Dig Weekend Guide – Nov 20-22

Welcome to the weekend. The Frysmith hits the road this weekend with specialty fries that would excite any fried potato lover, or check out the rare chance to check out Epicure Imports and enjoy mushrooms at Patina. On Saturday watch lacrosse and live music in Santa Ana, learn to cook Thanksgiving dinner with Evan Kleiman, or take a long walk to the beach. Then on Sunday celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau release. Sounds like you got busy all of the sudden.

Friday, Nov 20

Frysmith Grand Opening
Venice (6:30-9pm)
It may be the only 100% sustainable restaurant on wheels. Frysmith debuts at the Brig in Venice,and runs on it’s own french fry oil. Try the Rajas Fries (roasted poblano chiles, caramelized onions and shawarma-marinated steak), Kimchi Fries, (Kurobuta pork belly, kimchi and cheese), Chili Cheese Fries, ( 100% Angus beef chili, made with beer & chocolate), Vegetarian Chili ( all bean & soy chorizo chili), and Sweetpo (chicken in a tomatillo-tamarind sauce atop sweet potato fries). Fries are $5.

Epicure Imports’ Warehouse Sale
North Hollywood (Fri 1:30-6pm, Sat 9:30am-2pm)
The general public will have the opportunity to stock up on imported wine and gourmet food products at Epicure Imports’ open warehouse sale. The sale will offer a large selection of items like Champagne, French cheeses, truffle oils and chocolates at warehouse prices. Shoppers will also be able to taste a few samples along the way. Epicure Imports is at 6900 Beck Ave., North Hollywood.

Mushrooms at Patina Group
Downtown Los Angeles
Patina Restaurant Group’s Café Pinot, Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, Pinot Bistro and Zucca Ristorante are offering special menus featuring mushrooms through November 22. Dishes range from Zucca’s black trumpet mushroom risotto to Café Pinot’s yellowtail sashimi with pickled shiitake mushrooms, miso eggplant and nasturtium leaves.

Saturday, Nov 21

LXM 949
Santa Ana (9am)
LXM PRO features a “Showcase” lacrosse game highlighting 40 of the best players in the world, an MCLA game featuring powerhouse Chapman vs. UCSB, live comedy and a concert event featuring 3OH!3, DRAKE along with The Cab, Qwes, and Sam Adams. Particpate in pre-game clinics and athletes can even sign up for Sports Studio Casting for a chance to be cast in upcoming TV and Film productions.

Thanksgiving Cooking Demo
Sherman Oaks (3-5pm)
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. This event is free.

The Great Los Angeles Walk
Downtown to Venice (9:30am)
Starting at the Shrine Auditorium on Jefferson, on The Great Los Angeles Walk, you will walk from Downtown all the way to Venice Beach. Explore classic Los Angeles architecture and homes. Over 150 hikers are expected and anyone can participate in the walk. If you can’t join up that early, join up with them anytime. Find them on twitter @greatlawalk.

Sunday, Nov 22

Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration & Dinner
Pasadena (4-10pm)
The new 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau arrives at a special wine tasting and dinner at Pop Champagne & Dessert Bar organized by the Alliance Française de Pasadena. Pop Champagne & Dessert Bar has developed a special three course menu to complement the exciting new vintage. Starting with a Soupe Ratatouille, the dinner proceeds to a main course of Coquille St Jacques Cordon Bleu served with prosciutto, and concludes with a pear tart poached in Champagne topped with glace à la vanilla, vanilla bean ice cream. Prices range from $25-$75.


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.

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.


December 2-4, 9-10, 13-17 & 20-22 – Chef Ludovic Lefebvre is bringing back LudoBites, a limited engagement where diners can enjoy his modern and creative cuisine. LudoBites was previously held at Breadbar, but this time Lefebvre will be cooking at Royal/T in Culver City. Royal/T is at 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Call 310-559-6300 for reservations.

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 6 – Head on over to Bacaro in USC’s University Village area for it’s once a month Beefsteak Sunday. Enjoy all you can eat grilled hanger steak, market potatoes, bread & butter, with all you can drink wine and beer. All for only $25. Call 213.748.7205 for reservations.

December 9Grace is proud to welcome Angelica Cellars for their first wine dinner ever. Angelica Cellars is a collaboration between Grace’s very own wine director, Eduardo Porto Carreiro and his long time friend, Ben Feldman. The prix-fixe menu includes items like Roasted Chestnut & Kabocha Squash Ravioli, Braised Shortrib of Beef over Anson Mills Polenta, Fromage Blanc Crêpes. Each course is paired with wine. The price is $75 and starts at 7pm. Call 323.934.4400 to reserve. Seating is limited.

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.

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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