When you find a new bun you're wild over, or a rice dish that makes your tastebuds rah-rah, or a slice of pie that's so old-school you swear it arrived in your mouth via time machine, you generally share the news with friends, in large part to make sure the eatery you love keeps up a healthy flow of customer traffic.
It's a benevolent gesture, but one that's a little self-focused, too (you have your personal reasons for wanting that pie to stick around forever). If you're into this spread-the-vibes notion, you can share that local love in a bigger way on Sunday, Oct. 2 at Mack Sennett Studios.
We speak of the EastSide Food Festival, the yearly to-do where a few dozen eateries from Echo Park and Silver Lake and points nearby gather to hand out an assortment of bites and meet the neighbors.
Think of it as a way to find your next favorite pie/rice/bun, and think of the event as a whole as a large megaphone for giving area restaurants some deserved attention.
What spots shall show? Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Little Beast Restaurant, Silver Lake Wine, and a host of other EastSide food/drink makers ("a host" mean over 30 or so).
Foodie demos (one involving the buzzy Big Green Egg), the Snacky Tunes podcast, a Soylent Cocktail Tasting, and a host of stop-and-do-this happenings round out the afternoon-into-evening affair.
The beneficiary? It's PATH, People Assisting the Homeless.
Scoring a ticket? Entry starts at $55. Start here to find your ideal admission.
Doing that foodie-falling-in-love thing, and then sharing your find with your friends, which, in turn, supports the restaurant you enjoy? The EastSide Food Festival is a wider, bigger, cooler version of that admirable impulse.
Join in, see friends, make friends, and, fingers crossed, come across your next have-to-eat-it-daily bun/rice dish/pastry/you name it.