The inaugural Taste Talks LA, featuring food events and a conference, hits Downtown Los Angeles this weekend.

Taste Talks, the food and drink festival that started in Brooklyn a few years back, is about to host its inaugural Los Angeles event, at the Line Hotel November 4-6. Kelis, the singer turned cookbook author, is curating the weekend of events, which include a Friday night dinner, a full day of panels and talks on Saturday, and a barbecue and closing party on Sunday, and more.

Food Republic editor Richard Martin will team with a trio of Los Angeles culinary figures to discuss the art of preservation in a talk called Cured: Preserved Foods Won’t Kill You. They Just Might Save You, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Michael Fiorelli (Love & Salt), Valerie Gordon (Valerie Confections) and Nakul Mahendro (Badmaash) join Martin on the panel. Curtis Stone, Wes Avila and Ari Taymoor highlight other talks throughout the day.

Tickets are still available for some of the events via the Taste Talks site.