See You At L.A. Times’ THE TASTE: September 1-3, 2012

Flavors of LA: Plan Check Smoked Jidori Fried Chicken – Photo credit to naftels on Flickr

It took a few tries, but it seems as though the flagship food, cocktails, wine & beer event of our city’s flagship publication may have this Labor Day weekend on lock. So head on over to Paramount Pictures this upcoming 3-day weekend for a celebration of delicious consumptions and libations. Tickets cost $65 per event and come with unlimited bites and swigs. See below for a preview of dishes, cocktails & people you’ll have to look forward to:

Field to Fork: Saturday, 9/1 • 11 am- 3 pm (21+)
Times Food Editor Russ Parsons and Chef Ray Garcia of FIG host this session inspired by fresh, local ingredients in celebration of seasonal dishes. Look forward to cooking demos, a conversation with local farmers and a chef’s challenge. You’ll experience tastes from Cook’s County, Sunny Spot, Picca, Mo-Chica, M.B. Post and Canele, who will be plating their Shelled Bean Salad.

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The Cooking Stage at L.A. Times Festival of Books

Mark Peel

It wouldn’t be Spring in Los Angeles without the L.A. Times Festival of Books. And it certainly wouldn’t be a book festival without cookbooks. Held in Westwood Plaza behind the Wooden Center on the UCLA campus, the cooking stage will feature author-chefs in demonstrations throughout both days of the festival. Included in the schedule are Los Angeles contributors to the Top Chef Quickfire Cookbook like Betty Fraser (Grub) and Stefan Richter (L.A. Farm) as well as Mark Peel (Campanile) – who is actually a Top Chef Masters alumni but recently came out with a cookbook entitled, “New Classic Family Dinners.”

Peep below for the full cooking stage schedule:

Saturday, April 24

11 AM – Lisa Lillien, Hungry Girl 1-2-3
12:30 PM – Chris ‘CJ’ Jacobson, Stefan Richter, Betty Fraser & Antonia Lofaso, Top Chef Quickfire Cookbook
2 PM – Dave Martin, Flavor Quest
3:30 PM – Alicia Silverstone, The Kind Diet

Sunday, April 25

11 AM – Alice Waters, In the Green Kitchen
12:30 PM – Anne Byrn, The Cake Mix Doctor Returns
2 PM - Tricia Yearwood, Home Cooking with Tricia Yearwood
3:30 PM – Mark Peel, New Classic Family Dinners

Great way to get up close and in-the-flesh with your favorite chefs – or vegan actress-turned-chef, whichever you prefer. Either way, the Festival of Books is well worth a visit this weekend.

Cooking stage demos are free
Parking: $10

Map

Cooking Stage at L.A. Times Festival of Books
Westwood Plaza
924 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA‎ 90024

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