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Top 5 Weekend Food Events: Planned Parenthood Food Fare, French New Orleans, Bacon & Sides, Beer Festival, Foie Gras Dinner, Paris Cookbook Fair

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Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

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Planned Parenthood Food Fare

If watching male politicians go into overdrive trying to limit women's access to birth control left you with a queasy feeling, perhaps you'll want to attend the annual Planned Parenthood Food Fare. The headliner is chef Suzanne Goin (Lucques, AOC, Tavern) along with an enviable roster of kitchen talent including Susan Feinger (Border Grill, Street), Alain Giraud (Maison Giraud), Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City), Bryant Ng (Spice Table), Gino Angelini (Angelini Osteria) and many more.

WHAT: Planned Parenthood Food Fare

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., March 8

WERE: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

COST: $150-225

Rivera: Kachina Caviar Recipe from Modern Southwest Cuisine

French New Orleans

Cultural historian Albert Sonnenfeld discusses the food culture of the Big Easy, especially the French Catholic connection as a refuge from Cromwellian austerity.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., March 10

WHERE: Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library

COST: Free

Bacon & Sides

Cast Iron Gourmet founder Rashida Purifoy visits the Surfas Test Kitchen to teach a class in step-by-step bacon preparation as well as other delicious porky dishes.

WHEN: 3 - 6 p.m., March 10

WHERE: Surfas

COST: $85

Beer Festival

This beer fest benefits the Whole Planet Foundation. Nosh on snacks from Whole Foods while sipping suds. Entry fee gets you two beer tickets.

WHEN: 2 - 5 p.m., March 11

WHERE: Golden Road Brewing

COST: $20 (buy tix here)

Foie Gras Dinner

House chef Greg Daniels welcomes guest chefs David Coleman (Michaels on Naples), Vartan Abgaryan (Public Bar & Kitchen), Alex Reznik (La Seine), Jordan Toft (Eveleigh) and Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City, Larry's) to step behind the stoves for this foie-centric 7-course feast.

WHEN: March 12

WERE: Haven Gastropub

COST: $100 (reservations required)

*BONUS*

Paris Cookbook Fair

It certainly isn't local, but if you can get John Travolta to fly you to France on his private plane, it should be a breeze. This five-day affair (the first three days are only for pros; the last two are open to everyone) is the world's largest cookbook festival with tons of cooking demos, presentations, tastings and book sellers.

WHEN: March 7 -11

WHERE: Le Centquatre 5, rue Curial - 75019 Paris, France

COST: 5 - 50 €, general (~$6-66); $350 €, VIP (~$467)


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