See Man v. Food Nation’s Adam Richman and Off Limits’ Don Wildman at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show

Not to be confused with L.A. Travel & Adventure Show held at the Long Beach Convention Center, the Los Angeles Times Travel Show returns to the L.A. Convention Center on Jaunary 28 – 29, 2012, both days from 10 AM – 5 PM. The two day travel show features exhibits, speaker panels, and cultural performances. Tickets are $10 per person. Read More

Get in the holiday spirit at 3rd annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl

25 local bars and restaurants for the coalition that is the Santa Monica Pub Crawl on Saturday December 17, 2011 at 5 PM. Benefiting the Westside Food Bank, the crawl raised almost 5,000 pounds of food last year. Participants must adhere to the festive Santa/Christmas dress code to contribute to the holiday cheer while you make your way through the one of the four routes. $10 gets you a wristband that is your access to specials at the 25 bars and restaurants, entrance to the official after party, and entry to a massive raffle including dinner for two at all of the bars on the routes. See the list of participating locations. Read More

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See Andrew Zimmern, Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer at L.A. Travel & Adventure Show

Held at the Long Beach Convention Center on Jan. 14 and 15

The largest travel show in the west returns for the 7th year. The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show is a weekend convention loaded with stuff to do and see. Travel Channel speakers include Andrew Zimmern and Samantha Brown with other industry experts giving valuable tips. This year’s show will be hosted at the Long Beach Convention Center on January 14 to 15 from 10 AM to 5 PM each day. $10 at the door, $7 if purchased online with code: LAPR. Details on events and speakers. Read More

Strong Ale Holiday Fest at Library Alehouse

50+ beers ready for rotation

Library Alehouse in Santa Monica is hosting their 2nd annual “Strong Ale Holiday Fest” from December 19 – 31, 2011. Colder weather means stronger beers, and they’ve been saving a lot for this occasion. Special events happening on certain dates. See the beer list and calender. Read More

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Eat My Blog’s 4th annual bake sale

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

What do you know about lechón and craft beer?

'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

Celebrate the release of the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau at the Beverly Hills Country Club

French Beaujolais winemaker and longtime arts supporter Georges Duboeuf will be hosting an art and wine inspired party with Nouveau Expression, food, and wine tasting on November 18, at the Beverly Hills Country Club, from 7 PM – 12 AM. Read More

Want to eat caviar with chef Marcel Vigneron?

All you need is $500

What can $500 buy now a days? A Dyson DC25? An iPad 2? How about a caviar tasting with Top Chef Season 2 runner-up Marcel Vigneron? Suit or dress up Tuesday, November 15 for an event at a private home in Bel-Air benefiting the Harold Robinson Foundation, a charity dedicated to underprivileged children, as they’re throwing the “Beverly Hills Caviar Tasting.”

The event includes a smoked alligator, a sturgeon from which Osetra caviar is harvested, and a giant Alaskan smoked salmon. The event also comes with champagne, live piano, and performances by the Malibu String Quartet. Tickets are $500 in advance, and if you want to roll bigger, for $1,500 you can get limo transportation to and from the event and a $1,000 gift bag containing caviar facial serum, gift certificates from leading LA restaurants. Call 310-285-5321 for tickets, because you’re worth it.

Photo: Chef Marcel Vigneron at THE TASTE in Los Angeles

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‘Cupcake + Art,’ a vegan cupcake competition with cupcake-themed art show

Ten vegan bakers competing for the title of 'best vegan cupcake' in L.A.

The ladies behind Urban Food Crawl, a weekly vegan food tour of downtown L.A., are back with another vegan-friendly event called “Cupcake + Art“, a vegan cupcake competition where you get to be the judge. The event plans to feature ten bakers from the Los Angeles area competing for the title of the best vegan cupcake around town. The participating bakers include Food Network’s Cupcake Wars’ Kim Aeck and Kim Thurman of Bake You Happy, Clara Polito of Clara’s Cakes, and more. We have details from organizer Jen Bardekoff, and a definition of what makes a ‘vegan’ dish vegan from the Internet’s most infamous vegan blogger. Read More