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The Taste - LA Times' Epicurean Extravaganza

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There are lots of reasons to choose LA for a Labor Day weekend getaway. One of the most compelling is the annual weekend "Taste". This is a no-holds-barred, knock-out food festival to celebrate the ever-expanding local food and beverage scene. Of course, being LA, the location matters, and what could be better than the Paramount Picture Studios Backlot to stage the event?

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In the course of three evenings, you could easily taste the best bites that the city has to offer. From premier pot roast to world-class tacos and fried chicken to gourmet gnudi with porcini mushrooms and shaved truffles. There is something for every appetite. When you pair this array of plates with the premium libations on offer, plus the wine seminars, cooking demos and your access to meet with celebrity chefs, this is a persuasive proposition for any foodie.

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VIP Status includes parking, a Paramount Studios tour and exclusive lounge access with premium sips and nibbles.

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Some of the tasting highlights included an appealing Seafood Paella from Mark Peel's Prawn Coastal Casual in Pasadena.

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Highly Likely Cafe on W. Jefferson offered a mighty tasty Fish Sandwich in Honor of Jonathan Gold

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Tao Asian Bistro in Hollywood tempted us with a Duroc Pork Bao Bun. To top it all off, The Collins College of Hospitality Management and L.A. Regional Food Bank are the charity beneficiaries for the 2018 event. While you do have to wait for next year for the repeat performance of Taste in Los Angeles, the producers are offering a similar weekend event in Costa Mesa at the Met on Oct. 19-21, 2018. Check out the details and plan to attend both of these unbeatable gourmet fests. http://extras.latimes.com/taste/

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Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

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