The Gold Standard has been an annual event thrown together by the LA Weekly Magazine for the past four years. Since LA Weekly is my place of employment, I get to enjoy a complimentary admission and gorge on free food for a few hours. I’ve only gone twice. The first year of the event and then this year. This is an event for the purely hardcore foodies – it was a hot day and the place was extremely crowded.
We had to park three blocks away since the event parking was closed off when we got there (what the heck, guys). I do consider myself somewhat of a “foodie” but I would never actually pay the full price to attend the Gold Standard.
My problem with the Gold Standard is the crowd and general discomfort (too hot). It is not a convenient place to dine and wine at your leisure and ease. There are not many places to sit down to actually enjoy your food. It is mostly a grab and stuff your face on the go type of event.
You will bump into people. One guy elbowed my drink onto my food.
It is not the best way to experience great food. I was so busy holding my tray, trying not to have an accident that I barely paid attention to what I’m eating. I didn’t have enough hands to take photos. I can’t tell you where half the things I ate came from since I kept my head down, grab my plate and then dodge the oncoming wave of people.
I shouldn’t really be complaining since I did get in for free! Though, I honestly can’t tell you what “stood out” the most. It was all a blur of diving into the crowds and grabbing plates. Although, there were gourmet pop tarts with bacon on top.
If you’re a foodie and don’t mind getting thrown and rushed around, then you’d probably enjoy this event. For $75 a pop, it’s a fairly good deal and you will eat and drink your share and more. I would still prefer having a place to sit down where I can go at my own pace, without fear of having my wine knocked over by a stranger’s elbow. I also don’t like having to fight a crowd or stand in line just to get a small dish sampler. I also don’t think eating a whole range of different food within a few hours really highlights anything in the long run.
It is still the best of the best in Los Angeles though, at least according to Jonathan Gold.
My mom was my date for the day. ;)
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