Food is the New Rock: Roy Choi, Ecuadorian Food & the L.A. Street Food Fest

Just a couple of things to let you know about this week…

First… Food is the New Rock, the podcast I do with Chuck P from KCRW where we talk to chefs about music and bands about food, turned one year old this week.  And to celebrate our 50th episode we had Chef Roy Choi on the show.  Midtown Lunchers will know Roy as the genius behind Kogi & Chego, but there’s also Sunny Spot, A-Frame, and the soon to open Line Hotel in Koreatown. But we didn’t really talk about all that.  We talked about hip hop, Alice Cooper, and Grateful Dead parking lot egg rolls.  You can download the episode for free on iTunes or stream it from the Food is the New Rock website.

And speaking of the Food is the New Rock website, the 2013 list of Eater Young Guns was released this week, and on Sunday they’re having a big party at LACMA featuring food, drinks, and a performance by the up and coming OC band Yellow Red Sparks (get your tix here.)  We ended up asking their lead singer for some food recs, and he mentioned El Caserio- an Ecuadorian spot on Virgil.  Definitely sounds like a lunch that will be happening in my near future.

But wait.  There’s more!

We’ll be at the L.A. Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl again this year along with a ton of our favorite Midtown Lunch spots. It all goes down next Saturday (6/29), and the best part is they’ve brought live music back to the event this year, featuring Jessica Childress (from The Voice), Tommy and the High Pilots, and Black Crystal Wolf Kids (featuring our good friend Jeff Miller from Thrillist) playing on a stage sponsored by Food is the New Rock, Amoeba Records, SwingHouse Studios and Galpin Auto Sports.  It always sells out so you’ll probably want to get your tickets sooner rather than later. Hope to see you there!


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