Dig Weekend Guide – Oct 16-18

Welcome to the weekend. Oktoberfest celebrations continue all over the Southland, enjoy an art walk and car show in Santa Monica, scavenge through a Haunted Hollywood Hunt, take a cooking class, enjoy some fine meals prepared by some of LA’s top chefs, or taste some amazing wines paired with great food. It’s gonna be a good weekend.

Don’t forget to check out our Halloween Guide. It’s filled with spooktacular events throughout the month of October!

Friday, Oct 16

13th Annual Winnetka Park Oktoberfest
Winnetka (Fri 5-10pm, Sat & Sun 1-10pm)
The 13th annual Oktoberfest runs from October 16-18, 2009 at Winnetka Park (8401 Winnetka Ave.) Carnival rides, arts & crafts, games, food and drinks, entertainment and a raffle will take place during this weekend long event.

Saturday, Oct 17

4th Annual Pico Blvd Artwalk and Vintage Auto Show
Santa Monica (10am-5pm)
Art, Food, Cars, and a huge musical performance, bring your family and friends! There will be two StarLine tour buses to pick up and drop off visitors at points of interest on Pico Blvd between Centinela and Main St. Galleries will showcase their stunning works of art. Virginia Ave Park will host artists, children’s activities, and a finale performance by Jordan Johnson. Food supplied by local restaurants. This event is free, more info here.

Haunted Hollywood Scavenger Hunt
Hollywood (3:45pm)
The American Cinematheque teams with Wise Guys Events for a high-tech Scavenger Hunt. Visit historic locations where Hollywood’s spookiest ghosts still dwell, hunt for hidden messages and create your own video masterpieces. After a dinner break, you’ll return to the theater where the videos you created during the game will be shown on the Egyptian’s screen, followed by an award ceremony for the winners and a double feature of spooky, clue-hunt themed movies: The Goonies and The Lost Boys. Entry is $32 per person and includes the movie screening.

Cultivate L.A. United Friends of the Children
Brentwood (6-9pm)
The Cultivate L.A. event will benefit United Friends of the Children with a garden party offering locally made cheeses, olive oils and chocolates, as well as seasonal dishes from chefs including Susan Feniger, Eric Greenspan, Suzanne Goin and Akasha Richmond. Beverages include wine from local vineyards and microbreweries, and eco-friendly cocktails. Hosted at a private residence in Brentwood, there will also be a DJ, silent auction and dessert bar. Tickets are $100 per person and may be .

Cooking Class at Ciudad
Downtown Los Angeles (11am-1pm)
Learn sophisticated mojito-making from chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at Ciudad. Dishes include blood-orange mojitos, Caribbean shrimp cakes with mango-chile-lime sauce, rum-braised beef and spiced pineapple upside-down cake with dulce de leche whipped cream. The demonstration-style class includes a multi-course lunch, signature mojitos and a recipe booklet. The cost is $75. For more info and reservations call 213-486-5171.

2nd Annual Verdugo Oktoberfest
Glassell Park (12-6pm)
Join Verdugo Bar on the opening weekend of LA Beer Week for great German beer and food. Festivities begin at 1:00 p.m. Breweries confirmed so far: Hacker-Pschorr, Konig Brauerei, Hofbrau Munchen, Kostritzer, Paulaner, G. Schneider & Sohn, Spaten-Franziskaner, Weinstephan, and more + some local brewery surprises. Sausages, pretzels, glassware, contests with prizes and German karaoke. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door (includes 4 drink tokens). More info on their web site.

Sunday, Oct 18

“Taste of Italy” Wine & Food Festival
Downtown Los Angeles (2-5pm)
Indulge in the rich culture of Italy at San Antonio Winery. Foods of all types from nearly all the regions in Italy will be prepared specifically for this day. Wines from various regions pair perfectly with the cuisine selection. Five winery production and event rooms will be opened and set for your comfort. Authentic, live Italian music will be performed. Maximum attendance is over 250 people, but space fills quickly. Get ready for a tremendous, all you-can-enjoy Festa Italiana! Tickets are $50. 323-330-8745

Heirloom LA and La Fenetre Wine Tasting
Silverlake (3pm)
Join Heirloom LA and Joshua Klapper, owner and winemaker of La Fenetre Winery for an amazing
tasting at Silverlake Wine. La Fenetre is one of California’s most up and coming wineries, with a very very small production lot. Owner Joshua Klapper use to be assistant wine director at Sona, but now that his pet project has exploded, he’s making wine full time. Wines will be paired with dishes from Heirloom LA. Wine being poured are the A Cote Red Blend 2007, La Fenetre Chardonnay “Bien Nacido” 2007, La Fenetre Pinot Noir “Le Bon Climat” 2007, La Fenetre Pinot Noir “Au Bon Climat” 2007. Tasting is $20, make your reservation by calling 323.662.9024.

Dine LA Restaurant Week
All over Los Angeles
DineLA has been extended one more week! dineLA Restaurant Week offers diners the opportunity to indulge in three-course menus at $16 for lunch and $26 for dinner; Premier Dining is $22 for lunch and $34 for dinner, and Fine Dining is $28 for lunch and $44 for dinner. In addition, many of the participating restaurants will be offering wine pairings for an additional charge.

Continuing:

palate food + wine Sunday Session and Supper
Glendale (12-5pm & 5-9pm)
This 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.

Oktoberfest at Alpine Village
Torrance (Fri 6:30pm-1am, Sat 6pm-1am, Sun 12pm-8pm)
Oktoberfest needs no explanation. The celebration at Alpine Village is largest and longest Oktoberfest in So Cal. Starting Sat at 6pm, then taking place on Fri, Sat, Sun through October 25, the event features lots of beer, Omm Pa Pa music, sausages, and dancing. Compete in wood sawing, stein holding, and cow milking contests. Unfortunately local beer maker Angel City Brewing has been replaced this year by the German Beer Spaten. Admission on Fri and Sat is $8, the family friendly Sunday events are $5.

Upcoming:

October 24 – Play With Your Food, How to Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables. Good Food host Evan Kleiman turns kids into chemists by teaching them how to make their own salad dressing, adjusted exactly to their likings. Then she’ll show them how farm fresh produce tastes when dipped in their concoctions. Takes place at the Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks from 3-5pm. This event is free

October 25 – At The Food Event 09 From the Vine, 25 of Los Angeles’ top restaurants and 25 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 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Kids Courage. Tickets are $90 ($70 for LearnAboutWine members) and can be .

November 5 – At the Stars of Cabernet, taking place at the Peninsula Hotel and hosted by LearnAboutWine, enjoy fine cabs from wineries like Cakebread, Frog’s Leap, Paul Hobbs, Rudd, Fisher and more. A silent auction taking place will benefit TJ Martell Foundation and Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Food will be provided by The Peninsula Hotel. Buy your tickets before Oct. 1 for $75, otherwise its $79, or $100 at the door. Only $69 for LearnAboutWine members.

November 13-15 – The 5th Annual Tamale Festival makes a move from MacArthur Park to the Los Angeles State Historic Park. It’s gonna be bigger and better than ever with a Tamale Cook-off, Art & Crafts Booths, Best Commercial Tamale Contest & Best Homemade Tamale Contest (anyone can enter), Tamale Eating Contest, and a Tamale Making Demo. Bring your canned food items for the House of Ruth Food Pantrie and The River Food Pantrie.

November 14 – Since the beginning of summer, Evan Kleiman has been baking a pie a day. Join Evan at the KCRW Good Food Pie Bakeoff at the Westfield shopping center in Topanga Canyon. At the event from 2-4pm, home cooks and pastry chefs will compete at the first ever pie bake-off. Hosted by Good Food’s Evan Kleiman and judged by a panel of celebrity chefs (Top Chef’s Stefan Richter from LA Farm, Eric Greenspan from The Foundry, Mark Peel from Campanile and Russ Parsons, LA Times Food Editor). Registration begins on October 1st.

November 21 – At the Thanksgiving Cooking Demo Extravaganza, Good Food host Evan Kleiman prepares five easy to make Thanksgiving side dishes, and pastry chef and cookbook author Cindy Mushet joins the fun. Takes place at the Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks from 3-5pm. This event is free.

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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