May is packed with food festivals across SoCal, and Restaurant Editor Ben Brown ate and drank his way through many of them. Read on to get the scoop on dining on the field of Pasadena’s iconic Rose Bowl and one of L.A.’s greatest culinary walking tours.

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At the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago we had the chance to attend and cover the Rational Reception with a guest appearance by Chef Thomas Keller, who is always very accommodating to pose with and have a little Q&A. Here Sr. Editor/Publisher Mike Fryer gets a shot with Chef Keller.

LVF&B Pro’s Beverage Editor Adam Rains, after winning the regional competition, earned the right to compete in the finals for “Star of the Bar” at the NRA Show in Chicago, and we were there covering it. Unfortunately, Adam didn’t get 1st place in the finals competition, but ran a close second, according to inside information. Way to go, Adam!