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2 Days Left to Get Your Fill of the Food & Drink Events of The Taste

Nighttime at Paramount for The Taste (Photo by backyardbite via
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If you're in town this weekend and hungry for some fun, there are two days left in the four-day bonanza food and drink event called The Taste. Merging two of last year's big food events (The Taste of Beverly Hills and the L.A. Times Celebration of Food & Wine), the long weekend of chefs, eat, drink, demos, panels, and live music is actually several events taking place in three locations around town (behind the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, at Paramount Studios' Backlot in Hollywood, and on Broadway in DTLA).Here's a quick look at the five remaining events of The Taste.

Beverly Hills: Fashion Bites Brunch (10 am-2 pm)
A couple dozen local brunch spots will serve up signature dishes alongside free-flowing Bloody Marys, Bellinis and mimosas. [more info]

Hollywood: Street Eats (4-8 pm)
This is global street food as envisioned and served up by local chefs, restaurants, and, yes--food trucks. Hosted by Border Grill/STREET Chef Susan Feniger. [more info]

Beverly Hills: Desserts After Dark (8-11 pm)
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a night focused on desserts, hosted by Food Network personality Duff Goldman. 21+ only. [more info]

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Downtown: Food Noir (8 pm-12 am)
Broadway will be shut down between 8th and 9th to make room for dozens of food and drink booths, while guests can slip in and out of a couple of historic theatres to see old movie trailers, newsreels, and cartoons, all in the spirit of "noir." (Even the food will be "noir"-inspired. 21+ only. [more info]

Beverly Hills: Picnic in the Hills (12-4 pm)
A Labor Day picnic in Beverly Hills, with a few hundred of your closest friends, hosted by Food Network personality and cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis. [more info]

To help navigate the myriad of events, The Taste has an iPhone app (though, to caution, it's prone to crash and is missing some info, like today's brunch event). Or you can follow The Taste on Twitter to keep up. If you can only pick one of the remaining events we suggest tonight's Food Noir event downtown, which looks like it's going to be quite the block party.

Tickets are per-event ($125-$150), however, there are promo codes aplenty floating around the interwebs that can get you 40% off tickets to some of the events (i.e. via 944 or OpenTable). Your ticket gets you unlimited food an drink, and access to all the demos, panels, and live entertainment offered at each distinctly-themed gathering.

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