Grilled Cheesy Goodness

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Grilled Cheese Invitational

So let’s get down to the oh-so-gooey and cheesy heart of this post… preferably layered between slices of freshly baked bread. It’s that time of the year, the 2nd 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational! This Saturday, April 23rd, Los Angeles Center Studios plays host to what has grown into a massive annual tradition. Over 300 amateur & professional competitors battle for grilled cheese glory in 4 different categories: Love, American Style || The Missionary Position || The Kama Sutra || The Honey Pot. And the best part? YOU can be the judge.

In addition to the usual crowd of foodies, fans and cheese heads, you can expect some fierce competition out of the likes of Top Chef Masters: Eric Greenspan from The Foundry, Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2011: Ricardo Zarate from Mo-Chica and the soon to be hit Picca, the amazing Walter Manzke formerly of Bastide, Church & State and currently at Le Saint Amour, Eric Samaniego from my Sunday night favorite Comme Ca, Micah Fields who loves to please at the Standard Downtown and Nyesha Arrington from the gorgeous Cache on Main Street. Plus the fabulous Alie & Georgia of McNuggetini Cocktail Fame will be on hand mixing up magical libations during the event!

The 2nd 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational
Saturday April 23rd || 11AM – 6PM
Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
$12 Online, $15 at the Door, $17 Judging Pass

8 thoughts on “Grilled Cheesy Goodness”

  1. This is one of those fun events that I keep telling myself I need to enter as a contestant in the All American, just never have the time. Thanks for the reminder, may be able to make it as a attendee at least.

  2. I have to say, I went to this last year and it sucked. I waited in line for *** 2 hours *** to get in, paid $15 for entry, and then once inside it turned out that there was another line for “judging tickets” which I waited in for another ** 30 minutes ** only to find out that there were no judging tickets left… in other words, I couldn’t get any grilled cheese sandwiches. They failed to mention this when I paid to get in, so I asked for a refund and was refused. In short: I paid $15 to wait in line for 2 and 1/2 hours and NOT eat grilled cheese sandwiches. Awesome.

  3. To be fair, it may have been the year before last that I went and spent $15 to wait in line for 2 1/2 hours and not eat any grilled cheese sandwiches. Hopefully it’s improved since then, but i’m not going to find out. And by the way, $15? Really? In this economy? Come on.

    Yes, I am bitter.

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