Dig Weekend Guide – July 30 – Aug 1

Welcome to the weekend. Reward your sweet tooth at Savor LA, take your mummy to see some mummies, get down in Chinatown, enjoy a slew of food trucks on the west side, eat drink and play at the years biggest block party, or take the family to Los Feliz for a summer fair. Then finally, on Sunday, hang with chefs, restaurateurs & bon vivants at Angeleno’s night out event, sample nearly 150 wines in West LA, or learn the basics of wine with Ian Blackburn. Salud!

Friday, July 30

Savor Los Angeles: Sweets!
Los Angeles (7-10pm)
Introducing SAVOR LOS ANGELES, a collection of events uniting food aficionados with top chefs in an exciting conversation highlighting their specialty. Each event is curated to feature a different specialty.The inagural tasting from the SAVOR LOS ANGELES series, SWEETS! featuring an assortment of sweet delicacies. Rich bites, unique treats and mouth-watering creations. Enjoy one-of-a-kind bites from an exclusive set of LA’s best-of-best purveyors of sweet treats! Taste inventive, delicious takes on your favorite pastries & confections: sample cupcakes, gelato, paletas, brownies, cream puffs, cheesecakes and other delicacies from places like Plaisir, Babycakes, Sweets for the Soul, N’Ice Cream, Frosted Cupcakery and more. Tickets are $35-$55 dollars. .

Mummies of the World
Exposition Park (10am-5pm)
Take your mummy to see some mummies at Mummies of the World, the largest traveling exhibition of mummies ever assembled. A never-before-seen collection of both accidental and intentionally preserved mummies, presented with reverence and dignity taking place at the California Science Center. The collection includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America and Europe as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years. Tickets are $19.50 for adults, $12.50 for children (Age 4-12), and $16.50 for youth (Age 13-17). Don’t forget to check out the 3D IMAX movie Mummies 3D Secrets of the Pharaohs (for an extra charge).

Saturday, July 31

Make it Funky Music and Arts Festival
Chinatown (2pm-12am)
The 2nd Annual Make it Funky music and arts festival is LA’s funkiest summertime getdown. With live performances by Connie Price and the Keystones, featuring Wildchild from the Lootpack and MC Daarkir/Soup of Jurassic 5. Plus The Rebirth, Jeremy Sole’s Musaics, Babystone, and more. Live artist painting, art walk, 50+ DJs, vendor village, booze, food trucks galore and more! The event, taking place at Chinatown Plaza, is $5 before 6pm, and $10 after.

Achievable Westside Food Fest
Venice (12-4pm)
The umpteenth food festival featuring some of LA’s best food trucks is taking place on Saturday. Being put on by Achievable, the event will include a variety of delicious food from 14 of LA’s best food trucks, live music featuring headliners the Cowsills and Arrest My Sister, amazing raffle prizes, a marketplace and a community resource fair. Tickets are $5 and proceeds benefit low-income children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Drink:Eat:Play’s Block Party
Hollywood (3-7pm)
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.

Los Feliz Village Summer Fair
Los Feliz (2-9pm)
Celebrate Summer as you explore all that Los Feliz has to offer. Hop on the complimentary trolleys that will shuttle you around between great shops on Vermont, Hollywood and Hillhurst, as local businesses from bookstores to restaurants offer 30-70% off. It’s gonna be a block party atmosphere, with live music and street meat. Make sure to purchase a raffle ticket for a buck to win a Apple iPad. Proceeds will benefit the Barnsdall Art Center.

Sunday, Aug 1

Angeleno’s Chefs Night Out Event
Santa Monica (4:30pm)
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.

2010 Wally’s 7th Annual Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration
West LA (12-4pm)
Taste nearly 150 of the Central Coast’s finest wines. Savor signature dishes provided by renowned restaurants – Comme Ça, Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern, Spago Beverly Hills, CUT, Bouchon/Seagrass, Osteria & Pizzeria Mozza, La Brea Bakery, The Hungry Cat, The Hitching Post, Artisan, Full of Life Flatbread Pizza, Brothers’ Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern, The Ballard Inn Restaurant, Olio e Limone, Caché, Jar and Pasolivo. Cost is $95 pp. Tickets can be had here.

Wine 1.0 Wine Camp – Intro to Wine
Downtown Los Angeles (3-5:15pm)
Learn the wine basics from A – Z! Taste seven types of wine and acquire the skills to evaluate what you smell and taste. Wine Camp covers information that is good for everyone from the beginner to the frequent wine shopper. Understanding how wine is made helps you describe what your tasting! The method of tasting wine. Which wines pair well and bring out the best in food. The do’s and don’ts of wine service. How to purchase and store wine. History, anecdotes, laughs all served in generous proportions. Full wine list and tickets here.

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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.

Upcoming:

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 7Mawl Wine is proud to announce a new group exhibition of mixed media photographic works by Sharon Paras, paintings by Chris Rowland, and a sculptural installation by Aneg Verdone. The opening reception takes place from 4-9pm and features a Pinot Noir Wine Tasting with hors d’oeuvre and surf videos by David Scales. This event is free.

August 7-8 – The 17th annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival will take place at Rainbow Lagoon August 7 from noon-11 p.m. and Sunday, August 8 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cajun-style steamed crawfish dinners, prepared by Bristol Farms, will include potatoes and corn on the cob. There will also be an international food court featuring Café du Monde-like chicory coffee and beignets. Entertainment will include a children’s stage and live acts featuring Cajun, Brazilian, Zydeco and New Orleans-style jazz and blues music. General presale admission is $13; one-day admission including a Crawfish feast is $25/$33.

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.

August 28 – Orange County’s first gourmet food truck event taking place Saturday, August 28th at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The one-day event will be the ultimate foodie destination, featuring the best in popular mobile eats combined with a unique forum to showcase local entertainment & shopping to help support local charities. 50 food trucks in all, check out the list here. Admission is $12 bucks +food prices, or VIP for $50 +food prices. VIP does not seem worth it for just 30 minute early entry and a grab bag of crappy vendor swag. You’re still gonna spend all day standing in line.

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.

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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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