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 The LA Times is bringing its renowned 4th annual Food Bowl online with, The Food Bowl Presents: Takeout and Give Back Campaign. 

For the past couple of years the month of May has been the month for all Los Angeleno foodies because of the highly anticipated The Los Angeles Times’ LA Food Bowl. This event is a  month-long food celebration. Unfortunately, this year, the food extravaganza was postponed due to COVID-19. However, The LA Times has found a way to continue the excitement of the LA Food Bowl while staying safe at home. The event will take place on October 17th, and will be completely virtual.

The Food Bowl: Takeout and Give Back campaign’s mission is “to encourage support for restaurants in Southern California and raise awareness for local and global food relief efforts” (source: website) and will include several, amazing online events. One of the many exciting events that food-lovers can look forward to is the much-anticipated, live Cook-A-Thon with World Central Kitchen, which will feature 30 chefs and a countless amount of special guests.


A special, virtual dinner party will be held on September 26th to celebrate the winners of the prestigious Gold Award and Restaurant of the Year Award announced every year. According to the sites instagram, “For the grace, ingenuity and resilience that chef Josef Centeno has displayed in the maelstrom that is 2020, Orsa & Winston is The Times’ Restaurant of the Year award recipient. The Gold Award celebrates culinary excellence and challenges what Southern California cooking might be. This year’s recipient is the team, Govind Armstrong, John Cleveland, Roni Cleveland, and Brad Johnson behind Post & Beam, which has become a vital part of L.A. and the national dining scene.”

Each year, the LA Food Bowl’s events focus on bringing awareness towards food access, sustainability, and waste reduction, and will continue to do so with this year’s Takeout and Give Back campaign through several charity collaborations in support of World Central Kitchen and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to assist communities affected by the pandemic.

These are the events that you can look forward to during the Food Bowl Takeout and Give Back:

Food Bowl’s Takeout and Give Back Restaurant Guide:

Curated by The Times Food staff, the special takeout guide will feature local favorites and restaurants that are offering delivery, new takeout options and special menus. Citi cardmembers will have access to a six-month, complimentary digital subscription to the Los Angeles Times with takeout or delivery purchases from select participating restaurants.

Live Cook-A-Thon with World Central Kitchen:

Featuring 30 chefs and special guests from Los Angeles and around the world, the Aug. 29 livestreamed cook-a-thon in collaboration with World Central Kitchen will offer viewers an intimate cooking experience filled with recipe tips and advice from top culinary names and celebrity guest appearances. The event will be streamed via the Los Angeles Times Food YouTube channel. Registration is available now.

Gold Award and Restaurant of the Year:

Food Bowl will also present a virtual dinner event on Sept. 26 in celebration of the annual Gold Award and Restaurant of the Year winners.

Each year the Gold Award is given to California chefs in honor of their culinary excellence and expanding the notion of Southern California cooking. The award celebrates intelligence, innovation, and brilliance as well as an appreciation for aesthetics, culture, and the environment.

While there is not a single way to capture the essence of the food scene in LA, the Restaurant of the Year Award is one way to celebrate what the city is increasingly known for delicious, distinctive and captivating food.

The LA Times Foundation Fund will be granting up to $100,000 to various charity partners in 2020, including $25,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and $25,000 to World Central Kitchen to help launch a virtual food drive and the Cook-A-Thon initiative” (source: press release).

Food brings us all together and it’s so great to see The Los Angeles Times continues to bring the joy it brings every year with the Food Bowl, but this time, virtually! The Food Bowl: Takeout & Give Back is a fantastic way to enjoy delicious food for a good cause while helping local restaurants who have been greatly impacted by COVID-19.

Get your grub on and visit for more information on the Takeout & Give Back virtual events. Follow @LAFoodBowl on Twitter and Instagram and join in on the conversation by using #LAFoodBowl.

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