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Combo plate: Food trucks, food films, 'Shrek' and more

June 11, 2010 |  2:33 pm

-- McDonald's recall of "Shrek" glasses raises some disturbing questions, including: How did a potentially toxic material find its way into drinking cups marketed to children?

-- Handy-dandy cheat sheet to download, print and clip for your purse or wallet: When you should spring for organic fruits and vegatables -- and when you can get away with the regular stuff. This is all according to the Environmental Working Group.

-- If you find yourself in New York later this month, you might want to check out the NYC Food Film Festival, running June 23-27. A caravan of food trucks will be serving up waffles, ice cream, pupusas and more. All the films sound worthy, but these two jumped out at me: "In De Keuken (In The Kitchen)" about a professional chef and two home chefs in Belgium who follow identical recipes with differing results, and "It's Grits!" by director Stan Woodward: "Over 30 years ago, veteran filmmaker Stan Woodward rambled through the South gathering opinions on the subject of grits. Shot in the black-and-white cinema-verite style ... this must-see classic is the definitive film on the subject."

-- Speaking of food and film: There will be a foodie element to the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times, running June 17-June 27 at L.A. Live. LA Weekly’s Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold serves as one of this year's artists in residence, and will introduce "Udon," a 2006 Japanese film about an aspiring comic and his noodlemaker father. Click here for more about the festival.

-- Ah, food trucks all in one place: Check out the Street Feast & Street Sale on Tuesday, June 15, from 6-10 p.m. at The Americana at Brand in Glendale. A clutch of gourmet food trucks will set up shop along Caruso Avenue, including: World Fare, The Buttermilk Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Coolhaus, Vizzi, Chef Brian's Comfort Truck, Patty Wagon, Mandoline Grill, and Flying Pig.

-- OK, L.A., prepare to get clicking: Sears.com is hosting a four-city chef showdown, all to raise money for charity. Go online to vote for your favorite L.A. chef, and best of luck to the three finalists -- Sally Cameron, Palak Patel, and Scott Storms -- competing to raise money for local food banks and food pantries. Voting runs June 26-July 10.

Have some linking news for Combo Plate? Contact me at rene.lynch@latimes.com

-- Rene Lynch

Photo: The "Shrek" drinking glasses recalled by McDonald's were apparently manufactured in Millville, N.J., by ARC International North America. Cadmium was found in the paint used to depict the film's characters. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press.