Dig LA Weekend Guide: Nov 19-21

Welcome to the weekend. The holidays are upon us, and the weather turns towards winter this weekend. But don’t let the gray skies get you down, show your passion for Beaujolais at the swanky Beverly Hills Country Club and check out the latest in auto technology at the LA Auto Show. For a couple of firsts in LA, check out the Harvest Beer Festival or Cupcake Camp. Taste some bubbles and big reds at Bottle Rock, sharpen your knives before Thanksgiving, grab a Tron brunch at Royal T cafe or enjoy the x-mas spirit at the Grove.


Friday, Nov 19

Beaujolais Passions
Beverly Hills (7 p.m – 12 a.m.)
Join European American Enterprise Council (EAEC) French and Foreign Dignitaries and Passions Productions to celebrate the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010 with a night of Beaujolais Passions at the Beverly Hills Country Club, re-creating the French ritual in the heart of Los Angeles. As always, the event will feature French culinary delicacies, exhibitors, live French music, a fantastic DJ, a fabulous silent auction, and great raffle prizes. Tickets are $42 in advance and include a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau 2010, food, and live music.

LA Auto Show
Downtown Los Angeles (times vary)
Los Angeles is no doubt a car city, and the LA Auto Show offers car lovers the best opportunity for a close-up look at some of the hottest and newest wheels on the road. Several world and North American debuts are at the show, including the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Nissan Quest & Murano Cross Cabriolet Concept, the Range Rover Evoque, and the cute as a button Fiat 500 Cinquecento. A number of free of charge test drives will be available including Ford, Chevrolet, Buick & GMC, Toyota, Kia, and the Land Rover on an outdoor 4×4 course. Get discount tickets online for $10 here.

Saturday, Nov 20

Harvest Beer Fest
Echo Park (12-7 p.m.)
Find your new favorite new seasonal beer at LA’s first Harvest Beer Festival. For $30, you’ll get unlimited pours from more than 50 national and local breweries, including Jolly Pumpkin, Lagunitas, and Hangar 24, plus lots more. With music by Vaud & the Villains and Shannon & the Clams, plus food from local food trucks, it’s sure to be a good time. Tickets are just $30, .

Bubbles & Big Reds
Downtown Los Angeles (1-4pm)
You’ll find us this weekend at the 2nd Annual Holiday Tasting Event at BottleRock in Downtown LA. The event will feature some of their favorite wineries with selections of “Bubbles & Big Reds” for your tasting enjoyment. They will have more than 50 sparkling and red wines. For $25, enjoy light appetizers and a $10 retail purchase credit along with the tasting. This is the perfect opportunity to receive great pricing on wines to serve at all of your holiday gatherings as well as start your gift shopping early.

The Flea Market at Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles (9am-3pm)
POSTPONED TO DEC 18 DUE TO RAIN! The Flea Market at Dodger Stadium returns to Dodger Stadium and is sure to be a smash hit among avid bargain hunters. Unique features include a mobile food court with some of L.A.’s most popular gourmet wagons, a stage featuring up-and-coming bands, a kids’ play area and a V.I.P. option including luxuries such as a shaded lounge and executive restrooms. Trucks for the afternoon include the Slice Truck, Canter’s Deli, No Jodas!, Coolhaus, India Jones, Border Grill, Komodo, Mandoline Grill, and more. Admission is $5 for the general public starting at 9am and includes free parking, preferred parking is $10, and VIP passes are available for $15. Kids under 12 get in free. Leashed pets are allowed.

Professional Knife Sharpening Clinic
Glendale (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Get your knives sharpened in time for Thanksgiving Dinner at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale. Get schooled on how to sharpen your most prized cooking possession, while stopping in at their enigmatic wine bar for a little sippy sippy. I would sharpen your knives first. Knives (all sizes) – $5.00 each, scissors – $8.00 each, garden tools – $6.00-$9.00 each. Red Carpet Wine is at 400 E. Glenoaks Blvd.

Cupcake Camp LA
Hollywood (12-5 p.m.)
Cupcake Camp makes it’s first appearance in Los Angeles on Saturday and will give LA cupcake lovers a chance to sample creations from the region’s best commercial and amateur bakers, several of whom are planning to debut unique holiday-themed and wedding cupcakes. General admission tickets are $15 and kids five and under are $5. .

Sunday, Nov 21

Tokyo Nouveau & Tron at Royal T Cafe
Culver City (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Royal T, the Japanese “cosplay” maid café, is offering a special “Tokyo Nouveau” Sunday champagne brunch, combining electronica beats, bubbles, and brunch fare. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday, guests can pop a bottle of Veuve du Vernay Brut Champagne and enjoy specials such as Royal/T Eggs Benedict and Salade Niçoise with Seared Ahi, Green Beans, Quail Egg, and Olives. In addition to the regular brunch menu, Royal/T will also offer its TRON-inspired café menu, with items such as the Reco Burger with a Buffalo Patty, Chipotle Aioli, and Fried Onion Rings and a shareable TRON: Legacy High Tea Set with assorted canapés and a choice of tea. Fans of TRON and the upcoming TRON: Legacy film can peruse the official Disney TRON pop-up shop at Royal/T from November 19 – December 23, 2010, which offers exclusive merchandise inspired by the high-tech adventure movie.

The Grove Christmas Tree Lighting
Los Angeles (7:30pm)
If you don’t mind crowds, and hundreds of strollers, head to the Grove for their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Hosted by the all grown up, former teenage star, Mario Lopez. The event will be sure to get you in the x-mas mood with lots of jingle bell music and fake snow. Arrive far in advance to nab a good seat, otherwise, you’ll be watching from the Farmer’s Market. Another option is to nab a seat at Morel’s. They are offering a pre-fix dinner of Mushroom Duxelle, Maryland Crab & Maine Lobster Bisque, Winter Farmers Market Salad, Oven Roasted California Quail, Beef Tenderloin, and Chestnut Tiramisu. Reservations for any restaurant on Sunday night is highly recommended.


Fried Chicken & Keg Beer @ Eva
Los Angeles (6 p.m.)
Eva Restaurant offers Fried Chicken & Keg Beer on Tuesday nights with all-you-can-drink beer and fried chicken for $25. The beer is a North County Pilsner from Eureka. The á la carte menu will not be available on this night, as it’s only fried chicken and beer starting from 6 p.m.-closing. Call 323-634-0700 for more info.

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.

palate food + wine Sunday Session and Supper
Glendale (12-5 p.m. & 5-9 p.m.)
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 (6 p.m.-11 p.m.)
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 (7:30 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.


Dec 4-5 – Head to the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills where you will have the opportunity to learn culinary secrets from Bravo-TV Top Chef Masters Season Two winner Marcus Samuelsson. At either event, you also will be able to enjoy products from local artists and taste custom cocktails. You and up to 3 guests are invited where you will learn culinary secrets from one of the top chefs in the country. You will also enjoy products crafted by local artisans, discover an insider’s look into American travel and taste custom cocktails paired to gourmet cuisine. Your discovery will continue with a test drive of the all-new, sport-injected 2011 Buick Regal. Use the code LA2BUICK to register.

Dec 5 – SWEA Los Angeles invites you to the 31st Annual Sweedish Christmas Fair. Enjoy Sweedish folk dancing, food, a spiced Glogg bar, plus Scandinavian gifts, crafts and music. The event takes place at the Shrine Expo Center at 700 W. 32nd Street right across from USC. Admission is $8 for adults and $2 for kids 2-12.

Dec 11-12Artisanal LA returns to the Cooper Building in Downtown Los Angeles for its Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Sample and shop from more than 30 of the city’s finest local food artisans— many exclusively available and making their debut— at the one-of-a-kind holiday pop-up shop. Snag some hot roasted chestnuts and a photo with Santa, too! Your admission includes access to the shop, holiday bites from Market, complimentary gift wrap and hosted beverages. $6 at the door, cash only, no presale.

Dec 11-12 – Unique LA’s 3rd Annual Holiday Show returns to the California Market Center for the largest independent design show in the country, you’ll get the chance to meet & shop directly from over 300 hand-selected designers & artists. Avoid the mall, support LA’s economy and have a blast! Enjoy free drinks and workshops, an eco lounge, two food courts featuring some of LA’s best restaurants and gourmet food trucks, and free photo booth pics. $10 at the door or online, get your tickets now.

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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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