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Abbot Kinney was named "the Coolest Block in America" by GQ Magazine this year, and it's no wonder! Its distinctive fusion of funky beach and urban chic culture make it a uniquely desirable destination, with one-of-a-kind restaurants and hip merchants dotting every step of the street. This year, Inside Out Community Arts' 4th Annual 'Taste of Abbot Kinney' is celebrating the block and shining a culinary spotlight on the chefs who make this eclectic and cosmopolitan street their home.

On Sunday, October 14th over 500 guests will descend on Venice to sample and uncork the best that Abbot Kinney has to offer. Over a dozen restaurants will take part in this unique walking/tasting tour, providing scrumptious bites and tickling the taste buds of every attendee! Abbot Kinney's most innovative restaurants and chefs will be selecting their favorite recipes to fill your stomach and warm your heart.

Adam Gertler, host of Food Network's primetime series Kid in a Candy Store, will be hosting the VIP reception, bringing his trademark passion for food and fun-loving sense of humor.  VIP guests are in for a special treat at this fabulous reception including cocktail, wine and appetizer tastings, demonstrations from local chefs and mixologists, a live DJ and entry into a grand prize drawing. And all of this to benefit Inside Out Community Arts!

Inside Out Community Arts is also proud to welcome Don & Linda Novack and Hal Fredrick as the 2012 Taste of Abbot Kinney Event Chairs. Don, Linda and Hal are the owners of Hal’s Bar and Grill. Hal’s is one of the Venice community’s most popular restaurants and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!

Since 1996 Inside Out Community Arts has been transforming the lives of LA's underserved middle school and high school youth through arts and media education. By providing award-winning, high quality after school programs Inside Out teaches youth to believe in the power of their own inner voices, hopes and dreams.

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Photos below from the 2011 Taste of Abbot Kinney

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Adam Gertler (above) 2011 Taste of Abbot Kinney 

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