Food photo workshop: Visual Communications' Food Porn Lab takes place on Thursday, Aug. 11: It's a photography tutorial and food-styling workshop, a photo competition and potluck. Photographers from the Los Angeles Times -- Kirk McKoy and Ken Kwok -- will lead the tutorial, teaching the techniques of food photography and styling, including basics for beginners, advanced techniques, and food styling basics. 5 to 9 p.m. Bring a dish for 5 to 9 people. The potluck starts at 5 p.m., workshops at 6 p.m., and the competition at 7 p.m. Nguyen and Thi Tran, owners of Starry Kitchen restaurant, will judge and select the winning photos. Categories are: best overall; most (food) pornographic; best composition; best color; best food styling; best ambiance. Go to Visual Communications' website for more information and rules. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
120 Judge John Aiso Street, Basement Level, Los Angeles, www.vconline.org.
French Laundry goes to Harrods: London's Harrods hosts a 10-day French Laundry pop-up at its Knightsbridge department store in October. Chef Thomas Keller and 14 of his kitchen and dining room staff will recreate the 3 Michelin-star Napa Valley restaurant in Harrods' fourth-floor Georgian Restaurant -- complete with fixtures, fittings and signature dinnerware flown over for service. Nine courses -- a combination of French Laundry classics and new dishes for the U.K. -- will cost £250 per person. Lunch and dinner, Oct. 1 to Oct. 10. Reservations available beginning Oct. 1; for more info, see Harrods' website.
Gonzo gyoza: On Saturday, Aug. 20, the 71st Annual Los Angeles Nisei Week Japanese Festival hosts a gyoza eating championship, an official Major League Eating (MLE) event, featuring 100-pound competitive eater Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas. Competitors will have 10 minutes to eat as many Day-Lee Pride brand gyoza as possible. The event takes place at 1:30 p.m. at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) Plaza in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district. Thomas will be looking to break Joey Chestnut’s world record of 231 gyoza. Other competitors will be: Pat Bertoletti, “Notorious B.O.B.” Bob Shoudt, and Matt “Megatoad” Stonie. For any aspiring competitive eaters, the final spot will be auctioned off at the start of the contest. Admission is free.
JACCC Plaza, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles.
-- Betty Hallock
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