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The Taste 2017

Bourbon Steak serves Palabok noodles, made with egg noodles, crab butter, “XO” crumble, Yuzu aioli, chili herbs and chicharron, at The Taste.

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BC Hoffman of Sassafras Saloon, right, shakes up a Bulleit cocktail beneath the Paramount Studios water tower during opening night of the L.A. Times’ The Taste.

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Sassafras Saloon offers a “Blues & Booze,” with Bulleit rye, blueberry puree, white tea lavender syrup and garnished with blueberries and flowers during a hot opening night of The Taste.

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Ron Finley, the Gangsta Gardener, attends opening night of The Taste at the Paramount Studios backlot on Friday.

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Danielle Bennett of Lady on the Rocks stops on the red carpet at the Los Angeles Times’ The Taste event on Friday.

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Chef Sang Yoon of Lukshon and Father’s Office attends opening night of The Taste in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Times Publisher Ross Levinsohn celebrates opening night of the newspaper’s The Taste event.

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L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold, left, and Chef Gilberto Cetina Jr. of Chichen Itza and Holbox share at laugh at The Times’ The Taste event on Friday.

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Holbox prepares pata de mula (blood clams) and salsa morita on opening night of the Los Angeles Times’ The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot.

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Chefs Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip serve braised baby squid with ink over rice from Crying Tiger at The Taste’s opening night.

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Scratch Bar & Kitchen prepares green mussel and sea urchin sake shooters at The Taste.

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Scratch Bar & Kitchen serves beef cheek with ISI during opening night of the L.A. Times’ The Taste.

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From left, Dan Nguyen, Kristin Tran of Garlic & Chives, Tracy Le, Larry Chong and L.A. Times reporter Anh Do attend opening-night festivities at The Taste on the Paramount Studios backlot.

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Mainland Poke Shop serves “So Cali” with salmon, shoyu and sriracha aioli during opening night of The Taste.

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Jazz Singsanong of Jitlada attends the L.A. Times’ The Taste on Friday on the Paramount Studios backlot.

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Firefly executive chef Perry Pollaci serves a Korean barbecue skirt steak with kimchi and chimichurri during opening night of The Taste.

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Firefly offers Korean barbecue skirt steak with kimchi and chimichurri at The Times’ The Taste event on Friday.

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The crew from Baran’s 2239 takes a break from serving on Friday. From left: Adam Stone; Executive Chef Tyler Gugliotta; Paul Bentsen; and Drew Burke.

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Mexican street corn from Otium is among the choices at The Taste’s opening night.

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Brian Dunsmoor, chef and partner of Hatchet Hall, offers a shrimp boil during opening night of The Taste.

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Baran’s 2239 serves a five-hour smoked pork belly with herb potato salad and crispy shallots at The Taste.

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