People who don't call Southern California home require at least three seconds, perhaps four, before they give the outrageously surprising opinion that Angelenos rather like their automobiles.
True that; we're kind of crazy over cars here. And of the many offshoots of this auto-obsessiveness is an obsessiveness over particular streets and intersections, the places where our beloved wheels roll.
Sunset & Vine is one of our best-known local street meet-up spots, thanks to two iconic thoroughfares, some landmarks within hollering distance (hello, Cineramadome), and a bustling food and bar scene.
That bustling food and bar scene thrums each day of the year, pretty much, but the chefs and mixologists and people who help make the district so vibrant pause each September to salute their iconic intersection, and the eats found nearby, at Sunset & Dine.
The yearly gourmand gathering isn't just exclusive to the food-makers in the area, however. The public can buy tickets, to see what the toque-wearing food artists of the area are up to in their kitchens.
The date and time? The evening of Thursday, Sept. 24. The price of a ticket? Twenty five bucks. The place? Well, it isn't exactly on Sunset & Vine, but a stroll that's just a couple of minutes to the south: Buzzfeed Motion Pictures at De Longpre Avenue and Vine Street.
The participants? Beso, Urban Masala, Los Balcones, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, and Ciabatta Bar will be on the grounds, doing the food-on-plates, chatting-with-people thing. Yep, even McDonald's will be in the house (it's located just a pinch south of Sunset & Vine). The live tunes and goings-on will be hand-picked by Amoeba Music -- also a Sunset & Vine neighbor -- and Buzzfeed.
Beverages will be a part of the bash as well.
How well do you know one of Southern California's most storied intersections? A famous meeting of two famous streets? And, while you adore your auto, do you ever pull over and park, the better to enjoy a bowl of past or kebob or salad or sandwich?
This is your moment to get a full sense of the full swath of meals, and their makers, right in that busy Hollywood hub.