Welcome to the weekend. It’s your last chance to enjoy dineLA deals all across the city, taste some single batch Buffalo Trace or Screaming Eagle wines in Culver City, and celebrate the first friday of the month at the Natural History Museum or Abbot Kinney. On Saturday, indulge in food and wine in Pasadena at Noir Food & Wine with Kosta Browne and Clos Pepe. Then we’ve got some great options for Super Bowl Sunday, including unlimited beers and an outdoor festival in Hollywood. We’ll be rooting for the Niners of course.
Friday, February 1
Single Batch Tasting – Buffalo Trace
Culver City and Silverlake (FRI-SUN)
Making its way from the hillsides of Kentucky to the streets of Los Angeles is a one-of-a-kind single-batch barrel of Buffalo Trace Bourbon and the lucky recipients are 1933 Group’s Thirsty Crow in Silverlake and Bigfoot West in Culver City. The large barrel, made exclusively for the 1933 Group, arrived today and will be split between Thirsty Crow and Bigfoot West. This premium, artisanal bourbon from one of Kentucky’s most revered producers will be available for a limited time for $9 this weekend and until they run out.
Screaming Eagle Vertical Tasting
Culver City (FRI-SAT)
Redd Collection in Culver City is popping over $2000 worth of Screaming Eagle wines. You’ll be tasting the ’06, ’07, ’08, and ’09 vintages. Their wood burning pizza oven will also be firing up some gratis nibbles. The flight is $80, but buy $250 worth of wine from the wine shop and the tasting is free. The first event sold out so don’t wait, call 310-202-REDD (7333) to reserve your spot.
dineLA Restaurant Week
Los Angeles area
It’s the last day for this winter’s dineLA Restaurant Week. Offering 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.
First Fridays: 100 Back, 100 Forward
Downtown Los Angeles (5-10pm)
The Natural History Museum celebrates its centennial with another season of its popular First Fridays event, which combines cutting-edge science lectures and live music from up-and-coming indie artists. The season will explore the greatest discoveries of the past 100 years and what we can expect in the next century. Performing this Friday, Mary Roach with music from the Gaslamp Killer.
Abbot Kinney First Fridays
Get your beads, feathers, boas and masks on for 1st Fridays in Venice on Friday and celebrate Mardi Gras Style! First Fridays is an open party along Abbot Kinney in Venice. Stores are generally open later, plust restaurants have extended happy hour specials and yes, the food trucks are plentiful. Admission is free!
Saturday, February 2
Pasadena PinotFest Kickoff Wine Dinner
Noir Food & Wine celebrates the Pasadena PinotFest with a very special Kosta Browne wine dinner. Sample some of these hard to find wines paired with dishes like Chanterelle Mushroom custard, Olive oil and bay leaf poached Sacramento Delta Sturgeon, and Oak grilled Australian lamb chop. Tickets are a bit steep at $225 a pop, but these wines are well worth the price. Tickets for that event can be purchased here. If something a bit more affordable is what you desire, check out the Clos Pepe tasting and lunch.
Sunday, February 3
Tony’s Darts Away
Football lovers slash Vegans celebrate as the Vegan Super Bowl Returns to Tony’s Darts Away! Plus All-You-Can-Drink Beer for $20! Light bar snacks will be provided as well, and vegan specials during the game will include: Vegan Nachos Vegan BBQ sandwiches with pulled jackfruit, slaw & pickles TDA’s Signature Brussels Sprouts with agave, Sriracha, and toasted cumin seeds. 20 beers will be on offer during the game, and tables can be reserved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pub at Golden Road
Watch the game and drink unlimited brewskis at one of the best new brew pubs in town. Drink all day and choose any number of beers from the wide selection of Golden Road drafts for just $25. Light snacks will be provided as well. Get there early to secure your bench at the community style tables.
Mohawk Bend is offering All-You-Can-Drink Beer AND All-You-Can-Eat Pizza during the game for $30. Six Pizzas will be on rotation throughout the game, including 3 non-vegan and 3 vegan options. Choose from favorites like Abe Froman (housemade Italian sausage, peppers, fennel and mozzarella) and Smoked Tofu BBQ. Even better, beer choices include anything out of thier large selection of taps. You can reserve tables with the best views of the TVs. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Hollywood Super Bowl Block Party
Head to the corner of Wilcox and Hollywood Blvd and you’ll find a block-long outdoor extravaganza, kicking off at noon on Super Bowl Sunday. They’ll be showing the game live on a jumbo screen, so you can root along with your favorite team. Or, if you’re less inclined to watch the game and are only interested in the football food fest, there will be burgers, hot dogs, food trucks and more right on site. If you’re willing to shell out the bucks for VIP seating, you can even get your own cabana and access to the beer garden.
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 – Fill your Grammy weekend with an intimate brunch presented by KCRW at the W Hollywood on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Performances include a special DJ set by KCRW’s Garth Trinidad and an eclectic line-up of artists such as Fink, Yuna, Chicano Batman, Chloe Flower, and Adrian Younge presents the Delfonics featuring William Hart. Funk legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton will be honored with the Vanguard Award by Oxfam America at this 5th annual MojaMoja Pre-Grammy Brunch and Benefit Concert at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. Tickets start at $75, get them 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.
Feb 10 – The Loyola Marymount University 32nd Annual Wine Classic will feature more than 150 wines from 46 boutique California wineries. Silent auction includes specialty wines and products. Proceeds benefit LMU student scholarships. Tickets are $95 and a portion of that is tax deductible.
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.
March 3 – LA Weekly’s fifth annual food and wine event PLATE features the same high quality selection of 40 restaurants from previous years, like Border Grille, Jitlada, La Casita, generic name for flagyl Lukshon, Mo-Chica, Night + Market, Nickel Diner, Oinkster, Picca, Kogi, and more. This year, Downtown LA’s BUZZ Wine Beer Shop will be curating a special selection of 30 top shelf wines. And of course, Stella will be there pouring the brews. The event takes place on Sunday, March 3 from 1-5 PM at Peterson Automotive Museum. Tickets are $75 and include unlimited food, beer and wine. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $95 and include entry into the event at Noon and a swag bag. Get your tickets now!
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