Welcome to the weekend. Time to celebrate Summer! Grand Performances kicks off it’s free performance series and so do the Barnsdall Friday Wine Tasting. Other fun events this weekend include KCRW Summer Nights, NoHo Food Truck Fest, The Amazing Gourmet Food Truck Race, Outdoor Cinema Foodfest, a Filipino-inspired chocolate and wine event, Club Culinaire Chef a Table dinner at SIMON L.A., and the DOLE California Cook-Off taking place at The Grove.
Friday, June 24
Downtown Los Angeles (8pm)
Grand Performances kicks off its free summer performance series on Friday night with author and humorist Charles Phoenix and a live slide show celebrating the City of Angels like it’s one big theme park! The pre-show starts at 8pm. Get there early to nab a good seat. Other events this weekend include screenings of the documentary Crime After Crime on Saturday and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm on Sunday. View more info and upcoming shows on their web site.
Barnsdall Friday Wine Tasting
Los Angeles (5:30pm)
Unwind and enjoy the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park as the sun is setting, from the gated gardens in the West Lawn of the historic Hollyhock House. Silverlake Wine will present four selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines from around the globe. Along with food from specialty and eclectic food trucks available for purchase. Wine tastings are $25, tours of the Hollyhock house available for an additional $15. Tours start at 5:45pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm and 7:45pm. Space per tour slot is limited, and often sell out, so buy your tickets in advance.
Saturday, June 25
KCRW Summer Nights
KCRW continues the Summer Nights series with great performances at One Colorado in the heart of historic Old Pasadena. Seattle’s Motopony travels down the West Coast for a special appearance at One Colorado. The band’s music runs the gamut from quiet and plaintive to loud and raucous. KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox will open and close the show. This event is free!
NoHo Food Truck Fest
North Hollywood (11am-7pm)
The NoHo Food Truck Fest returns for the valley’s best summer party featuring some of the finest food trucks around. Admission is $4.00 and helps to support Hope For Paws a cause for rescuing dogs from shelters and streets. Food trucks in attendance include The Greasy Wiener, no Tomatoes, TA BOM, Komodo, Baby’s Badass Burgers, and more. More info and tickets here.
The Amazing Gourmet Food Truck Race
Los Angeles Race Fantastic (LARF) and ROAMING HUNGER present you with the LARGEST food event of the summer! The AGFTR is an interactive, clue based scavenger hunt that will test the food endurance of its participants as they scour for tasty clues throughout the city. This devious, mind-bending adventure will lead teams through 7 of the cities most iconic locations. Not to mention, participants will be eating from the most delicious food trucks LA has to offer—one of the many ways to uncover clues! The first three teams (of 2-8 people) will receive prizes from Puma, Honest Tea, Rockstar and other lifestyle brands, while others will be enjoying a rocking after party with complimentary food truck delicacies and a plethora of swag. Entry is $60 per person, get tix here.
Outdoor Cinema Foodfest
Downtown LA (5:30-10:30pm)
The greatest outdoor cinema/food truck fest returns to a public park near you this Summer. On the big screen(s) The Terminator, along with shorts from Funny or Die and live music by Monte Mar. Expect about a half dozen food trucks or so. Other upcoming movies include The Matrix, Office Space, Reservoir Dogs, and more. Full list and tickets for $10 here.
Sunday, June 26
Sweet, Savory and Sommelier
Los Angeles (7-9pm)
FilAm ARTS Presents: S3 – Sweet, Savory and Sommelier, an evening pairing Filipino-inspired chocolates and wines at Kazuyo Sushi, a Filipino-owned Japanese restaurant, with all proceeds benefiting FilAm ARTS. Tonet Tibay of Marti Chocolatt is a Filipina chocolatier who incorporates Filipino flavors in her chocolates. There will be a selection of wines selected by Santos Uy (Mignon, Bacaro). General admission to this special culinary event will include the chocolate and wine pairing (six chocolates and four wines) at $35. VIP admission includes the chocolate and wine pairing plus a box of chocolates and wine to take home for $75. Get your tickets here.
Club Culinaire Chef a Table dinner
SIMON L.A. at the Sofitel Los Angeles is hosting a Club Culinaire Chef a Table dinner. Chef Kerry Simon’s menu will feature dishes such as chilled tomato soup with basil, fennel and chili-marinated shrimp; duck leg confit with foie gras, spring green garlic and porcini porridge; and a dark chocolate soufflé with Santa Monica farmers’ market strawberry compote. The cost is $115 per person, including wine pairings, but excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 310-358-3979.
DOLE California Cook-Off
Los Angeles (11am-3pm)
After a nationwide search for the best Dole inspired grilling recipe, three contestants will compete in the 2011 Annual California Cook-Off at the Grove! Watch the chefs battle it out in front of Celebrity Chef Ben Ford and a panel of guest judges for the Cook-Off Champion title. And stick around for the opportunity to win a grill from BBQ Galore in addition to other prizes and giveaways every half hour. There will even be an appearance from Dole’s Bobby Banana! This event is free to attend.
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.
Sunday Supper at Potato Chips
Los Angeles (5:30 & 7:30pm)
Every Sunday, Potato Chips, the cheery Beverly Blvd sandwich shop by Steven Arroyo will be serving up a Sunday Supper. The four course menu will include items like Sweet Onion Parmesan Velout?, Au Gratin Spring Squash with Herbed Bread Crumbs, and Braised Beef Brisket with Crispy Shallots and Garlic, followed by a house-made dessert. The price is $25 per person, tax and gratuity not included. The first seating of the Sunday Supper will be at 5:30 pm and the second seating at 7:30 pm. Call (323) 931-0911 for reservations.
Flemings 5 for 6 ’till 7
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar renews its popular “5 for 6 ‘til 7” bar menu. 5 cocktails, 5 wines, and 5 apps for just $6. Also included in the deal is one of our favorite burgers, the Fleming’s Prime Burger and a Guinness Draught. New items include a Roasted Mushroom Ravioli and the 99 calorie Tickled Pink cocktail.
Rock & Roll Brunch
Hollywood (11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
What better way to soak up the booze from Saturday night than a tasty brunch with rock music the next morning? Kelly Cole and Ian Cripps presents Rock & Roll Brunch at Magnolia in Hollywood. Hair of the dog specials include four dollar Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Screwdrivers, or order a bottle of bubbly for the table (w/mixers) for $22. Valet parking available for $5, or find a meter on the street.
Fried Chicken & Keg Beer @ Eva
Los Angeles (6 p.m.)
Eva Restaurant offers Fried Chicken & Keg Beer on Tuesday nights with all-you-can-drink beer and fried chicken for $25. The beer is a North County Pilsner from Eureka. The á la carte menu will not be available on this night, as it’s only fried chicken and beer starting from 6 p.m.-closing. Call 323-634-0700 for more info.
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.
palate food + wine Sunday Session and Supper
Glendale (12-5 p.m. & 5-9 p.m.)
Every 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 (6 p.m.-11 p.m.)
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 (7:30 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.
July 16 – South Bay’s premier “summer chic” event, Walk With Sally’s 5th annual White Light White Night (6-11pm) is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. This concert, auction and cocktail party – headlined by jam band rockers Blues Traveler – will include tasty treats from South Bay favorites including cuisine from Ortega 120, 12 + Highland, Hudson House, Sashi Sushi, Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ, Hot’s Kitchen, and more. All White Attire Required. Tickets are $150.
July 16 – LA Street Food Fest 2nd Annual Summer Tasting is taking place at the Rose Bowl again, and they are taking over the park area to expand the area for picnics and play. They’ve partnered with Test Kitchen to bring you more Top Chefs than you can shake a stick at; and created three limited attendance sessions that treat everyone like a VIP! Sample signature bites from a hand-selected, curated selection of more than 80 street food vendors from hot gourmet food trucks, old school carts and stands to celebrity chefs and street inspired dishes from LA’s best restaurants. The three sessions are 10am-1pm, 2-5pm, and a 21+ 6-9pm. Tickets are $60 and are all inclusive. Get more info and tickets here.
July 16-17 – Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. At the Eat Real Festival, participants learn where food comes from, who grows and makes it, and how they make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is 100% free of charge, all food at the festival costs $5 and less, and all food incorporates regionally-sourced, fabulous, and sustainably-produced ingredients. More details available soon at their web site.
September 2-5 – The Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine are combining forces to create the ultimate food and wine event for Southern California. THE TASTE will feature the nation’s foremost culinary talent, a carefully curated list of L.A.’s best restaurants, and notable personalities, all converging for a festival expected to attract more than 20,000 guests throughout the course of Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, 2011. The four-day schedule will ensure an exciting and inspiring lineup of star-studded events from day until late into the evening. “Burgers & Beer” and “Secrets from the Kitchen & Cellar” will be held in Beverly Hills and kick off the weekend’s signature events. Celebrity guests and top music artists will also be on hand along with appearances by Giada De Laurentiis, Scott Conant, Art Smith, Ludo Lefebvre, Michael Voltaggio, Claire Robinson, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos. Stay updated on events at their web site.
September 10-11 – FilAm ARTS Presents: S3 – Sweet, Savory and Sommelier. This exclusive wine and fine chocolate tasting will feature Filipino inspired chocolate creations from Marti Chocolatt paired with an exclusive selection of wines specially choiced by Santos Uy (Mignon, Bacaro). The event takes place at Kazuyo Sushi, a Filipino-owned Japanese restaurant, with all proceeds benefiting FilAm ARTS. General admission to this special culinary event will include just the chocolate and wine pairing at $35. VIP admission includes the chocolate and wine pairing plus a box of chocolates and wine to take home for $75.
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