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

News

Orange County Restaurant Week 2012 restaurants announced

Features 100 OC restaurants

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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

Beer nerds, we found your doormat!

It's just a mat

Doesn’t this just sum up everything that you are? The Got Beer Doormat tells everyone that comes to you door that you got beer. Might be the wrong message to be sending to your broke friends.

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Demi Monde set to open end of February in New York’s Financial District

The newest entry to the nightlife scene is coming to the Financial District in New York. Demi Monde is a joint venture with David Blatt, Death & Co owner, David Kaplan, his business partner at Proprietors LLC, Alex Day. The three will be bringing their expertise to create the underground spot that accommodates 200 guests with seating for 120. Chef Phillip Kirschen-Clark creates the menu meant to be communally eaten or as a full dinner service. During the day, the spot will be serving coffee as Handsome Coffee Roasters at Demi Monde. Wall Street’s got one place for all of their daily drinks.

More on Demi Monde to come. See our previous story on Proprietors LLC’s in-office bar.

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.

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Events & Festivals

Love Apple Farms hosting homesteading workshops

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn bee-keeping, homebrewing, or other random stuff you can do at home, then you might want to look into Love Apple Farms in Santa Cruz, CA homesteading classes for 2012. Interests don’t have to go so far as raising bees, they also have classes on baking the perfect pie crust, artisan yarns, fruit trees, biodynamic gardening, and more. See some of the highlighted classes. Read More