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Gold Standard 2012

jsandler | | Mar 4, 2012 08:47 PM

I'm sure I wasn't the only one at this year's gold standard. I'm curious what people thought of this year's event.

Like last year, one of my favorite's were the wonderful grilled oysters from Little Dom's. I missed Mozza last year, so made it my first stop this year. I was slightly disappointed to see they were only serving dessert, but wow. That butterscotch bundino with a rosemary cookie was good. Other favorites were Guegeletza's mole topped tamales, Drago Centro's mushroom angoloti with shaved truffle, Tasting Kitchen's pork rillettes and Huckleberry's extremely impressive pastry spread. I was also little disappointed that Providence was only serving desert after the scallop ceviche they served last year. I missed Animal's Foie Gras, but luckily am having dinner reservations there this coming Friday. Anyone know what Playa was serving? I Missed that one as well.
Also, that pork dish from Night + Market market is certainly one of the spiciest dishes I've ever had, and unfortunately, it was the very first dish I ate..
Overall, I'm not sure the even twas quite worth the $75 general admission price. It was a bit too crowded and lacked adequate seating. Also, more of the vendors ran out of food before the event was over than last year. With Johanthan Gold leaving the LA Weekly, I know this may be the last Gold Standard, but if there is another one, they seriously need to consider changing venues and certainly providing more seating.

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