Artisanal LA is a community event with weekend long Seasonal Shows and Pop-Up Shops celebrating the city’s finest local, sustainable and handmade edibles. Taste, shop, sample and learn while supporting the local economy and local artisanal vendors at our seasonal shows and pop-up shops. Our inaugural event in October of 2010 was named ‘LA’s Best Food Event’ of the year!
About the Founder
Artisanal LA is the passion project of Shawna Dawson, a native Angeleno who spent her formative years terrorizing the good people of Mt Washington and Hancock Park. Dawson is a USC grad, marketing and social media maven with more than a decade of experience doing business in more than a dozen countries, from Romania to Japan.
A passionate foodie, locavore and believer in the power of community, she was among the first to join Yelp LA where she was an active contributor for years before taking the reins as Director of Marketing and Community Manager, cultivating a loyal following alongside countless sponsorships, promotions and memorable events.
At the helm of Sauce|LA, Shawna and her team consult clients from restaurants to non-profits on the virtues of grassroots, social and viral media, while dreaming up events like the historic crowd drawing LA Street Food Fest she launched with Unique LA’s Sonja Rasula. Shawna’s been involved in LA’s food scene for years and has forged bonds with numerous food vendors, chefs, and food oriented non-profits. She’s scoured the LA area in search of the city’s top artisans for Artisanal LA and has curated the best of the best to showcase their products for this first time event and she can’t wait to share them with you!
Shawna’s a bacon lovin’ bon vivant who calls Carthay Circle home with her video gaming Welshman and their two cats.