Thursday, April 14, 2011

Weekend Docket: 4/15/11

For those of you who aren't headed down to Coachella for a weekend of music & sun, there are some really great events happening this weekend that I'm a little sad I'm missing.  If there's just ONE event to highlight, it would be Artisanal LA.  GO. You won't regret it.  I promise. 

All Weekend
Artisanal LA
Saturday & Sunday
Called “LA’s Best Food Event of 2010,” Artisanal LA is heading to the Westside for two delicious days and taking over a 50k SF vacant department store located above Bloomingdale’s off the new third floor Dining Deck at Santa Monica Place. The Spring Show Includes nearly a hundred local, artisanal and handmade food vendors to shop from; chef demos, expert led panels and speakers on local honey, craft beer, urban homesteading, free hands-on workshops and cool handmade activities; hosted beverages from Honest Tea, Dry Soda, Function, POM and Coba; local/BioDynamic Wine Tasting; hosted Apothecary Bar from VeeV; organic spirits tasting with Tru Organic Spirits / Green Bar Collective. Tickets are $10. Santa Monica Place Level 3 Dining Deck – Event Space 395 Santa Monica Place Santa Monica, CA 90401 www.artisanalla.com

Brewery ArtWalk
Saturday & Sunday 11am - 6pm
The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists at studio prices. Admission is free and so is parking. Come and support LA’s finest artists, take home some great works and dine at the on-site restaurant. The Brewery Artwalk is at 1920 N Main St in Downtown LA. www.breweryartwalk.com

14th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, 4/16 & Sunday, 4/17 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Japanese-American citizens and the City of Monterey Park will celebrate Japan's vibrant culture with the 14th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The free weekend-long event will give visitors a chance to experience authentic cuisine, martial arts, crafts, and even a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave. ci.monterey-park.ca.us

Go Green Expo
April 15 - 17
Going Green Expo is an ultimate opportunity to explore green business and consumer products for sustainable living and comfort. This exclusive expo has been going green since 1993 and comes stocked with over 250 exhibits that should more than satisfy every green business segment interesting to the public eye. Equally capable of business to business, it is also conducive to green networking. Even better it is open to the general public among retail & wholesale buyers, purchasing managers & agents, to name a few. The general admission is $15, but if you bring your old laptop, cell phone, or lcd screen, your admission is free. 1201 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles. www.gogreenexpo.com

Friday, 4/15
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Bourbon
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Wine House will examine everything you ever wanted to know about bourbon (and a few ryes for that matter). This class will include some of the best that the USA has to offer the sophisticated whiskey drinker. You will sample our way through the influences that barrels and grains have on flavor using examples of some favorite whiskeys from Kentucky, Tennessee, and beyond. Have dinner at Upstairs2 Restaurant before the tasting (separate reservation required – call 310/231-0316) and receive a 10% discount on your dinner bill. Tickets are $55 a person. The Wine House: 2311 Cotner Ave. www.winehouse.com


Saturday, 4/16
MOCA "Art in the Streets"
Members Opening Event 7pm - 10pm
With Banksy constantly making headlines, and even the cat guy getting his own show, it's about time that Los Angeles featured some of the great graffiti art that this town has to offer.  MOCA members are invited to join us for the opening of Art in the Streets, the first major U.S. museum survey of the history of graffiti and street art presented in the United States. Enjoy performances by the stars of the classic hip-hop film Wild Style-Busy Bee and the Cold Crush Brothers with Grandmaster Caz-and the award-winning B-Boy crew from Los Angeles, Killafornia. Cash bar. Members Free//Additional guests $25 MOCA at The Geffen Contemporary - 152 N. Central Ave - Los Angeles, CA www.moca.org

Sunday, 4/17
Wally’s California All Stars Tasting
1pm - 4pm
Taste nearly 200 Napa/Sonoma All-Star Wines at the Wally’s California All Stars tasting. Wally’s will be prepared to play host to over 70 proven All-Star wineries, each of which will be fielding a pair of their finest offerings. The Wally’s Big Top will be teeming with nearly 200 Napa/Sonoma wines being poured by, in many instances, the winemaker or winery principal. In addition, All-Stars II event special pricing will be extended exclusively to those in attendance. Cheeses and bread from the Wally’s Cheese Box are included in the price of admission, highlighted by Cowgirl Creamery’s Peg Smith’s personally offering samples of her award-winning products. The popular duo of “Let’s Be Frank” and “Eduardo’s Border Grill” will be on hand, so the very best hot dogs, burritos and tacos will also be available for purchase.  $39.99 Wally's 2107 Westwood Boulevard www.wallywine.com

“Magnum” Pops Up at Royal/T
6pm - 10pm
Culver City’s eclectic art space and Japanese “cosplay” maid café—will host the next installment of David Haskell and Chef Joseph Mahon’s nomadic “Magnum” culinary pop-up series for three evenings of inspired gastronomy and innovative wine, beer, and sake pairings. Combining Mahon’s French culinary prowess and Haskell’s celebrated sommelier skills. With seatings from 6 – 10 p.m., diners will be offered the choice of a five ($62), seven ($80), or ten-course menu ($118) with optional wine pairings ($45-92), the event will pair Mahon’s French cuisine with Haskell’s sake, Asian beer, and French and Italian wine selections (with a special menu on Tuesday, April 19 in celebration of Haskell’s 35th birthday). Royal-T || 8910 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA www.royal-t.org

Bistronomics 2.0 “Play with Your Food”
6pm - 10pm
Back for a second installation of their well-received “Bistronomics” series, chefs Jet Tila (Wazuzu at the Wynn Encore in Las Vegas) and Alex Ageneau (The Royce at The Langham in Pasadena) will serve a two-night-only five-course menu available for $65 per person. Building on the theme “Play with Your Food,” dishes will be utensils-optional and include Raw Radishes with Foie Gras Butter, Rhubarb Marmalade, and Toasted Bread Powder; and Croquettes of Cod Brandade with Zucchini Purée and Mussels “Au Four.” Ageneau will also lead a special culinary demo for guests. Breadbar West Third - 8718 W 3rd St - Los Angeles, CA www.breadbar.net

Monday, 4/18
Rustic Mondays || Chef Ben Bailly vs Chef Ricardo Zarata
Starting at 6pm
Culver City's Fraîche launches Rustic Mondays, a series that will feature two three-course meal options ($35; call 310-839-6800 to reserve) curated by executive chef Ben Bailly and special guests. The first installment will feature Food & Wine's Best New Chef winner, Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica. The dinner will be part rustic French cuisine and part Peruvian, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Japan relief efforts. Fraîiche, 9411 Culver Boulevard Blvd www.fraicherestaurantla.com

Tuesday, 4/19
Tina Fey: A Conversation with Steve Martin
8pm 
Two of America’s funniest actors and humorists take the stage in downtown Los Angeles for a rare joint appearance. Both are winners of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American humor named to honor America’s — and the world’s — greatest humorists.  Tina Fey in conversation with Steve Martin discussing her new book, BOSSYPANTS! Nokia Theater || LA Live Downtown Buy Tickets Here.

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