Scenes From The Taste: ‘Burgers and Beer’

Evan Funke, with his winning burger

On Friday night, The L.A. Times and Food & Wine kicked off their joint food event The Taste with “Burgers and Beer,” a night at the Beverly Hills Hilton featuring over 30 restaurants with their takes on everyone’s favorite edible icon of comfort. Amid a spread that included sliders-on-a stick from Delphine, Spice Table’s burgers with sambal, and plenty of simple, but perfect, classics, Rustic Canyon not-so-surprisingly took the day, with Evan Funke’s ideal Angus burger with onion fondue winning both the majority of the crowd’s affections and the event’s official first place prize. Despite its dominance, most of the assembled chefs presented incredible burgers of their very own, forcing the hordes to try just one more, despite stress signals coming from their stuffed stomachs. Take a look at some of the highlights of Friday nights “Burgers and Beer” party in our slideshow.