Dig LA Weekend Guide – Aug 20-22

Welcome to the weekend. Pair In-N-Out burger with 20 different red Zins or drink wine at Barnsdall Art Park in Los Feliz. Hit up the ever popular Sunset Junction for live music and good eats, get a preview of the OC Foodie Fest, or imbibe on cocktails at a “Speakeasy”. The Outdoor Cinema Food Fest lands in Beverly Hills, Chinatown Summer Nights continues, or taste wine and sumptuous cuisine in Long Beach. Then on Sunday sample bubble in Venice Beach. It’s gonna be a good one.

Friday, Aug 20

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.

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 .

Saturday, Aug 21

Sunset Junction
Silverlake
Sunset Junction is rolling-out a special 30th anniversary soiree in celebration of Silverlake’s popular end-of-summer event – the Sunset Junction Fair – widely regarded as the eastside’s biggest block party, with five music stages featuring a highly eclectic mix of both national and local acts, carnival rides, food booths, beer gardens, arts & crafts, a circus, DJ’s, street performers and people watching on. In honor of this milestone, a fifth “Locals Only” stage has been added, presented by The Fold, and featuring a wide cross-section of local buzz-bands. This year, a Miles Davis tribute entitled “Bitches Brew 40th re-mix” will take place in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Davis’s jazz-rock-funk-fusion masterpiece, featuring his musical alumni with acclaimed eastside DJ’s, in bridging the classic with the contemporary. A special laser light show will also be presented during the performance of Saturday’s Bates Stage headliner – Ghostland Observatory and this year also features a strong Latin/Alternative line-up on Sunday’s Bates Stage with Girl In A Coma, Insite, Division Minuscala, Aurum and Rolling Radio. Tickets are $15 in , or $20 at the door.

OC Foodie Fest Pub & Grup #2
Costa Mesa (9pm-1am)
It’s time for round two of OC Foodie Fest presents Pub & Grub! Stop by Goat Hill Tavern in Costa Mesa for food truck grub and drinks from the pub, plus get a sneak peak at some of Orange County’s gourmet food trucks, including Taco Dawg, Calbi Truck, Longboard’s Ice Cream and Piaggio on Wheels. Hop into the bar to try some Azunia Tequila and enjoy your favorite drinks.

DrinkEatPlay – Speakeasy
Undisclosed (7-10:30pm)
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.

Outdoor Cinema Food Fest
Beverly Hills (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 Princess Bride takes place at La Cienega Park at 8400 Gregory Way in Beverly Hills. Advance VIP seating available for $8 per person.

Chinatown Summer Nights
Downtown (5pm-12am)
Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot for Angelenos this August. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks, sample the neighborhood’s wares, experience large-scale public art, sip on Chinese beer, dance in Central Plaza with KCRW DJ’s and take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural workshops presented by local organizations and museums! Hill St at Gin Ling Way.

Long Beach Grand Cru
Long Beach (5:30-9:30pm)
The results of the Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition are announced during the Long Beach Grand Cru Awards & Tasting event. Guests are feted with sumptuous cuisine donated by the Southland’s finest restaurants, and medal winning wines are served. Music and a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items are also among the entertainment offerings. Tickets are $180 a person and .

Sunday, Aug 22

Serata Spumeggiante – A Bubbly Evening
Venice Beach (5-8pm)
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.

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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.

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 28 – Portuguese (and maybe Spanish) wines from importer Vinos Unico. Luis Moya will be at Rosso Wine shop in Glendale making his famed Paella. Along with that there will be Spanish tortilla and other small bites by Saltbutterpork catering. Some of the wines featured will be: 2009 Muralhas Vinho Verde Rosé, 2009 Trajarinho Vinho Verde and Capote Velho Vinho de Mesa.

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.

September 4 – Artisanal Bread Baking with Jerry Maybrook – Jerry Maybrook is one of the hidden jewels of the Los Angeles food world. An artisanal baker, Jerry produces truly transcendent loaves of bread in his home oven. Spend an afternoon in the Test Kitchen with Jerry as he shares from his years of research and trial and error and leads the class through the process of making the perfect French Country loaf in a home oven. The class takes place from 10am-1pm at Surfas in Culver City and costs $25. Reservations are required. Click here for more info.

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 12 – San Antonio Winery: Wine 102, Exploring California’s Grape Growing Regions with host Michael Papalia at San Antonio Winery. $60.00 per person – 4 Course Luncheon included. Get your tickets here.

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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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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