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Jimmy Kimmel hosts Italian festival in Hollywood

September 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the annual Precious Cheese Italian feast of San Gennaro in Hollywood.

The three-day event, which celebrates Italian culture and showcases Italian-American performers, kicked off Thursday night.

Kimmel said his favorite part of the festival is the delicious food.

"San Gennaro is a special feast, not really because of the religious implications, but for me because I'm a glutton and I like to eat food," said Kimmel.

The event also features Italian wine, rides and games.

Proceeds will benefit the San Gennaro Foundation, a non-profit organization co-created by Kimmel. The foundation helps children and families in need in Los Angeles.