Sunday, March 4, 2012

Gold Standard 2012

This Sunday marked the fourth LA Weekly Gold Standard, an event featuring restaurants hand-picked by the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Thanks to Gold's eclectic tastes the vendors at the event ranged from the humble to the highbrow, and, after thoroughly enjoying myself last year, I looked forward to again sampling such diverse bites in one afternoon.

A-Frame @ Gold Standard 2012

Charred baby octopus from A-Frame

Animal @ Gold Standard 2012

Foie gras mousse, satsuma marmalade and toast from Animal

Baco Mercat @ Gold Standard 2012

Pork shoulder baco from Baco Mercat

Bulgarini Gelato @ Gold Standard 2012

Olive oil gelato and peach sorbetto from Bulgarini Gelato

Bulgarini Gelato @ Gold Standard 2012

Pistachio gelato and plum sorbetto from Bulgarini Gelato

Chichen Itza @ Gold Standard 2012

Cochinita pibil from Chichen Itza

Drago Centro @ Gold Standard 2012

Black truffles from Drago Centro

Drago Centro @ Gold Standard 2012

Mushroom agnolotti with black truffle from Drago Centro

Guelaguetza @ Gold Standard 2012

Tamales oaxaquenos (black mole and chicken tamales wrapped in banana leaves) from Guelaguetza

Huckleberry @ Gold Standard 2012

Huckleberry

Huckleberry @ Gold Standard 2012

I adored the serving platter for the Niman Ranch maple bacon biscuits!

Hungry Cat @ Gold Standard 2012

Pork belly and oyster beignet with celery root remoulade from The Hungry Cat

Michael Voltaggio @ Gold Standard 2012

Chef Michael Voltaggio: "People hate me on Yelp."

Ink @ Gold Standard 2012

Beef tongue and tendon "taco" with horseradish powder from ink

Jitlada @ Gold Standard 2012

Jitlada

Kobawoo House @ Gold Standard 2012

Bossam daikon wrap from Kobawoo House

LaOn @ Gold Standard 2012

Kimchi pancakes from LaOn

LaOn @ Gold Standard 2012

Kimchi pancake and shortribs from LaOn

Le Comptoir @ Gold Standard 2012

Sweet potato veloute from Le Comptoir

Lukshon @ Gold Standard 2012

Rib eye bao with spicy cucumber from Lukshon

Mayura @ Gold Standard 2012

Mayura Restaurant

MB Post @ Gold Standard 2012

Cous cous with pomegranate, marcona almonds, lavender-infused feta and homemade yogurt from MB Post

Mezze @ Gold Standard 2012

Brisket sandwich with homemade pickles and mango sauce from Mezze

Mezze @ Gold Standard 2012

Ice cream sandwich from Mezze

Mozza @ Gold Standard 2012

Butterscotch budino from Mozza

Nickel Diner @ Gold Standard 2012

"Poptarts" and red velvet cupcakes from The Nickel Diner

Night + Market @ Gold Standard 2012

Sausage from Night + Market

NIght + Market @ Gold Standard 2012

"Startled Pig" (grilled pork with bird eye chili, lemongrass, garlic and lime) from Night + Market

Picca @ Gold Standard 2012

Pork belly with sun-dried potato from Picca

Picca @ Gold Standard 2012

Grilled tiger prawn with yuzu from Picca

Providence @ Gold Standard 2012

Pistachio, white chocolate, meyer lemon and rose water from Providence

Short Cake @ Gold Standard 2012

Short Cake

Short Order @ Gold Standard 2012

Short Order

Short Order @ Gold Standard 2012

Short Order

Short Order @ Gold Standard 2012

Sausage with sauerkrat from Short Order

Starry Kitchen @ Gold Standard 2012

Plum confit chicken from Starry Kitchen

Starry Kitchen @ Gold Standard 2012

Lychee panna cotta with elderflower from Starry Kitchen

Starry Kitchen @ Gold Standard 2012

Crazy-ass Nguyen of Starry Kitchen!

Street @ Gold Standard 2012

Mung bean pancake with miso mustard and dark soy from Street

Emereald Palmer @ Gold Standard 2012

Emerald Palmer (cucumber lemonade with green tea and mint) from Street

Sotto @ Gold Standard 2012

Crispy pork belly porcetto with quince mostarda from Sotto

Smoke City Market @ Gold Standard 2012

Pastrami and brisket from Smoke City Market

The Spice Table @ Gold Standard 2012

The Spice Table

The Spice Table @ Gold Standard 2012

Pig tail with smoked perilla, mint, gem lettuce and fish sauce from The Spice Table

Tsujita @ Gold Standard 2012

Tsujita

Zona Rosa @ Gold Standard 2012

Zona Rosa @ Gold Standard 2012

Iced Zona Rosa cappuccino from Zona Rosa

Highlights:
*The ribeye bao from Lukshon-- my favorite dish of the event!

*The mushroom agnolotti with shaved truffles from Drago. Pillowy soft and loaded with truffle flavor, this dish was a close second on my list of favorites.

*The beef tongue and tendon taco from ink. I'm usually too timid to try beef tongue, but I took the plunge and sampled Chef Voltaggio's version. What can I say? Handsome chefs make me do bold things. The cool, crunch dish turned out to be one of the most refreshing bites of the day.

*Chatting with Chef Roy Choi (Kogi, Chego, A-Frame and Sunny Spot) about Hawai'i, its culture and, of course, the food.

*I'm not much of a BBQ girl, but the pastrami and brisket from Smoke City Market rocked. my. socks.

*Brisket sandwich with homemade pickles and mango sauce from Mezze. I've been eager to try this place and loved the tasty teaser I got today.

*The tiger prawn with yuzu from Picca was beautiful and grilled to perfection (and the free drink tokens for the new, soon-to-open Mo-Chica!).

*The beautiful lychee panna cotta from Starry Kitchen


With the J. Gold's upcoming move to the LA Times, who knows what will become of the Gold Standard. Given the event's fun factor and Gold's love for food and sharing his finds with Angelenos, however, I can only hope that the LAT will take up the face-stuffing mantle and continue the event. Please?

3 comments:

  1. So much food!!!

    Love Voltaggio's shirt. LOL.

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  2. Now, THAT's how you put on a killer food fest! I had a blast and am glad to hear that you had a great time too. Gold Standard 4 eva.

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  3. Great recap! I missed so many good bites... was too overheated to eat. Boo! Good seeing you! X

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