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Taste Walk Glendale 2019

April 30, 2019

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The food-lover’s dream is coming right to the backyard of the Glendale apartments this May, in the form of the legendary Taste Walk:

“On May 1, 2019, come explore the culinary delights of Downtown Glendale, with samples from over 40 restaurants, live music, wine and beer stations. Discover Glendale's exciting new restaurants as well as its signature staples. “

This amazing event isn’t just about the food, though. This is a community affair that will be supporting the arts in Glendale, along with some important programs around town, and there will be a lot more on the menu than good eats, so today, we’re going to delve into everything the Taste Walk will be offering so you can head there well-prepared for the experience.

First Things First: The Food at Taste Walk

They wouldn’t call it Taste Walk if you didn’t have the opportunity to do both, and as restaurant writer Benjamin Brown notes on their official site, this event guides you through the “best of Downtown Glendale’s food scene,” and lets you see the sights and experience the restaurants themselves as you do. Which restaurants, you may be wondering? The list is already long, and growing by the day, but a few of the options include:

  • Rockbird
  • PizzaRev
  • Graville Cafe
  • Gauchos Village
  • Cocina Cilantro
  • Eden on Brand
  • Carousel Restaurant
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Oil & Vinegar
  • Charley’s Philly Cheese Steaks

So, how does it work? You stroll through town, enjoying the signature dishes from the large number of participating restaurants on downtown Restaurant Row, while simultaneously sampling the offerings from the beer and wine stations positioned along the route. As you stroll, you’ll also be able to listen to some riveting live performances, which brings us the second integral element of this Glendale extravaganza...

Music at Taste Walk

In addition to delicious food from Glendale’s greatest restaurants, you’ll also have a chance to take in the sounds of some of Glendale’s most talented performers. Currently, there are four acts slated for the evening.

Chandler Juliet

This LA native has a long history in music and the arts, being the daughter of two performers herself: jazz trombonist Bob McChesney and jazz singer/violinist Calabria Foti. She carries on her family’s legacy in music with a classy vocal style coupled with emotional lyricism that touches the depths of the soul. In addition to being a well-respected performer at numerous local Hollywood venues (including The Hotel Cafe, Madame Siam, and Black Rabbit Rose), Juliet has been climbing the charts with her original music, and has new EP, elements, slated to release this year.

El Haru Kuroi

This East LA original is composed of three members: Eddika Edulé Organista, Michael Anthony Ibarra, and Dominique "Chief" Rodriguez. Their style has quite the original feel to it. It’s emblematic of growing up on LA’s Eastside, but also infuses elements of South American, African, and American Jazz into the mix as well. As veteran performers, they’ve played many of LA’s most prominent venues and festivals, and, in addition, have toured the American South, East Coast, and even as far away as Japan. They’ve been known to put on an exciting show, so you can expect an electric time while their at Taste Walk.

Glendale High Jazz Band

High School jazz ensembles tend to rise to the standard set by their director, and for the past 18 years, director Amy Rangel has held this bunch to great expectations. The Glendale High Jazz Band has distinguished itself under her leadership, netting numerous awards and honors, including the Mr. Holland’s Opus Grant, Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Mentorship Program, Glendale Education Foundation Grant, Arturo Sandoval Institute Grant, Los Angeles Music Center Bravo Award, and the Kennedy Center’s Creative Ticket School of Distinction Award. You won’t want to miss a show from these talented youth.

The Caesura Youth Orchestra

Even the smaller kids will be showing off their performance chops, as The Caesura Youth Orchestra takes to the stage with their instruments in hand. This group, in addition to performing regularly at area schools, churches, and hospitals, provides an outlet for urban youth to experience the joys that music brings, offering a “break from the negative impact of drugs, gangs and economic disadvantages.” All-in-all, a positive change for the community, something that the Taste Walk knows plenty about...

Supporting the Community

Beyond the food, music, and fun, you should know that the supporting the Taste Walk also means supporting the local community. The proceeds from ticket sales for this event are going to both Glendale Arts and the Alex Theatre. These two entities, if you weren’t already aware, go hand-in-hand, as Glendale Arts was formed by the City to help manage the operations of the Alex Theatre, the landmark venue that first opened its doors all the way back in 1925.

Since its inception, Glendale Arts goals have evolved, now encompassing the cultivation of Glendale’s identity in the arts, and promoting cultural enrichment across the city. As a part of their goals, the organize a wide range of programs and events meant to benefit the youth, artists, patrons of the arts, and local businesses around town.

By attending Taste Walk, you’ll also be showing your support for Glendale’s cultural influence, along with the many community programs that go towards fostering a love and appreciation of the arts among the cit and all its residents.

Just Part of Being in the Apartments in Glendale

If you’re thinking fun events like the Taste Walk are just your speed, you’ll be thrilled to learn that living in Glendale means happenings like this are a regular thing, and apartments like Altana give you access to all the best the area has to offer. Situated in luxurious downtown Glendale, you’ll find that nothing you want is too far away, and the vibe of this vintage neighborhood exudes that unique, Classic Cali character you’re after. This is where you were meant to be, so take the tour, check out what Altana has to offer, and welcome to the community.