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LA’s Family Style Food Festival Evolves Into a Chinatown Drive-In With Carhop Service

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Plus, a Black-owned winery tasting, Firefly reopens in Studio City, and smoked brisket and salmon on Montreal bagels

Family Style Fest in 2019 in Los Angeles, California
Family Style Fest 2019
Family Style Fest 2019
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.

Last year, Fairfax streetwear company The Hundreds produced its first Family Style Food Fest where chefs and restaurateurs collaborated with the LA-based streetwear brand at the CBS Studios in Beverly Grove. Because COVID-19 changed everything, organizers converted this year’s festival into a drive-in with movies, music, comedy, and food from October 2 through 4 in Chinatown.

The revamped Family Style Fest & Blondie Beach’s Drive-Thru Theater takes place at 713 N. Hill parking lot near Far East Plaza. Organizers will take in 100 cars each night where guests can order via the DoorDash app, with food delivered to your car. The full restaurant lineup lands on September 14, but Chinatown’s 43-year-old Mandarin-Szechuan spot Yang Chow has already confirmed it will participate.

The Hundreds partnered with local record label Blondie Beach — they’ll supply the music — and haven’t announced the double feature yet. Proceeds benefit Chinatown Service Center, Homeboy Industries, Cathedral High School, and Los Angeles City College. Tickets will be available on September 21 through the festival’s website.

In other news:

—Historic Filipinotown’s Genever re-launched their cocktails to-go. For the first week, they’ll partner and pair drinks with the popular Bungkus Bagus Indonesian food pop-up with new food partners each week. They’re already taking orders with a last call on Monday, September 14, and pickups on September 18 and 19.

Black Dog Coffee owner Brad Gold announced his retirement, but the Mid-Wilshire location will remain open. The last day of business is Friday.

—This Friday, Boar Dough Tasting Room in Agoura Hills hosts a tasting for Brown Estate Vineyards, the first and only Black-owned estate winery in Napa Valley. Sommelier Jen Carter will bring three wines to sample from 6 p.m. to 9 .p.m.

—Arthur Grigoryan, whose III Mas BBQ brought an Armenian twist to Texas barbecue, starts a new pop-up at Bar Bandini on September 13 called the Crispy Sphinx.

Firefly restaurant in Studio City reopens today with outdoor dining and a full menu from 5 until 11:30 p.m.

—Mobile pizza maker Jason Winters from Urban Pie is Heritage Sandwich Shop’s next pop-up guest. Together with Long Beach Restauration chef Phillip Pretty, they’ll serve smoked brisket and salmon on Montreal bagels this Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.