Dig LA Weekend Guide: Oct 1-3

Welcome to the weekend. It’s your last chance to check out the LA County Fair. Sip on wine, indulge in deep fried goodies, and bet on the ponies. Nosh on a wide selection of Raviolis at Market City Caffe or check out the Santa Monica Food and Wine Festival. The first couple of Oktoberfest celebrations begin this weekend, of what promises to be a good month for beer drinkers. Finally, on Sunday, grab some bacon & wine at domainLA and then dineLA restaurant week kicks off at a restaurant you haven’t tried near you.

Friday, Oct 1

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. .

Market City Cafe Ravioli Festival
Market City Caffe in Burbank kicked off its Second Annual Ravioli Festival this week (runs through October 31). For nearly two decades their ravioli makers have been crafting hand-rolled ravioli in the old world, artisan tradition. Creations include Gorgonzola Chicken Ravioli, Prosciutto & Mushroom Raviolini, Ravioli Sorrento, Butternut Squash Raviolini, Short Rib Ravioli, Ravioli Bolognese, and Shrimp Agnolotti. Full menu here.

Saturday, Oct 2

Santa Monica Food and Wine Festival
Santa Monica (11:30am-7pm)
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.

Ojai Beverage Company Oktoberfest
Ojai Beverage Company commemorates the 200th Anniversary of Oktoberfest as they celebrate their 3rd Anniversary and the highly anticipated Annual Oktoberfest celebration from 2-10pm (Sun 11am-7pm) under the white canopy in the Ojai Beverage Company parking lot. OBC’s Oktoberfestivities will naturally feature some of the best German Beers on tap, chilled to perfection and available by the Boot or Liter. Indulge in delicious, authentic German food skillfully prepared by OBC Chef Jarret Gilden, who has been making a name for the Ojai Beverage Cafe. Dance and laugh with live Oompah bands featured throughout the day. Come wearing your best Lederhosen or Beer Maiden costume and have the chance to win cash and prizes. Admission is just $5.

Sunday, Oct 3

domainLA Wine Tasting
Los Angeles (4-7pm)
It’s time for tasting number two. This time Denyse Louis and Joe Dressner, outspoken and courageous importers whose focus is on growers, rather than brands. The growers being presented on Sunday include Eric Texier, Thierry Puzelat, JP Brun, Arianna Occhipinti, the de Moors and more. The Lardon truck will be on hand to pair those lovely wines with bacon. Tickets are $15 (food not included). The last tasting event sold out, so .

dineLA Restaurant week
All over Los Angeles
dineLA Restaurant week returns Oct 3-8 & 10-15 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.

Oktoberfest Beefsteak Sunday
Downtown Los Angeles (5:30 & 8pm)
They are celebrating Oktoberfest at Bacaro with a feast and deal you can’t miss. All you can eat spicy, and smoked sausage, grilled Petite Filet and roasted farmers market potatoes. Plus all you can drink Spaten Oktoberfest, red, white and sparkling wine. All for $30? Yes please. Make your reservations now, as this is sure to sell out. 213.748.7205


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.

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.


Oct 7LA Beer Week runs October 7 through 17, and offers craft beer lovers a smattering of beer focused events around the city. Find various brews located around town at places like Blue Palms, Goat Hill Tavern, Lucky Baldwin’s, Seven Grand, The York on York, Tony’s Darts Away, and dozens more. The festival ends with a celebration at Union Station on Oct 17 from noon to 4pm (limited number of $40 tix available). The Festival will feature over 70 local, regional, national, and international Craft and Artisan breweries, pouring a wide array of their beers, including some rare beers, and a special few available only for LA Beer Week.

Oct 8 – Take the Aroma Training + Blind Tasting course at LA Wine tasting and learn how to taste the difference between wines. Develop your olfactory “palette” and learn how to recognize aroma families (fruity, flowery, spicy..) but also more specific aromas.. using one the best professional tasting kits: Le Nez du Vin (The Nose of Wine). Get tips & guidelines to develop your sense of smell every single day. Learn how to taste wine and appreciate its aromas, flavors and textures. How to detect grapes based on the aromas you are scenting… and make the difference with other grapes! Learn how to trust your taste buds and express freely your impression about a wine, without being condemned to agree with others! Tickets are $68, or $98 for two people. .

Oct 8-10 – Forget Alpine Village, celebrate Oktoberfest in Santa Monica at the transformed Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport. Chow on German food, and drink German Beer all while dancing to oom-pah music. Entrance to this event is $20, beer and food are sold separately. Tickets will not be sold at the door so . Fri and Sat nights are adults only, feel free to bring the kids if you must on Sunday (specials available). Cash bar only, so bring your duckets.

Oct 9 – 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 Back to the Future takes place at Los Angeles State Historic park (1245 N Spring St). Advance VIP seating available for $8 per person.

Oct 9 – The Riboli Family Winemaker’s Dinner, offered only once a year provides the opportunity to learn about the world of wines in a fun, relaxed setting. The event will be hosted by Anthony Riboli and Michael Papalia. The specially chosen wines from the Riboli Family Library will be served with glazed marinated albacore salad with avocado and ginger; white frisee with Dijon vinaigrette and tarragon puree; grilled five spice marinated quail and bacon fried rice with orange hoi sin sauce; sweet potato gnocchi with fourme de ambert cheese sauce and roasted shallots; herb roasted veal strip loin with sautéed porcini mushrooms and baby turnips; and for dessert, chocolate terrine with spiced dried fruit compote and cinnamon cream. For more information or reservations, please call (323) 330- 8771. The cost of the event is $78.00 per person.

Oct 9 – Pork & Beans Cube Foundation Fundraiser – From 1-4 pm at it’s downtown location, Cube Marketplace & Cafe, Steven Sando of Rancho Gordo and Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller of Fatted Calf charcuterie, will host a pork and beans rooftop barbecue fundraiser. Dishes will feature products from the Bay Area’s Fatted Calf (pork) and Rancho Gordo (beans). All proceeds will benefit Cube Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the development of garden-to-table programs for local underprivileged children and their parents. Corey Landis & the Attacks and Quinn DeVeaux & the Blue Beat Review are scheduled to perform. $64 per person if you buy your tickets now, otherwise $75 at the door.

Oct 10 – The L.A. Beer Float Showdown returns for L.A. Beer Week. As part of L.A. Beer Week, Food GPS presents L.A. Beer Float Showdown II. Four teams converge on Verdugo Bar to create culinary fireworks, and the bar that emerges as the victor is up to you. This year, Boneyard Bistro, Ladyface Alehouse, Simmzy’s and Tony’s Darts Away have all stepped up to battle for a new crown. Everybody in attendance tastes each float and gets a vote, which is judged on flavor and originality. Two of the city’s best food trucks will even be there to sell savory food in case you’re hungry for more than beer and ice cream: The Manila Machine and Mandoline Grill. Tickets are $30 and proceeds will benefit Share our Strength.

Oct 15 – Discover Italian wine with LA Wine Tasting. With a 3,000-year viticultural history, Italy is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. With the exception of France, it produces and consumes more wine than any other nation. Join them and understand Italy’s classification system & geographical characteristics. Learn about the main indigenous grapes (among 2,000 varieties!) and taste their specificities. Discover also ‘new-world’ style wines that do not adhere to traditional winemaking and appellation laws. Staci Miller, wine director at the Little Door, Italian wine aficionado & expert, will present her favorite picks and will be on-hand to answer all your questions. Tickets are $68 a person, or $98 for a couple. Get your tiks here.

Oct 23-24 – Artisanal LA is a weekend long community event celebrating the city’s finest local, sustainable and handmade edibles all under one roof. Taste, shop, sample and learn while supporting the local economy and local artisanal vendors at this weekend-long downtown event. Taking place in the beautiful Cooper Building in downtown LA’s historic core, Artisanal LA will showcase the best artisanal food vendors in Southern California. Not only will guests be able to purchase a wide array of edible treats from local butchers to chocolate makers, but there will also be hands-on workshops, chef led demos and speakers educating guests on various food related topics as well as the opportunity to learn about non-profit organizations changing the local food scene in Los Angeles. More info and tickets 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 .

Oct 29 – Enjoy an incredible evening with food and wine pairing, gourmet small plate dinner menu, and fine chocolate tastings, and award winning artisan cheeses at the Ronald Reagan Library Wine Tasting. Meet wine makers and chocolate experts, and dance to live music under the wings of Air Force One. Be sure to step out onto the outdoor patio lounge and tour all of the exciting exhibits at the Ronald Reagan Library. Including the Air Force One, the White House in Miniature, and their exciting Born to Be Wild Celebrity and vintage Motorcycle exhibit! Each guest will receive a commemorative wine glass to take home! Tickets are $79.95 per person. More info and tickets here.

Nov 5-7The Los Angeles Taste of the World Festival is a unique series of events to be held annually, that celebrates the food, music, art, culture and dancing from the countries and cultures found throughout the United States. With the world’s five continents in mind, the festival includes representation from consulates, restaurants, travel agencies, airlines, and musical performers. It also features strolling entertainers, clowns, face painting, dancing, and cooking and art exhibitions. There will be a three-day talent search for the “Next Superstar,” the “Next Celebrity Chef,” “The Next Stand up Comic,” “The Next Event Planner” and an exciting, dramatic exhibition and competition for the next “Dancing with the Salsa Stars” winner. Taste of the World features the Healthy World Pavilion, showcasing gluten-free, vegan, and healthy food alternatives. For $40 (or $20 at Goldstar) the VIP pass includes admission, a private wine tasting event, talent meet and greet, two beverage (soda and water) tickets, in-and-out privileges, artist meet & greet, private performances, and more. The $10 General Admission ticket is for entry only. No ins and outs. Menu options must be purchased separately and range in price from $1.00 to $7.00 on average.

Nov 7 – 24th Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles – The National Kidney Foundation Serving Southern California & Southern Nevada’s Go Green Go Organic! event is approaching quickly! Stefan Richter of Stefan’s at L.A. Farm is the Host Chef for the great event taking place at the CBS Radford Studios. Over 60 Top Southern California Chefs, Wines, Spirits, & Beverage Sponsors, Live and Silent Auction, DJ Mike Palmieri, plus ‘Get Hip Get Green’ Gift Bags, the Go Green Lounge, and a Beer Garden Hosted by Christina Perozzi – “The Beer Chick & Beer Sommelier” & much much more! Tickets are $150, more info here.

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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