Events & Festivals

8th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival

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It’s time to get cheesy, people! This weekend, March 21st-23rd, the 8th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival will be held at the Sheraton in Petaluma, California! Read More

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LA Weekly – The Essentials

A quick preview

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On Sunday, March 9th, LA Weekly hosted the The Essentials at the LA Mart in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The event featured over 30 restaurants curated by LA Weekly, celebrating some of the best of the L.A. food scene. Event go-ers enjoyed the rustic Italian of SOTTO to the street tacos of Guerrilla Tacos to the Thai spices of Jitlada. Promptly washing down the flavors of LA, guest enjoyed a variety of libations such as the craft beers of Goose Island, the Backyard lemonade with Sailor Jerrys, and some of Handsome Coffee Roaster’s finest.  After a very brief preview and a tickling of the palate, let’s explore eating LA.

Events & Festivals

Dessert for Dinner San Francisco

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This coming Monday evening at Parallel 37 (located in the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco) a few of the Bay Area’s top pastry chefs will be coming together for a one-night event to support an incredible cause! In collaboration with This Bar Saves Lives (TBSL), pastry chefs Andrea Correa (Parallel 37), Cindy Falatic (The Ritz-Carlton, SF), Shawn Gawle (Saison), Joshua Meiseman (Commis and Box & Bells), Stephanie Prida (Manresa) and William Werner (Craftsman and Wolves) will be presenting a six-course Dessert for Dinner affair. Read More

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The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce’s Second Annual Experience East Meets West

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The Centennial of the City of Beverly Hills. CA was reigned in by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce’s Second Annual Experience East Meets West, which coincided with the Chinese Lunar New Year. The event, which took place on Wednesday, February 5th was host to celebrities and business owners alike, adding to the experience of the Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive-proximate Crustacean Restaurant, which served as venue.

The Lunar New Year was welcomed with a bite-sized portion of Chef An’s Secret Centennial Dish: The Centennial, 8 oz Wagyu beef filet topped with a Vietnamese herb secret sauce and smoked shitake mushrooms as well as a buffet and wok bar. The meal  was accompanied by live entertainment by Cirque Art and a fashion show.  The festive mood of the event was highlighted by a number of performers also mingling throughout the venue, from traditionally Chinese-costumed stilted men to aerialists performing just feet away. Chef An’s Secret Centennial Dish can be ordered for $60 a la carte at Crustacean Restaurant.
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 Additional photographs from the event can be found here: Photo Credit: Paul Best
9646 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

 

 

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Events & Festivals

Valentines Day with your Sweetie

What to do? What to do?

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Remember that one time – you know, that one time you thought “I don’t need to make plans or reservations for Valentine’s Day and it all worked out”? Right – SAID NO ONE EVER. Here’s a short round up of where to take your sweetie with time to make some rezzies. Read More

Events & Festivals + Food

Bay Area Christmas Dinners

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Having to find the perfect gift(s) is enough to make planning a memorable Christmas dinner seem utterly impossible! This year, why fret? We’ve got a roundup of Bay Area eateries that are open to catering Christmas to you! Read More

Drink + Events & Festivals

Pop-Up at Fast Food Français

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Two weeks ago, Fast Food Français in Sausalito, CA hosted a pop-up night featuring Brian Felley and Mo Hodges of Encinal Spirits. The two bar aficionados showcased a seasonal menu of six cocktails for guests that paired with a dish or appetizer representative of the restaurants “playful American fast food classics with a hint of French inspiration”. Some of the featured cocktails included the Marin County Cocktail with whiskey, Cognac, dry vermouth, chocolate and grapefruit bitters, garnished with a grapefruit twist; the Pompeii Fizz with gin, lemon, Pamplemousse Liqueur, Lillet Blanc and egg white; and the Marty Sour with barrel aged gin, citrus vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur and orange bitters. Read More

Events & Festivals + Food

Inaugural Taste of the Nation East Bay Recap

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Last Sunday, October 20th , at the beautiful Claremont Hotel & Spa in Berkeley, CA, the inaugural Taste of the Nation East Bay  helped fundraise $40k for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign! More than 400 attendees swarmed the intimate event and sampled delicious bites and cocktails from approximately 50 participating restaurants and beverage companies all volunteering for the extraordinary cause. Read More

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La Condesa of St. Helena, CA Gets Cut Throat!

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If you’re a foodie and a secret lover of reality television (because let’s face it, that’s guilty pleasure at it’s finest), but you still haven’t seen Food Network’s new show, Cutthroat Kitchen… well, you oughta! We’re not kidding when we tell you we’re huge fans ourselves. Great food and a fight to the death (metaphorically speaking) all in one show? It’s all such exciting drama and it has gotten us hooked!

Executive Chef Chris Mortenson of La Condesa in St. Helena, CA recently debuted on the show and the folks of Napa are excited! In celebration, La Condesa will be hosting a one-time viewing party, this Sunday, October 20th starting at 6:30 p.m! Read More

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Inaugural Taste of the Nation East Bay

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For 25 years, Taste of the Nation has been holding fundraisers in over 40 different cities across the States to help fight childhood hunger. This year, we’re excited to announce that the inaugural Taste of the Nation East Bay will be held on Sunday, October 20th at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, CA! Read More

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HALL Wines Celebrates Release of 2010 “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon

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We’ve been waiting all summer long and now it’s finally here! This weekend, HALL Wines in St. Helena, CA invites guests to partake in “Les Bon Temps” (The Good Times) for the celebration of the highly anticipated 2010 HALL “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon. Join fellow food and wine enthusiasts on Saturday, September 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for the exclusive premier of Kathryn Hall and get a little Cajun with an all-you-can-eat outdoor crawfish boil!

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Elixir SF Hosts NFL Kickoff Party Pop Up!

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Football season is back, and yes, you heard us right… there’s free food involved! Starting at 1 p.m. this Sunday, September 8th, grab your buddies and cruise over to Elixir in San Francisco, CA for kickoff!  Read More

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Food GPS – Fried Chicken Festival

LA's Best + Fried Chicken, what more can you ask for

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Join FoodGPS on Sunday, September 15th from 4PM – 7PM at LOT 613 in the downtown L.A. Arts District for FoodGPS’ Fried Chicken Festival. Showcasing 11 of L.A.’s top chefs and their fried chicken mastery, guests will enjoy a smorgasbord of fried chicken along with side dishes, desserts, craft beer, and cocktails. Read More

Events & Festivals + Food

Bocanova’s End of Summer Party

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To celebrate their fourth birthday and bring in the end of the summer, Bocanova in Oakland, CA will be throwing their annual fundraising dinner event to help support Oakland Fund for the Arts on Thursday, August 29th. Read More

Events & Festivals + Food

La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival and Night Market

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Once a year the greatest eateries in the Bay Area come together to celebrate the diversity and all around amazing-ness of street food. From Mexican tamales and corn on the cob to pita pockets stuffed with all sorts of melt-in-your-mouth goodness, these incredibly talented cooks and chefs are dishing out their best! Read More

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LA Times – THE TASTE

Event line up!

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LA Times’ THE TASTE is just around the corner so bring your appetite and stretchy pants Labor Day weekend at Paramount Studios! Heres the event line up! Read More

Events & Festivals + Food Drink Report

Celebrate Riesling Wine with a Four-Course Dinner

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This Thursday, August 15th, join Luce Restaurant in San Francisco, CA for a one night celebration of Rieslings! Chef de Cuisine, Daniel Corey, will be preparing an exclusive four-course menu that will be paired with Rieslings from these renowned wineries: Dr. Loosen, Robert Weil, Maximin Grünhaus (von Schubert) and Fritz Haag.  Read More

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Taste America – Traveling Food Festival

From the James Beard Foundation

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Join the James Beard Foundation for Taste America: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast in Los Angeles, CA. This five weekend festival promptly hits Los Angeles’ Union Station on Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th featuring award winning chefs Rick Bayless, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Cimarusti, Jeremy Fox, and Karen Hatfield. Read More