Taste of Arcadia

Update Sept. 20: Online ticket purchases for Taste of Arcadia must be made before 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
Taste of Arcadia 2014 and Business Showcase at the Taste will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Details of the event continue below the following fast-paced 3 1/2-minutes of video highlights of last year’s biggest-ever Taste of Arcadia … (Everything this year in 2014 will be even bigger and better!)



Peter Dills

Update Sept. 20: Online ticket purchases for Taste of Arcadia must be made before 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
Taste of Arcadia and Business Showcase at the Taste is expected to draw about 1,500 attendees this year who enjoy the many different foods and tastes from at no additional charge beyond the admission ticket from 45 of the most exciting local restaurants, caterers, and wine-and-beer vendors.

Cassandra Pugh

Cassandra Pugh

The face of Taste of Arcadia is KLAA 830 AM radio star Peter “King of Cuisine” Dills, who will walk the red carpet, sign autographs in his booth, and be one of the judges of the annual Culinary Contest along with Food Network stars Jyll Everman and Cassandra Pugh, as well as Chef David Flood of Flooded with Flavor Catering Company. This year’s Taste of Arcadia and Business Showcase at the Taste features an additional 40-plus business exhibitors, including car dealers with about a dozen of the newest model cars, plus many new activities:

  • A sequel to the popular Hollywood premiere-style Red Carpet Experience created by Printing Control will make you feel like a star in front of the paparazzi as you have photo ops with food media judges, the exotic Brazilian dancers, and other dignitaries and surprise guests. You’ll also have a chance to enter the Red Carpet TV raffle Presented by T.G. Metzger State Farm Insurance
  • The Monday Night Football Lounge far bigger than before sponsored by Airstream Los Angeles with live viewing of the game on a big-screen HDTV that will be raffled off just before 9 p.m.

Other attractions include:

  • A classic car show presented by Wayne Williams of Professional Advisory Services.
  • The popular Lounge-O-Rama band playing swing, Big Band and Standards early in the evening, and shifting to classic pop rock after dark.
  • Daniela Brazil and her popular exotic Brazilian dancers
  • MonArc Face/Body Painting and Balloon Animals — let the popular Taste of Arcadia wine glass/peacock logo live a little longer with a temporary tattoo on your cheek or arm!
  • The Arcadia High School drum line serenading attendees as they arrive.

<Story continues below the following fliers…> Taste2014FlierFinal As judges, Dills, Everman, Pugh, and Flood will sample food, desserts and drinks from dozens of vendors throughout the entire evening. Winners will need to be present and still serving to guests when judges announce their selections near the end of the event at 9 p.m. in the following categories:

  • Best of Show
  • Most Innovative Dish
  • Best Savory Item
  • Best Dessert Item
  • Best Presentation

Our sincere gratitude to the unprecedented number of top sponsors that have allowed Taste of Arcadia to become the biggest and most exciting ever:

  • Presenting Gold Sponsors:
    Westfield Santa Anitaalso year-round Community Builder Presenting Sponsor Member of Arcadia Chamber of Commerce through 2014-2015; and Chamber LED sign sponsor.
    Methodist Hospital of Southern California through 2016-17– also year-round Community Builder Presenting Sponsor Member of Arcadia Chamber of Commerce.
    BMW of Monrovia
  • Business Showcase at the Taste Sponsor – Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuaryalso year-round Keystone 365 Connection Sponsor Member of the monthly Networking Breakfasts and Chamber LED sign sponsor.
  • Silver-Plus Sponsor, Gift Bags: Vons
  • Silver Sponsor, Classic Car Show: Professional Advisory Services
  • Silver Lining Partner Sponsor: Foothill Credit Unionalso Keystone 365 Sponsor Arcadia Chamber Conference Room through 2016.
  • Silver Sponsors:
    Breeders’ Cup / Santa Anita Park
    Merrill Lynch
    Singpolialso Keystone 365 sponsor of Government Affairs Forum and Keystone Sponsor 2015 Citizen of Year Dinner
  • Monday Night Football Lounge Sponsor: Airstream Los Angeles
  • Ticket Sponsor: Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
  • Live Entertainment Stage Sponsor: Southern California Edison
  • Bronze Sponsors:
    Wells Fargo, Arcadia Main Branch
    Arcadia Transit / Shop Arcadia, including co-sponsor of Tram shuttle
    Century Rooter Service and Plumbing
  • Red Carpet Experience Sponsor: Printing Control
  • Tram Sponsors: Arcadia Association of Realtors, Arcadia Transit / Shop Arcadia
  • In-kind sponsors:
    Jan’s Towing: Flood lighting
    Waste Management: Trash services
    Majestic Design Florist: VIP table centerpieces

Boundless thanks to the tireless Taste of Arcadia Committee of volunteers, including:

  • Bruce McCallum, CTO (Chief Taste Officer)
  • Vicki Knight (Century Rooter Service and Plumbing), Business Showcase vendors & support of Food/Beverage vendors
  • Sylvia Ramos (Dilbeck Real Estate), Food/Beverage vendors
  • Bruce Snell (So Cal Kitchen Vision), Security & Parking Control
  • Aaron Rose (Mavin Learning Center), Volunteers
  • Gil Stromsoe (Mark Schaefer Associates), Budgetary Controls
  • Denise Weaver and Sheree Tromblee (Weaver & Associates), Food/Beverage support
  • David Flood (Flooded with Flavor), Culinary Contest, including celebrity judges
  • T.G. Metzger (T.G. Metzger State Farm Insurance), Red Carpet big-screen TV raffle donation

We also thank the dozens of volunteer workers at the event.
And those going above-and-beyond their paid compensation:

  • Wayne Tay (Town & Country Event Rentals), Overall Facility logistics, layout
  • Arcadia Chamber of Commerce staff and consultants/contractors: Kim Arnold, Kristy Thatcher Bradshaw, Bill Hacket, Lisa Ferrick, and Scott Hettrick


  Story continues following fliers below and four video highlights of the 2012 event from the Chamber’s YouTube Channel, and photo gallery… >

First, a fast-paced four-minute overview of the entire day and evening…

Extended highlights in a six-and-a-half overview, including a nearly two-minute collection of clips and behind-the-scenes footage from the KTLA TV-5 production…

An 11-minute collection of interviews and highlights from attendee Gib Whitney’s Wide Eyed Productions company… A snappy and sophisticated 3 1/2-minute highlight reel produced by Andrew Gregson of The Executive Factor in Arcadia…

<Hundreds of photos in gallery below provided by the Chamber, ArcadiasBest.com, Andrew Gregson at The Executive Factor, Joan Schmidt of Mountain Views News, and Gib Whitney of Wide Eyed Productions…>

Sept. 24, 2012

(Click here to see videos of other years of Taste.) As always, a percentage of proceeds from Taste of Arcadia are donated to local non-profit organizations — $5 per ticket for every ticket sold by a pre-approved organization. Taste of Arcadia began as a much smaller event nearly 40 years ago to raise money for the Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association float. Known as both The Wines Shed Mixer and A Taste of Arcadia was held on the infield at Santa Anita Park for a period of time. When the AToR dissolved in 1999, all assets, including the annual fund-raiser, were transferred to the Chamber. The Chamber continued the food and wine event at Santa Anita for a few years under various names, including the Festival of Food, before moving it to the L.A. County Arboretum several years later and adopting the name of Taste of Arcadia.