How to Win a Free Melting Pot Food Tour
While many locals know that The Original Farmers Market has been a favorite Los Angeles hangout since 1934, some never realize how much history drives the Market. From our earliest merchants, Magee’s Kitchen and Du-par’s Restaurant, to those that have been located here for generations, such as Marconda’s Meats and Bennett’s Ice Cream to those that are relative newcomers such as Zia Valentina and Fritzi Coop, each of our merchants has a fascinating story to tell.
While the Market features more than 50 eateries, since its beginning it has also served as home to a collection of artisan grocers, including family-owned butchers, local produce vendors, one of the finest cheese and gourmet grocery stores in Los Angeles, and even a fish monger.
For one day only, on November 5, the Market will open its doors for a special open house featuring tastings and demonstrations from these merchants. But a few lucky visitors will have a chance to get a truly up close and personal meet and greet with our grocers.
That’s because the Market’s official food tour partner, Melting Pot Food Tours, is giving away 16 pairs of passes for a uniquely customized tour of the market.
The tours, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., will include a private meet & greet and Q & A with select Market grocers. Slated to appear are Stephane Strouk, owner of Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market; Jim Cascone, owner of Huntington Meats & Sausage and Farmers Market Poultry; Bob Tusquellas, owner of Tusquellas Seafood (and Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts); Dwayne Call, general manager of Magee's House of Nuts; and Scott Bennett, owner of Bennett's Ice Cream.
As is expected of a Melting Pot Food Tour, participants will enjoy special tastings of items that can only be found at the Market, including the famed caviar cheese at Monsieur Marcel and the hand-crafted pumpkin ice cream at Bennett's Ice Cream.
To commemorate the festivities, participants will also receive a parting gift - a Farmers Market tote bag and the official Farmers Market cookbook, which includes merchant-favorite recipes and anecdotal history from the Market’s more than 80 years in operation.
And while a Melting Pot Food Tour of the market might normally cost $59, this particular tour is absolutely free. What’s the catch? We’re only giving away 16 pairs of tickets, 8 for the morning tour and 8 for the afternoon tour.
To enter, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how much you love the Market. We’ll draw sixteen pairs of tickets on November 2, and let the winners know later that day if they’ve won. Eight pairs of tickets will be given away for a tour at 11 a.m., which includes VIP seating at a Tomahawk Steak breakdown demonstration at Huntington Meats & Sausage at 12 p.m. Another eight pairs of tickets will be given away for the 2 p.m. tour, which includes VIP seating for the Crown Roast Pork preparation at Huntington Meats & Sausage at 3 p.m. When you email your entry, please let us know if you prefer the 11a.m. or 2p.m. tour, or if you have no preference.
Please note, if we love the response you send via email, we may quote you on social media. (So feel free to include your twitter or Instagram handles in your email entry.) And if you participate in the tour, your likeness may be used as we plan to take plenty of pictures during our open house.
Click here for more information on our Farmers Market Open House.