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L.A. Times Taste Event Is Back With Rockin' Line-Up of Local Chefs

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One of the many reasons We Love L.A. Summers is the abundance of awesome food festivals. The Los Angeles Times hosts their annual Labor Day Weekend event, bringing in some awesome eats, good cocktails, and interesting panel dicussions.

This year, chefs Michael Cimarusti, Sang Yoon, Nancy Silverton and cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello will each join a member of The Times' Food staff to present one of the five distinctive events at Paramount Pictures Studios.

In times past it's been a scorcher, but that hasn't stopped festival-goers from enjoying unlimited tastings, specialty cocktails, wine seminars, and live live demos with our hosts.

Here's a peek at the schedule:

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Opening Night Presented by Tequila Don Julio. All of the hosts and many of the weekend’s participating chefs and bartenders will come together for a special opening night soirée with a focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings, and live entertainment. Limited tickets available; Fri., Aug. 30th, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Field to Fork - Hosted by Russ Parsons, Times Food Editor, and Michael Cimarusti, Chef/Owner of Providence, Chef/Partner of Connie and Ted’s. A day inspired by fresh, local ingredients and the pleasures of cooking - and eating - seasonal dishes; Sat., Aug. 31st, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Flavors of L.A. - Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Sang Yoon, Chef/Owner of Father’s Office and Lukshon. An evening of authentic dishes from around the world via the best local restaurants; Sat., Aug. 31st, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Labor Day Block Party - Hosted by Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Nancy Silverton, Chef/Co-Owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, and Founder of La Brea Bakery. A bash saluting those perfect end-of-summer dishes, to be enjoyed with family and friends; Sun., Sept. 1st, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cocktail Confidential - Hosted by Betty Hallock, Times Deputy Food Editor, Jessica Gelt, Times Food & Night Life Writer, and Matthew Biancaniello, Los Angeles Cocktail Chef. A night dedicated to the gastronomic creations and libations that typify cocktail culture; Sun., Sept. 1st, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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Tickets for opening night are available now at $125 with limited availability. All other TASTE events are $50 early-bird discount through July 14th or $65 in advance and $85 at the door. A 20% discount on individual tickets is available to all Los Angeles Times members.