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Venice Meet; Chinatown Summer Nights; Cecconi's porchetta

August 10, 2012|By Amanda Natividad
  • Chinatown Summer Nights takes place Aug. 11 and Aug. 25.
Chinatown Summer Nights takes place Aug. 11 and Aug. 25. (Stefano Paltera / For The…)

The Venice Meet returns: The Venice Meet returns to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, just blocks from the beach, this Saturday. Participating restaurants include the health-conscious FEED Body + Soul, Waiola Burger, Roll n’ Lobster, Stuffed Crepe, Rice Creamery and S’cream Truck. Guests can also bring their children to the Westminster Elementary School play yard, take advantage of the complimentary dog-sitting services, peruse other vendors’ wares and enjoy the music of Salt Petal, Cameron Hovsepian and Nikki O’Neill Band. The Venice Meet takes place the second Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free but the costs of food and goods vary. 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, www.thevenicemeet.com.

Chinatown Summer Nights: This Saturday is Chinatown Summer Nights. The Central and West Plaza fair includes food trucks, local vendors, cooking demonstrations, Chinese cultural activities, music from KCRW’s DJs and even a soup-eating competition. Participating food trucks include Ludo Bites, Flying Pig, Don Chow’s, Frysmith, Pigs Feet Under, Arleen’s Cupcakes, Crepe N Around, Fluff Ice, Munchie Machine, Nonna’s Kitchenette, TaBom Truck and Yalla Truck. A craft beer garden will be curated by Eagle Rock Brewery, offering Groundworks Coffee Porter from Smog City Brewery and Trois Filles Tripel from Ladyface Ale Co., among other selections. Aug. 11 and Aug. 25. 5 p.m. to midnight. 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 680-0243.  www.chinatownsummernights.com.

Porchetta roast for Ferragosto: Cecconi’s and chef Andrea Cavaliere are hosting a porchetta roast this Sunday in honor of the Italian holiday, Ferragosto. The tradition dates back to the Roman times, marking the time of the year when Italians took a break from the bustling city life to retreat to beaches, mountains and countryside. Ferragosto is celebrated with a porchetta, a pig that has been deboned, stuffed with garlic, rosemary, fennel and other herbs, and roasted over an open fire. At Cecconi’s guests will be treated to roast pork, applesauce, wood oven roasted potatoes and pork crackling. 2 p.m. until the porchetta runs out. $26 per plate. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (310) 432-2000, www.cecconiswesthollywood.com.

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