Food & Wine magazine’s sprawling annual L.A. takeover is back, bringing some of food’s biggest names to venues all over the city for power lunches, collaborative dinners and some of the year’s biggest walk-around tasting events. This year’s Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, held August 22 to 26, is packing four nights and five days with hundreds of wines to sample, unlimited bites from some of L.A.’s best chefs, a mini Latin-food festival—and even a DJ set by Questlove. You can find the festivities and full schedule here, but to help you find fullness nirvana, we’ve put together a guide to three events you shouldn’t miss. Kick-Off Dinner at LASA Chad Valencia helms the kitchen at LASA, the restaurant recently named one of Food & Wine’s 2018 “restaurants of the year.” Across town, Kato’s Jon Yao was just tapped a “Class of 2018 Best New Chef” by the magazine. Together, who knows what kind of award-worthy meal they could cook up—but we’re about to find out. One of two options in the festival’s new Kick Off Dinner Series, this collaborative dinner will blend Valencia’s modern-minded but tradition-honoring Filipino food with Yao’s wildly imaginative, intricate takes on Pan-Asian but Taiwanese-leaning classics. This is a chance to taste greatness from not one but two excellent L.A. chefs who are not only modernizing their cuisines, but the way Los Angeles eats. Better get your ticket fast; LASA’s space is intimate, making this an event that’ll probably sell out quickly. LASA.
San Francisco’s irreverent, inclusive and all-around whimsical ice cream outfit is sliding into a space on Abbott Kinney with all the usual fanfare of the Mission District-borne sweets company: surprises, drag queens and free scoops late into the night. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the unapologetic team at Humphry Slocombe, whose unofficial slogan is, well, “Lick That.” Now up and running in a cheery 1,000-square-foot space, the L.A. area’s first Humphry Slocombe offers 10 to 12 flavors by the scoop at any given time—and more, if you include the pints available for retail—including some of the brand’s most iconically cheeky options, such as Blueberry Boy Bait (blueberry ice cream with brown sugar streusel) and Secret Breakfast (bourbon ice cream with house-made cornflake cookies). This is, after all, the company that churns out flavors like prosciutto and Elvis (The Fat Years), made with banana, bacon and peanut butter. In the L.A. shop, four to six of the flavors will rotate monthly, so if you’re looking forward to a scoop of Jesus Juice (that’s red wine and Coke) or their collaborative Hawaiian shaved-ice flavor made with Roy Choi, get there soon, as those are both set to swap out in a few weeks. You're invited! Come thru @eatatpot Memorial Day Weekend & be the first to taste Papi’s custom flavor. NEW Hawaiian *Shave Ice* Cream makes its debut and we want you to be the first to #lickthat. RSVP thru #linkinbio. See y’all there. #Hawaiian #Sha
Hey savvy shoppers! Los Angeles is full of incredible deals, if you know where to find them. We’re here to help with a weekly list of all the best sample sales across the city. This is the info you’ve been searching for—who has the best deals of the week, when and where to nab them, exactly what you’ll find at each sale and whether you need to bring cash or plastic. So check in each week to stay on trend and in the black—your wardrobe and wallet will thank you. Who: Mate the Label The local line, which specializes in vintage-inspired graphic tees and other cool, casual basics is hosting a sale at its L.A. headquarters. Attendees to the one-day-only affair can expect to snag the ethically, locally made goods for a fraction of retail prices. Where: 912 E 3rd St, Ste 303 When: Saturday, August 18th from 10am to 4pm Who: Monrow Super-soft, made-in-L.A. loungewear pieces (think luxurious tees, sweats and joggers) will be going for up to 70 percent off during the local label’s warehouse sale. Where: 222 E 16th St When: Thursday, August 16th from noon to 8pm and Friday, August 17th through Sunday, August 19th from 10am to 5pm Who: Bonobos 260 Sample Sale’s Beverly hills space is welcoming the e-commerce menswear brand for a five-day blowout during which shoppers can score major savings on fit-focused pants, suits, shirts and more. Where: 265 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills When: Wednesday, August 15th through Friday, August 17th from 11am to 7pm, Saturday, August 18th f
We curate an L.A. weekend itinerary of the city’s best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you. Friday Ride the tram up to the Getty for Friday Flights, a free, art and music take on a tasting flight. If you prefer heading east, go to the Autry for the latest edition of Odd Nights, a nighttime dance party, happy hour and shopping extravaganza. Across the street, see the zoo in a whole new light during Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo, a special after-hours exploration series. Watch a free screening of I Am Love at Downtown’s handsome train depot during Filmmm at Union Station. Alternatively, spend a night the Hollywood Bowl with Rodrigo y Gabriela. The flamenco-meets-metal duo teams up with the LA Phil for an evening of frenzied fretwork. Saturday Get an intimate look at the glamorous world of Hollywood icon and enduring legend Marilyn Monroe as “Essentially Marilyn: The Auction/The Exhibit” opens at the Paley Center. Pick up a pair of supercute Chucks during Sweet Kicks, a Hello Kitty and Converse collaboration launch party at Little Tokyo’s Shoe Palace, complete with a Hello Kitty candy sushi bar. Celebrate Japanese culture with tea ceremonies and ikebana demos during the Nisei Week Japanese Festival at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center—make sure to check out the World Gyoza Eating Championship while you’re there. Saturday night is so packed with free, standout concerts that we simply couldn’t simply pick just one. Watch burgeoning
There’s Japanese dashi in the paella, there’s miso with the vegetable stock. There’s the influence of Italian grandmothers in the anchovy-scented goat butter, and that jamón ibérico sauce over your buttery local cod? It’s tonkatsu broth. As a Spanish restaurant, Otoño hits all the staples from the Iberian Peninsula, filling tabletops with tapas and communal pans of paella, and goblets with gin and tonics sprouting theatrical botanical stems. But chef-owner Teresa Montaño would never let tradition get in the way of Otoño’s creativity—she thinks of the classics as more of an inspiration than a restriction, and it's what makes Highland Park’s latest one of L.A.’s most exciting new restaurants. As the chef of Pasadena’s now-shuttered but long-running Basque tapas destination, Ración, Montaño already knew her way around a Spanish menu. But at her newest—a lively spot split between an inviting bar and moody dining area—Montaño can finally push the boundaries of the cuisine in ways she’d hoped to for years. “I wanted to do all new things, but I also had a lot of dishes at Ración that kind of fell on deaf ears,” she says. “Mostly we didn’t have the audience in Pasadena, so I would just play with things. I kind of used Ración as my laboratory to throw something out there and see what happens.” The result? Otoño’s rundown of Spanish classics that feel fresh thanks to country-crossing touches, some of which were inspired by Montaño’s two months of travel through Spain, Italy and Denm
Forget about an aerial tram to Dodger Stadium, the latest panacea for Chavez Ravine’s notorious traffic is looking underground. Elon Musk’s Boring Company has proposed a high-speed, tunnel-based transit system that would shuttle passengers from a to-be-determined spot in East Hollywood to Dodger Stadium in only four minutes. Dubbed the Dugout Loop, the zero-emissions systems would originate near one of three Metro Red Line stations (Vermont/Sunset, Vermont/Santa Monica or Vermont/Beverly Station) before tunneling through Echo Park and terminating at or near the Dodger Stadium parking lot. The four-minute trip would carry riders in electric vehicles that hold between 8 and 16 passengers and can travel between 125 and 150 miles per hour. Fares are expected to cost around $1. However, only a small slice of the stadium’s 56,000-capacity crowd would be able to use the Dugout Loop. Service would be limited to about 1,400 people per event, which is only 2.5% of the stadium’s capacity; pending unspecified city and community approval, that could be increased to 2,800 people per event. The 3.6-mile tunnel would operate in a single direction at a time—which makes sense considering fans flock exclusively toward the stadium before the start of the game, and then all leave at the end of the game (or, you know, in the seventh inning). Both stations would utilize “Loop Lifts” to shift passengers into the tunnels; the western terminus would lower vehicles via an elevator-like system
If you listen closely, you can already hear the Mid-City cheers from fans of high indulgence/low guilt. Halo Top, the low-calorie, high-protein, low-sugar ice cream juggernaut, is expanding with yet another brick-and-mortar scoop shop—its third L.A. location within a year—and this time, it’s headed straight for the Grove. Next Friday, Halo Top’s hub within one of the city’s largest shopping malls will throw open its walk-up windows to serve cones and cups of hard-packed ice cream and swirls of soft serve, with more than 40 toppings available—many of the toppings unique to this location. The Grove’s particular scoop shop will specialize in whimsical and unconventional accoutrements, such as potato chips, bacon bits, caramel corn and doughnut holes, plus gourmet toppings including locally-baked cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries. Rendering: Courtesy Halo Top Not one to shirk a celebration, the brand’s new scoop shops are already gaining a reputation for giveaways, handing out product it when it rains or when a new store opens. As such, the Grove’s newest addition will hand out free ice cream or soft serve to its first 100 customers on Friday, August 24, making for a sweet snack as you do some weekend shopping. And unlike Halo Top’s launches in Westfield Topanga and Westfield Century City, this opening also includes an “interactive 3-D playground,” which means, essentially, that the ice cream company is wise enough to set Instagram traps. In Museum of Ice Crea
Just when you think music festivals are starting to wind down for the summer, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival comes along and reminds us that L.A.’s fest season extends well into November—and in a huge way. Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival’s 2018 lineup includes the likes Post Malone, SZA, A$AP Rocky and Ms. Lauryn Hill, performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. But the biggest news for this year’s edition of the Tyler, the Creator–curated hip-hop fest is a headlining slot from Kids See Ghosts, the collaborative project from Kanye West and Kid Cudi (unless the duo announces earlier shows, it’s slated to be their live debut). Tickets for the fest, which has moved from its usual home at Exposition Park to a two-day outing at Dodger Stadium, go on sale Friday, August 17 at noon. General admission tickets cost $250 for the weekend, plus an optional $65-per-day upgrade for unlimited carnival games. A $395 VIP pass includes carnival rides, expedited entry and reserved viewing areas, as well as Camp Flog Gnaw and Golf Wang swag. The $1,000 super VIP pass includes all of that, plus a camping package (not at the fest itself, but limited edition branded camping gear for later use). The rest of the November 10 and 11 fest includes Raphael Saadiq, Flatbush Zombies, Little Dragon, Playboi Carti, Pusha T, the Internet, BROCKHAMPTON, Kali Uchis, Jaden Smith, Earl Sweatshirt and more. Check out the full lineup below.
To kick off its 100th season, the LA Phil is joining forces with CicLAvia for a car-free, music-filled fest on September 30 that stretches from Downtown’s Walt Disney Concert Hall to the orchestra’s summer home at the Hollywood Bowl. Celebrate LA!’s afternoon of pop-up performances culminates in a free concert at the Hollywood Bowl, where Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic with performances from Herbie Hancock, Kali Uchis, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) and more. The latest addition to that concert lineup: Katy Perry. The pop star is slated to perform a short selection of her hits with Dudamel and the LA Phil. Free tickets to her performance, as well as the rest of the evening, will be available via a lottery that opens on August 20 and closes on September 2. Winners will be notified in early September and able to claim two tickets. Earlier in the day, you can bike, skate or walk between Downtown L.A. and Hollywood as more than 1,800 musicians, artists and dancers will perform at six pedestrian hubs across the eight-mile route. Announced performers include DāM-FunK, Dengue Fever, Dustbowl Revival, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Ozomatli and more. Hubs in MacArthur Park (Park View St between Wilshire Blvd and 6th St, inside the park), Koreatown (Liberty Park at Wilshire Blvd between Serrano Ave and Oxford Ave), Melrose (Melrose Ave at N Windsor Blvd) and Hollywood (Vine St between Hollywood Blvd and Yucca St) will remain car-f
Plan out your week with the city’s best concerts, culture, cuisine and more. Monday Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen; The VirgilSee a comedy set from Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler when they host their Monday Night variety show. Moshe Kasher; LargoCatch supporting sets from Eric Andre, Natasha Leggero and Kumail Nanjiani during this benefit stand-up show. Tuesday Moonlight Movies on the Beach; Granada BeachPack up your folding chairs and head to Long Beach for a screening of Weird Science. Lucy Sparrow’s Sparrow Mart exhibition; The Standard, Downtown L.A.Felt fabric and seemingly name-brand grocery store products sit in unlikely harmony on the shelves of artist Lucy Sparrow’s unique namesake installation. Rooftop Cinema Club; LEVELContinue the outdoor movie season with a screening of The Princess Bride. Wednesday Wine Wednesday at Everson Royce Bar; E.R.B.Wind down with a flight of three wines and a culinary creation during this weekday special. Sea Saw; Santa Monica PierSee performances artists, dancers and musicians push the boundaries of their mediums with free summer performances by the sea every Tuesday and Wednesday, starting this week. Grease 40th Anniversary Screening; Samuel Goldwyn TheatreShoo-bop sha wadda your way to this screening with live appearances by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats; Greek TheatreSleepy-voiced Colorado alt-folk troubadour Nathaniel Rateliff has been turning heads with his handsome word