Food Drink Report

7 upcoming dinner events around Los Angeles


It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks for food and drink lovers seeking out dinner pairings. From wine to beer, here is a list of seven upcoming dinner events around L.A. Read More

2012 James Beard Foundation Awards nominees announced

The nominations for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards was announced this afternoon from The Venetian Las Vegas Casino, Hotel & Resort. The award is to honor the best in food, restaurant, spirits, bar, and food related media. Outstanding Chef award nominations include: David Chang of Momofuku Ssam Bar in NYC, Gary Danko of Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco, Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park in NYC, Paul Kahan of Blackbird in Chicago, Donald Link of Herbsaint in New Orleans, Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles.

Outstanding Restaurant award nominations include: Balthazar in NYC, Blue Hill in NYC, Boulevard in San Francisco, Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, AL, Vetri in Philadelphia.

Outstanding Bar Program award nominations include: The Aviary in Chicago, Bar Agricole in San Francisco, Pegu Club in NYC, PDT in NYC, The Violet Hour in Chicago.

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional nominations include: Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE; Merry Edwards of Merry Edwards Winery in Sebastopol, CA; Paul Grieco of Terroir in NYC; Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery in NYC; Neal Rosenthal of Mad Rose Group in Pine Plains, NY. Winners will be announced on May 4 and 7. Download the entire 12-page nominees list here.

Taste of Brews coming to Inland Empire on June 2

Taste of Brews, an established craft beer festival is making its way to White Park in Riverside, CA on Saturday June 2. While the current lineup has not been announced, past breweries in attendance included: Cismontane Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing, Ballast Point Brewing, Noble Ale Works and more. Tickets are $35 for general admission (1 PM – 4 PM) and $45 for VIP (12 PM – 4 PM). Taste of Brews will also be setting up at Lighthouse Park in Long Beach on August 25 and Dana Point on September 29.

Casa Vega to offer $5 ‘Skinny’ margaritas

Starting March 20 through the 31st, Casa Vega, a Mexican restaurant, in Sherman Oaks is offering their Skinny Margarita for $5 (made with Partida Reposado tequila, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice). 13301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. 818-788-4868.

Photography provided by Claire Thomas


‘Dirty secrets’ of chain restaurants revealed by online community

Over the weekend a thread started on Reddit, a user generated online news community, asked former restaurant employees about “dirty secrets of chain restaurants.” The viral post received over 8,000 comments in less than 24 hours. The thread includes stories exposing fast food’s funny business from alleged past employees. Of course there is no way to confirm any of it, so either read them as entertainment or precaution (grab a drink, it’s long). Read More