Julia Wick - LAist
Hundreds of Angelenos crowded into downtown's favorite food hall on Friday morning to celebrate Grand Central Market's 100th birthday—and get a free slice of a massive, 100-layer cake prepared by Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.
The market first opened on Oct. 27, 1917, and has "witnessed Los Angeles grow up," according to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who spoke at the celebration. The festivities, which kicked off at 10:30 a.m, will continue until 10 p.m. and will include a vintage photo booth, live music, retro food and drink specials, and free rides for kids on Angels Flight. Visitors entering GCM from the Hill Street side will also be greeted by a sprawling, 13,000-balloon installation cascading over the market's facade.