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Explore Asian Cuisine in LA,  UCLA Style

Explore Asian Cuisine in LA, UCLA Style

An enticing mix of well-known personalities in the world of Asian cuisine and UCLA experts who study at the intersection of culture and food will be served up Sunday, May 2, to those who attend an all-day program, Asia in LA 2010: Creating and Consuming Asian Cuisines.

By Cynthia Lee

An enticing mix of well-known personalities in the world of Asian cuisine and UCLA experts who study at the intersection of culture and food will be served up Sunday, May 2, to those who attend an all-day program, Asia in LA 2010: Creating and Consuming Asian Cuisines.
 
Foods at the heart of ethnic, religious and cultural heritage from East, Southeast and South Asia is available everywhere in L.A. — on supermarket shelves, in farmers’ markets, Asian grocery stores and, of course, in restaurants and roving food trucks. To talk about how food brings Asia into the daily life and identity of Los Angeles, the UCLA Asia Institute has assembled a program that will feature a roundtable forum highlighting new food-related research by UCLA graduate students and scholars as well as a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold.
 
You can learn about Koreatown coffee shops and Indonesian eateries in Los Angeles and beyond. Or you can discover the food practices of the Okinawa Disaspora or the global effect of family, food and fusion in Japanese cuisine. Jet Tila, executive chef of Wazuzu Restaurant in Las Vegas and Kenny Enomoto, marketing manager for Marukai Supermarkets in Torrance will be sharing their expertise. And there will be special demonstrations as well as interactive exhibits.
 
The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes with “A Taste of Asia,” tasting opportunities provided by some of L.A.’s popular restaurants from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The program is free, but RSVP is required. A boxed lunch catered by Banchan is available for $10. Advance reservation for lunch is also required.
 
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