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Taste of the Nation Los Angeles Coming Soon: Here's Who's Cooking

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Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

click to enlarge Michael Voltaggio and Ludo Lefebvre at last year's event - SHARE OUR STRENGTH
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  • Michael Voltaggio and Ludo Lefebvre at last year's event
Taste of the Nation, the annual chef-studded fundraiser supporting Share Our Strength's fight against childhood hunger, returns next weekend, hitting the stage June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Lot in West Hollywood.

The lineup for TOTN usually is one of the best of any food festival in town, uniting the city's power players with some of the top names in food and drink. This year doesn't disappoint -- in fact, it seems especially packed with new and exciting faces from the city's dining scene. Umamicatessen's Pigg, Cooks County, Blue Cow, ink.sack, Short Cake, Cliff's Edge, Night + Market and the Charleston are the newcomers joining a lineup of more than 40 participating restaurants.

The beer and wine will be flowing too, of course, with a selection of area wineries and a craft-beer tent featuring collaborations between places such as Beer Belly and the Bruery, Maximiliano and Craftsman, and Eagle Rock Brewery and the Surly Goat. Cocktails from La Descarga and the Varnish round out the boozy bill.

Tickets are $110 for general admission; $25 for kids; and $160 for VIP, which also includes access to private delicacies from Waylynn Lucas (fonuts) and Chris Cosentino (Umamicatassen's Pigg), as well as interactive games with prizes, live and silent auctions, and rotating DJ sets to entertain crowds when they're not loading up on food. See the full line-up of restaurants below and find tickets online.

Participating Restaurants:

Akasha

Areal

Black Market

BLD

Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar

Border Grill Restaurants and Truck

Campanile

Chaya Restaurant Group

Church & State

Cliff's Edge

Comme Ça

Cooks County

Culina

Farmshop

Fig Restaurant

fonuts (VIP only)

Haven Gastropub +Brewery

ink.sack

Joe's Restaurant/Bar Pintxo

Lazy Ox Canteen

Lexington Social House

Loteria! Grill

Lucques/AOC/Tavern

Lukshon

Michael's

Mo-Chica & Picca

Night + Market

Pazzo Gelato

Pigg (VIP only)

Public Kitchen & Bar

Ray's & Stark Bar

Sadie

Scoops/Scoops Westside

Short Cake

Simon LA

Susan Feniger's Street

The Charleston

Tres by Jose Andres

Umami Burger

Valerie Confections

Waterloo & City

Whist at Viceroy Santa Monica

Wilshire

Craft Beer Tent:

Eagle Rock Brewery + the Surly Goat

The Bruery + Beer Belly

El Segundo Brewing + Library Alehouse

Beachwood BBQ and Brewing

Brewery Ommegang + the Golden State

Craftsman Brewing Co. + Maximiliano

Stone Brewing Co.

Coffee:

Intelligentsia

Cocktails & Spirits:

St Germain + Infinium Spirits + *Appleton Rum + La Descarga

Miracle Mile Bitters + St. George Spirits + Harvard & Stone

Pernod Ricard USA + the Varnish


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