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 (noon entry) and available on January 26 at LA Weekly’s site. Door tickets will not be available. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. 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

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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

Spend Valentine’s Day with Omni’s ‘Ooh La La’ romance hotel package

Probably the most fun you can have on a fake holiday

The Omni Hotels and Resorts is offering the “Ooh La La” romance package at 38 of their properties including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, New York and New Orleans. The package is available starting on February 10 until the end of the year. Rates start at $199. Package includes: deluxe accommodations, sparkling wine, petit fours and macarons, turndown service, daily breakfast for two in-restaurant or in-room, and late check-out on request.

Photo: Omni Hotel in Los Angeles

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Virgin America flying to Philly, American Airlines and Japan Airlines’ fare sale

California based Virgin America is set to fly nonstop from LAX and SFO to PHL starting on April 10, 2012. This is the airlines’ 17 expansion within the last four years. To celebrate the launch of the new fly route, VA is launching “The City of Brotherly Love: Just Got Lovelier” sale with fares starting at $129. Sale is now available (must book by January 20).

To celebrate America Airlines and Japan Airlines‘ launch of their new service between Boston and Tokyo/Narita they are offering a fare sale valid for travel through April 1, 2012. Tickets must be purchased by January 30, 2012. Here are some sample round-trip fares: Dallas/Fort Worth to Tokyo for $538; Chicago to Beijing for $615; Los Angeles to Shanghai for $384. Sale is available now.

Doc’s of the Bay opening two new food truck locations, Dell’Uva celebrates the 49ers playoff berth

With permits in hand, Doc’s of the Bay, is opening two new locations in San Francisco’s Financial and Mission districts. They are expecting to be in front of the TransAmerica Pyramid on Washington Street every Wednesday for lunch from 11 AM to 2 PM. Another food cart will be on 22nd Street and Mission Street in the Mission District every Saturday for dinner from 6 to 9 PM. Both of these locations should be up by the end of January.

It’s been a while since the 49ers made it to the playoffs, to celebrate this, Dell’Uva will be having food and beer specials on the days the 49ers play until the end of their playoff run. Go team! 3235 Mission St. and 565 Green St. in San Francisco. 415-766-0243.