Spend a lazy, seaside afternoon at Redondo Beach's favorite Spanish spot, Gabi James. The name of the game is paella, not to mention vermouth: Each ticket for this casual patio party includes three cocktails made with the L.A.-based Vermina Vermouth, plus unlimited Spanish pintxos and paella. Want to keep noshing after the event? All attendees can get 20 percent off the bill if they choose to stay for dinner and/or drinks at the restaurant.
Hatchet Hall's seasonal, transportive dinner series returns, bringing hearth-cooked cuisine to the restaurant's Family Room for only six weeks. Each meal at these 12-seat dinners includes handmade foods cooked in a wood-burning hearth, using classic American methods and ingredients—including long-forgotten indigenous varietals and Colonial techniques—to explore what American food really is.
If you're good at rolling joints, you might have a knack for rolling sushi. Find out—and improve your skills for both—at High Dining Club's sushi and doobie workshop. Think: cooking class, but with cannabis. You'll be hand-rolling food thanks to some sushi know-how from frequent Mary Jane University instructor Victor Miller, while author Keiko Beatie helps you with your joint-rolling skills. There's also live music and a DJ set, and every ticket includes passed bites, your rolls and dessert, plus take-home good like a sushi-themed pipe (pictured), a grinder, a lighter, a gift bag and sushi kit. It's lit.
Paso Robles rolls south to Encino on February 26, when two of the region's top winemakers pop up in Phillip Frankland Lee's Scratch Bar & Kitchen. The six-course, collaborative wine dinner will feature Saxum Vineyards and Turtle Rock Vineyards wines paired with Frankland Lee's dishes, which include oyster gratin with braised kale, hollandaise, brioche and caviar; coffee-crusted lamb chops with pickled currants, roasted Tokyo turnips and hibiscus; and Flannery Beef short ribs with sweet potato purée, roasted wild mushrooms and chermoula.
IPAs are a divisive beer—you either love or hate the hoppy pale ale—but if you’re a fan, mark March 2nd and 3rd down on your calendar. That’s when the annual Los Angeles IPA Festival is returning to Mohawk Bend, a fête that celebrates the best India Pale Ales from across California. Starting at 9:30am on Saturday morning, attendees will be able to stop by the Echo Park spot to sample over 60 craft beers from breweries like Arts District Brewing Company, King Harbor, Mumford Brewing and more. For $5 per 8oz pour, you can drink a couple here, a couple there, then vote for your favorite—both the people’s choice and judge’s choice winners will be crowned at 4pm. On Sunday, continue the beer-filled festivities with build-your-own flights.
Planned Parenthood is gathering some of Los Angeles’ most prestigious culinary names under one roof for a full day of pure indulgence—and there’s a Chef of the Year who’ll receive a special honor, as well. What began in 1979 as a cooking demonstration by Julia Child has become the oldest culinary event in the City of Angels, featuring more than 150 restaurants, wineries, caterers and more. This isn’t just about food, though—the event raises funds that benefit Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, which provides life-saving cancer screenings, birth control and STD testing and treatment. Just as the event works to raise funds every year, it also annually picks a Chef of the Year, and for 2019, the celebrated honoree is none other than Helene An of House of An. An and her family—who helped build Crustacean, Tiato, ANQI by House of An and An Catering—are all credited with helping to popularize Vietnamese cuisine in Los Angeles, as well as further Planned Parenthood’s mission. We can all agree—and eat and drink—to that.
Taste of the Eastside is back at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens for an evening fit for the Eastside-dwelling foodie (alright alright, Westsiders are welcome, too). The festival features tastings from over two dozen restaurants. Last year's lineup included Mediterranean hot spot Momed, modern Mexican restaurant Malo and the neighborhood joint, Little Dom’s. Wash down food samples with wine flights and listen to live music from KCRW DJs.