Food Bowl to take over the Paramount Studios backlot on Saturday

On Saturday, some of L.A.’s top culinary talent will take over the backlot of Paramount Studios, serving dishes representative of the region’s vibrant, varied and singular restaurants. It’s the final night of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, presented by City National Bank, and a collaboration with experiential, alfresco dinner series Outstanding in the Field.

Food Bowl’s sold-out events this season have included a dinner and film screening at the Sepulveda Dam, and an evening at Wattles Farm that celebrated women in food and farming. On Thursday, San Juan Capistrano’s Ecology Center will serve as the backdrop and food source for an evening focused on sustainability.

For Saturday’s dinner, Mina Park and Kwang Uh of Shiku and Baroo will serve Korean food, while Chengdu Impression’s Bin Wang will offer Chinese cuisine, and Burt Bakman of Slab will serve up barbecue. Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections is offering dessert, while

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‘Anyone can enjoy food from any culture’

MONTGOMERY, Ohio — For Edward Zha and Katherine Wen, cooking is about more than food.

It’s about celebrating their Chinese heritage and sharing it with others.

That’s more important than ever now, they said, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the anti-Asian rhetoric that has accompanied it.

“During this crisis, like, Asian hate and all that, we really need to be proud of ourselves and show who we really are,” said Edward, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Mason Middle School.

“We shouldn’t be ashamed of showing our culture and things that we enjoy,” added Katherine, a 15-year-old sophomore at Sycamore High School. “I think with food, you don’t really need to know a certain language or be part of a culture. Anyone can enjoy food from any culture, so I think that’s really nice.”

The teens have been honing their cooking skills – and building their pride – as part

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Our official guide to the best food in Philly

The next best thing to enjoying food just might be reading about food, and you are in luck. We’re about to drop a new Let’s Eat, Philly! Dining Guide, and I’ll share a preview. Also this week, we have an update on the Philly bar scene, offer a roundup of places to get your pumpkin spice on, tell you about a move to make Philly’s streeteries a permanent feature, share first word of a rich, new sandwich in King of Prussia, and finish with restaurant news.

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Mike Klein

Get set for Thursday’s unveiling of the 2021 Let’s Eat, Philly! Dining Guide, which showcases

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