The topic is "food TV" -- as in, does anyone want to watch a "dump and stir" food TV show anymore? -- when a roundtable is held Monday night at Border Grill in downtown Los Angeles. Panelists include "Top Chef" winner Michael Voltaggio and "Top Chef Masters" competitors Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. But you can expect a question (or three) about Paula Deen! The panel is being moderated by author Allen Salkin, and the evening serves as a reception for his new book, "From Scratch: Inside the Food Network." (Salkin took his book deadline down to the wire so that he could add in last-minute interviews, insight and analysis on this summer's Deen debacle.) The 7-8:30 p.m. event is free, and so are the appetizers and wines poured by Oregon's Soter Vineyards, but you need to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where your food comes from: An Oct. 19 reception will commemorate the close of "The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers," a documentary, arts and education exhibition by photographer Rick Nahmias that has traveled the country helping to raise awareness about the nation's farmworkers. The final showing takes place at the Ventura County Agriculture Museum, a few miles from where the project's very first images were captured. A closing reception will be held at the museum to benefit Food Forward, a volunteer organization that helps recover and donate farm and backyard produce that might otherwise go to waste. The reception will include wine, snacks, a free copy of "The Migrant Project" book, access to the exhibit as well as a talk and slide show by Nahmias. Tickets are $45.
Eat, drink, Venice: The 5th annual Taste of Venice is being held on Nov. 3, a food, wine, beer and cocktail tasting event showcasing signature bites and sips from restaurants such as Barnyard, Larry’s, Venice Ale House, Joe’s, Pork Belly’s, Willie Jane’s and Local 1205. There will be a walking/tasting tour of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, along with a VIP reception featuring music, a silent auction, cooking demonstrations and scheduled appearances by chef Jet Tila and food personality Adam Gertler. Tickets run from $60 to $100. The event benefits Inside Out Community Arts, whose website has all the event details.