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Taste of the Nation Los Angeles had its annual event yesterday at the Culver City Media Park, and as usual, there was a lot of good food and drink. All ticket sales, as well as money received from charitable donations and the silent auction, went directly toward fighting childhood hunger.

There were demonstrations and stage appearances from chefs like Michael Voltaggio, Ludovic Lefebvre, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, as well as a a huge selection of prizes available through auctions and raffle tickets. All told, it was a highly successful and well run event, with food lines never lasting longer than three or four minutes. Visit the Taste of the Nation website for more information about the cause, and take a look at our photo gallery after the jump.

Akasha's pulled Niman pork on pretzel roll with slaw & pickles; Credit: Cristine LeVasser

Akasha's pulled Niman pork on pretzel roll with slaw & pickles; Credit: Cristine LeVasser

Susan Feniger at the Street booth; Credit: N. Galuten

Susan Feniger at the Street booth; Credit: N. Galuten

Vanilla panna cotta with mixed berry compote and biscotti from Mozza; Credit: N. Galuten

Vanilla panna cotta with mixed berry compote and biscotti from Mozza; Credit: N. Galuten

Macedoine salad with uni dressing and Maine lobster from Bistro LQ; Credit: N. Galuten

Macedoine salad with uni dressing and Maine lobster from Bistro LQ; Credit: N. Galuten

Jimmy Shaw at Loteria Grill; Credit: N. Galuten

Jimmy Shaw at Loteria Grill; Credit: N. Galuten

Tacos from Loteria Grill; Credit: N. Galuten

Tacos from Loteria Grill; Credit: N. Galuten

Short rib tortelli from BLT Steak; Credit: N. Galuten

Short rib tortelli from BLT Steak; Credit: N. Galuten

Patina's booth at Taste of the Nation; Credit: N. Galuten

Patina's booth at Taste of the Nation; Credit: N. Galuten

Patina's marinated hamachi with cucumber vinegar, avocado and Granny Smith apple; Credit: N. Galuten

Patina's marinated hamachi with cucumber vinegar, avocado and Granny Smith apple; Credit: N. Galuten

XIV's braised beef cheeks with summer corn foam; Credit: N. Galuten

XIV's braised beef cheeks with summer corn foam; Credit: N. Galuten

Gelato Bar at Taste of the Nation; Credit: N. Galuten

Gelato Bar at Taste of the Nation; Credit: N. Galuten

Fig's hot dog, with bacon habanero marmalade, comte cheese fondue and fritos; Credit: N. Galuten

Fig's hot dog, with bacon habanero marmalade, comte cheese fondue and fritos; Credit: N. Galuten

The Rivera crew, making tortillas; Credit: N. Galuten

The Rivera crew, making tortillas; Credit: N. Galuten

Michael Voltaggio's cooking demonstartion; Credit: N. Galuten

Michael Voltaggio's cooking demonstartion; Credit: N. Galuten

Marcel Vigneron at the Bar210 booth; Credit: N. Galuten

Marcel Vigneron at the Bar210 booth; Credit: N. Galuten

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