Dig Weekend Guide – July 23-25

Welcome to the weekend. There’s lots of fun eatin’ and drinkin’ goings on around town. Celebrate the 20’s at Caña with classic rum cocktails, attend a barrel tasting at San Antonio Winery, blind taste 20 Rhone wines with In-N-Out Burger, check out the Long Beach Street Food Fest, or a movie and street food at Exposition Park. Head down to Irvine for a special Dig Lounge wine and cupcake pairing, walk Beverly Blvd with Food GPS, or out to Pasadena for a Kermit Lynch winemaker dinner. Plus, get special deals at the LA Wine Company’s anniversary sale!

Friday, July 23

Era Party at Caña
Downtown Los Angeles (9pm)
In conjunction with Red Light Special Events Caña will host the return of their Era party, with a nod to the roaring 20’s and the rum cocktails that flourished just beyond the reach of prohibition. Tickets are $15 for members with a hosted bar from 9-10pm serving Santa Teresa rum cocktails, special guests Beat Ventriloquists spinning live, and a vintage jazz performance by the Ryan Roberts Group. Entry this Friday will be limited to tickets that can be purchased upon entry.

LearnAboutWine: Blind Date Rhone and Burgers
Downtown Los Angeles (8-10pm)
Get together and taste 20 really interesting wines and see which one you like best. This is a small 1 ounce pour but you will taste an entire bottle by the end of the tasting! All wines are pre-poured, but we will not tell you which one is which until you have tasted them and noted your favorites. Then we will unveil the wines, one at a time. Who is the best in this line up? Taste-date them all and see which one you like the best. Burgers and fries from In-N-Out are included. $89 pp. Get your tickets here.

Saturday, July 24

Saarloos & Sons & Enjoy Cupcakes
Irvine (1-5pm)
If you don’t have tickets to the sold out LA Street Food Fest, then head on down to the OC. Join Dig Lounge and Keith Saarloos, we’re serving up 5 of Keith’s new releases, and pairing them with 4 delectable bite size cupcakes from Enjoy Cupcakes. Like Chocolate Blackberry Syrah, Strawberry Delight, Meyer Lemon Chardonnay and Chocolate Cheesecake. No need to drive 100+ miles to Santa Barbara, we’re bringing the Los Olivos tasting room experience behind the orange curtain! Tickets are just $25 each or two for $40.

Barrel Tasting at San Antonio Winery
Downtown Los Angeles (2-4pm)
San Antonio Winery, Southern California’s most awarded Winery, invites all wine lovers to meet the winemaker and taste wines straight from the barrel at their “Barrel Tasting” Boutique Wine Tasting. Among the wines to be sampled are various vintages from a collection of San Simeon Chardonnay, San Antonio Winery Cask 520, San Simeon Syrah, and San Simeon Petite Sirah. These fine wines will be served with sun dried tomato spread, olive tapenade, roasted garlic crostini, heirloom tomato salad, cucumber granité intermezzo, cold curried lamb, chutney basmati rice, grilled mango, fresh fruit and spicy zinfandel geleé. For more information or reservations, please call (323) 330- 8771. The cost of the event is $35.00 per person.

Long Beach Street Food Fest
Long Beach (10:30am-5pm)
Another option for those who didn’t snag tickets for the main event… yet another street food fest is taking place in Long Beach. At the Long Beach Street Food Fest, taste, rock, & relax by the shore, as you munch on food 20 different trucks in Rainbow Lagoon Park. Tickets are $6 (or $8 at the door) but don’t include food. Live music by Blue Steel and Delta Nove. Bring a blanket and chairs, soak in the sun, and enjoy the live music and good food. Proceeds benefit Adopt-a-Teacher Program and Long Beach City College Student Scholarships.

Outdoor Cinema Food Fest
Downtown Los Angeles (6-11pm)
Experience the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest featuring some of the best food trucks in Los Angeles along with outdoor movies on a huge 40 foot screen. It’s the ultimate picnic in the park – no basket required! Kick back and enjoy your gourmet street food in a beautiful park under the stars. This week’s screening of Pulp Fiction takes place at Exposition Park at South Figueroa St & W 39th St, 90037. Advance VIP seating available for $8 per person.

Sunday, July 25

Food GPS Progressive Eating Tour of Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles (3pm)
Food GPS will spotlight four great restaurants located on (or just off) Beverly Boulevard. Eva, BLD, MILK and The Golden State in a walking tour of Beverly Blvd. Each chef-owner will introduce a plate, treat or drink. Dishes will be a surprise but one dish will be fried, one will come in sandwich form, but won’t involve meat or produce, and one dish will likely arrive in a bowl, but won’t be soup. Tickets are just $35, more info here.

Elements Kitchen – Kermit Lynch winemaker dinner
Elements Kitchen, Pasadena’s premiere dining destination, hosts a special six-course Sunday prix fixe featuring the Burgundy wines of Kermit Lynch, one of world’s most respected wine importers specializing in sourcing rare French wines. Seating is limited; for reservations please call Elements Kitchen at 626.440.0044. Cost is $85 pp.

LAWC 28th Anniversary Sale
Culver City (12-5pm)
It’s the ! Special discounts all day on wine, along with free food and t-shirt with purchase. This is one of our favorite wine stores in LA. Never bought a wine here we didn’t like!


Culver City Summer Block Parties
Culver City (5-9pm)
On the third Wednesday of each month from 5-9 p.m., celebrate summer in beautiful downtown Culver City. Downtown Culver City Summer Block Parties are among LA’s best events this summer for people watching, grazing, sampling drinks and soaking in live entertainment. Angelenos will be able to taste food from the area’s award-winning restaurants, sip wine and cocktails as the sun goes down, enjoy live music under the stars, shop and sample from one-of-a-kind boutiques and view art at gallery openings. The Summer Block Parties will feature special offers and free goodies from over 25 participating businesses throughout the downtown area, as well as outdoor entertainment and activities ranging from wine and food tastings to free pole dancing lessons. Valet and free two-hour parking are available. Dates: July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20.

Barnsdall Fridays 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. As featured in LA Weekly, LA Times, Urban Daddy, and FoodGPS. Wine tastings are $20, tours of the Hollyhock house available for an additional $15. Tours start at 5:45pm, 6:15pm, and 7:00pm. Space per tour slot is limited, and often sell out, so .

KCRW “Summer Nights”
Los Angeles (7:30-9:30)
KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) is launching “Summer Nights,” a series of free, all ages music shows across Los Angeles. This summer, KCRW is bringing compelling artists and KCRW DJs directly to music fans all over town — Pasadena, Downtown, Westwood, Chinatown and more. Upcoming events around town include Everest, Saint Motel + Kitten, Admiral Radley + The Happy Hollows, Caravan Palace and more. Full listing here.

Weekend Flights at Rosso Wine Shop
Glendale (5-8pm)
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 (6-11pm)
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 (12-5pm & 5-9pm)
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 (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
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.


July 31 – Following the sold out LA Beer Festival, Drink:Eat:Play’s Block Party will once again bring together food trucks, beer, and music to our version of an old school block party, set to Paramount Studio’s New York Streets back lot. The event will offer attendees an opportunity to try various food trucks, sample hundreds of beers and check out bands. Admission is $40 for a three hour session (4pm to 7pm) or $50 for a four hour session (3pm to 7pm). Both sessions include unlimited beer, and food is sold separately. Participating food trucks include, Crepe N Around,
Frysmith, Dim Sum, Indiana Jones, Tasty Meat, Don Chow, The Greasy Wiener, South Philly Experience, Calbi,
Komodo, Lomo Arrigato, and Kabob n Roll.

August 1 – Angeleno magazine’s 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards and 2008 James Beard award-winning food critic, Brad A. Johnson will host Angeleno’s Chefs Night Out Event & Awards. The event will celebrate Angeleno’s Annual Restaurant issue, which honors L.A.’s top chefs and restaurateurs. 400 guests, including chefs, restaurateurs & bon vivants. $150 gets you in early for an intimate reception with LA’s top chefs plus the awards ceremony. Or $95 for the main event which features chef cooking presentations paired with award-winning wines and spirits.

August 5International Beer Day is a celebration of beer’s greatness. Every August 5th we take a break from our everyday lives and take part in this beertastic elevation of the human spirit, through the drinking and appreciation of beer. On this day we celebrate the men, women, and organizations that being us the beers we love. Celebrate the Brewers and Breweries – who produce an enormous variety of delicious beers for us to enjoy, and celebrate the Bars and Bartenders – who serve us our beers and provide us a place to enjoy them. Events are expected to include: bar crawls, homebrew tours, barbeques, beer specials, and special beers.

August 12 – Enjoy an evening of fine cuisine, wine and spirits at the taste of Downtown Disney. Guests will enjoy a champagne reception, passed apps, olive oil tasting and select wine, spirits, and beer pairings at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, ESPN Zone, House of Blues, La Brea Bakery, Naples Ristorante, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Tortilla Jo’s. Live entertainment will be featured throughout the evening. Proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Tickets are only $50. .

August 21 – “Speakeasy” will take you back to a period where jazz, dance, and a free spiritedness defined the Roaring 20’s. The event (location will only be disclosed to pre-purchased ticket holders) will bring you back to the 20’s, complete with jazz bands, mixologists, and over 100 top brands of gin, bourbon, and scotch to sample from. Admission ($40) includes unlimited tastes from top of the line suppliers and an opportunity to try creations from LA’s top mixologists.

August 28 – The Santa Monica Food and Wine Festival features all you can drink wine, food and music. Taking place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, tickets are only $40.

September 2-5 – Food & Wine magazine has announced a new four-day food event. The “Taste of Beverly Hills,” will be held September 2, 2010 through September 5, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Taste of Beverly Hills is a four-day festival that will celebrate all things epicurean in ALL of Los Angeles. The festival will consist of everything from local restaurant tastings and live cooking demonstrations from world renown chefs, to a series of wine seminars from top vintners and live musical performances from award winning artists. Tickets for the daily events run $125-$150, all the way up to $500 for a 5 day pass.

Sept 4-Oct 3 – The LA County Fair returns to Pomona for one month, featuring a plethora of deep fried foods, turkey legs, corn dogs, live music, farm exhibits, horse racing, carnival rides, buildings full of vendors selling stuff you never knew you needed, and of course our favorite, the award winning wine garden. The most fun you’ll have this summer for only 10 bills.

September 5 – The First Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food and Wine is on Sunday Sept 5 from noon to 8pm at the Paramount Studios Back Lot. The one-day food and wine event will feature the best of the best from the culinary and beverage worlds. The Celebration will include the most popular local, national and international food personalities from print, radio, television and cable, as well as the best food from little “mom & pop” kitchens throughout Los Angeles. Throughout the day leading mixologists will create unique and artistic cocktail creations in addition to providing everyone with a taste from the finest microbeers and wines to rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey. Tickets are only $65, $150 for VIP.


Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

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