Food + Wine Events in Los Angeles and Elsewhere, June 2009

Especially since June is my birthday month, I’m keeping track of as much fun as an embedded google calendar and blog post will allow. From the looks of it so far, that’s a lot of fun.

If you happen to hear/read/know of more food+wine events in Los Angeles, just let me know in the comments so I can add it to the calendar and pretend like my social calendar is this full.

Other Food + Wine Fun for Sarah’s Birthday Month (June 2009)

  • Sundays: Bloody Sundays at Big Foot Lodge

    Sundays, 2-6pm, featuring a menu of dolled-up Bloody Mary cocktails. Bigfoot Lodge: 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039 (323) 662-9227 [via The LA Times]

  • Sundays: Ford’s Filling Station’s Sunday Barbecue

    Barbecue menu with $3 beers. 4pm-10pm. Ford’s Filling Station: 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310) 202-1470

  • Mondays: Rustic Canyon’s Burgers & Beer Monday Night

    The burger of the week plus a beer. Rustic Canyon: 1119 Wilshire Blvd (at 11th), Santa Monica, 310-393-7050

  • Tuesdays: Cirque du Fromage at Palate Food + Wine

    $12 for 3 wines + 3 cheeses. 7-10 p.m. Palate Food + Wine, 933 South Brand Boulevard, at East Acacia Avenue, Glendale (818) 662-9463 or

  • Tuesdays: $2 Taco Tuesdays at the Spanish Kitchen

    Eighteen different types of tacos for $2 each. The Spanish Kitchen: 826 North La Cienega Blvd (310) 659-4794

  • Tuesdays: Test Kitchen Tuesdays at Corkbar

    $2 appetizer-sized portion of a new, market-driven dish not available on the regular menu by chef Albert Aviles. Corkbar: 403 W. 12th St., L.A. (213) 746-0050,

  • Tuesdays: Taste of Tuesday at Whist

    $5 small plates and cocktails by the pool, 6-9 pm. Whist at the Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Avenue (at Pico), (310) 260-7511,

  • Tuesdays and Fridays: Speakeasy Tuesdays and Supper Club Fridays at The Park

    3 course prix fixe, $15 Tuesday, $20 Saturday, and BYOB. Have to call for details and “password.” (see also Supper Club Fridays) The Park: 1400 Sunset Blvd. (at the corner of Douglas), Echo Park (213) 482-9209

  • Wednesdays: Beverly Hills Hotel Farmers’ Market Field Trip

    Limo ride with Chef Allen from The Beverly Hills Hotel to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, breakfast “to go” en route, shopping at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, cooking session with Chef and lunch paired with wines. $250/person, 5 person minimum. Advance reservations required. (310) 281-2941 or

  • Fridays: Fridays at Asia de Cuba

    $5 Mojitos, Big Eye Tuna Sliders and Roast Duck Confit. 1-4pm, Mondrian, 8440 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, 323-848-6000 Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian

  • Locanda del Lago Extended Happy Hour

    Every day, 4 – 7 pm, Tuesday all night. $3 beers and $4 house wines. (Also, Recession Relief Mondays with no corkage and Stimulus Package prix fixe menu: dinner 3 courses for $29; lunch 2 courses for $15. Locanda del Lago: 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 451-3525 or TheDeliciousLife at Lago

  • Nobu West Hollywood Happy Hour

    Every day, 6 pm – 9 pm. Most tapas are under $10 and mixed drinks are $6, with wines by the glass for $7. Nobu: 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 657-5711.

  • Wilshire Restaurant Happy Hour

    Monday to Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Wines by the glass are $6, well drinks are $7 and beers are $5. Happy hour menu items include pizza burrata and green curry shrimp skewers for $8. In addition, Monday is half-price wine night for every bottle on the wine list. 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 586-1707 or TheDeliciousLife at Wilshire.

  • Pourtal’s Angel’s Share Happy Hour

    Every weeknight, 4-6pm. Percentage of wine sales go to Heal the Bay for the month of June (Edible Schoolyard for July). Pourtal: 104 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.393.7693

  • Sunset Happy Hour at The Penthouse in the Huntley Hotel

    Every weeknight 4-7pm. $7 Lounge Dining Menu. The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel: 1111 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403. (310) 393-8080 or TheDeliciousLife at The Penthouse

  • 6iv at XIV by Michael Mina

    Tuesday – Saturday, 6-8 PM. $ valet, drinks and food. XIV by Michael Mina: 8117 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood (323) 656-1414 [via: Alice@MyModernMet]

  • The Foundry Summer Happy Hour

    Tuesday-Thursday (maybe Friday?) 6-9 pm. Free booze flight to start, half-off drinks after. The Foundry: 7465 Melrose Ave (E. of Gardner), 323-651-0915.

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  • Alice Yoo

    Great list! Here’s another to add.
    XIV happy hour.

  • picnicdechefs

    Don’t forget Picnic de Chefs this Sunday in Echo Park!

  • Sarah J. Gim

    Alice: added! and thanks! i haven’t been to XIV yet, so a happy hour might be good intro :)

    picnic de chefs: already on the calendar! need to click the “+” on the calendar for Sunday June 7 for it to open up and show everything on the that day – there is a LOT to do this weekend!

  • Dara

    FOR RELEASE: JUNE 12, 2009

    5:00 TO 9:00 PM
    TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009

    The Original Farmers Market celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a special, ticketed event*.
    For a single, all-inclusive price, guests will be able to sample the best of the best
    from dozens of Farmers Market restaurants and grocers and enjoy special prices or exclusive discounts on select merchandise from Market shops.

    At least 39 Farmers Market Restaurants will be serving
    Taste of Farmers Market guests
    (Everything from French Toast to English Toffee, Corn Bread to Corned Beef,
    Sandwiches to Sliders)

    More than 20 Farmers Market Grocers & Shops will offer gifts or specials
    (hot sauces, peanut butter, stickers, hair brushes, watches, 75th Anniversary cigars & more)

    The Hot Club Quartet will perform on the Market Plaza (7 – 9 PM)
    The Doo-Wop All Stars will stroll the Market (7 – 9 PM)
    A caricature artist and a magician will also provide entertainment.

    The authors of two 75th Anniversary books:
    Los Angeles’s Original Farmers Market (David Hamlin & Brett Arena / Arcadia Publishing)
    The Original Farmers Market Cookbook (Joann Cianciulli / Chronicle Books)
    will discuss their books and sign copies on the Market Plaza (6-8 PM)

    *Taste Of Farmers Market
    $20.00 per person / $25.00 includes drink tickets for 2 alcoholic beverages
    Advance Purchase Recommended: Tickets available at Farmers Market Customer Service Office or at (323) 933-9211 or

    Non-perishable food items for donation to the
    West Hollywood Food Coalition will be gratefully accepted through the evening.

  • Jeff Duggan

    I do not know if you check out places in Long Beach but we wanted to let you know about coffee cupping that we are doing at a new coffeehouse in Long Beach. The following is the information:

    Sipology Coffeehouse, in conjunction with Portola Handcrafted Coffee Roasters, will be offering weekly “Coffee Cupping” sessions that are open to the public. They will be held every Thursday night from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Coffee cupping is analogous to wine tasting and is the best way to discover coffee flavor and what makes one coffee unique from another. During these cuppings, Jeff Duggan, the roastmaster from Portola Handcrafted Coffee Roasters, will guide participants on a culinary tour around the world in an informal, hands-on tasting and learning experience. Jeff will be discussing in detail a variety of subjects each week such as palate taste development, coffee growing, harvesting, and processing, as well as engaging in a finite analysis of coffee taste and aroma and everything that plays a role in producing world-class coffee. This will be followed by a fun and interactive taste and comparison session highlighting different coffees currently offered by Sipology. Best yet, it is FREE! Whether you are a simple coffee drinker who just likes what tastes good, or the quintessential aficionado interested in learning about the subtle flavor nuances and what environmental or chemical factors contribute to them, these unique cuppings should not be missed.
    448 E. Broadway
    Long Beach, CA 90802


  • Laura Escobar

    Palmdale Jazz and Wine Festival (Saturday, September 12, 2009)
    3pm – 10pm
    $50 Reserved, $35 General, $25 Designated Driver. Parking is free.

    Come and enjoy a warm summer afternoon, taste a variety of fine wines and micro brewed beers, and savor gourmet food while listening to world-class jazz entertainment, including performances by contemporary jazz guitarist Richard Smith, jazz saxophonist Euge Groove, and Grammy® award winner guitarist/singer/songwriter Norman Brown.

    For more information, call 661-267-5611 or email

  • Berit

    Another great event to add: Gourmet Wine Tasting Dinner at Akbar in Hermosa Beach this Wednesday 9/30. Trust me you have never tasted duck this good! 5 wines carefully paired with gourmet Indian food and the wine maker will be t here to provide commentary. Check it out:

  • Lisa England

    “Le Salon de Musiques,” is a chamber-music series, which takes place in an intimate setting (5th floor of the Dorothy Chandler) with no stage. The first hour is chamber music performed by renowned chamber music artists such as Julie Gigante, Francois Chouchan and Antonio Lysy. The second hour is “Le Conversation,” where the audience get to mingle with and ask questions of the artists while drinking French Champagne and eating food prepared by Patina – a sort of afternoon tea offering of sandwiches, fruit, coffee and desserts. The concerts perform the third Sunday of every month through May 15, 2010. And is it is very affordable, only $65 per person, that includes the Champagne and food!

  • Monique Michelle Kaminskaya

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica will host a festive 3-course prix fixe dinner for a great cause. Proceeds of this event will help fund teens traveling locally & to South Africa, England & Canada, where they’ll have once-in-a-lifetime experiences in community service & exploration abroad.
    Alex Chang will be our guest chef for the night! He works at highly acclaimed Animal in West Hollywood. His dynamic cooking technique & unique style & passion are made evident in each dish he plates!
    $40 for a three course meal including wine, $10 for kids, a kid friendly meal with entertainment.
    1228 Lincoln Blvd. Sept. 22, 2012 6-9:30pm

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