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Eating Adventures at Taste of the Nation 2010

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The 2010 installment of Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation was once again a hit. Foodies flocked to Culver City's Media Park for foie gras torchons, mini taocs, lamb burgers, pork belly (there's always pork belly), blue abalone, whole hotdogs, spherified Pom bubbles, booze, beer, and vino. The lines weren't too bad (no major pushing and shoving noted) though some stands did run out of food by around 2PM. Most of LA's bigwig chefs were in attendance, Michael Voltaggio hosted a cooking demo (up above), and Chef Ludo auctioned off a dinner prepared in his shmancy new fried chicken truck (think July!). Walter Manzke was certainly missed (though you can catch him later this month at Breadbar), and a Jerry Springer sighting rounded out the day.

The after party was held across the street at the Culver Hotel, and involved more free booze, and bites (which people actually ate!). Considering everyone's level of intoxication at this point, the entire fete was rather tame. Many of the cheffers including Michael V, Ludo, Marcel Vigneron plus crew, Alex Reznik, and Kerry Simon camped out on the second floor for the duration of the evening. At 7PM, the party was o-v-e-r over. For those that missed this sunny, glorious, gluttonous afternoon, the requisite food porn above. [EaterWire]

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