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3 food events you should know about: Couscous Festival; K&L's Champagne Tent Event; Taste of Abbot Kinney

Tagine For the love of couscous: Chef Farid Zadi's Couscous Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at his new cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine Pasadena. Guest speakers include Mediterranean and North African food expert Paula Wolfert, who will be demonstrating hand-rolled couscous, and Faye Levy, who will lead a lecture and tasting of Jewish North African food. Times writer Charles Perry will discuss medieval North African and Andalusian dishes, and Zadi will demonstrate the making of Moroccan mint tea. A $20 ticket includes $15 in food coupons for sampling tagines, Algerian pastries and pizza, Spanish escabeches, Turkish coffee and, of course, plenty of couscous. Tickets must be purchased in advance at couscousfestival.com for one of two session on either day: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. 

Bubbles, bubbles, more bubbles: K&L Hollywood hosts its annual fall Champagne Tent Event on Oct. 23. A group of artisanal growers/producers will be flying in from France to present their wines. Many of the big name producers also will be on hand to present their selections. More than 50 Champagnes to taste in all, including Bollinger, Dom, Krug, Louis Roederer, Moët & Chandon and more. There will be small bites too. 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $75, available online

All-out in Venice: The second annual Taste of Abbot Kinney will take place in Venice on Oct. 24, featuring Abbot Kinney’s burgeoning restaurants, bars, artists and merchants. Highlights include food and wine tastings, samplings from local wineries and food trucks, and musical performances. Some participating restaurants: Abbot's Habit, Abbot's Pizza Co., Brickhouse, Casa Linda, French Market Café, Hal's, Joe's Restaurant & Bar, Lemonade, Lilly's French Café & Bar, Marla's, N'Ice Cream, the Otheroom, Primitivo, Three Square Bakery & Café and Tlapazola Grill. Some participating food trucks:  Ludo, Del's Lemonade, Jody Maroni, Lake Street Creamery, Organic Oasis, Slammin' Sliders,  Surfer Taco and TnB BBQ. Tickets available online at www.tasteofabbotkinney.com and at the event's entrances. Tasting ticket packages are $25 to $100.  

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Farid Zadi's lamb shank tagine. Credit: Los Angele Times.


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The Couscous Festival was GREAT!!! The food was very tasty and well worth braving the wet drizzle of rain. Several Tagine stews were served over Couscous, Lamb, Chicken, and other items with Turkish Cofee and Min Tea. This was billed as the "first annual", HIGHLY RECCOMEND for next year!

Wow - these editors kill me with a strategy of diverse readership, yet focusing on exclusivity.........or perhaps they just didn't know????? Anyway, for those reading this before 6pm today 10.16 you might want to check out Taste of Soul as another major event featuring good food.



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