Organic tacos, vegan meatballs, sustainable noodles, hipster beer it's all here at Taste of the Eastside, a picnic in the park catered by the culinary wave-makers of Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz and Eagle Rock. Among the establishments doling out dishes for tickets: Little Dom's, Gingergrass, Malo, Square One, Madame Matisse, Elf Cafe, Xoia, Cliff's Edge, Brite Spot, Bomb and Intelligentsia. If you're a spendthrift, or a lush, sign up for the VIP package, which includes a cocktail tasting with mixologist Talmadge Lowe of Heirloom L.A. There's a book signing, too, with authors Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger (From Seed to Skillet), Randy Clemens (The Sriracha Cookbook) and L.A. Weekly's own Lina Lecaro (Los Angeles' Best Dive Bars), plus KCRW's Garth Trinidad on the decks.
Sun., May 15, 1-5 p.m., 2011