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Who Will Be At East L.A. Meets Napa Next Friday

Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

When it comes to local tasting events, we’ve just about slogged through them all. Hands down we find East L.A. Meets Napa one of the most thrilling and best executed; A pairing that pits Latino-owned Northern California wineries with a few of L.A.’s favorite restaurants. The fiesta pops off again next Friday at 6:00 P.M. in Union Station, with $200 tickets available online. Who will be there?

This year finds the return of classics like Loteria, La Parilla, Phlight, Porto’s, La Luna, Homegirl, Birreria El Chalio, El Cholo, Rivera, Casita Mexicana, Attila The Flan, and El Tepeyac. Newcomers include Richard Sandoval’s La Sandia, Mas Malo, and Guisado’s. Guelaguetza and Palate will be missed this year.

Last year saw a sneak peek of Steve Arroyo’s Escuela, while John Sedlar presided over his famous flower petal tortillas at this fundraiser for AltaMed. This year sees a celebration for In Their Own Words a book that looks at Latino contributions to the U.S. wine-making industry.

See a full list of participating restaurants and wineries below, and get tickets online.

East L.A. Meets Napa
Union Station
Downtown Los Angeles
July 8, 2011
6:00 p.m.

Participating Restaurants

Attila The Flan

La Parrilla Restaurant


La Sandia Tequila Cantina

Birrieria Chalio

Loteria Grill

Cacao Mexicatessen

Mama’s International Tamales

Cook’s Tortas

Phlight Restaurant

Dorados Ceviche Bar

Porto’s Bakery & Cafe

D’s Delight Chocolates
Rivera Restaurant

El Cholo- Pasadena


El Portal

Tamayo Restaurant

El Tepeyac Café

The Goodie Girls

Friandise Pastries

Tila’s Kitchen


Más Malo

Homegirl Café

La Luna Negra Tapas Bar & Restaurant

La Casita Mexicana

Participating Wineries

Alex Sotelo Cellars

Madrigal Vineyards

Black Coyote Chateau


Bodegas San Rafael

Mi Sueño

Bodegas Santo Tomas

Renteria Wines

Cavas Valmar

Rios Wine Cellars

Ceja Vineyards

Robledo Vineyards

Chateau De Vie

San Antonio Winery & Riboli Family Wine Estates


Sequoia Grove Vineyards

En Canto Vineyards

Toolbox Wine Company

Frias Family Vineyard

Tributo Tequila

Gustavo Thrace Wines

Vinisterra Winery

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wine

Wooden Bottle

Karl Lawrence Cellars

Who Will Be At East L.A. Meets Napa Next Friday