Events & Festivals

New Belgium Brewing announces 2012 Tour de Fat schedule

A bicycle celebration at 15 loacations across the States

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

With a menu created by chef Jet Tila

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.