Events & Festivals

New Belgium Brewing announces 2012 Tour de Fat schedule

New Belgium Brewing has announced the 2012 Tour de Fat schedule hitting 15 cities across the country including new to this year’s line up, Atlanta and DC. In its 13th season, Tour de Fat is a celebration of bicycles and the people who use them, making Eco-friendly decisions. Festivities include a costumed bicycle parade, local food, an unusual bike contest, and of course, New Belgium beer. The free event is expected to exceed the $2 million mark for money raised in 2012. Stages are alternatively powered and created with recycled materials, trucks and transport use bio-fuel sourced from recycled waste oils, all vendors operate ‘off the grid’, and proceeds directly benefit trail maintenance, safety education, and lobbying for better bicycle communities. Read More

The Charleston in Santa Monica now open

Offering food, drink, and live entertainment, The Charleston in Santa Monica opened its doors last night. This nightlife venue boasts of a culinary program created by chef Jet Tila (as seen on Iron Chef America) and will host occasional pop-ups, an extensive bar program featuring wine, beer, and housemade specialty cocktails, and live entertainment from DJs, jazz, dueling pianos, hip hop acts, rock cover bands, and comedy and karaoke nights.

Chef Tila’s menu showcases his style of American fare with a twist as his menu offers shared plates such as Slow Roasted Short Rib Tacos with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Korean Salsa and the Welsh Rarebit-Welsh Cheese Bread, Country Toast Smothered in Cheese Sauce then Broiled, his flatbreads menu include Bacon, Egg & Cheese and Sausage, Arugula and Fennel, a wide variety of salads and sides, and his selection of entrees including Five Spice Pork Belly Bao Buns and the Charleston Burger with Cheddar, Arugula, Onion Marmalade and Sun Dried Tomato Aioli. And to complementing the cuisine is the bar program, which features specialty cocktails such as the Ginger Kiss- Beefeater Gin, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Fresh Ginger & Habanero Chili, the Jet 75 – Gin, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice and Brut Champagne, the Kaffir Lime Pie – Stoli Vodka, Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Egg White & Kaffir Lime Garnish, and the Poison Rose – Beefeater Gin, Monin Rose Syrup, Lilet Rouge & Lemon Juice. 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310-828-2115.

Events & Festivals

Shade Hotel announces its first annual beer-fest

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Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach is co-hosting its first annual “Waves of Grain Beerfest” on April 22 from 3 – 6 PM, along with Gene Simmons’ Rock & Brews of El Segundo and BREWCO of Manhattan Beach. The event includes 25 local and regional breweries providing samples as well as a chance to chat with brew masters and senior representatives. Food will be available at an additional cost provided by Mucho Ultima Mexicana offering guests hand-crafted tacos while Shade’s restaurant and lounge is preparing barbeque tri-tip sandwiches, turkey and beef burgers, and pretzel bites. Read More

Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood now open

Tortilla Republic, modern Mexican cuisine, has hit Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood and is now open. Offering a menu featuring farm-fresh ingredients, available organic products, and items free of lard and processed additives created by consulting chef Cathy Shyne and one of the owners, John Halter’s mother’s recipes. Some of the unique menu items include the Hibiscus Flower Enchilada – hibiscus flower, roasted tomato chipotle sauce, jicama, carrots and onion, small plates such as the Tacos de Jicama – thinly sliced jicama “tortillas”, shrimp, chipotle mayo, cilantro, red onion and avocado and the Duck Confit Tacos – sour cherry salsita, shaved radish and cilantro crema. Also available is a vegan menu consisting of items including the house beans and rice and Ensalada de Casa.

The cocktail program at Tortilla Republic focuses on their extensive list of tequila offering specialty cocktails such as the “Perfect” with Herradura resposado, Cointreau, agave, lime sweet and a Grand Marnier float and the Cucumber Lavender with El Jimador silver tequila, fresh lime, muddled cucumber and house-made lavender syrup. 616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. 310-657-9888.

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Haven Gastropub + Brewery now serving up own beers: ‘Hello World’

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Hello World, a pale ale, is what Haven Gastropub +Brewery‘s brewmaster David Larsen and his team has named their first beer ever to be served to the public. The brew is named after a simple programming syntax which people use to learn computer programming. In essence, “Hello, World” interprets the first time a computer program is successful in execution in it’s most basic form. For David, it’s the first time Haven guests will have the chance to taste his brews. He describes the newly brewed pale ale as an easy drinking beer with a nice hop bite. Read More