Welcome to the weekend. Start it off with some fresh baked goods at La Monarca. Then on Saturday drink Skinner wines in Culver City, head to Pasadena for Pinot Fest, celebrate the 3 year anniversary of Eagle Rock Brewery, or hit up the two dozen or so free museums this weekend. On Sunday finish of the day with lunch or dinner at dine LA Restaurant Week and a tasting of Napa wines in West LA.
Friday, January 25
La Monarca South Pasadena Grand Opening
La Monarca opens its doors adjacent South Pasadena’s Metro Gold Line stop where there skilled team of bakers creates a variety of Mexican cakes, pastries and breads from scratch, using traditional proprietary recipes perfected over the last 50 years. Some of La Monarca’s traditional offerings include Quiche Ranchero, Traditional Cazuelas, Tres Leches Cake, Caramel Flan, Agave Nectar Cookies and Hojarasca. At the new South Pasadena location, guests can enjoy location-specific specialities, including Ham and Cheese Cazuelas and Cold Brewed Coffees.
Saturday, January 26
Skinner Vineyards Winter Release Party
Culver City (11am-10pm)
Come celebrate new wines at Redd Collection coming from Skinner Vineyards in El Dorado. The Skinner Family will be joining the celebration, and hopefully their winemaker, Chris Pittenger who had stints at Marcassin, Williams Selyem, Biale, Kim Crawford (NZ) & Torbreck (AUS). They will also have a number of other wines on hand to pour throughout the day. You will be able to indulge in a build-your-own gourmet taco bar with choices like smoked Lamb, smoked Carne Asada, Orange Duck, and more. The taco bar will open at 2pm and some wood fired pizza’s will be on hand prior to that. The cost is $30 pre-paid or $40 at the door. All of this cost will be applied to any purchase that day.
In a joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California, the Museum Marketing Roundtable announces the eighth annual ‘Museums Free-For-All’ Saturday January 26th and Sunday January 27th. The museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors free of charge. For a full list and schedule check out their web site.
Pasadena PinotFest Kickoff Tasting & Lunch
Enjoy a Prix-Fixe Lunch & Tasting at Noir Food & Wine as you celebrate Pasadena PinotFest. Your two course meal includes choices like Small Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo, Grilled Achiote Chicken, Pan Seared Blue Nose Bass, and Grilled Flat Iron Steak. The cost is just $29 and includes wine. Make a reservation by calling 626-795-7199. Tasting only tickets available for $15 and can purchase items of the lunch menu separately.
Eagle Rock Brewery 3rd Anniversary Party
Eagle Rock (12-4pm)
The great folks over at Verdugo Bar will be hosting the party again this year! The cost will be $15/person which includes 2 drinks and a commemorative glass to take home. Additional beers be available for purchase. Mandoline Grill and No Jodas Cuban will be there to feed you. It’s a total tap takeover so they will be serving 22 of Eagle Rock Brewery beers to celebrate this third year; including the newest member “Threes”— a Rye American Strong Ale brewed specially for the occasion.
Sunday, January 27
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.
A Trip to Napa Valley Tasting Event
West LA (1-4pm)
The Wine House and Napa Valley Vintners present an exceptional day with the winemakers, winery representatives and/or winery owners for an exclusive and educational event. All of our friends are in town to showcase their new releases and show you what makes Napa Valley so special! There will be 30 different wineries pouring approximately 75 different wines. No air travel needed: Today the Napa Valley comes to the Westside! Upstairs 2 Restaurant will provide passed hor d’oeurves throughout the afternoon and our 2311 Gourmet Department will have an array of fine cheeses to complement the wines. Tickets are $55, VIP tickets available for $75 and include 1 hr early admission.
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
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs 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 – Artisanal LA and the Market on Holly’s monthly Producer Series continues this year with local Droga Chocolates on Saturday, February 9th at The Market on Holly Bodega. Droga Chocolates is a Los Angeles based producer specializing in fine chocolates using all natural ingredients and organic dairy. RSVP by emailing Ryan@TheMarketonHolly.com.
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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