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Snag your mayo-slathered spot to the 2015 Lobster Rumble LA
Photo: Lizzie Munro/Tasting Table
2015 Lobster Rumble LA

Californians got it good: We're talking sun, surfer-cool sensibility and breezy beaches running up and down the whole left side of the state.

But there's one way the Golden State can take its summer from pretty chill to cool as shell. Two words: lobster rolls.

Get ready for Tasting Table's third-annual Lobster Rumble LA, taking over LA Center Studios (1201 W. Fifth St., T-110, Los Angeles) on Thursday, August 13, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Surf the local turf by tasting your way through 17 lobster roll-doling contenders, who will be seasoning and stacking meaty hunks of succulent lobster onto doughy rolls, all to, well, impress you. Your vote determines the winner of this year's Lobster Rumble LA, so it's time to get cracking.

Down all 17 rolls and more with general admission ($100 a person, plus tax). Take breaks from crustacean chomping with sweets from six local artisans, as well as boozy sips from the open bar, stocked with seasonal cocktails, Stella Artois beer, wine and Coca-Cola Life refreshments.

But, hey, it's Hollywood, so give yourself the star treatment with the VIP ticket ($150 a person, plus tax), which buys you all of the above, plus one more hour of lobster roll luxury with early access starting at 6 p.m., a VIP lounge equipped with a raw bar and glam VIP gift bag filled with goodies valued at over $75.

Slurp, sip and savor for the greater good: The 2015 Lobster Rumble LA benefits longtime partner Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign.

Now back to impressing and voting matters.

Let the lobster roll experts butter you up with their sumptuous rolls, tweet your faves with #LobsterRumble and cast your all-important vote. But before you do, remember: Crowning the king of mayo- and butter-brushed crustaceans is a weighty responsibility.

Will you award two-time winner, cross-country roving food truck Cousins Maine Lobster for a third time for its ultra-rich (read: buttered and mayo-covered) rolls? Or can new kids Knuckle & Claw straight out of Silver Lake or Santa Monica stalwarts Blue Plate Oysterette crack the code to crafting the most spectacular lobster roll on the planet?

Looks like you've got some serious eating and judging to do. So secure your lobster roll attendance, then eat, drink and repeat until the winner is announced later that night.

Now Californians are really golden.

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