Welcome to the Weekend. If you like wine and chocolate, then have we got a weekend for you! 3 days, 3 events with wine and chocolate. If you’re more into the champs, then you’ll enjoy an afternoon of free flowing Champagne in Pasadena. Other events this weekend include a L’Ermitage Wine Dinner, Ceviche Nights at Mo Chica, and conversations about the Foodprint in Los Angeles. For Holiday themed events, check out out Holiday Guide.
Friday, December 7
Wine & Chocolate Tasting featuring L’Artisan du Chocolate
Join Wine Expo as they explore the pairing of two of the sexiest discoveries of mankind: fine wine and artisanal chocolate! We’ll be serving the exquisite hand made truffles of master chocolatier L’Artisan du Chocolat with healthy pours of four diverse wines specifically chosen to pair with Chocolate. Call 310-828-4428 to reserve a spot. Tickets are $29.
L’Ermitage Wine Club Wine Dinner w/Vergari Wines & Soledad Goat Cheese
Beverly Hills (7:30-10:30)
David VERGARI will be pouring a few of his highly-rated library wines, Julian & Carol Pearce of SOLEDAD GOATS will be bringing their prized artisan goat cheeses, and CHEFS Joseph Elevado & Ben Dayag will by putting the ingredients together for L’Ermitage Wine Club Wine Dinner. Seated at 1 long communal table, David Vergari will be pouring 6 of his award-winning wines perfectly paired with 5 delectable courses, featuring handcrafted goat cheeses from Soledad Goats in an inspired menu that will set the stage for an unique experience. This is all about appreciating wine & food & each other over a memorable meal that’s both elegant & relaxed. Seating is limited. Reservations are required 323.850.5558 For the menu & more information, please visit Hollywood and Wine.
Saturday, December 8
Chocolate and Wine @ SWEETS
Check out the new mega candy store at Hollywood and Highland while enjoying a unique pairing of chocolate and wines. Wines on the list include Frank Family, Rocca Family, Reyes Winery, and Stanger Vineyards. Tickets are $58 and can be purchased here.
Super Champagne Tasting Event @ Monopole Wine
There is no better way to try out special bottles of bubbly for the holidays, for gifts, or for special meals, than to try them first. This is a great opportunity to taste over 20 different French Champagnes and various sparklers for a relatively low price. Monopole will be serving special “Prestige Cuvees” as well, and have appetizers for nibbling on. In total, there will be in excess of $1,200 worth of champagne to taste, including Charles Heidsieck, Piper Heidsieck, Taittinger, Domaine Carneros, Schramsberg, Iron Horse, and many others for the low price of $50.
Sunday, December 9
Mo Chica Ceviche Nights
Downtown Los Angeles
Chef Ricardo Zarate, business partner Stephane Bombet and Food GPS’s Joshua Lurie invite some of L.A.’s most heralded chefs into the kitchen at Zarate’s downtown restaurant Mo-chica to push the boundaries of ceviche. The “Ceviche Nights” dinner series—inspired in part by Zarate’s upcoming restaurant Paich?, a seafood-focused cevicheria debuting in 2013—welcomes local culinary legend Josiah Citrin, fellow FOOD & WINE “Best New Chef” Bryant Ng, and Thai cuisine trailblazer Kris Yenbamroong, and will run on Sunday, December 9 and December 16. Tickets are $85, get them here.
Los Angeles (12:30pm)
Taking place at LACMA’s Brown Auditorium, Foodprint LA is the fourth in a series of international conversations about food and the city. Los Angeles is a city of reinvention, and its foodscape is no different. Until the 1950s, Los Angeles County was the top agricultural county in the United States; now, it has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the nation. With the Los Angeles Food Policy Council approaching its second birthday, the timing is perfect for a truly cross-disciplinary discussion that explores the past, present, and future of food and the city. Foodprint LA panelists will explore the forces that have shaped the Angeleno foodscape—from taco trucks to the world’s largest Frito factory and the eviction of South Central Farm—and speculate on how to feed Los Angeles in the future. This event is FREE.
Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
Downtown Los Angeles (3-5pm)
So pairing wine and chocolate seems to be the hot ticket this weekend. Join LearnAboutWine for a special class bringing together three divine creations… wine, cheese and chocolate. You will explore the sensual contrasts and delights that each element brings to the experience — the crisp acidity, mouth-filling robustness or smooth viscosity of great wine; the sharp, subtly sweet or complexity of fine cheese; and the rich luxuriousness of superior chocolate ranging from creamy milk to intensely dark. For $95 (or $150 for a couple) taste 5 cheeses, 5 chocolates, and 10 wines. Get your tickets here.
Villains Tavern Presents: Chicken & Pancakes Sundays
Downtown Los Angeles
Villains Tavern, voted #1 BEST NEW BAR in Los Angeles Magazine’s June 2012 “Best Bars” issue, is now featuring
Chicken & Pancake Sundays with live music. Celebrate brunch steam punk style on the patio with drink specials like a 32oz Big ASS BEER, Dave’s Ultimate Bloody Mary and Dave’s Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas. Grub on fried chicken and pancakes smothered with maple syrup. Sounds like a good hangover remedy to us.
Burgers and Bubbly at Tavern
West LA (3-9pm)
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are now serving up sliders and champagne pairings every Sunday night in the Blue Room at Tavern. Choices include a turkey slider with arugula and tomato confit paired with J. Lassalle Brut Chigny-les-roses, a triple pork burger slider with manchego cheese and romesco with extra dry Prosecco, and a Niman ranch beef slider with fontina, lettuce, and tomato with Veuve Fourny rosé. At $30 it’s not a cheap meal, but how often do you get bubbles and burgers? Make your rezzy by calling 310-806-6464
LA Derby Dolls
Echo Park (6-10pm)
The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league. Watch girls on wheels as they battle out on the track with two teams of five players each: four blockers (one of whom wears a striped helmet cover as the “pivot”) and one jammer. Races take place every other Saturday and some Sundays. A full season schedule can be browsed here.
Silver Lake Farmers’ Market
Silver Lake (8am – 1pm)
The Silver Lake Farmers’ Market offers more than just fresh, local produce. Customers can also find vintage clothings, jewelry, music, and snacks, giving it more of a flea market vibe.
Sunday Suppers at Cecconi’s
An elegant Sunday Supper that will feed up to four for just $50? Cecconi’s in West Hollywood has you covered. Chef Andrea Cavaliere brings classic Italian comforts such as wood-oven fired artisanal pizza, a hearty bowl of pasta and seasonal salad to the dinner table on Sundays at Cecconi’s – all with a sophisticated setting and price that’s hard to beat. Wine specials include a bottle of house red or white for $25. And if you have an additional guest in your group, add a pizza or pasta for just $12.50.
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.
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.
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