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Taste Of The Nation Returns To L.A. This Weekend

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While it may seem like kids are being well fed in L.A. because of new initiatives like Breakfast in the Classroom, an astounding one in four children in the country don't know where their next meal is coming from. The No Kid Hungry campaign is dedicated to changing that. For the past 25 years, the Taste of the Nation event has raised money for their cause, and they're bringing back their food-filled charity event this Sunday to once again raise awareness and some serious cash.

The event will take place at Media Park in Culver City from 1-4 p.m. with tastings from top notch chefs from FIG, Superba Snack Bar, Paiche, Border Grill, Ray’s & Stark Bar, Plan Check, Cliff’s Edge, CHAYA and M Café, Loteria Grill, littlefork, MB Post, and our current restaurant obsession, Fishing with Dynamite. There'll also be drinks from bars and breweries like Black Market Liquor Bar, Golden Road Brewing, El Segundo Brewing Co., The Bruery, and One Hope Wine.

Tickets are $160 for VIP, which includes a special tasting (hopefully including his famous thrice-cooked bacon) from 2013 James Beard “Rising Star Chef” award winner Danny Bowien of San Francisco and New York’s Mission Chinese Food. It's $110 for GA. And unlike many L.A. summer food events, this one is very kid-friendly given the cause; tickets are $25 for children ages 12-18, and children 12 and under are free.

The best part of your purchase is that you know where your money is going; 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales, a special culinary competition, and live and silent auctions at Taste of the Nation Los Angeles 2013 will benefit Share Our Strength’s support of Los Angeles-area food banks and organizations which help reform and improve food policy.

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What that means is that you can stuff your face and feel good about it. (You're on your own with the bikini season guilt, though.)