Welcome to the weekend. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there! It’s time to show some mother love. We’ll be cooking for our mom, but just in case you need some fun activities, take a gander below. The Renaissance Faire continues all weekend long, as does Sideways the Play. For the vino loving mum, pair wine, cheese & chocolate with Learn About Wine, taste out of the barrel at at D’Argenzio Enoteca, or sample Italian wines at the Wine House. For some outdoor fun try the Venice Beach Spring Fling Arts & Music Fest. On Sunday grub at the Mother’s Day Buffet at the Walt Disney Concert Hall or the “Not” your Mother’s Day Brunch at City Tavern.
Friday, May 11
Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Irwindale (10am-7pm, Sat & Sun)
The 50th anniversary of the very first Renaissance faire is upon us, with the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire celebrating its Golden Jubilee through the weekends of April and May. Grab a turkey leg and see such faire favorites as the Poxy Boggards, the Dread Crew of Oddwood, Moonie and Broon, the joust, the puritans, and of course Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I in the village of Port Deptford, abutting the Santa Fe Dam. Tickets are $25/adults, $15/children ages 5-12 (aged 4 years or younger are free). For more information and a full list of entertainment, check out their web site.
Sideways The Play at Drink Along
Santa Monica (7:30-10pm)
Previously adapted as a major motion picture, Sideways the Play is another take on Rex Pickett’s widely popular book Sideways. Expect the same shenanigans from Miles and Jack with a couple of new twists. Your $42 ticket will include wine at the event (of course the play is a drink along) and a Q&A with Rex himself. Just don’t ask him to drink from the spit bucket. Get your tickets from Learn About Wine here.
Saturday, May 12
Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
Downtown Los Angeles (3-5pm)
Join LearnAboutWine for a special class bringing together three divine creations, wine, cheese and chocolate. You will explore the sensual contrasts and delights that each element brings to the experience — the crisp acidity, mouth-filling robustness or smooth viscosity of great wine; the sharp, subtly sweet or complexity of fine cheese; and the rich luxuriousness of superior chocolate ranging from creamy milk to intensely dark. Taste five cheeses, ten wines, and five chocolates for $95 a person, or $150 for two. Makes a great Mother’s Day present!
Wine Barrel Tasting at D’Argenzio Enoteca
Visit D’Argenzio Enoteca for their exclusive annual barrel tasting at the Burbank Enoteca. It is the only place in Los Angeles that hosts barrel tastings. Enjoy a chance to taste their future releases straight from the wine barrel before they are bottled & take advantage of pre-order discount. Tickets to this event are $15, or free for wine club members.
Folio Italian Fest at the Wine House
West LA (1-3pm)
Folio Fine Wine Partners, founded by the Michael Mondavi family in 2004, imports wines from the world’s premier and emerging wine regions. They will be pouring some of their best Italian offerings such as Tenuta Ornellaia, Luce, Frescobaldi and Masi Amarone. Taste up and down the peninsula from Amarone to the wines of Sicily. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample some of Italy’s finest wines. Be among the first to taste CastelGiocondo Brunello 2007 and Ornellaia 2009. Tickets are $45 and more info can be found here.
2nd Annual Venice Beach Spring Fling Arts & Music Fest
Venice Beach (11am-7pm)
The second annual Venice Spring Fling will kick off springtime at the beach in Venice with a free, full day of art and music in Windward Plaza Park. Live music will be performed on the Ocean Stage from 11am – 7pm. An offspring of the highly successful and locally loved Venice Beach Music Fest, the SPRING FLING continues the tradition of bringing the artistic Venice community together in a celebration of the historical creative spirit of the beach.
Sunday, May 13
Not Your Mother’s Mother’s Day
Culver City (12-9pm)
Take your Mom to City Tavern for a “Not Your Mother’s Mother’s Day” feast, featuring beer pairings and a delicious 3-course menu. Chef Jessica Christensen will be preparing a 3-course, $36 pre-fixe featuring 4 special beers selected by Eagle Rock Brewery’s Ting Su. Menu items include a Deviled egg with curried cauliflower, Heirloom tomato salad, Pan-seared salmon with grilled asparagus, and Molten chocolate cake for dessert.
Mother’s Day Buffet in the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s Garden
Downtown Los Angeles
If you’re looking for a more traditional Mother’s Day Brunch in a beautiful setting, head to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The $55 menu includes freshly squeezed juices, assorted teas and coffee. Menu highlights include buttermilk pancakes, chicken pot pie, and assorted omelettes. Call (213) 972-7565 for reservations. For other Downtown LA brunch specials, head here.
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.
May 20 – The Club Culinaire of French Cuisine will hold its annual Picnic des Chefs on Sunday, May 20 at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills at 2854 Triunfo Canyon Road, where 4 acres of lush mountain side await us. LA’s top chefs will create authentic dishes from various regions of France. Participating chefs (partial list): Marius Blin (Hotel Sofitel); Michel Blanchet (Michel Cordon Bleu); Joe Miller (Joe’s Restaurant); Josie LeBalch (Josie Restaurant); Neal Fraser (BLVD); Yvan Valentin (Sweet Temptation); and Christian Kaufmann (Emil’s Swiss Pastry). The party starts at 11:30am until 4:30pm. Chefs will cook up over 700 lb of meat, poultry and fish, 500 lb of vegetables, 200 lb of cheese and 500 baguettes, 50 artisan breads and much more. Over 50 wineries will be pouring their favorite selections. All this for just $60? Hell yes, tickets here.
May 20 – The fifth annual Flavors of Los Angeles event spotlights premier chefs and restaurants to raise funds for the American Liver Foundation. Flavors guests will experience a five course culinary extravaganza prepared tableside with wine pairings prepared by the top ten restaurants and chefs in Los Angeles, including: Host Chef and Executive Chef, Shigefumi Tachibe, Chaya Downtown; Chef Chef John Sedlar, Rivera and Playa; Executive Chef Kevin Meehan, Cafe Pinot; Executive Chef Jean Froncois Meiteigner, La Cachette Bistro; Executive Chef Mirko Paderno, Oliverio at the Avalon. Tickets for this exclusive event are $275. Proceeds benefit The Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation. A very limited number of seats are avaialble. Call (310) 670-4624 for tickets.
June 10 – Taste of the Nation-Los Angeles returns on June 10, 2012, taking over The Lot in West Hollywood for an intimate encounter with Los Angeles’ top culinary talent from 1-4 p.m. The city’s premier tasting event will showcase local restaurants such as Culina, Whist, BLD, Border Grill, Ray’s & Stark Bar, SimonLA, ink.sack, Lukshon & Father’s Office, and Picca and Mo-Chica, along with Angelenos’ favorite bars, wineries, and craft breweries. Guests who purchase access to the special VIP area will enjoy delicacies from Waylynn Lucas’ Fonuts and UMAMIcatassen’s PIGG by Chris Cosentino, all to benefit the country’s leading anti-hunger organization, Share Our Strength. This year, Share Our Strength is proud to introduce the first Taste of the Nation Passport, allowing foodies from near and far to take advantage of the West Coast’s breadth of culinary talent. 100% of ticket proceeds from Taste of the Nation Los Angeles 2012 will benefit Share Our Strength.
June 9-10 – Another great event we attend every year, Spend the afternoon on the streets of the Historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Make your plans now to experience over 500 Wines, Spirits and Beers, Lifestyle Exhibitors, Gourmet Food Trucks, Educational Classes in Wine and Food Pairings, Scotch, Sake and more at the 7th Annual WineFest. Enjoy great live music while you shop the wide array of Lifestyle Exhibitors from Wine Accessories to Oils and Vinaigrettes to Art and Clothing. Plus nosh and mingle with fellow Wine Lovers. Tickets are $75. Get your tickets here.
June 24 – The Vendys are a yearly street food cook-off that, since 2005, has determined the best street chef in NYC. The Second Annual LA street food showcase will be an intense cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs taking place at Pan Pacific Park, right next to the Grove. Until May 24th, they’ll be taking public nominations. Then 8 food vendors will battle it out for the ultimate in street food competition and take home the Vendy Cup. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, but the general public is invited to enjoy great street food, wine and beer. Early bird tickets available for $30 here.
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