Dig LA Weekend Guide: Oct 22-24

Welcome to the weekend. Which ever side of the kitchen you like to be on, this weekend is a good one. Learning to cook is the new black, with cooking classes at Surfas, Gordon Ramsay at the London, and RockSugar. Plus a showcase of food goods for the locavore home chef at Artisinal LA. If being pampered to is more your style head to Malibu for the LA Mag Food (and wine) Event, wild game at Morels, a pig dinner at Elements Kitchen in Pasadena, Top L.A. Chefs Dinner in Downtown, or a taste of Abbot Kinney in Venice.

Friday, Oct 22

Wild Game Dinner at Morels
Los Angeles (7pm)
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Grove presents a Wild Game Dinner with Wine Pairings by Entourage Wine Company. Menu includes an Amuse of Venison Lollipops paired with NV Domaine D’Orfeuiles Vouvrat Brut. First course is a Oven Roasted California Quail with Seared Foi Gras paired with 2008 Erhart Pinot Gris Im Berg. Second course is a savory Wild Boar Salmi (Stew) paired with 2008 Chateau Couronneau Rough. Third course includes a Grilled Bison Tenderloin with Portabella Pomme Frites, Merlot Maitre d’ Butter and paired with 2005 Font de Michelle Chateauneuf de Pape. $60 per guest plus tax & gratuity. Call 323.965.9595 for reservations.

Market City Cafe Ravioli Festival
Market City Caffe in Burbank continues its Second Annual Ravioli Festival (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 23

Artisanal LA
Downtown (11am-6pm)
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.

Day of the Dead Cooking Demo
Culver City (12-2pm)
Head to the Surfas Test Kitchen as they welcome Maite Gomez-Rejón from ARTBITES for a cooking demonstration and talk about the history and foods of the Day of the Dead holiday. Mainly celebrated in Mexico, the Day of the Dead focuses on gatherings of family and friends who pray and remember friends and relatives who have died. As with many festivals in Mexico, food is an important part of that tradition. On the menu, Pozole (Chicken and Hominy Stew) and Mexican Hot Chocolate. This event is free, and seating will fill up quickly so get there early.

Chef’s Master Class: Classic Italian Pastas and Sauces
West Hollywood (10am-12pm)
Gordon Ramsay at the London is offering a Chef’s Master Class: Classic Italian Pastas and Sauces. The event starts with champagne, canapés and a tour of the kitchen. Menus are then prepared and demonstrated course-by-course by executive chef Anthony Keene. Each dish is served in the kitchen as it’s completed, accompanied by paired wine or beer chosen by the sommelier. The cost is $190 per person or $350 per couple, and includes a signature Gordon Ramsay butcher’s apron, copies of all recipes and Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite cookbook. Classes take place in the kitchen from 10 a.m.-noon. Call to make a ressy 310-358-7788.

Cooking Class at RockSugar
Century City (10am-12:30pm)
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen in Century City is hosting a cooking class with executive chef Mohan Ismail demonstrating how to make exotic sauces and vinaigrettes. Students will learn his secrets for making the fat-free chile-lime vinaigrette for his mango & papaya salad; savory mushroom sauce for lettuce cups; lemon walnut sauce for RockSugar’s walnut shrimp; and more. Dishes will be paired with wines. The class will be held from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and costs $100 per person. For reservations, call 310-552-9988.

Champagne Tent Event
Hollywood (4-7pm)
K&L Wine in Hollywood is throwing their annual fall Champagne Tent Event on Saturday. The outdoor parking lot will be transformed into a fun outdoor lounge as you sip some of the best bubbly on the market. A group of artisanal grower/producers will be flying in from France to present their wines exclusively to K&L guests. They will also have many of the big name producers on hand to present their selections. More than 50 Champagnes to taste in all including Bollinger, Dom, Krug, Louis Roederer, Moe¨t & Chandon, and more. There will be some small bites as well.

Sunday, Oct 24

LA Magazine – The Food Event
Malibu (1-4pm)
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 .

In Praise of the Pig
Elements Kitchen, Pasadena’s premiere dining destination, will hosts a special six-course prix fixe Spanish wine dinner “In Praise of the Pig.” The evening’s menu and wine pairings include Crispy Trotters with Arugula & Herb Salad paired with 2005 Vina Herminia, Crispy Smoked Pork Belly Pozole paired with 2001 Vina Arana, Pan Seared Spanish Mackerel & Chorizo Tortilla paired with 2001 Vina Arana, and more. The cost is $100 a person. Seating is limited; for reservations please call 626.440.0044

Taste of Abbot Kinney
Venice (3-7pm)
The Taste of Abbot Kinney is walking urban adventure, one of the newest and most original food and wine events in Los Angeles. Buy your tickets in packages of 15, 30, 45 or 60, get your map and set off on a journey of eating, drinking, art and music performances. Follow your trusty tasting map and exchange your fistful of tickets for special menu tasting items from Abbot Kinney restaurants, food trucks, and other sweets, treats, and drinks from the various cafe’s along the street. There’ll be beer, wine, live music, tarot card readers, and more. Ticket prices start at $25 for 15 taste tickets, all the way up to 60 tickets for $100. .

The World Food Celebration: Top L.A. Chefs Dinner
Downtown Los Angeles (6pm-Close)
DRAGO Centro is hosting The World Food Celebration: Top L.A. Chefs Dinner, which benefits the the Lee Oneness Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission of feeding hungry children around the globe. The five-course meal will showcase the cooking of chefs Celestino Drago, Walter Manzke, Alain Giraud, Alen Ramos and Carolyn Nugent. Each chef will prepare one course, and wines will be paired by consulting wine professional Paul Wasserman and DRAGO Centro’s sommelier, Michael Shearin. The dinner coincides with a silent auction whose proceeds fund the important work of the Foundation. The cost is $150, plus tax and a 20-percent gratuity. Reservations begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call 213-228-8998.


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 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.

Oct 30-31 – 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. Advance VIP seating available for $8 per person.

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 6 – It is time for the 2010 Four Brix Winery Harvest Release Party. Join them in celebrating the release of our Spanish Rioja-style blend called Temptress. Temptress is a blend of Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Grenache and will go perfectly with the Spanish menu of tapas and paella they have planned for the evening. The event will be held from 6-11 p.m. at the Westlake Yacht Club. The setting is beautifully located on the shores of Westlake Lake, and remind us of an evening on the Costa Del Sol. Also being poured for the first time at this event their only single-varietal release of Petite Sirah, along with Smitten, a white Rhone-style blend. Tickets are $95, get em here.

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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