Dig LA Weekend Guide – Sept 10-12

Welcome to the weekend. Chow down on lobster all weekend long in Long Beach, head to the LA County Fair, or grab some tacos and independent films in Downtown LA. Celebrate Mexican Independence and learn how to make Chiles En Nogada, explore architecture in LA, sample California wines in Downtown LA’s only winery, enjoy all you can drink and eat at Bacaro, or catch the season finale of Entourage in style at Morton’s.

Friday, Sept 10

The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
Long Beach
The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival will take place September 10-12 at the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. Bristol Farms will serve Maine Lobster feasts steamed in the world’s largest lobster steamers. Plates include lobster, melted butter, fresh cut lemons, coleslaw, a dinner roll and watermelon. All lobster is flown in nightly from Maine. The festival also features live music, an international food court, arts & crafts booths, desserts, beer & wine gardens, and special themed cocktails. Prices range from $13 general admission to $50 for the jumbo lobster feast.

LA County Fair
Pomona (times vary)
Time for the LA County Fair and copious amounts of deep fried foods, gadgets galore, musical performances by yesterday’s favorite bands, edge of your seat horse racing, rides and carnival games, and of course, the wine and beer gardens. Once your done getting your fill of heart clogging goodness, clean your heart out with a little wine! The Ralphs Wine and Spirits Marketplace features wine tasting and education classes. The award winning wines from the LA International Wine and Spirits competition will be on hand. Tickets start at just $17 for adults and $12 for kids. .

Saturday, Sept 11

Taco Cinema
Downtown Los Angeles (1-9pm)
L.A.’s street food phenomenon gets the big screen treatment with Taco Cinema — a gourmet street food & film fest rolled into one. Your $10 advance ticket ($15 at door) gets you access to 25+ trucks, serving every conceivable international variation on L.A.’s favorite dish – the taco! It includes a beer garden on the beautifully landscaped terraces of the The Medallion Loft Complex (4th & Main) with live musical entertainment. And, as seating permits, free tickets to new environmental documentary films about “slow food” and other green urban living issues, playing at the Downtown Independent Theater (one-half block away).

Chiles En Nogada
Culver City (12-2pm)
Join Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites for a demonstration of the preparation of Chiles En Nogada in the Test Kitchen at Surfas Restaurant Supply and Gourmet Food. With green roasted pasilla chilies, red pomegranate seeds in a creamy white walnut sauce Chilies En Nogada reflect the colors of the Mexican Flag and are enjoyed on Mexican Independence day, September 16th. In a 2 hour free event Gomez-Rejon prepares her traditional family version of Chilies en Nogada while sharing stories about the foods and history of Mexico.

The Case Study House program
Los Angeles
The Case Study House program, a landmark American architectural experiment was created in 1945 by John Entenza. The impetus of the program was to build homes, which would serve as model environments for post-war living using pre-fabricated, industrial and other materials developed during World War II. Tour these homes with photographer Andrew Edelstein, docent for the Eames Foundation. With Andrew as your guide, you will delve into the fascinating stories of living in a Case Study House as well as hearing about the history of the Case Study House Program. Entry fee is $99, space is limited so make your reservation now.

Sunday, Sept 12

San Antonio Winery: Wine 102
Downtown Los Angeles (1-4pm)
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.

Beefsteak Sunday @ Bacaro
Los Angeles (5:30 & 8:30pm)
Head on over to Bacaro in USC’s University Village area for it’s once a month Beefsteak Sunday. Enjoy all you can eat grilled hanger steak, market potatoes, bread & butter, with all you can drink wine and beer. All for only $25. Call 213.748.7205 for reservations.

Morton’s “Entourage” viewing party
Beverly Hills (7-11:30pm)
Morton’s the Steakhouse, Beverly Hills is inviting fans of HBO’s “Entourage” to watch the season finale airing on Sunday, September 12 at 10:30 pm at their restaurant. A key scene in the finale was shot at Morton’s Beverly Hills, making this viewing party a must for “Entourage” fans. The viewing party kicks off at 7 pm with a special Single Malt Scotch Whisky tasting hosted by Glenmorangie. A representative from Moet Hennessey, which distributes Glenmorangie in the United States, will be on hand to introduce guests to four types of Glenmorangie drinks. Following the tasting, guests can order the same meal showcased on the finale for dinner, or enjoy specially priced appetizers available at the bar through 11:30 pm. Appetizers include Iceberg Wedge Bites, Blue Cheese Steak Fries, Chicken Goujonettes, Mini Crab Cake BLT’s, Smoked Salmon Pizza, Three Prime Cheeseburgers, and Four Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches all priced at $6-$7. Morton’s Beverly Hills is located at 435 S. La Cienega Blvd. Reservations can be made by calling 310-246-1501.


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.


Sept 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.

Sept 17 – Help eliminate Alzheimer’s disease and “Remember the Music” with Betty’s Foundation on September 17th at The Mint. Be a part of a special night of music featuring, Keaton Simons, The Smart Brothers, Jake Newton, Vanish Valley and Kelly McGrath. Advance tickets for $15 at TheMintLA.com or at the door for $18. It’s a cheap price to pay for a night of great music and for a good cause. The Betty’s Foundation for the Elimination of Alzheimer’s Disease is a family operated non-profit organization inspired by personal adversity. Their goal is to provide awareness, education, and support research for the cure of this heartbreaking disease. Please join the fight and “Remember the Music!”

Sept 21 – Indulge in 30 of Old Pasadena’s most popular restaurants during the 19th annual Taste of Old Pasadena. From 5:30pm to 9:00pm, event attendees will have the opportunity to savor tastes from a variety of exciting cuisines for a $25 donation, with all proceeds going to local charities and scholarships for students heading to college. From authentic Tibet cuisine at Tibet Nepal House to French culinary delights at Café Bizou, and Argentinean flavors at 1810 Argentinean Restaurant, A Taste of Old Pasadena is a perfect opportunity to experience a myriad of culinary treasures from Old Pasadena’s award winning restaurants. .

Oct 2 – 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.

Oct 3-8 & 10-15 – dineLA Restaurant week returns with it’s selection of dining deals at select restaurants. Prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $16, $22, or $28, and dinner will cost $26, $34, or $44. Obviously the more expensive, the fancier the meal. With over 300 restaurants, there is sure to be one on the list you’ve been dying to try. Check ’em out here.

Oct 24 – On Sunday, October 24 from 1-4 p.m., 30 of Los Angeles’ top restaurants and 30 top wineries will get together for a day of relaxation and “foodie” entertainment in Malibu. Los Angeles Magazine welcomes you to spend an afternoon discovering the vineyards of Saddlerock Ranch and taste the best that culinary giants from California have to offer in both food and wine. Master sommeliers will give lessons in the art of pouring and palate-pleasing, celebrity chefs will perform demonstrations and a diverse group of wineries will pour their best selections. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to benefit the Kids Courage. Tickets are $95 and can be .

Nov 7 – Join Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, hosts Suzanne Goin, David Lentz, Caroline Styne, and more than 20 of the country’s top chefs for an exclusive culinary event on Sunday, November 7, 2010. The lawn at the mansion of Culver Studios (9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA) provides the perfect backdrop for this decadent chefs’ cook-out. The Chefs will create their signature dishes right in front of you, providing a chance for you to witness their culinary talents firsthand. In addition, to award winning food and great drinks, the event will have an exciting live auction, featuring one of a kind items and experiences. And of course, it is all for a great cause! Tickets start at $150. Get em here.


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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