Dig Weekend Guide – Aug 6-8

Welcome to the weekend. If you like to eat, (Don’t we all? That’s why were here right?) grub on food at the Taste in San Pedro or the Taste of Marina Del Rey, chow at the Verdugo Bar Mobile Mash-Up, Korean BBQ Cookoff, Long Beach Crawfish Festival, or catch a flick and some food truck love at Exposition Park. If wine is more your thing, pair 20 wines with In-N-Out Burger, enjoy art and wine together at Mawl Wine, or sample wines with the Rhone Rangers.

Friday, Aug 6

22nd Annual Taste in San Pedro
Point Fermin Park, San Pedro
Over 30 restaurants, wineries, breweries, artists, merchants and live musicians at a magnificent seaside setting at the 22nd Annual Taste in San Pedro. Classic rock and 80’s cover bands are featured all weekend long. A full list of participating restaurants and music are available for your perusal. Admission is $10, with individual taste tickets for sale at the event.

LearnAboutWine: Blind Date Zin + The Funk + Blends 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. $69 pp. Get your tickets here.

Mawl Wine Art Exhibit
Garden Grove (4-9pm)
Mawl 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.

Saturday, Aug 7

Mobile Mash-Up
Los Angeles (1-7pm)
The Verdugo Bar and Mandoline Grill present the Mobile Mash Up. Four food trucks, live music, and plenty of booze! Food trucks will be creating mash-up dishes to serve all afternoon. Trucks in attendance, Mandoline Grill, Crepe’n Around, Lomo Arigato, and Grill’em All. With live music by Live Injection Sounds and DJ’s Austin Bautista, Mr Chin, and Jeff Cee.

Korean BBQ Cookoff
Mid-Wilshire (12-8pm)
The Korean BBQ Cookoff returns for a second year in a row this Saturday Aug 7th from 12-8pm. The event will showcase some of the best dishes by top Korean BBQ restaurants in Los Angeles. On the list for the day, Park’s BBQ, O Dae San, BCD Tofu House, Soowon Galbi, Chuncheon Dakgalbi, Kalbi Burger and more. Cool off the Korean chili fire in the beer garden or with treats from Coolhaus, Scoops and Cherry on Top. Buy food tickets at the door for $5 each. Confirmed judges for the day include Jonathan Gold, Ludo Lefebvre, Sandra Oh, and Consul General Jae Soo Kim of Korea.

17th annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
Long Beach
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.

Taste of Marina Del Rey
Marina Del Rey (10am-10pm)
Enjoy food, music and fresh ocean breezes at Taste of Marina Del Rey. Held on the grounds of the Waterfront Concert Theater, enjoy live music all weekend long with headliners the Gin Blossoms! Food from Fresh Brothers, Baja Cantina, Victor Jrs, Mardy’s Munchies, The Hot Dog Shop, Tubs Chili, and more. Admission is $35 and includes 5 taste tickets. Children 10 and under are admitted for free.

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 The Hangover takes place at Exposition Park at South Figueroa St & W 39th St, 90037. Advance VIP seating available for $8 per person.

Rhone Rangers LA Tasting
Santa Monica (2-5pm)
The Rhone Rangers ride into Los Angeles for their annual trade & consumer tasting event. This is an afternoon of tasting of wines from over 35 wineries, paired with artisan cheeses and tapas plates. Participating wineries include: 10 Knots Cellars, Anglim, Calcareous, Caliza, Cass, Chateau Ste Michelle, Clavo Cellars, Cliff Creek Cellars, Cline, Columbia Crest, Curtis, Derby Wine Estates, Ecluse, Edward Sellers, Epiphany, Fess Parker, Four Vines, Halter Ranch, J. Lohr, Jada, Justin, Katin, L’Aventure, Michael-David, Ortman Family Vineyards, Qupe, Stark, Tablas Creek, Tercero, Terry Hoage, Treana, Unti, Vina Robles, Vines on the Marycrest, Zaca Mesa. Price is $35 per person.

Sunday, Aug 8

Charlie’s Malibu “Dog Days of Summer”
Malibu (6-8:30pm)
Charlie’s Malibu, the neighborhood dining destination of Malibu beach, hosts “Dog Days of Summer,” a fundraiser party and silent auction that celebrates our beloved four-legged friends. Proceeds from the event benefit Bound Angels, a charity dedicated to the welfare of shelter animals. Charlie’s will preview a sampling of their new vegetarian tasting menu in a selection of passed appetizers. The restaurant will also feature a special Bound Angels martini in addition to their signature selection of seasonal, hand-crafted cocktails, beer and wine selections offered on a cash bar basis. Proceeds from the ticket sales, cash bar and silent auction will benefit Bound Angels. No dogs or other animals allowed at this event. Tickets are $50 per person and are first-come, first-served and may be purchased online at the Bound Angels website or at the door.

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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 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 14 – Learn how to cook with corn at the CUBE downtown test kitchen. At “Cooking With Sweet Summer Corn” learn hands-on techniques for preparing an array of beautiful recipes that utilize sweet summer corn. Cube Executive Chef Erin Eastland and Pastry Chef Jun Tan lead this two-hour class in the Cube Downtown Test Kitchen. Recipes will include Corn Chowder, Corn Pudding, and Sweet Corn Panna Cotta with Blueberries. Tastings will be provided throughout the class, along with a complete recipe packet. Each student will receive to-go samples of the dishes that they prepare during the class, along with a glass of Italian wine that complements the sweet corn recipes. Sign up for class here! Very limited space available. Also in attendance, Chef Ludo Lefebvre and The LudoBites Fried Chicken Truck and Ice Cream Sandwiches from Coolhaus!

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 22 – Taking place at the Big Blue House @ Venice Beach Wines, Serata Spumeggiante – A Bubbly Evening is led by Fourth Level ISA (AIS) Certified Sommelier Diego Meraviglia. The Seminar will entail four bubbly wines to describe the various vinification processes and their unique results. Also the origins, characteristics and methods behind each production will be discussed. Following the sit-down Tasting Seminar you will be invited to relax in the private garden and enjoy live music. Bottles of wine will be available for purchase. Food may be ordered and delivered from Venice Beach Wines. Cost is $45 a person, more info on their events page here.

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.

September 14 – Are Celebrity Chefs Good for Food? Chefs have always had a knack for fame — from Julia Child to Napoleon’s personal chef, who published lucrative cookbooks and invented the tall white chef’s hat. But today, thanks in part to the Food Network, several seasons of “Top Chef” and “Hell’s Kitchen,” and a burgeoning foodie culture, chefs are full-fledged celebrities. Besides running top restaurants across the country, they publish enough books to overwhelm the shelves — and abilities — of most any home cook. They host TV shows that rely on outsized personality as much as inventive recipes. And they lend their names and talents to chain eateries and bottled grocery-store sauces. Are celebrity chefs over exposed and over extended, and how have they transformed food? Pulitzer Prize winning LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold visits Zócalo with a panel of star chefs — including Nancy Silverton of Mozza and “Top Chef Masters” star Susan Feniger of Street — to find out how famous foodies shape what we cook, how we eat, and the future of high cuisine. Admission is free, reserve your seat now.

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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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