If you're reading this in print, chances are you noticed that this week we're celebrating what we consider to be the 99 Essential Restaurants in L.A. — the must-try places for anyone eager to get a taste of the heart and soul of L.A.'s food scene. As a companion to that project, on Sunday we're hosting The Essentials, a chance to sample food from more than 50 of the 99 restaurants on our list, plus wine from local and national wineries. This year's roster includes Spago, Night + Market, Chengdu Taste and many more. Critic Besha Rodell, who curates the 99 Essentials, says, "I think it's quite safe to say that there's no cheaper way to get a taste of such a wide range of L.A.'s very best cooking."
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