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Cooking, Talking, Drinking & Eating: The LA Times Celebration of Food & Wine

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The place to be on September 5th (Photo by M.V. Jantzen via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

The place to be on September 5th (Photo by M.V. Jantzen via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Chefs from your favorite restaurants and television shows, food writers and bloggers, cookbook authors, food trucks, live music, and tons to eat and drink await attendees of the LA Times' upcoming Celebration of Food & Wine, which is taking place Sunday September 5th at Paramount Studios.On four different stages, a number of local food personalities you know from Top Chef (Michael Voltaggio, Betty Fraser, Alex Reznik. CJ Jacobsen), your favorite food trucks (Coolhaus, Dosa Truck, Bustaurant), The Next Food Network Star (Aarti Sequeira, DAS Smith), and restaurants (Ludo Lefebvre of LudoBites, John Sedlar of Rivera, Jimmy Shaw of Loteria Grill)--to name just a few--will be talking and cooking in several demos and panels.

Food vendors have a definite street food inclination, including Anh-Joo, SedThee, Tropical Shave Ice, and a couple dozen more. A Food Network Food Truck area will have the trucks on their Great Food Truck Race show, while those who get a VIP pass can taste food from some of the city's more upscale establishments like BLD/Grace, Lago, Eva, and many more.

LAist's picks for event highlights:
- Pretty much everything on the Westside Stage, like the Food Blogging & Beyond panel, talking with former Top Chef-testants, the new wave of celeb chefs, and the future of Latin cuisine.
- Cooking demos from DAS Smith (The Next Food Network Star contestant), Noelle Carter (LA Times Test Kitchen) and Tommy Tang (“Easy Thai Cooking” on PBS).
- Wine Chats (including one with Bar Covell's Mathew Kaner & Dustin Lancaster
- Live performance by She & Him

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Tickets are $55 General Admission ($65 at the door) which includes: Branded Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food & Wine wine glass, 8 drink tickets for sampling, Access to chef demonstrations & panel discussions, Interact with numerous exhibitors, Free food samples from Main Area restaurants & Food Network food trucks, Evening concert, Additional food & beverages available for purchase (Noon- 8 pm); or $125 VIP ($135 at the door) which gets all the same as GA tickets, but includes: Separate VIP Area entrance, Interact with top restaurants & wineries, Unlimited free samples, Special presentations & discussions (3 - 7 pm)