Dig Weekend Guide – May 24-27

Welcome to the weekend. We’ve got four days of fun Memorial Weekend filled events for you and your friends. Celebrate the sacrifice that the men and women of the the armed forces makes for us every day with tequila pairings, wine and music, BBQ and beers, Paella and Flamenco, Korean street food, outdoor movies, and more!

Friday, May 24

Loteria Grill and Tequila Ocho
Hollywood (5:30-7pm)
Join Loteria Grill on Friday for special Happy-Hour tasting with Tequila Ocho and learn their unique single-estate, vintage approach to Mexico’s favorite spirit. Your tasting includes a special selection of appetizers including Corn Masa turnovers filled with strips of Chile Poblano, Crispy Corn Taquitos filled with Achiote and Citrus-marinated Pork, Mini Spoes of Chicken in Mole Poblano, and Griddle-Toasted Oaxaca and Jack Cheese topped with Pan-seared Shrimp. Tickets are just $35 a person.

Rock of Vintages
Ventura (FRI-MON)
Tour the best of Ventura County wineries at Rock of Vintages. A four day event featuring eight different wineries and seven local bands from May 24-27. Your $40 weekend passport gets you a flight of wine at each winery. Tickets for individual concerts (includes a glass of wine) are available for around twenty bucks. Sip and savor during the day, then rock out at night.

Saturday, May 25

Dominick’s Annual Crawfish Boil
Los Angeles (12pm)
Back by popular demand, Chef Brandon Boudet is drawing on his New Orleans heritage to once again open the patio at Dominick’s for Dominick’s Annual Crawfish Boil. Chef Boudet will boil 300 lbs. of live Louisiana crawfish flown in from New Orleans, in a large pot with quintessential Bayou seasonings. Diners can also enjoy a selection of Boudet’s New Orleans specialties such as Po’ Boys, Crawfish Boiled Artichokes with Remoulade, Old New Orleans Spiced Rum, and Dominick’s Dago Red and White Wines by the bottle, as well as a limited brunch menu.

The Residency at UMAMIcatessen “BBQ Elevated”
Downtown Los Angeles
Now in its second week, Sharone Hakman residency at UMAMIcatessen entitled “BBQ Elevated” features upscale interpretation of barbecue from around the world. Best known for his standout performance on FOX’s hit show Master Chef, and his own Hak’s BBQ Sauce, Hakman is a culinary showman with an insatiable appetite for adventure and creating delectable food. Hakman’s menu will feature a mélange of various textures, flavors and colors inspired from his barbeque experiences around the world.

Eat|See|Hear Presents: The Princess Bride
Santa Monica (5:30pm)
Eat|See|Hear

is headed to Santa Monica High School. Complete with live music and food trucks. Doors open at 5:30, with live music at 7pm, then the movie starts at 8:30 sharp. Tickets are $10 and are available online.

Sunday, May 26

Tender Greens 2013 Beer Garden and Whole Animal Roast
Hollywood (5pm)
Roasting a whole pig at home is much more work that most of us are willing to do. Trust me, I’ve done it. So on Sunday, Tender Greens Hollywood makes it easy on you, as they are cooking up a whole roasted pig from ReRide Ranch served with brews from Noble Ale works. Every chef at each Tender Greens location has a special “passion project” to share with the community, so Chef Eric Hulme will be sharing his passion for home brewing with the neighborhood by offering tastes of his own beer. Other upcoming events on the 4th Sunday of every month include Goat with beers from Cismontane, Lamb with beer from El Segundo Brewery, Boar with beer from Bootleggers Brewery, Game Birds (wild turkey, goose) with beers from Eagle Rock Brewing, and Oktoberfest with pig and Smog City Brewing. Tickets are just $45 and include unlimited pours. RSVP to angie@tendergreens.com.

Paella on the Patio Sundays at El Cid
Silver Lake (3pm)
El Cid, the venerable Spanish-inspired restaurant/outdoor patio bar/nightclub, located in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake Sunset Junction neighborhood has added Summer Sunday Paella Suppers with authentic Andalusian Paella prepared on the grill in a Paellera on the outdoor patio. Diners can observe the spectacle of paella cooking while enjoying cocktails starting at 3 pm. The ingredients include chicken, mussels, clams, calamari, vegetables and saffron rice. Dinner starts at 5pm and is $15 a person. The dancing from Arte y Pureza’s Flamenco Dance Show starts at 5:30pm. Tickets for the show are $30 and include dinner.

Korean Summer Kick-Off at Street
Los Angeles (12-9pm)
Chef Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger bring Korean barbecue, kimchi, and sake to Susan Feniger’s STREET to kick off summer. The patio menu will include beef short ribs, slow-roasted pork, chicken and tofu, while the kimchi station will offer cucumber, green peach, cabbage, carrot scallion and apple bok choy kimchi. Also on the mneu bibimbap rice salad, veggies, sake tastings, cold beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Pre-purchase tickets (must reserved 48 hours ahead) for $35, includes four drink tickets. Tickets at the door are $45, and include three drink tickets.
Read more at http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/losangeles_events.html#sGUVLPYw8680bZUG.99

Electric Dusk Drive-In: All About Eve
Downtown Los Angeles (8:30pm)
Electric Dusk Drive-In takes place in the heart of Downtown LA. The summer outdoor movie series are screened at the City Market of LA at 1000 San Julian St. Tickets are $10 per person, unlike the old days of paying for one car and stuffing as many people in the car as you can. Don’t worry, if they sell out, a limited number of tickets will be available on the day of the screening. A full schedule and tickets can be .

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day BBQ, Beer & Games at Angel City Brewery
Downtown Los Angeles (1-10pm)
Celebrate the start of summer at Angel City Brewery in Downtown Los Angeles with tacos, dogs, beer, music and games. On tap will be nearly a dozen different Angel City Brewery originals including Angeleno IPA, Eureka! Wit, Angel City Pilsner, Social IPA, White Nite, Berliner Weisse, Oktoberfest, Amber, Dünkel Weisse, Night Ryeder and the brand new Pen is Mightier. Stationed in the parking lot, Pablo of Taqueria El Severo will be behind the grill dishing out sliders and dogs all day – but early birds get a reward. From 1-3pm (or until he runs out) mini dogs and sliders are free!

Big Daddy’s Summer BBQ
Culver City (1pm)
Ford’s Filling Station is hosting “Big Daddy’s Summer BBQ” kickoff on their front patio. For 28 bucks, guests choose two meats (whole roasted hog, beef brisket, grilled chicken, etc.) and two sides (corn on the cob, baked beans, mac ‘n’ cheese, etc.). Plus a beer for another 3 bucks.

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The Butterfly Pavilion
Downtown Los Angeles
The Butterfly Pavilion, the living habitat where hundreds of butterflies flutter among nectaring plants, returns for its 15th year at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This year, in addition to hosting its usual far-flung travelers from across North America, the Pavilion will also have a distinctive California feel. Of the 53 species of butterflies, 20 will be native to the Golden State.

NoHo Dine Out Fridays
North Hollywood (5:30-8pm)
NoHo Dine Out Friday Nights is a place to get together with neighbors and make new friends, all while enjoying live music, Gourmet Food Trucks and shopping at local Boutique Tables. The dog friendly event takes place in the parking lot at 11452 Burbank Blvd just West of Lankershim Blvd. For a full list of trucks, check out their web site.

Afternoon Tea at Mignon
Downtown Los Angeles (3-6pm)
Every Saturday Mignon brings a touch of refinement to Downtown LA with its new high tea menu featuring Mariage Frères tea from the famed Parisienne tea house. For $15, guests can enjoy a proper salon de thè experience and choose from finger sandwiches like French Ham with Mustard and Jam, Paprika Egg Salad, Smoked Salmon, or cucumber and butter.

Sundays Live
Los Angeles (6-7pm)
LACMA’s weekly chamber music series, Sundays Live, features the best of national, international, Los Angeles and emerging artists. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public at 6 pm each Sunday in the Leo S. Bing Theater. Admission is free. While you’re there, check out Ray’s Stark Bar for a cocktail, or two or three.

KNACKIG Pop-Up Sausages
Downtown Los Angeles (1-5pm)
KNACKIG (pronounced “ki-NAH-kig”) is the German reference to the “snap,” “crack,” or “pop” that accompanies that first bite of an authentic German sausage. Every Sunday, popping up at Mignon Wine Bar, choose from six distinctly different sausages: Bratwurst, Kasekrainer, Knackwurst, Polish Kielbasa, Spicy Chicken and Veggie Sausage. Locally sourced breads and buns accompany the sausages, along with a traditional potato salad. Artisanal beers and wines are also available.

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.

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.

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June 2 – The 33rd Annual Picnic des Chefs has a new theme: “Taste of the Club Culinaire” and takes place this year at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills. The chef-members will prepare delicious creations from their kitchens with the beautiful products of thier generous purveyors. Each dish will be paired with a wine from select vintners. Meet and greet the chefs, wine makers & purveyors of fine gourmet products. Proceeds will go to Childrens Hospital HOPE program and Concern Foundation for cancer research. Tickets are just $60 and can be .

June 6Barsha Wines and Spirits in Manhattan Beach hosts a Summer Wine Dinner with Made by Meg and Jada Winery. The 5 course menu will be paired with 5 wines from Paso Robles’ Jada Winery. The menu features items like Early Summer Nectarines with Buffalo Ricotta, Roasted Chipotle Brown Sugar Acorn Squash with Crispy Prosciutto over Baby Arugula, Pulled Osso Bucco over Seared Pecorino Polenta, Hand Carved Filet Mignon, and Cardamom White Chocolate Ganache. The dinner with pairing is $100.

June 8-9 – Roam the streets of Raleigh Studios in Hollywood at the LA Wine Fest. With your souvenir wine glass in hand, visit wineries from up and down the California Coast and at least 20 countries and taste over 500 excellent wines; check out the brews and spirits along the way; and be sure to drop by the lifestyle exhibitors and gourmet food trucks, take an educational class or two such as how to pair wines & cheeses; all while mingling with your friends and listening to great live music on this historic studio lot. And, the event benefits Food Forward so you’re helping a great cause. Tickets start at $50. Get them here.

June 16 – Lot 613 is hosting a Father’s Day “Collabrewtive” Brunch where you will be tantalized by leading Los Angeles craft brewers, coffee roasters and chefs—including coffee-flavored beers created specially for the event by each brewery and roaster. Presented by Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Food GPS, the Brunch will feature six stations showcasing brewery-roaster duos, as well as six food stations helmed by several of L.A.’s most talented chefs. Seating will be communal, with guests free to chart their own culinary adventure, at their own pace. Tickets are $50 and can be .

June 23 – It’s one of the best summer tastings in Los Angeles, the Rhone Rangers ride into town and take over the Vibiana. Taste from over 200 wines poured by more than 40 wineries. Food trucks in the courtyard will provide tasty treats for purchase to complement the wines. Bid on wine and wine-related items at the silent auction; proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund. Tickets are just $45 for unlimited tastings from 3-6pm.

June 29 – The 4th Annual LA Street Food Fest is back at the world famous Rose Bowl with more vendors than ever to bring you more world class, award winning Top Chefs and restaurants, your favorite gourmet trucks, street stands and carts, plus access to the Rose Bowl’s pristine field for stretching out and soaking up the sun! Sample signature bites from a curated selection of nearly 100 vendors. General admission is $50, VIP admission is $75 and includes that crucial early entry. More info and tickets on their web site.

July 20 – Zuri Wine, known for their educational and entertaining wine tours and events, is now offering what could be the most exciting trip of the summer for wine lovers on July 20th. Hop on a luxury coach headed for Los Olivos at 10am sharp. Along the way, you and your pals enjoy mimosas, a continental breakfast, and test your wine knowledge with fun, interactive wine games. Two hours later you unload in the quant wine country town of Los Olivos and head for Bacon and Barrels at Saarloos and Sons Field, where you enjoy an afternoon of bacon delights & pork belly bites from local chefs and restaurants. Pair the swine goodness with unlimited craft beers, local wine, bacon infused spirits and barrel aged bourbons. Tikets for the bacon event are sold out, so the only way to get tickets is on this bus. .

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