Ticket Giveaway: LA Weekly’s The Essentials


LA Weekly is back with their deliciously fabulous event The Essentials, taking place at one of my favorite venues in DTLA, the California Market Place. Enjoy panoramic views of our beautiful city while chomping away on some of the hottest eats in LA, from favorites such as Kogi, POT, Republique, Sqirl, Broken Spanish and many, many more, Saturday February 20th from 6pm-10pm.

Last year’s event had incredible offerings, with my favorites being miso glazed donuts from Hinoki and the Bird and bacon popcorn from Tar and Roses. Lines were crazy, people were hungry and the drinks were a-flowin’, all while we were perched high above the hustle and bustle of the streets below. It was epic, and I cannot wait to see what the talented chefs of the participating restaurants have in store for us this year!

The wonderful people over at LA Weekly have given me TWO tickets to giveaway to this tasty event, so if you want a chance at winning ’em, CLICK HERE TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY. If you don’t want to take the chance of missing out (and I HIGHLY suggest you don’t), tickets can be purchased HERE. A portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to Food Forward, an organization that is helping combat hunger by connecting those in need with local produce that would otherwise go to waste.


I will be live Tweeting and posting photos on Instagram of my adventures in eating through The Essentials, so be sure to follow along!


The fabulous staff at LA Weekly have graciously invited me to attend The Essentials in exchange for blogging. All opinions, like always, are my own. 

About The Roaming Bean (109 Articles)
You're probably wondering what the heck is a "Roaming Bean"... Given that I am clearly not a Bean, and my name is Jen, what gives with this Bean thing, right? A friend of mine called me JenBean as a child, and it kinda stuck. Actually, it really stuck... even my license plate says Jenbean. And seeing as I have this grand lust to wander the world, The Roaming Bean seemed suitable. I've changed my career path more times than I have my underwear (minus all the times I've gone commando).... from animating, to forensic pathology, to international business, to fashion marketing and even to my wonderful and favorite of the bunch, degree in culinary arts, nothing kept my attention. Nothing was fun enough to do every day for the rest of my life. I mean, even though I cooked for celebrities in the heart of Hollywood, CA, why the hell would I want to sweat my ass off in a ridiculously HOT kitchen for most of the day and go home smelling like beef and onions? And the chef hat?? Do you know what that did to my hair?? Enter traveling.... The rainy day I descended down the tower of Notre Dame in Paris, gripping on to the railing for dear life so not to slip and tumble to an early death from the torrential down pour that was causing a small flood in the stairwell, my life changed. When I safely made it to the ground, legs shaky from an apparent lack of fitness it requires to walk up and down 387 steep stairs, I realized my hands were stained a delightful copper color from the rusted hand rail I had so dearly clung to. Desperate to get the icky stuff off my supple hands, and no running water in sight, I did what any other hopeless idiot would have done: I washed my hands in the nearest Parisian gutter. It was that moment that changed my life... I threw away my hair dryer, my rolling luggage and my dignity. I let my hair go natural, I bought a back pack and I CAMPED through Europe for a month and a half. Yes my friends, I crossed over into a savage traveling beast. Ok, a lot of people travel that way. But I didn't. And I'm so incredibly thankful for that rainy day in Paris that made me realize the world is a pretty sweet place. That realization led me on a quest; a quest to get out there, see things, soak up some local culture and eat my way around the world (with minimal food-related illnesses, such as but not limited to raging diarrhea).

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