Welcome to the weekend. This weekend is packed full of food truck fun, wine tasting and wine tours, craft beer, free concerts, outdoor movies, food festivals, cooking with Top Chefs, and even a good ol’ fashioned pancake breakfast! This is not a weekend to stay home! We’re talking temps in the mid to upper 70’s, and the only forecast are good times.
Friday, August 26
A Hot August Night
Playa Vista (5:30-8:30pm)
If 3 gourmet food trucks make it a party and 7 make it a rally, what do you call when 15 gourmet food trucks converge with a beer and wine garden, plus a free rock concert by LL DJ & The Band? One fab $5 Friday night! Come out to “A Hot August Night to End Homelessness,” sponsored by Playa Vista and benefiting HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura. Participating trucks include AhnJoo, Cheeseball Wagon, Georges Greek Café, Great Balls on Tires, Grilled Cheese Patrol, Jose O’Malley’s, Kabob N Rol, Sprinkles, The Poutine Truck, Vizzi Truck and more.
Pico n’ Robertson August Food Truck Block Party
West LA (5-9pm)
Hang out at West LA’s monthly truck hang out and block party. Join Komodo, Nom Nom Truck, Del’s Lemonade, CoolHaus, Lomo Arigato and Sweet E’s for the upcoming feasting event. Enjoy Bahn Mis, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Gourmet tacos and more. It’s the one Friday night where Pico and Robertson comes alive!
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 .
Downtown Los Angeles (8:00pm)
Grand Performances continues its free summer performance series on Friday and Saturday night. On Friday night, Drummer Ndugu Chancler and pianist Patrice Rushen have shared much of Quincy Jones musical journey – joined by Alphonso Johnson, David T. Walker, and others, they will celebrate the music of this famed composer, musician, conductor, arranger, record, concert and television producer’s rich legacy that ranges from bebop to hip hop. On Saturday A Night at The Phillips Music Company, an evening of musical history, will feature an all-star line-up of musicians, writers, and Boyle Heights locals, along with video, rare photos and spoken word tributes. View more info and upcoming shows on their web site.
Saturday, August 27
8th Annual Rosenthal Private Estate Tour and Tasting
Straight out of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” four miles from the coast, 1,400-feet up, just above the coastal fog, in the AVA Malibu Newton Canyon come amazing wines from George Rosenthals Estate. Vineyard Owner, Movie Studio Pioneer, Hotel Mogal, Real Estate Tycoon, and successful enterpriser George first planted his 250 acre estate in 1987. This tour and tasting will feature some of their finest wines. It’s a unique opportunity not to be missed. There are tours on Saturday and Sunday. Wear comfortable shoes, cause you’ll be trekking through the vines. This event is 21 and over.
Chinatown Summer Nights
Downtown Los Angeles (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 own gourmet food trucks, sample neighborhood’s wares, watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations, experience outdoor video projections, take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums while sipping on Chinese beer and dancing in Central Plaza with KCRW’s DJ’s. This event is free.
Cemetery Screening: Psycho
Just because their dead doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy one of the most classic horror stories of the silver screen. Head to Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a festive evening of music and movies under the stars. On the screen, Psycho, the unforgettable classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Bring a picnic, cozy blanket and $10 bucks a person. More info and tickets on the Cinespia web site.
Outdoor Cinema Foodfest
Exposition Park (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) Mama Mia, along with shorts from Funny or Die and live music by The New Limb. Food trucks includes Greasy Wiener, Kabob n Roll, Komodo, No Jodas, Slap Yo Mama, Me So Hungry, Boba Truck,and Sweet E’s Bake Shop. More info and tickets for $10 here.
Sunday, August 28
Craft for Crap at Beer Belly
Craft beer needs your help. Chances are you still have that one friend who doesn’t drink craft beer. You know…the one who brings the watered down stuff to parties and calls you names because you’re still enjoying your first beer when he/she is on their third. Beer Belly is throwing down the gauntlet when it comes to craft beer education, and to prove it we’ll be exchanging the fine craft beers in exchange for ‘crap’ beer. Raid your friend’s fridge and bring in whatever crap beer they have on hand, and in exchange (plus a penny) one of our beertenders will hand you and your friend a fine brew from our friends at Cismontane. Simple, right? On tap for this event is Citizen (Steam Lager), Black’s Dawn (Imperial Stout) and Coulter IPA.
LA Epicurean Festival
Beverly Hills (12-6pm)
The Los Angeles Epicurean Festival at Sofitel Los Angeles brings together culinary specialties and extraordinary wines & spirits, under one roof in a casual setting. Attendees will be able to pair and compare, taste and take home their favorite selections. Live entertainment, mixology and food demonstrations will be offered by LA’s top chefs; oenologists will explain how to taste and recognize great wines. Discover over 500 boutique wines and spirits, cheeses, spices, coffee & teas, charcuterie, olive oils, mushrooms, organic chocolate, meat, fowl, fish and produce and much more. GAYOT.com’s own Sophie Gayot will be acting as a judge during the event. $75 general admission includes food and wine pairings, entertainment, mixology and food demonstrations. $100 VIP admission also available.
LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast
Downtown Los Angeles (11am-2pm)
LA Weekly will be hosting the First Annual Pancake Breakfast at Vibiana. The event will host 20 of LA’s most eclectic pancake recipes chosen by LA Weekly’s food critic Jonathan Gold. This event will celebrate the diverse fare Los Angeles has to offer its foodies. Restaurants include, Kobawoo House, Square One, BLD, FIG, Quan Mien Trung, Xoia, DuPar’s, Marston’s, Warszawa, Tiara, Playa, Mayura Restaurant, Original Pancake House, Dinah’s Family Restaurant, Meals by Genet and Nickel Diner. Tickets are $25—part of the proceeds will be given to the LA Food Bank.
Cooking with chef Fabio Viviani
North Hollywood (11am-1pm)
Firenze Osteria hosts a cooking class with chef Fabio Viviani. Reserve a spot to learn Viviani’s secrets in making his risotto and sauces. Tickets cost $40 per person or $70 for couples; coffee, water and a two-course meal is included in the price. For reservations call 818-760-7081.
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.
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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