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Chinatown's Getting A Whole Food Festival Dedicated To Ribs

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BBQ ribs (Photo by jeffreyw via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
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When it comes to summer, we can't help but think about some good old fashioned outdoor BBQs where we can nosh on some ribs. But in L.A., we like to take things up a notch—like have an entire food festival focused on the meaty favorite.

The inaugural Food GPS Rib Festival will take place on July 13 in Chinatown's Central Plaza. The event will feature 12 notable chefs from our city, who we can only imagine will be cooking the versatile, juicy meat in different ways—from grilling, braising, frying and steaming. They'll also be making the accompanying sides. And you can expect that there will be some unique variations on the classic dish as they've got the head honchos from Chi Spacca, Cliff's Edge, Corazon Y Miel/PICNIK, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Heirloom LA, Seoul Sausage/Escala, Komodo Food, Mexicali Taco & Co, The Park's Finest, Scarpetta, The Spice Table and Superba Snack Bar at the helm.

For general admission ticket holders, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the price of $65 a pop (if you purchase online and $75 at the door if there are tickets left), you can sample all of the food as well as desserts, craft beer, cocktails and soda. And the dessert menu sounds like it's headed by a good lineup as well with Salt & Straw, Cake Monkey Bakery and Sugarbloom Bakery. Salt & Straw tells LAist that they will be serving unique ice cream flavors like sea salt with caramel ribbons, Stumptown coffee with Compartes Love Nuts, tomato water olive oil sherbet, and black olive brittle and goat cheese.

VIP tickets allow folks to get in an hour earlier than everyone else at 3 p.m. for $90 (or $95 at the door if spots are still open). For more information on the festival, visit here.