Masters of Taste at Rose Bowl on May 6

Robert Shahnazarian, Claud Beltran and Rob Levy were among those who enjoyed a prior Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 6, at the Rose Bowl.
Robert Shahnazarian, Claud Beltran and Rob Levy were among those who enjoyed a prior Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 6, at the Rose Bowl.

The third annual Masters of Taste, a premier food and beverage festival to benefit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services, will be held Sunday, May 6, from 3-7 p.m. on the field of the iconic Rose Bowl.
Masters of Taste will bring more than 2,500 food and beverage enthusiasts to enjoy the finest fare from more than 40 restaurants, as well as sweets and beverages featuring signature handcrafted cocktail tastings from 25 spirit brands and bars. There will be a premier 50-yard-line cocktail bar featuring top mixologists from four distinguished drinking destinations, wineries, local craft breweries, cold-pressed juices, cold-brew coffee, live entertainment and more.
All proceeds from Masters of Taste will benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Union Station is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to end homelessness in the community and offers an array of services including street outreach, meals, shelter, housing, case management and career development. In the last two years, Masters of Taste has raised nearly $1 million to support Union Station’s life-saving programs.

Photos courtesy USHS Union Station Homeless Services’ board includes (front row, from left) Alan Maltun (chair), Liz Trussel and David Mans. Second row: Grace Kim, Arnold Siegel, Janie Steckenrider, Brittany Duke, Cathy Simms and Jan Sanders. Back: Rob Levy, Mitch Kauffman, Holger Besch, Jack Keleshian, Dianne Bukata and Greg Prout.
Photos courtesy USHS
Union Station Homeless Services’ board includes (front row, from left) Alan Maltun (chair), Liz Trussel and David Mans. Second row: Grace Kim, Arnold Siegel, Janie Steckenrider, Brittany Duke, Cathy Simms and Jan Sanders. Back: Rob Levy, Mitch Kauffman, Holger Besch, Jack Keleshian, Dianne Bukata and Greg Prout.

Some of this year’s Masters of Taste participating culinary masters and restaurants include Ardour Hospitality with chef Michael Hung, Alexander’s Steakhouse with chef Travis Flood, Ayara Luk with chef Vanda Asapahu, Bacchus Kitchen & Eatery and Claude & Co. with chef Claud Beltran, Bistro Mon Cheri with chef Kimmy Tang, Bone Kettle and Komodo with chef Erwin Tjahyadi, Bourbon Steak with chef Kyle Johnson, Celestino Ristorante with chef Calogero Drago, Chaya with chef Joji Inoue, Church & State and Spring with Chef Tony Esnault, Dérive with Chef Shane Alvord, Eat @ Rollin’ Joe’s with Chef Mark Salazar, Fahrenheit LA with Chef John McLellan, Garlic & Chives with chef Kristin Nguyen, Grill Em All with chef Ryan Harkins, Gus’s Barbecue with chef Mike Stern, Jaffa with chef Anne Conness, Kato with chef Jonathan Yao, Li Orient Asian Bar & Restaurant and Triple 8 China Bar & Grill, Loquita with chef Peter Lee, Lunasia Dim Sum House with chef Lee Hau Fu, M Café with chef Atsushi Kenjo, Maestro with chef Elena Vega, Maple at Descanso Gardens with chef Philip Mack, Mercado with chef Jose Acevedo, Momed with chef Alex Sarkissian, Montrésor and The Flats with chef Paul Shoemaker, Nerano with chef Michele Lisi, Pez Cantina with chef Bret Thompson, Poppy and Rose with chef Michael Reed, Prince of Venice with chef Alberto Bertoncin, Ramen Tatsunoya, Redbird with chef Neal Fraser, Sweet Greek with chef Christina Xenos, The Bellwether with chef Ted Hopson, The Raymond 1886 with chef Tim Guiltinan, True Food Kitchen with chef Sebastian Pfleging, Wax Paper with chef Peter Lemos, Wolfgang Puck Catering, and World Empanadas with chef Matthew Hirtz.

The group of Los Angeles top “sweet masters” will showcase an assortment of desserts including Butter Cake Shoppe, Chocolate Stars, Crème Caramel, Fatamorgana Gelato, Helados Pops, Mignon Chocolate, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Porto’s Bakery, Sidecar Doughnuts, The Dolly Llama, Zooies Cookies and more.

Some of the “beverage masters” who will present top-notch ales, lagers, pilsners and more for guests include Angel City Brewery, Brewyard Beer Company, Indie Brewing Company, Iron Triangle Brewing, Lincoln Beer Company, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Mt. Lowe Brewing Co., San Fernando Brewing Co., State Brewing Co. and more.
A specially curated collection of wineries include Ascension Cellars, Cosentino Winery, Foris Winery & Vineyards, Golden Star Vineyards & Winery, Hitching Post Winery, Y3 by Jax Vineyards, Kieu Hoang Winery, Lorimar Vineyards and Winery, Anderson Valley’s Navarro Vineyards, Roboli Family Wines, Rutherford Ranch Winery and Wrath Wines.
Some of the Southland’s top bartenders and cocktail bars creating first-rate craft cocktails include Cameron Masden of 1886, Dan Garvin of Magnolia House, Devon Espinosa of Sunset & Vinyl and Feisser Stone of CHAYA Izakaya. Top brands showcasing their finest spirits will also include American Born Moonshine, Buzzbox, Dulce Vida tequila, SelvaRey rum, Smirnoff spiked sparking seltzer, Woodford reserve and ZYR Russian vodka and many more.
Non-alcoholic beverages will include Bai, Boxed Water, Califia Farms juices and cold brew coffees, Dry Sparkling, Groundwork coffee, Honeydrop beverages, Humm Kombucha, Immordl energy elixirs, cold-pressed juices from Nekter Juice Bar and Zico Coconut Water and more.
Masters of Taste 2018 is made possible through the support of gold sponsors, including HomeStreet Bank, Judith L Chiara Foundation, Western Asset Management and Woodford Reserve.
Tickets to this event are only available for guests ages 21 and older. A VIP “power hour” will be held from 3-4 p.m. and general admission will be from 4-7 p.m. For more information or to book tickets, visit MastersofTasteLA.com/Tickets.

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