Welcome to the weekend. The first of the spring festivals is kicked off on Friday with the La Habra Spring Citrus Fair. Then on Saturday celebrate the Japanese national tree at the Cherry Blossom Festival in downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy a Thai New Year in Pasadena, wine and cheese in downtown, cooking classes at Surfas and JAR, or listen to live Mariachi music in San Gabriel. Whatever you do this weekend, have a good one.
Friday, April 9
La Habra Spring Citrus Fair 2010
La Habra (Fri 5-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-10pm)
The La Habra Spring Citrus Fair 2010, located in La Habra California, will include great food, entertainment, rides, products, games and exhibits with a historic Spring Citrus theme. Located on La Habra Boulevard between Cypress and Euclid streets. A “Home and Garden” exhibit area is planned for the Fair focusing on growing vegetables, fruits, citrus, herbs right in your backyard.
Saturday, April 10
Cherry Blossom Festival
Downtown Los Angeles
The Cherry Blossom Festival is a free event open to the public and takes place on the streets in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles. There were over 45,000 attendees at the 2009 Festival. Live entertainment includes Japanese Dancing, music, a Hawaiian Village, Cultural Pavillion, and a Beer & Sake Garden. Several food trucks will be on hand feeding the hungry festival goers.
Cooking classes at Surfas
Culver City (12-2pm)
Join the three ladies of On the Lamb as they flaunt their strawberry debauchery in a cooking demonstration at Surfas Restaurant Supply and Gourmet Food in Culver City on Saturday April 10, 2010 from 12-2pm. It’s free to play, but be warned, these ladies play for keeps. On the menu: Strawberry, balsamic basil soda, Strawberry black pepper biscuits with prosciutto and honey mustard with a small side arugula, herb and strawberry salad topped with pecorino and dressed with balsamic vinaigrette, and Strawberry banana cream pie. Seating is limited so be sure to arrive early.
Cooking classes at JAR
Los Angeles (11am-1pm)
Reserve your place for a fun, interactive cooking class from 11am-1pm with Jar Executive Chef Suzanne Tracht, Pastry Chef Sandra Bustamante, and Sommelier Rob Harpest. Items on the class menu for the day include a Spring Radish Salad with English pea puree, Leg of Lamb with roasted asparagus and potatoes au gratin and a Chocolate Caramel Tart. Cost is $125 per person. Please call (323) 655-6566 to reserve your space.
Wine and Cheese Pairing Boutique Wine Tasting
Downtown Los Angeles (1-3pm)
If you didn’t get tickets to the Dig Lounge sold out wine and cupcake pairing, don’t worry. We’ve got another pairing for you. Do wine and cheese naturally go together? “A Match Made in Heaven,” so they say? As with most successful gastronomical relationships, most wine and cheese match-ups require some effort to prepare. Come explore the possibilities of carefully pairing fine wines with specific cheeses and hors d’oeuvres in order to achieve a little bit of heaven. Light appetizers included. $20 pp, tickets here.
Thai New Year
Celebrate ’Songkran’ at Pacific Asia Museum. Enjoy live music, classic dance and art demonstrations, learn how to ’wai’, explore the galleries, and more! Great for all ages. The event is free with paid admission to the museum.
Sunday, April 11
The Mariachi Heritage Society 19th Annual Benefit Concert
San Gabriel (4-6:30pm)
The Mariachi Heritage Society will host it’s 19th annual benefit concert on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. Join the incomparable VIKKI CARR, Jose Hernandez and his Mariachi Sol de Mexico, the First Ladies of Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles and over 100 students from our mariachi programs in South El Monte, Pasadena and Magnolia Elementary. All proceeds benefit the Mariachi Heritage Society, a non-profit 501 C 3 organization which funds a music education program for the children. Food Booths on site. Tickets start at $39.
palate food + wine Sunday Session and Supper
Glendale (12-5pm & 5-9pm)
This Sunday at palate food + wine try the featured “Single Dish” at Sunday Session for $12. Or do the full Sunday supper for $35 which includes an appetizer, a main course, and dessert. Wine flights available for $12.
Little Dom’s Monday Night Supper
Los Feliz (6pm-11pm)
On Monday nights Little Dom’s if offering a $15 prix-fixe supper featuring seasonal dishes like Shrimp & Whitebean Brushetta , Grilled Albacore w/ Roasted Peppers & Oregano,
Cranberry & Chocolate Chunk Rice Pudding. Bottles of Dago Red or White are $10, and Peroni beer is $2. Sounds like the perfect recession buster to us.
Wine Pairing Wednesday at Upstairs2
West LA (7:30pm)
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.
Friday Night Sessions @ California Plaza
Downtown Los Angeles (7pm)
Free concerts return to California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles on the 2nd Friday of every month. The program includes performances by local emerging indie bands. The Friday Night Sessions concert series is a collaborative effort by lafreebee, Isgoodmusic, SideCho Records, Heart Music Group, Casa Downtown, Grand Performances and the artists themselves. This Friday’s performers include Under the Asbury, Garland, Lady Katherine, and Bright Million.
April 17 – Angelinos and foodies across Southern California are invited to attend the Los Angeles division of the first annual National Food Bloggers Bake Sale on April 17th from 10:30am – 1:30pm at The Grove in Hollywood, CA. Morel’s Steakhouse and Bistro (189 The Grove Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90036) has generously donated their entire upper patio, where food bloggers from all over Southern California will feature their favorite baked goods from their blogs including, Bacon Brownies, Smore Cookies, Homemade Macarons, Mini Lemon Curd Tarts, Cherry Chocolate Rugelach, Gluten Free Apple Spiced Muffins and Hazelnut Cappuccino Biscotti. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength.
April 24 – At the 2nd Annual UNIQUE LA Spring Show, taking place at the California Market Center (11am-6pm), shop for two-days at the event that showcases independent design talent at great prices – with an emphasis on “made in America” goods, as 99% of products at the show are proudly made right here in the USA. Your $10 admission includes a collectible, exclusive tote bag designed by a guest artist, refreshments, giveaways, free workshops, DIY den, kids play area, and more.
April 24 – The 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational returns to Los Angeles in April. It’s the nation’s biggest, craziest, most awesome grilled cheese sandwich cooking competition. Details are slim, and the exact location is still TBD. But let’s hope its a little bit more organized after the horror stories last year.
April 27-28 – The Guacamole Festival in Lincoln Heights promotes the consumption of all type of avocados. Attendants enjoy Food dishes serve with lots of Avocado & Guacamole such as burgers, Avocado sandwiches & salads, guacamole dips, tacos, etc. This free event will enjoy a variety of Avocado food recipes, free health screenings, free gifts, Carnival Rides & Games, live music and all type of exhibitors with 15,000 attendees expected.
April 28 – Learn About Wine: Revenge of the Merlot, Merlot, its back, its better, its darker, its stronger and ready for REVENGE! In 2005, the Movie Sideways bashed Merlot back into the barrel, where it sat for an extended period of time, working out, adding weight, complexity and now its back, and better than ever. Come experience this amazing gathering of approximately 40-50 great Merlot Producers as we celebrate a night of great wine and liquid entertainment! Legendary DJ Richard Blade of KROQ will be spinning a collection of great tunes to inspire and excite a night of sweet revenge. Tickets are $80 pp.
May 31 – The first annual City of Angels Wine Fest taking place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 from 12 noon to 5:00pm at the Music Center Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring wines from thirty premiere California wineries and food prepared by several Patina Restaurant Group’s downtown restaurants, the event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Angeles will benefit the Volunteers of America Los Angeles downtown homeless service center. It’s a great opportunity to sample wonderful wines, eat delicious food and support a fabulous local organization.Center Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are $65.00 in advance and $75.00 at the door. Tickets include nine (9) wine tickets and two (2) food tickets, with additional food and wine tickets available for sale. Tickets will be available for sale on March 15.
June 19 – Beer from the nation’s finest craft brewers and cuisine from the Gold Coast’s finest chefs will converge on the beautiful San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, California during Father’s Day Weekend on Saturday, June 19th 2010, to celebrate the first annual Salute! A Festival to Celebrate Finely Crafted Beer & Food. This beer and food lifestyle event will include live music and take place from 1pm – 5pm, with a special limited-ticket VIP Tastemaker reception from 11am – 1pm where VIP guests will meet with brewers and have exclusive access to limited edition brews and a special VIP Tastemaker lounge area.