Regular Price: $65
Goldstar Price: $50
Have you been longing to try buzzworthy local restaurants, but don't want to face the freeways? LA Weekly has gathered dishes from a.o.c., Melisse, Beverly Soon Tofu, Rose Cafe, Salt's Cure and many more restaurants all at one event -- its signature food and wine extravaganza The Essentials. Curated by award-winning food critic Besha Rodell, this California Market Center event showcases signature bites from restaurants featured in the alternative weekly's annual "99 Essentials" restaurant issue, which hits stands the same week. Expect everything from tacos to tapas to Thai, as well as cocktail samples and wine from top shelf wineries. The Essentials benefits Food Forward, a volunteer-powered SoCal organization making community-wide change around hunger.