Welcome to the weekend. We’ve got a four day weekend packed full of fun happenings. Kick it off with some Porchetta at Wine Expo. On Saturday, Green Flash takes over the taps of Blue Palms in Hollywood, taste over 100 Bordeaux wines in West LA, or enjoy wine and comedy in the ‘Bu. On Sunday Suzanne Tracht schools at Huntington Meats, try a cheese pairing at private tour at Reyes Winery, and pair wines with Lou Amdur at Night + Market. On Monday finish off the long weekend with dinner at dineLA Restaurant Week or a beer pairing dinner at Hudson House.
Friday, January 18
Porchetta Night at Wine Expo
Santa Monica (5:30-9pm)
So we grubbed on chef Evan Funke’s dreadfully good Umbrian style roast pork sandwiches last week from the Porchetta Truck. We say dreadful, because my doctors are not going to like the fact that I just ate a sandwich with pork loin, belly, and chicharons, all on bread drizzled with duck fat. And what better way to enjoy one of these five dollar Porchetta toungasms than with a glass of wine from Wine Expo? Get there early, they sold out last time.
Saturday, January 19
Green Flash Tap Takeover
Blue Palms Brewhouse welcomes Green Flash with a complete Tap Takeover of their amazing beers. San Diego based Green Flash takes over the taps with a large selection of hard to find beers including Green Flash 1st Anniversary Strong Ale, Candela Rye Barleywine, Serrano Chiki Double Stout, and more. A collection of about 25 beers in total. More info and details here.
Sips N Giggles
Join Malibu Family Wines for Sips N Giggles at Malibu & Vine for an evening of the funniest LA Comics paired with Semler and Sadlerock wines. Entry is free with happy hour specials from 5:30-6:30 and comedy from 6:30-9pm. Located at the renowned and public Malibu Golf Club, Malibu and Vine Bar & Grille is a hand crafted beer and wine bar with random acts of cooking featuring Chef Matthew Zubrod.
Union Des Grands Crus Bordeaux Tasting
Wally’s Wines presents the Union Des Grands Crus Bordeaux Tasting. Taking place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel from 3-6pm, taste over 100 of the best 2010 Bordeaux wines. Wines are poured by the world’s greatest Chateaux owners and winemakers themselves, which makes for a truly exceptional wine tasting experience. It’s about as good as you can get without a plane ticket to France. There will also be an array of cheeses for pairing with the wines. Tickets are $69 and can be purchased here.
Sunday, January 20
Night + Market Wine Dinner with Lou Amdur
Night + Market owner and chef Kris Yenbamroong teams up with Lou Amdur (LOU winebar) for a spectacular night of food and wine. The seven-course wine pairing dinner featuring Isan and Chaing-Rai-style dishes, includes items like his jaew bong–salty and extremely spicy relish, jasmine rice fortified with pig blood & jowl, isan-style duck larb, chiang rai-style pork larb, isan beef ceviche. All 5 courses come paired with esoteric wine choices from Lou himself. There are two seating, at 6 and 8 pm. The dinner is just $65 and reservations are highly recommended.
Suzanne Tracht at Huntington Meats
Los Angeles (6pm)
Suzanne Tracht of Jar heads to Huntington Meats for a whole hog session. Experience Huntington Meats skills and knowledge in breaking down a whole hog, portioning, and discussing all the primal cuts. Then watch as Chef Suzanne Tracht gives a cooking demonstration in the different cuts of pork. Sign up in person or call for a reservation, 323-938-5383.
Reyes Winery Wine and Cheese Pairing
Agua Dulce, CA (12-2pm)
The Reyes Winery Wine and Cheese Pairing features a tasting of 5 wines each in the Reyes Winery tasting room for two people, a tour of the winery and the winemaker’s gallery, barrel tasting of 2 wine and a cheese plate to pair your wines, and $20.00 worth toward the purchase of any wine. Located in Los Angeles County, Reyes Winery is known for its amazing award-winning wines and exciting atmosphere. Event held from noon to 2pm. Tour of the winery starts at 1pm. Tickets are $90 per couple.
Monday, January 21
dineLA Restaurant Week
Los Angeles area
Taking place over two consecutive weeks (January 21–February 1), this winter’s dineLA Restaurant Week offers diners the opportunity to indulge in specially priced menus from a variety of LA restaurants. Meals will be available in three price categories: lunch menus for $15, $20 or $25 and three-course or small plate dinner menus for $25, $35 or $45.
Hudson House/Bruery Beer Pairing Dinner
Redondo Beach (6pm)
Redondo Beach gastropub Hudson House welcomes Orange County’s the Bruery for a Top Chef beer challenge dinner. Hudson House chefs Nick Roberts joins current Top Chef Seattle contestant Brooke Williamson to create a five-course tasting menu featuring some of the Bruery’s fine beers. Dishes include braised lamb cassoulet paired with Rugbrod, a Danish-style dark rye ale, rock shrimp dumplings and clams with Salt of the Earth, a German-style wheat beer brewed with truffle and coriander. The dinner will set you back $65 plus tip.
Villains Tavern Presents: Chicken & Pancakes Sundays
Downtown Los Angeles
Villains Tavern, voted #1 BEST NEW BAR in Los Angeles Magazine’s June 2012 “Best Bars” issue, is now featuring
Chicken & Pancake Sundays with live music. Celebrate brunch steam punk style on the patio with drink specials like a 32oz Big ASS BEER, Dave’s Ultimate Bloody Mary and Dave’s Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas. Grub on fried chicken and pancakes smothered with maple syrup. Sounds like a good hangover remedy to us.
Burgers and Bubbly at Tavern
West LA (3-9pm)
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are now serving up sliders and champagne pairings every Sunday night in the Blue Room at Tavern. Choices include a turkey slider with arugula and tomato confit paired with J. Lassalle Brut Chigny-les-roses, a triple pork burger slider with manchego cheese and romesco with extra dry Prosecco, and a Niman ranch beef slider with fontina, lettuce, and tomato with Veuve Fourny rosé. At $30 it’s not a cheap meal, but how often do you get bubbles and burgers? Make your rezzy by calling 310-806-6464
LA Derby Dolls
Echo Park (6-10pm)
The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league. Watch girls on wheels as they battle out on the track with two teams of five players each: four blockers (one of whom wears a striped helmet cover as the “pivot”) and one jammer. Races take place every other Saturday and some Sundays. A full season schedule can be browsed here.
Silver Lake Farmers’ Market
Silver Lake (8am – 1pm)
The Silver Lake Farmers’ Market offers more than just fresh, local produce. Customers can also find vintage clothings, jewelry, music, and snacks, giving it more of a flea market vibe.
Sunday Suppers at Cecconi’s
An elegant Sunday Supper that will feed up to four for just $50? Cecconi’s in West Hollywood has you covered. Chef Andrea Cavaliere brings classic Italian comforts such as wood-oven fired artisanal pizza, a hearty bowl of pasta and seasonal salad to the dinner table on Sundays at Cecconi’s – all with a sophisticated setting and price that’s hard to beat. Wine specials include a bottle of house red or white for $25. And if you have an additional guest in your group, add a pizza or pasta for just $12.50.
Weekend Flights at Rosso Wine Shop
Glendale (5-8 p.m.)
A new wine theme each week. Whether it is their Old World favorites or Pinot Noir from Russian River, they mix it up and keep the price reasonable. Visit www.rossowineshop.com for more details. They also have wines by the glass available at the bar, along with some select beer picks by the bottle, if the wine flight doesn’t work for you. Cost is around $10.
Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club
Downtown Los Angeles (6-11 p.m.)
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs every Sunday at the Cicada Club in Downtown. Featuring the finest vintage dance orchestras and entertainment, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club is unlike any night on the town you have ever experienced. Vintage or evening attire encouraged. A dinner reservation will guarantee your table for the entire evening. To see who’s playing each week and for more info check out their web site.
Wine Pairing Wednesday at Upstairs2
West LA (7:30 p.m.)
Upstairs 2, located above the massive Wine House, offers a four-course dinner prepared by chef Todd Barrie every Wednesday, paired with four wines from around the world selected by sommelier Marilyn Snee. Each week will showcase a different wine region, and there will be a brief discussion of each wine and its pairing. The cost is only $55 per person. Make your rezzy here.
Feb 9 – The inaugural LA Bacon Festival, presented by Mendocino Farms, heads to the Peterson Automotive Museum in the Miracle Mile on February 9th (2-6pm). This swine centric event will pay homage to all things bacon of course, including sweet and savory. If you don’t get enough pork in your life, sample bacon infused items from bakeries and restaurants like Mendocino Farms, Messhall, Muddy Leak, Starry Kitchen, Hott’s Kitchen, Public Kitchen and Bar, Slater’s 50/50, Cliff’s Edge and more. There will be 20 beers on tap including Deschutes, Lagunitas, Drakes, Karl Strauss, Ballast Point and more. VIP admission gets you in an hour earlier and access to specialty cocktails. Tickets for regular admission are only $40, VIP admission is $60. Get your tickets here.
Mar 2-3 – 22nd Annual “World of Wine” Winter Barrel Tasting Weekend will feature the best wineries of the Temecula Valley. That’s when the wineries open their cellar doors for guests to enjoy a bevy of wines at the annual two day barrel tasting event. Old world wine varietals created in new world, Temecula style, will wow ticket holders! You’re $99 ticket gets you two days of a self-guided tour of 30+ wineries, each of whom will be offering varietal wines from barrel, tank or bottle. The wines will be paired with scrumptious food samplings which exemplify the perfect marriage of food and wine. Ticket holders will receive a map of the Temecula Valley, a passport which allows a visit to each participating winery and a souvenir glass. There are also several weekend stay specials, get more info on their web site.
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