The first Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food & Wine brings together some of the biggest names in L.A. dining for a day of cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and, of course, a smorgasbord of tasty treats that will keep foodies sated. The one-day event, taking place Sunday on the studio back lot of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, will get cooking on a variety of stages where attendees can learn firsthand how to stuff a chicken roulade and pour a plum blossom cocktail, or just sit back, relax and enjoy beer tastings, a taco from a fleet of food trucks or a concert by She & Him.
Among the cooking demonstrations are a farm-to-table session featuring Suzanne Goin of AOC and Lucques and Mark Peel of Campanile and the Tar Pit; Roger Mooking, host of "Everyday Exotic" on the Cooking Channel, serving up sizzling Sichuan; and Aida Mollenkamp, of the Food Network's "Ask Aida," showing how to make flatbread with bacon and caramelized onions.
Panel discussion topics include food blogging, featuring Ree Drummond, writer of the Pioneer Woman blog, and Aarti Sequeira, winner of this season's "Next Food Network Star"; life after "Top Chef," with Betty Fraser Season 2, C.J. Jacobsen of Season 3 and Alex Reznik of this season; L.A.'s new star chefs, including Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Michael Voltaggio; and reinventing Latin cuisine, featuring John Sedlar of Rivera, Jimmy Shaw of Loteria Grill and Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica.
Los Angeles Times Food section editor Russ Parsons and Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter each will host question-and-answer sessions.
Eating to excess is encouraged. Don Chow Tacos, Wahoo's, the Sweets Truck and Coolhaus are among the food trucks that will be on hand. Wine tastings will be accompanied by wine chats, hosted by Matthew Kaner and Dustin Lancaster of Bar Covell, Jeff Smith of Carte du Vin and others.
Sunday's festivities wind down with performances by Angela McCluskey and the band She & Him.
Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food & Wine, Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. $55 general admission, $40 concert; children 9 and younger free with ticketed adult. Information: events.latimes.com/foodandwine.
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