Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Food

Photos: The Grilled Cheese Invitational, L.A.'s Best Cheesy Event

LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today.

Now in its 8th year, the Grilled Cheese Invitational last Saturday attracted thousands of people looking to munch on one of the world's favorite comfort foods. In previous years, attendees complained of the lines and large crowds, but the ever-changing festival made a huge step this year by moving its location to L.A. Center Studios and adding a grilled cheese food court. Did it work? It seemed so as less complaints were aired, which means Los Angeles' cheesiness can only get better from here on out.

While the Grilled Cheese Truck, Chef Eric Greenspan and The Oaks Gourmet took top honors in the food court, hundreds of grilled cheese zealots competed in three categories--missionary (your normal grilled cheese), kama sutra (a grilled cheese with other ingredients) and honeypot (dessert!)--hoping to win top honors.

One of the winners was 10-year-old Jake Feldman who won a few trophies. His most talked-about sandwich was The Jakester: Potato bread, Tilamook cheese, queso fresco, grilled portabello mushrooms, sauteed onions, tomato, butter, ground spicy cheetos, sauteed chorizo.