Welcome to the Weekend. Well, hello Autumn Equinox. The streets are getting a little shower. Perfect time to catch the shuttle traveling through the streets of LA, grub on saltbutterpork and wine in Glendale, or continue the Oktoberfest celebration in Pomona. On Saturday, head to a VIP dinner in Bel Air, taste the food of Italy in DTLA, grab dinner on the CBS lot in Studio City, or watch Sunset Boulevard on Sunset Boulevard at Barnsdall Art Park. On Sunday, if you need more to eat and drink
Friday, October 12
Space Shuttle Viewing
Los Angeles (FRI-SAT)
The Space Shuttle takes its historic journey from LAX through the streets of LA on Friday and Saturday. There will be numerous street closures along with celebration stops along the way. For a full list of events and a map, click here.
Pomona Oktoberfest 2012
Oktoberfest 2012 launches at Pomona Fairplex this weekend. As Alpine Village and other celebrations wind down they are revving up with tribute rock bands, carnival rides and games, oom pa pa style
entertainment, German food and of course, massive amounts of beer. Admission is only $5 and is a great, affordable way to kick off the Oktober holidays. Launching this weekend, then continuing every weekend throughout October.
saltbutterpork snax @ Rosso Wine
Glendale (FRI & SAT)
saltbutterpork snax temporary food residency continues this Friday night at 5pm at the quant Rosso Wine shop in Glendale. Dishes include deviled eggs with anchovies, rillettes with confit zuchinni and espelette, duck with quince and chili sauce, and more. They will be pouring three wines by the glass and there are also beers available. You can also buy a bottle from the shop and pop it open for a $5 corkage. More info and menu here.
Saturday, October 13
Taste of Italy
Downtown Los Angeles (5-10pm)
The annual Taste of Italy is Los Angeles’ premier cultural- gastronomic event. Presented by the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles in collaboration with the Italy America Chamber of Commerce West, Taste of Italy features exceptional Italian and Italian American restaurants, many of which have won Italy’s highest culinary honor, the Marchio Ospitalitá Italiana, as well as dozens of wineries and purveyors of culinary specialties. With each General Admission ticket, guests receive 10 tasting tickets – six for food and four for beverage. Additional taste tickets can be purchased at the event. Each ticket is good for one “taste” or portion of food and beverage. Admission is $50.
Bel Air (6-10pm)
Join local chefs and vintners at Cultivate L.A. to support local foster kids, while enjoying an unforgettable evening of elegance and style under the stars at one of L.A.’s most historic and scenic private homes. Sample the finest tastes from the region’s favorite restaurants, vintners, breweries, and artisanal food producers. The line-up includes Suzanne Goin of Tavern, AOC and Lucques, Susan Feniger of Street and the Border Grill restaurants, Jeffrey Cerciello of Farmshop, Joachim Splichal of Patina, Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City, and Michael McCarty of the legendary Michael’s. Sip wines from esteemed California vintners including Moraga Vineyards, Margerum, Cent ‘Anni, Frank Family Vineyards and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, and enjoy pours from The Macallan. Try treats from the Best Desserts in L.A. table featuring Sprinkles, Magnolia, Duff’s Cakemix, Buttercake Bakery, Vanilla Bake Shop, and Sweet Butter Kitchen. Tickets are $170.
Spread The News
Studio City (4-7pm)
The Peacock Foundation presents Spread The News. Their yearly fundraising event featuring food, wine, beer, and spirits, along with live music, a silent auction,and raffle. All taking place on the New York backlot of CBS Studio Center. Tickets start at $40.
Barnsdall Outdoor Movie Night: Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles (5:30pm)
Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy outdoor screenings on the West Lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, perched on the beautiful Olive Hill at Barnsdall Park. Join them and City Sip for beer, wine, and a modern classic film that showcases the architectural and historical uniqueness of Los Angeles. Tickets are $25 and include a glass of wine. Movie only tickets are $10.
Sunday, October 14
Unlimited Wine and Tapas at Rosenthal Wine Bar
The Rosenthal Tasting Room is a great wine spot in Malibu parked across the beach. The Indoor/outdoor space has plenty of seating and tables to park your wine and tapas. For $45.50 (regular price $70) get unlimited Spanish tapas and free-flowing vino directly from the winery. Get the specially discounted tickets before they are gone!
Villains Tavern Presents: Chicken & Pancakes Sundays
Downtown Los Angeles
Villains Tavern, voted #1 BEST NEW BAR in Los Angeles Magazine’s June 2012 “Best Bars” issue, is now featuring
Chicken & Pancake Sundays with live music. Celebrate brunch steam punk style on the patio with drink specials like a 32oz Big ASS BEER, Dave’s Ultimate Bloody Mary and Dave’s Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas. Grub on fried chicken and pancakes smothered with maple syrup. Sounds like a good hangover remedy to us.
Burgers and Bubbly at Tavern
West LA (3-9pm)
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are now serving up sliders and champagne pairings every Sunday night in the Blue Room at Tavern. Choices include a turkey slider with arugula and tomato confit paired with J. Lassalle Brut Chigny-les-roses, a triple pork burger slider with manchego cheese and romesco with extra dry Prosecco, and a Niman ranch beef slider with fontina, lettuce, and tomato with Veuve Fourny rosé. At $30 it’s not a cheap meal, but how often do you get bubbles and burgers? Make your rezzy by calling 310-806-6464
LA Derby Dolls
Echo Park (6-10pm)
The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league. Watch girls on wheels as they battle out on the track with two teams of five players each: four blockers (one of whom wears a striped helmet cover as the “pivot”) and one jammer. Races take place every other Saturday and some Sundays. A full season schedule can be browsed here.
Silver Lake Farmers’ Market
Silver Lake (8am – 1pm)
The Silver Lake Farmers’ Market offers more than just fresh, local produce. Customers can also find vintage clothings, jewelry, music, and snacks, giving it more of a flea market vibe.
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.
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.
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.
October 16-21 – What do you get when you combine KISS front man Gene Simmons with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck and AEG? Rocktoberfest at L.A. LIVE. Nightly festivities will include DJs and live bands, special celebrity guests, beer-friendly cuisine, local, national and international beers, and a special craft beer festival on Sunday, October 21. Nightly festivities are scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 through Saturday, October 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with early bird tickets starting at just $20. Closing out the first annual Rocktoberfest on Sunday, October 21, will be the Craft Brew Festival from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. which will feature more than 50 different craft beers and breweries.
October 20-21 – 626 Night Market expands to the vast acreage of Santa Anita Racetrack in October. The event will run from 3pm until 12am on Saturday and 3pm until 10pm on Sunday. The 626 Night Market is the largest night time asian themed market in Los Angeles. The event has had it’s growing pains in the past, but the organizers have made great progress in making this one of the best open air markets in So Cal. Admission to the market is free. Those interested in selling their wares can also apply.
October 21 – The Food Event by Los Angeles Magazine returns to the beautiful Saddle Rock Ranch in Malibu for a food and wine event that is worth the drive. The 7th annual event will feature bites from Black Market, Loteria, Lazy Ox, Milo & Olive, Mo-Chica, Night+Market, Picca, Short Order, The Royce and lots more! There will be over a dozen wineries, including the wines of Malibu Family Wines. There will also be a handfull of cooking demos as well. Pre-sale tickets are $98.
October 27 – CAFÉ del REY’s Executive Chef Daniel Roberts is leading a 30 minute fish mongering class for cooking enthusiasts, including techniques on whole-fish butchering and tips on how to cure salmon at home. Following the demonstration, guests will enjoy a pre-fixe seaside brunch including dishes ranging from Poached Salmon Salad, Dungeness Crab Cake, and Duck Confit Hash ($50 per person for the class and three course brunch with wine, mimosa, or cider – excluding tax and gratuity).
October 28 – The Twenty-Eighth Annual Fall Food & Wine Festival is set for October 28 on the festive grounds between the Parkway Grill and the Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena. Some of the participating restaurants include: Arroyo Chop House, Parkway Grill, Vibrato Grill & Jazz, Café 140 South, Smitty’s Grill, Cheval Blanc Bistro, Yamashiro, Gale’s Italian Restaurant and Bar, Philippe the Original, Church & State, My Sweet Cupcake, Bashan Restaurant, Porta Via Iltalian Foods, Central Park, Sushi Roku, Celestino and more. Guests will also enjoy fine wines from over 75 premium wineries and spirits from Maker’s Mark, Flawless Vodka and Beefeater London Gin. Tickets are not cheap at 200 bucks a pop, but proceeds benefit Huntington Memorial hospital’s Center for Trauma Care.
November 2-4 – The 2nd annual Good Food Festival & Conference will return to Los Angeles Nov. 2-4, 2012. The GFFC is the ONLY festival that celebrates the farmers and focuses on regional and national issues that are integral to building local and sustainable food systems and educating people about the Good Food Movement.
November 4 Localicious is a culmination of the Good Food Festival & Conference. Guests will savor the freshest and best of the season with signature dishes prepared by 30 of LA’s leading chefs paired with 30 farmers from the Santa Monica Farmers Markets at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Listen to live music under the stars, enjoy
local wine and craft beers and bid on the silent auction. Proceeds benefit
November 3-4 – 22nd Annual Temecula Valley Harvest Celebration takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-4pm in the beautiful wine country of the Temecula AVA. The two-day event offers ticketed guests a chance to visit more than 30 Temecula Valley wineries on a self-guided tour. Sample new and unfinished wines, enjoy delicious food pairings, and experience the beauty of wine country in autumn. Weekend tickest are $99, Sunday only tickets are $79.
November 10 – Wine Riot is your all access pass to hundreds of new wines. With two parts education and one part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the thirsty and curious. Grab a glass and hit the floor — it’s you unleashed against 250 wines from across the globe. Travel the world of wine all under one roof and tackle things you’ve never tried before. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends. The best part is, they made an app that tracks your favorite wines and shows you where to buy them later.
November 11 – The 4th Annual Pinot Days Southern California takes place in November this year at the Shrine Auditorium. Pinot Days is the biggest Pinot Noir tasting in the world. Sunday’s Grand Tasting will showcase over 80 phenomenal producers of pinot noir. Consumers will be able to sample up to 300 pinots from every important pinot noir region, from the Russian River Valley to the Santa Rita Hills, Oregon to the Anderson Valley, Burgundy to New Zealand to the Sonoma Coast. Tickets are $70. Other events include Pinot and Grilled Cheese at the Wine House and a Pinot Tasting at the Wine Exchange. More info and tickets here.
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