L.A. stuck in 'food desert' of processed, fast foods, report finds
L.A. gets a local food plan: The Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force, established by the L.A. Board of Public Works last year, has released its report, the "Good Food for All Agenda: Creating a New Regional Food System for Los Angeles." GOOD magazine has the skinny on the report and what it means for food policy in Los Angeles. L.A.'s local foodshed is one of the most abundant in the nation, and yet many residents are stuck in "food deserts" of processed and fast-foods; this report is a first step toward making local produce a practical, affordable option for Angelenos.
Echo Park hosts a musical culture clash: Echo Park Now reminds you to get your tickets (tomorrow is the last day they're available) for the four-day Culture Collide Festival, hosted by Filter Magazine. The festival features a variety of musical acts from across the globe playing shows at multiple venues in Echo Park, plus Spaceland in Silver Lake and the Standard Hotel downtown. One $20 ticket gets you in to all the shows, and as a bonus, ticketholders will receive discounts from a variety of local businesses for the weekend.
LudoBites coming to the Valley: The innovative and acclaimed 'guerilla style pop-up restaurant' LudoBites, brainchild of chef Ludovic Lefebvre, will host its sixth iteration at the currently closed Marche in Sherman Oaks. The roving bistro will be open for dinner from Oct. 20 to Nov. 11 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 5. Get to ludobites.com on Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. if you want to score a chance to experience what the New York Times described as "An amazement ... each dish perfectly executed, with every flavor in place, every temperature correct, every plate a fully realized piece of art." Wow. [Via Eater LA]
Taste of North Africa comes to Pasadena: Although L.A. is stocked with some of the best ethnic food available without a passport, North African cuisine has been relatively absent. Chef Farid Zadi hopes to change this fact at his first annual Couscous Festival, to be held the weekend of Oct. 16 at the Ecole de Cuisine in Pasadena. Food GPS caught up with Zadi to learn more about the festival, a "celebratory and educational event designed to educate and inform gourmets and professionals about North African and Mediterranean cuisines."
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Photo: Chef Ludo Lefebvre and his wife Krissy at LudoBites 5.0 at Gram & Papas. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times