Artisanal LA showcases local, sustainable food

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Foodies take note! This weekend, nearly 100 food and beverage makers will gather for a celebration of local and sustainable products in downtown Los Angeles.

KPCC's Alex Cohen got the skinny on the event from Artisinal L.A.’s founder, Shawna Dawson.

"Not only will guests be able to purchase a wide array of edible treats from local butchers to chocolate makers," Dawson says, "but there will also be hands-on workshops, chef-led demos and speakers educating guests on various food related topics."

The event will take place at the Cooper Building in downtown L.A.’s historic core. Dawson says many of the artisans scheduled to attend aren’t yet accessible through retail stores or even through farmers markets.

Vendors include a cheese store from Claremont, locally-made pickles and bacon jam and butter crunch candy from Santa Monica.

The workshops at Artisanal L.A. include one on honey hosted by local beekeepers and another on home butchering hosted by Marissa Guggianna, author of "Primal Cuts."

Tickets are $10 when bought in advance online and $15 at the door. Dawson says part of the proceeds will go to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, Woolly School Gardens and the L.A. Regional Food Bank.