Want to eat small bites from Los Angeles' best restaurants whilst taking in 360-degree views of our beautiful downtown? Want to grub on recipes from dozens of big-name local chefs with a glass of wine in hand? Have no fear. LA Weekly's Essentials, this venerable media outlet's annual food and wine event, is returning with a new venue and new lineup for its 7th year, on Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Oh, what's that? You're still not fully recovered from the boozy, sugar-induced food coma you slipped into after last weekend's Sips & Sweets, our holiday shopping, dessert and cocktail party? Too bad.

The Essentials' ticket pre-sale is on right now, and your stomach already told us to tell you to buy it a ticket. While you're at it, get your friends' stomach one too. Read on to get the very necessary promo code and check out the list of participating restaurants (as if you didn't already trust us):


law logo2x bRestaurants both old and new, recognizable and obscure, and from the Westside to San Gabriel Valley will all be on deck with more than enough food to feed to masses this year.

This means that from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the California Market Center, you'll be able to sample signature bites from the chefs at Alimento, Sotto, Animal, Bestia, Beverly Soon Tofu, Buno Ethiopian Market, Chichen Itza, Chengdu Taste, Cacao Mexicatessen, Coni' Seafood, Father's Office, Guerrilla Tacos, Hinoki & the Bird, Hungry Cat, Jitlada, Kogi Truck, Little Sister, Lukshon, Lum-Ka-Naad, Night + Market, Melissa, Picca, Plan Check, POT, Providence, Ricky's Fish Tacos, Rocio's Mole de los Dioses, Saint Martha, Spago, Sqirl Szechuan Impression, Tar & Roses and more. 

This food and wine extravaganza is curated by our award-winning food writers, and the event highlights many of the restaurants featured in our 99 Essentials restaurant issue, which hits stands the same week. 

General admission tickets are $55 and $75 for VIP this year. Both include unlimited food tastings and drinks samples, plus access to entertainment and the vendor village. VIP admission gets you in at 1 p.m. for an additional hour of eating and drinking before everyone else as well as a gift bag.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here and using the code THE99BLOG to unlock this exclusive pre-sale. 

For more information on The Essentials event, visit our online site. 

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