March 12, 2013 |
A bright spot in the local economy - tourism - continues to generate big numbers for Los Angeles County's hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses. Tourists spent $16.4 billion in 2012, most of it on lodging, food and drinks, according to a study commissioned by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. By comparison, the group said, tourists spent $15.4 billion in 2011. Tourism last year also generated more than $2 billion in state and local taxes, according to the study by Los Angeles economics research firm Micronomics.
October 23, 2012 |
Who needs wheat anyway? The market for gluten-free foods and beverages is booming, with double digit growth over the last four years as more consumers find themselves diagnosed with celiac disease and food allergies. The market for products without the gluten protein is valued at $4.2 billion, according to a report from Packaged Facts . Since 2008, it has grown at a compound annual rate of 28% each year and is expected to exceed $6.6 billion by 2017. Gluten-free snacks and granola bars make up the largest chunk of the industry, contributing to 15% of sales, according to the report ( hat tip to BevNET.com )
August 30, 2012
The L.A. Times' Taste food festival takes place this weekend -- five events over three days including Field to Fork, Cocktail Confidential, Flavors of L.A., Dinner & Drinks and Labor Day Picnic. Already sold out is Flavors of L.A., co-hosted by Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and Evan Kleiman of KCRW's "Good Food. " Tickets, which include unlimited food and drink tastings, are currently $65 but will go up to $75 on Saturday. So act fast to get tickets for Field to Fork on Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by Times Food Editor Russ Parsons and Fig chef Roy Garcia; Cocktail Confidential on Saturday 8 to 11 p.m. hosted by Times staff writer Jessica Gelt and Julian Cox; Dinner & Drinks on Sunday 8 to 11 p.m. hosted by Times Deputy Food Editor Betty Hallock and the Beer Chicks; and Labor Day Picnic on Monday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by Times Test Kitchen Manager Noelle Carter and Zoe Nathan, co-owner of Huckleberry.
August 10, 2012 |
The Parish , chef Casey Lane's new downtown gastropub, is the house that booze built. Although Lane is widely admired as the chef of Venice's well-regarded Tasting Kitchen, he has created the menu of his new place entirely in homage to its bar. It's a move that is at once bold and humble, and it's part of the mounting proof that the city's thriving craft cocktail scene is changing the face of its restaurant culture. "It was really all about me designing a menu that was going to be able to stand up to cocktails," says Lane, adding that the Parish's head mixologist John Coltharp is one of the best bartenders he's ever encountered.
May 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- As one New York institution - the Stock Exchange - prepared to celebrate National Doughnut Day on Friday with a mass giveaway of Krispy Kremes, another New York institution - Mayor Michael Bloomberg - told the city it's time to fight fat by giving up huge, sugary drinks. Not only is it time, it soon could be law, Bloomberg said Thursday as he announced a proposal to ban sugar-filled, calorie-laden drinks of more than 16 ounces from thousands of restaurants, delis, movie theaters, food carts, sports venues and other businesses that serve food and drink.
April 6, 2012 |
Outstanding happy hour deals at top L.A. bars and clubs. -- Chef Jet Tila, who has battled it out on "Iron Chef America" and opened the buzzy pan-Asian restaurant Wazuzu at the Wynn in Las Vegas, has brought his tasty brand of Asian-fusion comfort food to Santa Monica. Called the Charleston and decked out in snazzy 1930s-era decor, Tila's new boîte features classic cocktails, live music — including jazz — and short rib tacos. Happy hour, which takes place Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., offers a chance to taste Tila's food without residual wallet pain.