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3 Food Events You Should Know About: Taste of the Nation; 'Beating the Nazis With Truffles and Tripe'; Mondavi on tour at L.A. Wine Fest

June 1, 2011 |  1:40 pm

Gourmet Eat well: Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation: Los Angeles 2011 takes place June 12 at Media Park in Culver City, where top L.A. chefs will be cooking to help raise funds that go toward ending childhood hunger. One hundred percent of the ticket sales support local recipients including Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, St. Joseph's Center, Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness, and California Food Policy Advocates. Tickets are $25 to $150, available online at tasteofthenationla.org. 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 1-877-268-2783.

Gourmet talk: On June 11, the Culinary Historians of Southern California present David Strauss speaking on "Beating the Nazis With Truffles and Tripe: The Early Years of Gourmet: The Magazine Of Good Living." Author of "Setting the Table for Julia Child: Gourmet Dining in America, 1934-1961," Strauss will lead a talk on how the staff of Gourmet magazine and their readers alike created a patriotic, mostly American food regime as the Depression ended and Americans entered World War II. The talk will be held at the Downtown Central Library and is free and open to the public. 630 W. 5th St., L.A., 213-228-7000, lapl.org.

A visit from Mondavi: The Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour heads south, bringing Northern California wine country to Raleigh Studios during L.A. Wine Fest on June 11-12. The event celebrates American winemaking and features cooking demos, tastings and "the essence station," which familiarizes guests with the many aromas and flavors of wine. Admission is complimentary with an L.A. Wine Fest pass. Tickets range from $75 (one-day pass) to $139 (weekend pass), www.lawinefest.com.

-- Caitlin Keller

Photo: Cover of July 1942 issue of Gourmet magazine. Courtesy: Peter Kreitler