Dig Weekend Guide – Nov 13-15

Welcome to the weekend. Start the weekend off with Shark Fin Soup, Drunken Crab, and Black Feather Chicken on stage in Little Tokyo, rock out with the Actor’s Gang, or Dine in the Dark at V Lounge. On Saturday drink some Allagash, explore South Pasadena, or hang out with Evan Kleiman at a pie bakeoff. Then on Sunday explore the real East Side, have some cocktails at Comme Ca, or learn to bake at Kiss My Bundt.

Friday, Nov 13

Po Boy Tango
Downtown Los Angeles (8pm)
Live theater is alive and well in Downtown. Watch Shark Fin Soup, Drunken Crab, and Black Feather Chicken on stage. Po Mama’s Chinese cuisine evokes the joy of cooking and her son, Richie Po has the palette to prove it. When Po Mama dies and passes her secrets onto him, he reunites with Gloria B, a “Soul Food” chef in the making. Together they use Po Mama’s TV cooking tapes to discover a deeper understanding of food, culture and the recipe for friendship. East West Players Theater is at 120 Judge John Aiso Street in Little Tokyo. More info on their web site.

WTF?! Festival
Venice (times vary)
Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins curates an eclectic series of events including Documentary Tuesdays, Film Wednesdays, Theater Thursdays, Fun Fridays, and Music Saturdays. Friday night ($15) enjoy A Johnny Cash prison tribute cooking show-concert. On Saturday ($75), a concert with Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley, Gillian Welch & Morgan Nagler. All proceeds benefit The Actors Gang’s community outreach programs. More info on their web site.

Dining in the Dark
Santa Monica (6:30-10pm)
You’ve seen it on the news, come experience it for yourself. Brought to you by Opaque Dining in the Dark, guests enjoy a 3-course gourmet meal at V Lounge in a literally pitch-black dining room where they are guided and served by blind or visually impaired individuals that have been specially trained to serve meals in the dark, casually and comfortably offering guidance and reassurance for sighted guests. Diners experience a world of sensitivity never experience before, taking a journey of taste, sound and touch, all in the dark. Admission is $99. SEE more here.

Saturday, Nov 14

LearnAboutWine Allagash Afternoon
Downtown Los Angeles (2-4:30pm)
Join LearnAboutWine and and Beer Scribe Tomm Carroll in this special class devoted entirely to the almighty Allagash. Providing you with the rare opportunity to taste the many distinct beer styles of a single microbrewery, which happens to be one of this country’s best. You will sample the best of its portfolio, from the flagship White beer, to the ginger-spiced Fluxus, to the Jim Beam barrel-aged Curieux, to the unique Victor and Victoria ales, made with Chancellor and Chardonnay grapes, respectively, to a surprise or two. Cost is $49.

Mission Street Block Party
South Pasadena (11am-9pm)
Hop on the Gold line and head on up to South Pas. Merchants on Mission Street in South Pasadena hold special open houses and hand out Goody Bags and discounts in their pre-holiday Block Party. From Fair Oaks Pharmacy to City Hall, shops and services on both sides of the street will participate. Strolling musicians and guest artisans, too! While you are here, dont forget to visit all your friends on the block! Camille DePedrini, Dinosaur Farm, Marz, Mission Framing, ReImagine Your Home, Rue de Mimo, South Pasadena Music Center, Space Arts Center.

Good Food Pie Bakeoff
Topanga Canyon (2-4pm)
Since the beginning of this past 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).

Sunday, Nov 15

Eastside Metro Extension Grand Opening Party
East Los Angeles (9am-5pm)
Explore the real east side. Eight New Metro Rail Stations from Downtown (Union station) to East Los Angeles open on Sunday. Each station will feature it’s own party. At the East LA Civic Center Station, enjoy live performances of Chicano rock, a spectacular Farmer’s Market plus tasty food booths, local artisans and special exhibits from the County Bike Coalition and Metro Bike programs. At the Mariachi Plaza Station, expect the joy of live Mariachi music to fill your senses, as the celebration continues with a special Block Party. At the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, take your place on stage with live karaoke, then enjoy the cuisine of the area along with special family activities. At Union Station, look for a display from Madame Tussauds Hollywood, as well as bands, guitarists, food booths and a special visit from Santa.

Raising the Bar
West Hollywood (3-5pm)
The second “Raising the Bar” Mixology Competition will be held at Comme Ca in West Hollywood. Bartenders from Joe’s, Church & State, Comme Ca and BOA Steakhouse will convene in a “Mix-Off” as they make three rounds of drinks: a classic cocktail, a Bourbon-based drink and a “free style” cocktail. Judges include KTLA anchor Victoria Recaño and special guest judge Sophie Gayot of GAYOT.com. Regular menu prices are in affect.

Intro To Baking and Wine Pairing Class at Kiss My Bundt
Los Angeles (5:30pm)
Award-winning baker and Kiss My Bundt bakery owner Chrysta Wilson and wine critic and author Amy Reiley lead a class about cake baking and wine pairing. After a cocktail reception, participants will have an opportunity to create their own custom cake flavor and frosting, and will sample five hand-selected boutique wines. Price is $85 or $42 via Goldstar!


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.


November 19 – Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Grove will host a Balvenie Scotch Dinner at 7 p.m., featuring special guest speaker Andrew Weir. The four-course prix-fixe dinner will include Scotch-cured salmon with horseradish crème fraiche paired with Balvenie Single Barrel; roasted quail paired with Balvenie Medeira Cask; prime dry-aged rib-eye paired with Balvenie Double Wood; and chocolate soufflé paired with Balvenie Port Wood. The cost is $75 per person. Reservations are suggested. 323-965-9595.

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.

December 5-6 – At the Indio International Tamale Festival enjoy tamales, music and dancing. The Festival is between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard and fills-in the streets of Miles, Towne, Smurr & Requa. The Food TV recently ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 “All-American Food Festivals” in the nation. Admission and parking are free.

December 11-13 – The 5th Annual Tamale Festival location is TBD. But word is, 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.

* Photo by LA Wad via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr

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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