Blogging.LA’s second Donut Summit is quickly approaching! 27 more sleeps, if my math is correct! If you haven’t already done so, mark your calendars for July 31st, at 2pm, and join us in Elysian Park for the Donutocalypse. Admission is one dozen donuts from your favorite local donut shop, which will then be added to the massive donut pool so that everyone can taste donuts from all over town. This year’s Donut Summit will be even awesomer than last year – we are so excited to have Intelligentsia as our coffee sponsor, and later this week, we’ll be announcing our line-up of celebrity judges!
The Donut Summit was inspired by the huge number of tiny, hole-in-the-wall donut purveying establishments all over the city, and the seeming impossibility of sampling donuts from every one. Unlike the parts of the country dominated by big donut chains like Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme, Southern California seems to have escaped the reaches of the corporate donut chains. (Sure, we’ve got Winchells and Yum-Yum Donuts, but neither of those seems to have enough of a market share to choke out the little guys.) So the Donut Summit is a chance to celebrate LA’s unique (and, yes, sometimes a little sketchy, depending on the strip mall) donut culture and small businesses, and to discover some hidden gems!
I’ve blogged about D.K.’s Donuts before – they were by far the most awesome discovery from last year’s Donut Summit for me, so I will warn you in advance that I will be seriously pulling for them to take home the Donut King crown this year. D.K.’s, which is in Santa Monica at Santa Monica and 16th, is probably as hole-in-the-wall-y and unassuming-looking as you can get from the outside, and the interior has also seen better days. But, seriously, you will not taste better donuts. Someone in the kitchen there is a donut artiste par excellence, and has created all kinds of varieties of fresh whipped cream-filled donuts, amazing blueberry fritters, maple bacon donuts, and the charmingly odd cream pup that I blogged about here last summer. Glendora’s Donut Man may have taken home the crown last year with their divine fresh strawberry donuts, but this year I am putting my money on D.K.’s turning into the Little Donut Shop that Could, and taking home that crown.
So, that’s where I’d put my money, but I want to know who else might be a contender! Comment below and let us know who your pick is for Donut King!
Donut photo courtesy of Sidereal on Flickr.