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Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Food Fare Today!

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With the recession in full swing, it's hard to reconcile our love of food and booze with our dwindling bank accounts. Suddenly, dinner out at our favorite pricey restaurant seems overindulgent amidst rising unemployment and falling stock prices. So what's a socially responsible foodie to do?

Thankfully, the good people at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles have decided to continue their annual Food Fare, bringing more than 150 LA-based restaurants, caterers, wineries, florists, and entertainers together at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for tastings, book signings, and a silent auction. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the charity event, originally started as a cooking demonstration by Julia Child. Where else can you find A.O.C., Ammo, Border Grill, Clementine, Lucques, and Drago (among others) in one place, for one price?

If you're headed down there now, tickets can be purchased at the door. The daytime session (10:30 am - 2:30 pm) will run you $150; evening (6 pm - 9 pm) is $200. Contributions benefit Planned Parenthood Los Angeles' (PPLA) programs and services, so your inner guilt can be rest assured that getting full and hammered (and possible winning a walk on role on Brothers and Sisters or a seven-day cruise) supports a great cause.