LA Weekly’s 4th Annual Gold Standard Food & Wine Event

Featuring a selection of 40 restaurants curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold

LA Weekly‘s 4th annual cuisine celebration, Gold Standard, returns to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold has selected his 40 LA restaurants which include Animal, Drago Centro, Little Dom’s, MB Post, Short Order and more for you to sample in one location. The Wine House will also be representing over 30 top-shelf wineries, all pouring their favorite vintages. Event is on March 4, from 1 to 5 PM. Tickets are $75 for general admission; $95 for VIP and available on January 26 at LA Weekly’s site. Door tickets will not be available. Read More

Firestone Walker’s ‘From the Barrel’ and ‘Invitational Beer Fest’

Two events coming up

Paso Robles, CA based craft brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has two big events for 2012. Read More

Events & Festivals

Tickets for Coachella Wine Festival now on sale

February 23 - 26, 2012

The tickets for the four day (February 23 – 26) Coachella Wine Festival in La Qunita, CA held at the Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel & Spa is now on sale. The event features a golf tournament, two-day grand tasting, two winemaker dinners, and a dessert soiree. Tickets range from $45 for single tickets to VIP all-event passes for $395 per person. 14 wineries will be present including: Ahnfeldt Wines, Foley Family Wines, Firestone Vineyard, Kristian Story Wines, and Summerland Winery. See the complete schedule. Read More

Ballast Point’s ‘Tiki Takeover’ at the Surly Goat

This Thursday

On Thursday, January 19 starting at 7 PM, L.A. imbibers will be able to try spirits by San Diego’s Ballast Point at the Surly Goat in West Hollywood. That’s right, they’re not just a craft beer brewery, they also distill their own gin and rum. Craft spirits served that night will be served up in a specialty mug (guests will be able to purchase the “Ballast Point Pirate Skull Tiki Mug”, and get discounted refills during “Tiki Takeover”).

Distiller Yuseff Cherney & Sales Manager Matt Wilson will be onsite with cocktail blends using their barrel-aged 3 Sheets Rum plus the debut of a new vodka. Beer lovers will get a chance to try Ballast Point Indra Kunindra, a stout brewed with madras curry, cayenne pepper, cumin, toasted coconut, and kaffir lime leaf. 7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood CA 90046.


Brats Brothers: The ‘Other’ Big Cheese

Co-owner Roland Radler lived in Germany for over a decade before opening up Brats Brothers in Sherman Oaks, CA. The ‘Other’ Big Cheese is a pork bratwurst infused with cheddar held together by a large toasted French roll plus a choice of three different toppings (for an additional cost): sauerkraut (plain or grandma’s), roasted peppers and onions, onions (grilled or raw). Read More

Drink + Food

Golden Road Brewing pub serving up something for everyone

Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village had their grand opening party last Sunday. To celebrate, they tapped seven new beers: Burning Bush IPA, Either Side of the Hill American strong ale, El Hefe Anejo – a tequila barrel-aged Hefeweizen, Festivus Cinnamon Bitter, Get Up Offa That Brown, Lost its Way IPA, and Rye on the Palate. Those delicious glasses of malty goodness will be joining the three taps already up – Golden Road Hefeweizen, Point the Way IPA and Schwartz Stout. Read More

The Tripel introduces new brunch menu, hearty new menu items at Cecconi’s West Hollywood

Starting January 14th, The Tripel in Playa del Rey will be offering brunch on the weekends from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Offering brunch menu items such as the Burrata egg white omelette with slow roasted plum tomatoes, Thai basil, and charred broccolini, the Banana bread french toast with vanilla bean maple syrup and bourbon cream, and the Bloody beer – spicy tomato spiked lager over ice with celery salt rim. 333 Culver Blvd., Playa Del Rey, CA 90293. 310-821-0333.

As we venture further into a southern California winter, Chef Andrea Cavaliere of Cecconi’s West Hollywood added hearty new menu items to it North Italian menu. New items available all day include: Parsnip Soup with Winter Black Truffle ($16); Strozzapreti with Wild Boar & Porcini Ragout ($20); Risotto with Squid Ink, Seppia & Shrimp ($28); and Speck, Potato, Chanterelle & Taleggio Pizza ($24), and more. Available for lunch only is the Piatto unico – a portioned plate of seasonal fish, vegetables, pasta and salad($22). 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90048. 310-432-2000.

AKA Bistro to host cooking demo, wine tasting and wine dinner

January 21 from 3 PM – 5 PM in Pasadena

Two Pasadena chefs are teaming up to host “Sustainable Table Interactive Demo and Wine Tasting” at a|k|a Bistro in Pasadena on January 21 from 3 PM – 5 PM. Chef James Lambrinos of a|k|a Bistro will team up with Bistro 45′s Chef Steven Lona and Melissa’s World Variety Produce to show off their culinary skills, along with Santa Barbara wineries Refugio Ranch, Martian Ranch, Costa de Oro and Sanguis.

Chef Steven will demo roasted Brussels sprouts with duck confit, preserved kumquats and sunchoke chips, a salad of organic fennel and potatoes served with a brown butter anisette aioli, and fricasse of white asparagus and arugula served with spicy grapefruit vin and Shishito peppers. Chef James Lambrinos will concoct roasted butternut squash soup with mint yogurt, kabocha squash risotto with a cinnamon spiced crème, grilled purple and white asparagus with truffle vin, grilled fennel with charred tomato vin, and grilled Brussels sprouts with chipotle vin. The cooking demo and wine tasting are $18 per person.

If you can’t get enough of the cooking demo, a five-course “Sustainable Table Wine Dinner” will follow at 5:30 PM for $65 per person. The menu includes Yellowfin tuna tartare, wild Barramundi with tomato risotto, Pitman Farms duck, and an all natural Aussie lamb strip loin and butterscotch pot au creme. Call 626-564-8111 for reservations. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena CA. 91103.

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until March 30, 2012.

Lakers VS Clippers cocktail battle at The Mixing Room

17 NBA Championships VS Lob City

Fight for your Lakers or Clippers at The Mixing Room inside the JW Marriot Los Angeles, for the “Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Cocktail Showdown” until the end of the 2012 NBA season. For every cocktail ordered, a point will be tallied at the end of the season and the winner will be added to The Mixing Room’s regular menu. Cocktails are $14 each and is available daily from 4 PM – 1 AM. Read More

Shore Hotel rocking two new room packages

'Cirque Du Soleil Package' for those wanting to take a trapeze course & 'Pink Goes Green' for the eco-conscious

Shore Hotel in Santa Monica is offering a room package celebrating Valentine’s Day during February. The “Pink Goes Green” package starts at $469 per night and features overnight accommodations at Shore Hotel, two bicycle rentals for the duration of your stay, a bottle of organic wine or champagne upon arrival, 60-minute couples massages at Tikkun Spa, and a $50 voucher to The Lobster Restaurant. The package is available for booking from February 1 – 29.

The second package, “Cirque Du Soleil” features overnight accommodations, two tickets to “Ovo” at the Santa Monica Pier, and lessons for two at the Trapeze School. Rates start at $443 per night and is available for booking from January 20 – March 25. Call 310-458-1515 for reservations. 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Photography provided by Skott Snider

Petrossian Restaurant serving Foie Gras menu during dineLA Restaurant Week

Saying goodbye to duck liver

An all Foie Gras menu will be featured at Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant during Restaurant Week. The 3 course prix fixe menu will serve as a farewell to the loved by many duck liver in California for $44 per person with the option of adding Petrossian’s Signature Caviar Presentation for $59. dineLA is January 22 – 27 and January 29 – February 3. 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048. 310-271-0576. Read More

Take a self-guided tour of Temecula Valley wine country

March 3 - 4

Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association is hosting a two day wine event called “World of Wine,” on March 3 – 4 from 4:30 PM to 10 PM. For $89 ($99 after February 3) attendees can visit over 30 wineries tasting different wines from barrels, tanks, or bottles. The wines will be paired with food samples. Attendees will get a map plus a souvenir glass. Read More


Orange County Restaurant Week 2012 restaurants announced

Features 100 OC restaurants

dineLA is just around the corner, but don’t you feel left out, Orange County residents, your restaurant week kicks off on February 26 through March 3 featuring multiple course menus starting at $10 to $40. Pamela Waitt, president of the OC Restaurant Association describes Orange County Restaurant Week as the showcasing of “top chefs at the county’s best restaurants.” See the list. Read More

BlackboardEats subscribers get first access to Coldplay concert + dinner

Look at the stars, look how they shine for you

BlackboardEats, a free e-newsletter that provides trusted reviews and delicious deals for dining destinations and artisanal food products, is launching a new “Dinner and a Show” series where their subscribers get first dibs at sold-out tickets. Los Angeles subscribers will receive the offer featuring Suzanne Goin’s A.O.C. and Coldplay at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday, January 17. See details. Read More

LAB Brewing Co. calling out all burger lovers with their ‘Top 10 Burger Challenge’

LAB Brewing Co. in Agoura Hills, CA is issuing a challenge to a bunch of L.A. food writers and the people of L.A. on their blog with a burger challenge. From today until Wednesday, January 18 if the LAB Burger is not your top 10 favorite burgers in L.A. then it’s free (usually $14). The LAB Burger is grounded Wagyu Kobe and sirloin beef, caramelized onions, blend of gruyere, blue cheese and bacon, and topped with arugula. 30105 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, CA 91301. 818-735-0091.

Golden Road Brewing, same craft beer quality now available in cans

Starting January 15 in L.A.

Say goodbye to the watered down beers[crap] in cans and hello to craft brews. Starting January 15, Golden Road Brewing‘s top sellers, Golden Road Hefeweizen and Point the Way IPA, will be available in 16 ounce pint cans, also available in six packs, at your local Whole Foods Markets and a select number of specialty retail shops in the greater Los Angeles area.

Changing the way Angelenos consume local beers, Golden Road Brewing is increasing the accessibility of craft beers while maintaining their beers’ quality and addressing environmental concerns. With these opaque and hermetically sealed cans, the beer quality and taste is protected from both sunlight and oxygen. Golden Road Brewing’s distinctively canned craft beers will also be easy to find as they are decked out with photography by a local artist.