A blogger-hosted charity bake sale benefiting the L.A. Regional Food Bank
Eat My Blog brings 50 local bloggers and restaurants for a charity bake sale at Pita Jungle in Pasadena on December 10. L.A. Regional Food Bank benefits from the sale, you benefit from the goodies of Coconut Milk Tres Leche Cakes from Echo Park’s Xoia to Dulce De Leche Rice Krispies Treats from Kate Wheeler of “Savour Fare” to Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from Esi Impraim of “Dishing Up Delights.” Eat My Blog has raised over $12,000 with the past three events. Read More
5 after hour spots for more than just sobering up
You know that time of night, when the bars and clubs are dialing in their last calls. When the few remaining revelers are loitering outside, hailing cabs or looking for their dreary-eyed DDs. There’s usually nothing left to do but sit down on some comfy seats or huddle over some grub while sobering up. Or perhaps you want to mark the end of the night with something delicious, gossiping over the night’s events with friends, lovers, or both. The problem is, it’s not always easy to score a good meal late into the evening, so we’ve vetted out a few great spots in L.A. to hit after you’ve had that last drink. Read More
With a $15 suggested donation
L.A.’s German restaurant Wirtshaus introduces “Give Back Mondays” with a “Pay What It’s Worth” event on December 5 from 6 PM – 10 PM. Dinner will include an appetizer of sauerkraut soup followed by pretzel schnitzel with mashed potatoes, green salad with a mustard vinaigrette and a soft drink. Pay whatever you feel the dinner was worth with a portion going towards local charities. 345 N La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Photo: Wirtshaus owners Bjoern Risse and Bülent Yildirim
Two craft beer events before Christmas and Hanukkah
Statement from the website: ColLAboration event has to be postponed due to utility outages caused by the wind storms. ColLAboration Winterfest, L.A.’s mobile craft beer garden is having their last event for the year on Saturday December 3 from 12 PM – 5 PM at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village. Winterfest will feature a selection of holiday beers including two special releases from Golden Road Brewing. Limited edition steins will be available for $15, admission ticket not required if you’ve already purchased a glass from previous events. Beers for purchase will be $5 to $6. 5410 West San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90039.
To celebrate the release of Josh Bernstein’s book, Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution, Karl Strauss is hosting Brewfestivus: a Craft Beer and Ugly Sweater Party for the Rest of Us on Friday December 9 from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Pacific Beach location. Guests are encouraged to wear ugly sweaters for a chance to win an autographed book and beers. For $20, attendees will receive five 5 oz. beers paired with appetizers. Additional beer taster tickets are available. Main Brewery, 5985 Santa Fe St., San Diego, CA 92109.
Photo: The Beer Chicks, authors of The Naked Pint, with ColLAboration organizer Ryan Sweeney
'Pig & Pints' event at Biergarten in L.A.'s Koreatown on December 4
Now that the turkey days are over, it’s time to move on to another animal. On Sunday, December 4 from 1 PM – 4 PM, Joshua Lurie, the man behind the L.A. Beer Float Showdown is back with another event. Except this time he’s substituting the ice cream for a lechón, a whole Filipino-style roast pig. Pig & Pints will be hosted at Biergarten in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Read More
Dinner deals from January 15 - 20, 2012
As part of the California Restaurant Month initiative, the culinary coalition starts off in San Diego with the San Diego Restaurant Week from January 15 – 20, 2012. Over 180 current restaurants are participating in the event by providing three course, prix fixe dinners at discounted prices from $20, $30, or $40 (+ tax and tip). Prix fixe lunches also offered at $10, $15, or $20. Nothing special is required to dine, but reservations are highly recommended as 140,000 guests are expected during the six day event.
California Restaurant Month will be holding week long dining events at thirty destinations across California. Visit their site for information near you.
Photo: City of San Diego
A look at building the brewery from scratch with co-founder Jerry Kolbly
Starting out by contracting the Dale Bros. facility in Upland, CA and brewing every two weeks, Noble Ale Works finally has their own facility. And in a way, while it might not be their intent, the microbrewery’s strict focus on quality is giving a twist on the idea of the Noble Experiment. We sent our host Jace Milstead down to their brewery in Anaheim, CA to discuss all that is beer with co-founder Jerry Kolbly. Read More
Shore Hotel in Santa Monica is offering a Cyber Monday deal. Today only, rooms discounted at 30% off from November 28, 1011 – February 28, 2012 for partial ocean views with king or two queen sized beds. Deal is subject to availability and limited to today. Book online using code CYBER or call 310-458-1515.
Photography provided by Shore Hotel
From the 'Beverly Hills Caviar' tasting
Nestled in the hills of Bel Air, Beverly Hills Caviar hosted a caviar tasting by Top Chef contestant Marcel Vigneron for the Harold Robinson Foundation, dedicated to enriching the lives of inner city and underprivileged children, with performances by the Malibu String Quartet. Here’s the dishes and some tasting tips from Marcel. Read More
Plus a video interview with brewmaster Roger Bott and a lesson on the importance of yeast
Just a mile east of Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills, CA sits the newly opened LAB Brewing Company, lead by brewmaster Roger Bott and Executive Chef Moez Megji. Our host Jace Milstead sat down with Roger to chat about his brewing days abroad, the role of yeast and transitioning from home to commercial brewing. Read More
Café Motif and adjacent retail store, Motif, selling high end clothing and home decorations, officially opens on December 6 in Beverly Hills. The French inspired cafe created by owners Elishia Bolour and Sasha Shokrian will serve fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, and soups. 930 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035.
To raise funds for prostate cancer, the team behind Basement Tavern in Santa Monica is hosting the “Movember Gold Classic Golf Tournament” for a minimum donation of $40 per golfer on Monday, November 28 from 12 PM – 3 PM. An after party will be hosted at Basement Tavern with a mustache contest, live music, and prize raffles. To participate in the tournament, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography provided by Gabriella Kashani
From Resort Beverage Manager & Sommelier at Terranea Resort
On Thursday, December 1 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Farmshop in Santa Monica is hosting a four course family-style dinner prepared by Jeff Cerciello and Michael Ruhlman, along with a book signing of Michael Ruhlman’s new book “Ruhlman’s Twenty”. Dinner cost $75 per person and comes with the book. Call 310-566-2400 for reservations. 225 26th St., Suite 25, Santa Monica, CA 90402.
Chef Michael Young of Ombra in Studio City is preparing a five course dinner and wine-pairing with Italy’s Vignalta founder Lucio Gomiero on Wednesday, December 7 from 6 PM – 10 PM. Dinner and wine pairing cost is $89. Call 818-985-7337 for reservations. 3737 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Read More