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LA’s Biggest Vegan Food Fest Closes a 10 Year Run at the Rose Bowl This Weekend

Plus, coffee in Chinatown, Jon & Vinny’s in South LA, and Javier Ramos

Eat Drink Vegan
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Eat Drink Vegan at the Rose Bowl

After 10 years, Nic Adler’s plant-based festival makes its last run this Saturday. With no animal protein in sight, Eat Drink Vegan’s lineup impresses with Triple Beam Pizza, Donut Friend, Seabirds Kitchen, and the ever-popular Tacos 1986. In all that’s 100 vegan food vendors, beer, wines, kombucha, a CBD village, and a culinary stage where chefs Roy Choi, Mary Sue Milliken, and Bruce Kalman will show their skill in live cooking demos in the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Tickets are $55 for general admission, or $120 for a VIP pass.

Eat Drink Vegan
Eat Drink Vegan
Eat Drink Vegan

Jon & Vinny’s sets sights on South LA

Jon & Vinny’s just bought a building on Slauson near Overhill. It’s the former Yee’s, a decades-old Chinese restaurant that closed earlier this year. Thus far, the company hasn’t confirmed anything other than an off-site kitchen space, but in a View Park/Windsor Hills Facebook group voiced concerns about a new restaurant that might be too expensive for the historic and largely black and Latino neighborhood.

Sqirl’s Former chef de cuisine

Resy’s background piece on former Sqirl chef de cuisine Javier Ramos is a positive and timely one, as he’ll take over the soon-to-shutter Trois Familia, and transform it into a new neighborhood spot.

A Westside ice cream shop makes waves in Long Beach

The Westside’s Rori’s Artisanal Creamery made moves into Long Beach, and right into SteelCraft at Bixby Knolls, according to the Long Beach Post. And to celebrate it, owner Rori Trovato will give out free scoops from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Saturday.

Coffee drinking in Chinatown

The Los Angeles Times writes a wonderful guide to Chinatown coffeehouses, which pays tribute to the neighborhood’s long history with iconic cafes, bakeries, and restaurants. It also points out some hidden gems, and what to order.