All you need to know is the 2nd Gold Standard Food Marathon was better than the first one.
It was better because of the gold balloons, courtesy of Fred Eric/Tiara Cafe.
Most importantly it was better because it was bigger, and bigger always is better…
(speaking of bigger, that guy in the left foreground was enormous- he literally was 6’9″ it’s not just the camera angle)
As expected, there was a lot of meat and a lot of tacos:
From top to bottom there was Palate’s pork belly and pig’s ear banh mi with kumquat, pistachio and lardon, Upstairs 2’s braised pork with crispy leeks on a beet risotto cake and Jar’s pot roast and horseradish sliders.
Everyone did a really good job:
Jazz and the Jitlada girls did their job and brought the heat with their dry curry.
And most importantly Jonathan Gold did his job, bringing together the chefs who make LA special and the people who like to eat too much.
P.S. I predict Ricky’s Fish Taco’s will be at next year’s Gold Standard.