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Combo Plate: UCLA/USC takes the cupcake, bring on the wine, 'intrepid eaters wanted' and more

September 10, 2010 | 12:41 pm

Ucla_usc_cupcakes --We like truth in advertising. Such as "Not recommended for vegetarians." That's the disclaimer for an upcoming series of dinners that will be hosted by Roy Hamilton, the curator of Asian and Pacific collections at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Hamilton will serve as a culinary guide for "intrepid eaters" who want to delve into Southeast Asian cuisine with "Flavors of the Archipelago." Dinners take place Oct. 10, 24 and Nov. 7 at restaurants in Glendale, West L.A. and Alhambra. We're told: "Expect Formica tabletops, fluorescent lighting and fabulous food!" The dinners are offered in conjunction with two current exhibits: "Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia" and "Nini Towok’s Spinning Wheel: Cloth and the Cycle of Life in Kerek, Java."

--Calling all designated drivers: The 2nd Annual Pasadena Wine Festival takes place Oct. 9 at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden, from 2 to 10 p.m. There will be over 125 wines from around the globe. And, of course, there will be food trucks, including Border Grill, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Worldfare Bustaurant, Dosa, Crepe'n Around, and the Grilled Cheese Truck.

--Stefanie Gaxiola is definitely ready for football season. The Redondo Beach cupcake-ateer -- she's the Stefanie of the Red Velvet Stefanie cupcake boutique -- just unveiled these UCLA- and USC-themed cupcakes. And we're definitely ready to play.

--Fellow foodie Sarah Ferguson (hey, how else do you think she ended up being a Weight Watchers spokeswoman?) has a new show, courtesy of Oprah. Or maybe it's a televised intervention. The Duchess of York will star in "Finding Sarah" on OWN, the O's new network. From the announcement: “Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, will share with our viewers her personal struggle to rebuild her life.... With the help of experts Dr. Phil McGraw, Suze Orman, Martha Beck and others, the Duchess will open up about her recent public troubles and explore her lifelong battles with weight, relationships and finances.” Added the original Fergie: “After 22 years of raising my two amazing daughters, it’s time for me to mother myself."

--Speaking of new programming: As Martha Stewart begins to remake the Hallmark Channel, she's doling out a show to one of her sidekicks. And we can get behind this kind of nepotism: "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn" debuts Monday on the channel. Quinn is executive food editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and author of the popular cookbook "Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys." From the press release: "Lucinda's goal with the show is to bring family back to the dinner table. She will reveal her tips on how she has conquered the challenge of whetting the appetites of her husband and three sons and helped them foster a love of cooking."

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--Rene Lynch
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Photo credit: Red Velvet Stefanie