Food Bowl
Food Bowl will celebrate the diversity of Los Angeles through 31 days of food this May. The Los Angeles Times
Food Bowl
Food Bowl will celebrate the diversity of Los Angeles through 31 days of food in May. The Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times announced Tuesday the launch of the Food Bowl, a month-long festival celebrating the city’s dynamic and influential food scene, taking place throughout the month of May.

The announcement was made during a special brunch at Spring in downtown Los Angeles, attended by VIPs and culinary influencers. Guests enjoyed a number of dishes including Oeufs Farcis (deviled eggs topped with mustard seeds, paprika and chives) and Fruits Exotiques (a vanilla panna cotta with passion fruit and mango coconut meringue topped with lime zest.)

Amy Scattergood, Jonathan Gold, Noelle Carter, Jenn Harris
(left to right) The Los Angels Times food editor Amy Scattergood, critic Jonathan Gold, Test Kitchen director Noelle Carter and deputy editor Jenn Harris attend the launch event for Food Bowl in downtown Los Angeles, Feb. 7, 2017. Jennifer Johnson

Centered in Los Angeles, the festival will bring together the best in local dining experiences while promoting social awareness about food waste and hunger. LA’s largest culinary event to date, Food Bowl will include special programs with internationally renowned chefs making rare U.S. appearances, including Massimo Bottura, chef-owner of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and founder of Food for Soul; Fergus Henderson, chef and founder of St. John in London; Rosio Sánchez, chef-owner of Hija de Sánchez in Copenhagen, and Magnus Nilsson, chef at Fäviken in Sweden, with more to be announced.

Tony Esnault
Chef Tony Esnault of Spring Restaurant prepares dishes for the launch event for the Food Bowl. Jennifer Johnson

The Times Food staff, including Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold, editor Amy Scattergood, deputy editor Jenn Harris and test kitchen director Noelle Carter, will curate and host signature events during the festival. Building on the success of the Taste and its many food and beverage events during the year, the Times will turn the focus onto the inventive kitchens, welcoming dining rooms and pop-up eateries that bring people together for good conversations and great meals.

The centerpiece of Food Bowl will be Night Market, a bustling outdoor dining experience, held at Grand Park. Inspired by the global street food scene, Night Market will include 50 restaurants and food trucks, drinks and live entertainment each evening May 10-14. Through individual programs with restaurants, chefs, bars, coffee shops, food trucks, hotels and markets, the Food Bowl schedule will include hundreds of events May 1-31, including during the Memorial Day weekend.

Oeufs Farcis
At the Food Bowl launch event, guests enjoyed Oeufs Farcis, deviled eggs topped with mustard seeds, paprika and chives. Jennifer Johnson

The schedule of events and charity partners will be announced April 1. To stay up to date on LA Times Food Bowl, visit and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ LAfoodbowl (#LAfoodbowl)