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Top 5 Weekend Food Events: L.A. Taco Fest, Lucky Rice Night Market, Plate by Plate Fundraiser, Chichen Itza Seafood Class + L.A. Weekly Pancake Breakfast

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Los Angeles Taco Festival

Enjoy some of Boyle Heights' and East L.A.'s best tacos, from birria to carne asada to shrimp, as well as live mariachi music, arts and crafts at this new outdoor event. Proceeds go to support Jovenes Inc., a nonprofit that provides housing for homeless youth.

WHAT: L.A. Taco Festival

WHEN: Sat., Aug. 4, 12-8 p.m.

WHERE: Mariachi Plaza

COST: Free

Lucky Rice Night Market

Lukshon's Sang Yoon hosts more than a dozen L.A. chefs, including Jet Tila (the Charleston), Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market) and Bryant Ng (Spice Table), for this pan-Asian street food festival. Live DJ sets, handcrafted cocktails and a bevy of special guests (Lisa Ling, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and girlfriend Christina Topsoe) will be in attendance.

WHAT: Lucky Rice Night Market

WHEN: Sat., Aug. 4, 7-10 p.m.

WHERE: Helms Bakery District

COST: $50 general admission; $88 VIP

Yucatán Seafood Class and Dinner

Downtown's Chichén Itzá hosts a cooking class that will show guests how to cook Mexican summer classics like jicama salad, ceviche and achiote-rubbed red snapper. A four-course dinner will follow.

WHAT: Yucatán Seafood Cooking Class and Dinner

WHEN: Sat., Aug. 4, 6-9 p.m.

WHERE: Chichén Itzá

COST: $59 per person, plus tip

10th Annual Los Angeles Plate by Plate

More than 40 of Southern California's top chefs and mixologists (ink., Playa, Providence, Lazy Ox, Mo-Chica) will unite for an evening of fine food and drink. Proceeds go toward Project by Project, a national volunteer organization focused on Asian-American-related issues.

WHAT: Los Angeles Plate by Plate

WHEN: Sat., Aug. 4, 7-10 p.m.

WHERE: Vibiana

COST: $150 general admission, $250 VIP

2nd Annual L.A. Weekly Pancake Breakfast

Chef Fred Eric of Tiara Café has handpicked 25 Los Angeles restaurants serving some of "the best pancakes around" to be a part of this all-inclusive event, which features a smorgasbord of breakfast delights including blinis, pajeon, doughnuts, okonomiyaki, maize cakes and more.

WHAT: L.A. Weekly Pancake Breakfast

WHEN: Sun., Aug. 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHERE: Vibiana

COST: $30