If you are interested in Los Angeles Times The Taste sponsorship opportunities, please contact Shalyce Benfell at Shalyce.Benfell@latimes.com with questions.


Citi ›

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.


Acura ›

“A sip of elegance, a dish of sophistication, and your Southern California Acura Dealers want to share an evening with you at the 2016 TASTE Event. Get a taste of Precision Crafted Performance by test driving the Acura model of your choice. Visit SoCalAcuraDealers.com to locate your nearest dealer today!”

Knob Creek

Knob Creek ›

Knob Creek has been handcrafting extraordinary full flavored bourbon with intriguing taste and bottled in unique flask shaped packaging for over 20 years, which has helped make it the #1 selling Super Premium bourbon in the world. Aged for a full 9 years in new, charred American Oak barrels and bottled at an honest 100 proof, Knob Creek upholds the standard for what great bourbon ought to be with its big, full signature flavor. Launched in early 1992, at a time when the terms “craft” and “super premium” bourbon didn’t exist, Knob Creek is named after the small town in Kentucky where President Abraham Lincoln was born. In recent years, Knob Creek has expanded its portfolio releasing Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (120 proof / 60% alcohol by volume) in 2011, Knob Creek Rye (100 proof / 50% alcohol by volume) in 2012 and Knob Creek Smoked Maple (90 proof / 45% alcohol by volume) in 2013. For more information on Knob Creek, visit www.knobcreek.com.


Toki ›

Toki means “time” in Japanese. It’s a concept rich in meaning the world over, but particularly in Japan where respect for tradition and reinvention sparks a powerful creative energy. Inspired by that interplay, Suntory Whisky Toki™ brings together old and new -the House of Suntory’s proud heritage and its innovative spirit- to create blended Japanese whisky that is both groundbreaking and timeless.

Don Julio

Don Julio ›

The process of creating Tequila Don Julio is as unique as the tequila itself. From the cultivation of the agave plant to the American white-oak barrels it is aged in, making Tequila Don Julio is a process that requires the skilled and practiced hands of people trained in the art and craft of tequila. Each bottle of Tequila Don Julio is made from the same handpicked, 100% pure, blue Weber agave plants from the highlands of Jalisco—one of the country’s most fertile agave-growing regions. It is here where each agave plant is allowed to grow seven to ten years before it is harvested, resulting in the mellow, fully developed agave flavor Tequila Don Julio is known for. It is this attention to quality, craftsmanship and tradition that sets Tequila Don Julio apart from other tequilas and makes it the world’s finest luxury tequila.

EXA Partners, INC (&Tokyo)

EXA Partners, INC (&Tokyo) ›

Tradition and innovation. Japanese culture and cultures from around the world. Tokyo is always making connections to new things, experiences and people, creating its own unique style and new kinds of enjoyment that can be experienced only here. When visitors from around the world connect to Tokyo, something new begins.


Gearys ›

As a Beverly Hills tradition for more than 85 years, GEARYS has assembled an unrivaled collection of the most exquisite and attainable luxury brands from around the world including fine china, crystal, home décor, silver and gifts, as well as some of the most sought after names in fine jewelry and watches. We feature such legendary names as Baccarat, Bernardaud, Lalique, Christofle and Hermes as well as exciting designs by Gucci, Versace, and more. Impeccable service has been our specialty since 1930, and we invite you to experience all that GEARYS has to offer by visiting our Flagship Store at 351 N. Beverly Drive or online at GEARYS.com.


Hornitos ›

The Hornitos® family of tequilas keeps Don Francisco Javier Sauza’s legacy alive, using the same high standards to cultivate the best and most flavorful agaves, molding them into premium tequilas that everyone can enjoy. He brought the celebrated spirit to new heights with the agave-robust Reposado, broke the rules to create a crystalline Plata and went above and beyond tequila standards to make an ultra smooth and aromatic Añejo. Hornitos® Tequila carried on his legacy by revolutionizing the shot occasion with Lime Shot and redefining the premium tequila experience with whiskey-like Hornitos® Black Barrel®, and continues to innovate with its latest offering Hornitos® Spiced Honey — reinforcing that Hornitos® is Not Just Any Tequila.

Japan Tourism (JNTO)

Japan Tourism (JNTO) ›

Experience tastes from one of the food capitols of the world, Japan. Savory miso and strong sake highlight some of the tasty food culture of this unique destination. Enjoy a slice of Japan’s one-of-a-kind blend of modern and traditional culture with a topping of the country’s warm hospitality.



The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a Japanese government-related B2B non-profit organization that promotes mutual trade and investment between Japan and the world. Established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports, JETRO’s current focus is promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small-medium-sized Japanese firms maximize their export potential.

MorningStar Farms

MorningStar Farms ›

Here at MorningStar Farms we make delicious veggie foods with tasty plant-based proteins for every part of your day. These are the kinds of foods that do more than make you feel good – they make for a healthier planet. And remember, no matter how you veg, it’s Just What the World Ordered.


NHK World ›

NHK WORLD TV, Japan’s English language 24/7 top of every hour news and lifestyle channel, Over the Air 28.4 and Time Warner 1278. Celebrity Chef Rika, host of DINING WITH THE CHEF, will be on stage at The Taste. Visit the NHK booth too and enjoy samples and giveaways!

Stella Artois


Bai Brand ›

Bai is an innovative beverage company that brings great taste and better-for-you ingredients together at last. Each bottle of Bai offers fresh fruit flavor and antioxidants that quench more than just your thirst. With no artificial sweeteners and only 5 calories and 1 gram of sugar per serving, Bai is the ideal way to bring healthy, bold flavor into your life.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group - Clamato

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group - Squirt



KIND’s mission is to make the world a little kinder, one snack and one act at a time. All of KIND’s snacks fit into a healthy, active lifestyle regardless of your schedule or craving. KIND encourages consumers to ‘Live KIND’ by doing the KIND thing for their body, taste buds, and world.

Mark West


Ravage ›

“Inspired by the knight’s code of courage and camaraderie, Ravage is audaciously bold wine for those who never back down from a challenge and always have each other’s back. Honor the night.”

Princess Cruises

Salty Dog Gastropub by Princess Cruises ›

Princess Cruises invites you to come back new, by connecting you with nature, culture, intriguing foods and loved ones. A global cruise line renowned for innovative ships and an array of onboard dining made fresh daily. Princess is proud to present the Salty Dog Gastropub featuring the “Ernesto Burger” designed in partnership with Chef Ernesto Uchimura, voted “Best Burger at Sea” by Cruise Critic.

Stonefire Grill

Stonefire Grill ›

STONEFIRE Grill serves freshly prepared, simply delicious meals using homemade recipes. With 16 market fresh salads and from-scratch dressings, slow cooked Mesquite Tri Tip, Chicken & Ribs, Lemon Garlic Salmon & Shrimp, to delicious sides, pastas, pizzas and more, choose STONEFIRE Grill for your Dine In, Takeout and Catering needs!


Sysco ›

Sysco Los Angeles continues to proudly sponsor The Taste, in support the culinary and hospitality industry. Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home.

Taiwan Tourism Bureau

Taiwan Tourism Bureau ›

“Whether you’re a meat-lover or vegetarian, a fan of street food or haute cuisine, from side streets to night markets, beer houses to banquet halls, Taiwan serves up fresh flavors to tickle your taste buds and captivate your imagination. Now, it’s time to Taiwan.”

Tom Gore

best events

best events

Best Events is a full-service event production company created by Jeffrey Best to design, produce and create unique event environments that are at the intersection of commerce and art. For over 20 years, Best Events has been known to produce some of the most high-profile events in the entertainment, corporate and fashion arenas.

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits ›

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com.



The KCETLink Media Group is a national independent nonprofit digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. KCET, which serves 6 million HD homes in Southern California, and Link TV, which reaches 35 million satellite homes nationally, are services of KCETLink. Select content is also available through designated channels on Roku and Hulu.



KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. KCRW is driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and delivers in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smartphone apps and online at KCRW.com.


KTLA 5 ›

The first commercial TV station licensed west of the Mississippi, KTLA 5 Where _LA Lives has been keeping Southern Californians informed since 1947. Join us on Channel 5.

Martin Outdoor

Martin Outdoor ›

With advertising displays on more than 7,000 transit benches in Los Angeles and Orange County, Martin Outdoor Media is the largest transit bench advertising company in North America. Martin Outdoor’s goal is to provide a first class, high-impact messaging medium at a low cost to advertisers while offering a premier amenity to the people of Los Angeles.


PBS SoCal ›

PBS SoCal is the parent to a family of channels dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout the greater Los Angeles region on all media platforms. PBS SoCal HD, PBS SoCal Plus PBS SoCal World (KOCE channels 50.1, 50.2 and 50.3), and pbssocal.org offer the greater Los Angeles area many ways to explore new worlds and expand the minds of children. Through quality local and national content, PBS SoCal keeps Southern California informed and engaged.

California Restaurant Association

California Restaurant Association ›

The California Restaurant Association (CRA) has a proven record of protecting industry interests. We strive to improve the business environment for restaurants, advocating on a slate of national, state and local issues. We are committed to keeping California restaurateurs informed about the latest rules and regulations affecting their businesses. We are CRA. We’re constantly working to improve the restaurant industry, provide better support for your business and cultivate the next generation of foodservice leaders, ensuring the future growth of our vital industry.

Blackboard Eats

Blackboard Eats ›

BlackboardEats delivers restaurant reviews with exclusive and free VIP perks at top restaurants for LA’s food cognoscenti. From under-the-radar hot spots, to elegant icons of fine dining, to inspired indulgences, the perks presented by in-the-know food critics have one thing in common: They’re the kind of finds that any food lover will want to know about. Sign up for free today at BlackboardEats.com


DoLA ›

DoLA.com is a Los Angeles based media property and marketing company focused on helping culture-forward people find awesome events. DoLA and the technology platform we run on, allow us to execute truly local programs for brands, venues and events looking to make a real connection with an audience. DoLA is part of the rapidly growing DoStuff Network reaching over millions of users in North America.

KCSN 88.5

KCSN 88.5 ›

KCSN’s has a one-of-a-kind format on the LA radio dial. Music programming includes live in-studio sessions and interviews with well established and emerging artists. KCSN programming features the best independent records and progressive major releases. Monday-Friday KCSN plays music by a wide range of iconic rock and contemporary artists. KCSN is a leader in the LA radio market with its ability to recognize and support emerging artists while honoring heritage musicians

LA Craft Beer Crawl

LA Craft Beer Crawl ›

The 7th annual LA Craft Beer Crawl will take place in downtown LA on Saturday, August 13th. Attendees will have over 100 craft beers to sample across 7 unique downtown LA bars & restaurants, all within walking distance. The event is a collaboration between 213 Hospitality and The Beer Chicks, Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi. As always, the beer selection will be curated by The Beer Chicks and will feature the top craft and artisanal brewers in the country!

LA Downtowner

LA Downtowner ›

LA Downtowner The insider’s view of Downtown culture, food, drinks, fashion, and the people who shape it.

Lucky Peach

Lucky Peach ›

Lucky Peach is a food and lifestyle journal that explores a monthly theme through essays, art, photography, recipes, and original video content.