Sudden Squall Fails to Dampen Spirits of a Thousand Foodies at Rose Bowl

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Story by EDDIE RIVERA, Photos by VERONICA AN

5:27 am | May 8, 2017


Stylish canopy umbrellas went skittering along the Rose Bowl field somewhere along the 20 and 30 yard lines as sudden gusty winds become a quick downpour, drenching the “Masters of Taste” food event Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of guests scurried for cover in the stadium tunnels as the quickly moving squall passed overhead, bringing flashes of lightning and powerful thunderclaps.

Fifteen minutes later, the sun peered out, umbrellas were uprighted, tables were wiped off by volunteers, and long lines formed again at the scores of food and wine booths set along the perimeter of the stadium field.

The second annual “Masters of Taste” event gathered together “masters” of culinary arts, desserts, beers, wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages to present their wares with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit Union Station Homeless Services. Among the resturants and bars serving and pouring Sunday were Hamasaku, Bone Kettle, Claud Beltran & Company, Little Beast, 101 Cider House and Fernando Brewing Company.

“This is a great event, the rain didn’t matter to me that much. It was fun,” said Teresa Saucedo, of Sierra Madre, hands full of small trays of food. Saucedo came with her niece and nephew to the event, and said she crowded under a canopy umbrella during the storms.

Hundreds of guests feasted on the fare from a wide range of L.A.’s chefs and restaurants and sipped cocktails from selected and eclectic wineries and local craft breweries under the shifting skies.

The event was developed in support of Union Station Homeless Services, a dynamic network of human services agencies in Los Angeles County. Union Station is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. Since 1973, Union Station has helped rebuild the lives of thousands of formerly homeless men, women and families.

With over 40 years of experience, Union Station offers a continuum of nine programs throughout the San Gabriel Valley, including street outreach, intake/assessment, care coordination and navigation, meals, shelter, housing, employment development, benefits enrollment, and referrals to medical and mental health services.