose just one, I would say Scratch Bar (a former pop-up now settled in Beverly Hills). They’re pretty new to their fixed location, having just opened last month. But when my Facebook friend and Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman says he had a “Grade A meal” at Scratch Bar, you take notice. That, and the enticing photos of Scratch Bar’s plates like Cobb salad with uni and pork belly have me sold.

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  2. Stella Barra’s crust sounds amazing. It’s pretty easy for a restaurant to master decent pizza. So, when I hear about one that distinguishes itself from all the others, I have to try it!

  3. Bestia. My friend keeps telling me : let’s go. But we still haven’t gotten around to it. Too much anticipation!

  4. Hello! I’m most looking forward to trying Paiche. I’m already a fan of Picca and Mo-Chica and I haven’t been over to try Paiche since it opened a few months ago. Their Dine LA menu also looked so yummy, from the ceviche to the chicharron!! But..I also missed that cycle too! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win tickets!

  5. I’d love the opportunity to try Zarate’s Paiche! Having gone to Picca for my last birthday, I’d love to see what else he has to offer and how it differentiates from Picca.

  6. It’s gotta be Guelaguetza. I love mole and have had that place bookmarked on yelp forever.


  7. Definitely looking forward to Paiche– Mo Chica has been one of my fav restaurants over the past few years. Richard Zarate has been killing it there and Paiche is supposed to have more of a Japanese Izakaya influence so that makes it even more tantilizing!

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  8. Alcoholic Boba…What?! Well I was gonna vote Parks Finest b/c I love their BBQ breakfast but …Boba 7 is now my new vote too

  9. Patina of course!!!!!!!!! I love all the Patina restaurants and I live right next to Patina!!!!!!! (Lucky me!!!! :-)) They are the master of fine dining and the only reason why I’m going!!!!!!!!!

  10. Comment “I’m looking forward to trying what Lazy Ox Canteen has to offer. I heard their burger was one of the best in LA!”

  11. Hi Darin! You have the same name spelling as my friend! Anyway, I’m looking forward to Voss Water, so I could reuse its glass bottle. 🙂

  12. Bestia! I have been wanting to go there for so long. I love handmade pastas and I heard their chicken gizzards are so tender.

  13. I’m excited to try the Oinkster! I’ve always heard about how great that place is, especially their great their burger weeks!!!

    All the burgers they have during that week sounds so good! I haven’t had a chance to make it up to Eagle Rock yet. Thanks for the chance for tickets!

  14. I am most looking forward to trying Saddle Peak Lodge. The game-centric menu has always looked extremely appealing to me, but I have not yet had the opportunity to try it.

    Jordan Sandler
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  15. Hey Darin Dines! I’d be most interested in seeing what Church and State has to offer. I had them a couple of years back and was blown away. I’d like to see what they have cooked up this time around. Keep up the awesome work!

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  16. Church & State of course! Because I like to eat food that I can’t pronounce: Cassoulet, Bouillabaise, Moelle de Bouef, etc. Love their always changing menu. Love their bone marrow & steak tartar.

  17. ooh, I’d love to see what Chef Jet Tila is up to! I first came across Jet when he was moving out to Vegas and put up a craigslist ad where he left a few chef outfits and some culinary textbooks outside of his house. I then got the chance to actually meet him in person while he was at Wazuzu at the Wynn there. Will be very cool to see what he’s up to these days for Plate to Plate

  18. Darin, I’m definitely interested in Oinkster. I think Katz deli is legit but I don’t see how anything beats Langer’s #19. I have to try an Oinkster pastrami sandwich to find the one who rules them all! [email protected]

  19. I am antidriver so i havent been to many places outside dt. Really want to try petty cash and paiche!

  20. Paiche! I like the other two restaurants of Ricardo Zarate that I’ve tried and would love to try his new one as well!

  21. Without a doubt: Oinkster for their P-O-R-K! But, truthfully could never pick just one. After living in L.A. for what seems like half a lifetime, we moved to San Diego and STILL drive round-trip just for dinner in L.A. – yes, over 180 miles round-trip. It would be a thrill … when I read your descriptions of your escapades (even in Japan, which we LOVE), I’m literally drooling the whole time. Maybe we’ll get “lucky” Wednesday night?
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  22. Scratch bar. They’ve been coming out with very interesting dishes ever since they opened. Looking forward to a perfect small bite that they gonna come out with.

    Jerry Kao
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  23. I would definitely love to go try Bestia and Church and State, especially because I’ve heard Bestia’s charcuterie offerings are out of this world and it would be a great learning experience for me as a cook. I’ve been meaning to get down there to eat but since I’m in the foodservice industry it means I don’t get many nights off. Also, I have this Saturday off, which is a rare occurrence when you’re a cook, and I’d love to take my wife!

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  24. Chaya – Frozen Beer and whatever they’re serving that day. Although missing out on the Kobe Beef-Porcini Mushroom Bolognese would be a crime.

  25. I want to try the spicy chicken pops at Lukshon 🙂 They were out of it last time I was there, haven’t made it back to try it yet.

  26. I’m excited to try Bashan and Redbird. Bashan is very appealing because it has a 4.5 star rating on Yelp with nearly 300 reviews! that’s pretty amazing for a restaurant. Neal Fraser’s Redbird is also going to be located in the back of the Vibiana. What a great location for a restaurant and VIP members get to taste Redbird prior to the restaurant opening!

    Lastly, I’m really excited to help Project by Project and East West Players as they are helping the Asian American Community via a very creative event. I hope even those who do not win this great contest buy a ticket to attend the event anyway!

  27. I’m extremely excited to try Bestia – as that restaurant is always packed, and I’ve been trying to make reservations since it first opened. Would be very excited if they brought their house-cured salami and some of their fresh made pasta as one of the sample tastings this year. Thanks for creating this event – it’s like every foodie’s dream to be able to go!

  28. I’m most excited to try Oinkster because I’ve heard very good ratings and reviews on this place and I hear they elevate the pork dish to new heights!

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