What You Missed at Taste of the Nation L.A.

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Fried chicken, slushy punches, and raw fish were the flavors of the (sweltering) day at Share Our Strength's 25th Taste of the Nation L.A. benefit yesterday, held for the first time at West Hollywood's The Lot. With a shared passion for the non-profit's mission to end childhood hunger in the U.S., our chefs spent the afternoon in good cheer while raising the stakes for creative dishes served among our city's frequent food tasting events. Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market prepared three types of spicy Thai sausage, Chris Cosentino of Pigg spread andouille on tiny oysters, Kerry Simon wrapped yellowtail in a thin ribbon of prosciutto, and Mo-Chica's Ricardo Zarate layered crostini with blood sausage and Peruvian spices, while Umami Burger managed a steady line for its shrimp burgers and Plan Check tempted a few hundred people to find some room for one more bite of its crunchy, smoky fried clucker. Come see everything (and everyone) you missed at yesterday's Taste of the Nation L.A.