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Combo Plate: Kimchi crisis, sweet fundraiser and more

Cherimoya
-- Sweet Benefit. Spago pastry queen Sherry Yard is sponsoring a benefit showing of the documentary "Kings of Pastry" on Friday night that will feature a question-and-answer with French pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, whose quest for his Meilleurs Ouvriers de France certification (honoring the best craftsmen in the country) is the focus of the film. There will also be a dessert tasting put on by a few of Yard's favorite local pastry chefs. Tickets are $75 and will go to the Southern California Careers Through Culinar Arts Program for high school students. For more information, call (818) 704-9979.

-- Virginia Paca is a one-woman food bank: Her backyard garden in Pasadena is more than a feast for the eyes. It provides food for friends, for families on the economic edge, for the homeless at a Pasadena food bank.

-- There's a kimchi crisis. And South Koreans are up in arms.

-- The new LudoBites pop-up location will be Max Restaurant in Sherman Oaks.

-- Rene Lynch

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Photo: A cherimoya tart from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen. Click here for the recipe. Photo by Eric Boyd.

 
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