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Outdoor foodie picnic comes to MOCA in the form of Le Grand Fooding

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, April 05, 2013, at 02:59PM
Courtesy of Le Grand Fooding

The event takes place at the end of this month at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary.

For two nights at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary, the art will be edible.

Le Grand Fooding Crush, Paris — Los Angleles, is an indulgent, outdoor picnic that features a frenzy of food compliments of top chefs from Paris and L.A.. It's scheduled for April 26 and 27 at the Downtown venue.

"Le Fooding was created twelve years ago as an alternative to the Michelin guide and aims at supporting the creativity, personality and originality of the cuisines and restaurants of our time," says the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The event goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night and will fit approximately 650 guests each evening. MOCA describes the foodie festival as a celebration of "the cultural link and love story between Paris and Los Angeles."

In addition to a selection of French chefs there will be six L.A.-based chefs serving up snacks including Josef Centeno of Baco Mercat, Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ and Jordan Kahn of Red Medicine. Chateau Marmont's Carolynn Spence will be there as well, along with Mozza's Nancy Silverton and Trois Mec's Ludo Lefebvre.

Tickets for the event are on sale now. They begin at $50 for basic access that includes food tasting, cheeses from France, sparkling water and a flute of champagne. The costs go up from there depending on how VIP you want to get (and how much champagne you want to drink.)

Top level access is the Le MasterCard Priceless Crush Ticket. Clocking in at $125 and only available to people who, surprisingly, carry MasterCard, these tickets include bonuses such as a pre-tasting, an hour of unlimited champagne and access to the backstage area.

Tasting dishes at the event will range from short rib tacos to "drinkable pizza," lamb sliders, ceviche and grilled beef tagliata.

But Le Grand Fooding won't be all about eating. Shepard Fairey and André Saraiv, a street artist from Paris, are designing t-shirts for the event which will honor each other's cities. Limited supplies will be sold at the event and the proceeds will go to the L.A. Food Bank.

This will be the first time Le Grand Fooding has made an appearance in L.A. It has already been executed in Paris, Milan and in New York.

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