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August 6
The sixth-annual An Evening on the Beach at the Jonathan Beach Club Santa Monica will be held in support of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels of Los Angeles. The event will feature top L.A. chefs, vintner tastings and specialty cocktails. This year’s chef line-up includes Alex Ageneau of aestus, Genevieve Gergis of Bestia, Alec Lestr of Patina, Chris Phelps and Zak Walters of Salt’s Cure, and more. Cheese stations will be presented by Laura Chenel’s Chèvre and Marin French Cheese, with a special mozzarella bar by Mimmo Bruno of Di Stefano Cheese. Specialty cocktails will be mixed by Marcos Tello; in addition, expect a Chopin Vodka martini bar, complete with Petrossian caviar-stuffed olives, a Selvarey Rum bar and a coffee bar by Vittoria Coffee. Specialty wines will be presented by a group of guest vintners including Ascension Cellars, Bonny Doon Vineyard and Alta Colina Wines. Tickets are $175, including parking, and are on sale now through the event website
August 8
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will host LA Weekly’s first-ever Burgers and Beer extravaganza, featuring all-you-can-eat samples of more than 35 of L.A.'s favorite burgers, along with tastings from 30 of the region's breweries. The curated line-up will include dishes from Belcampo, Cassell’s, Bouchon, The Independence, Barrel & Ashes and Salt’s Cure. Craft beer will come from Alosta, Drake's, Bottle Logic, MacLeod Ale Brewing, Strand Brewing, I&I Brewing, Ninkasi and many more. Tickets range from $45 for burgers only, to VIP ($85, admission one hour early); general admission is $65. The event will he held from 3 p.m.-7 p.m, and is 21 and over. Buy tickets at Ticketfly
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival celebrates its fifth year! August 27-30
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival celebrates its fifth year! This four-day event showcases the finest eats and drinks in a city-wide epicurean extravaganza set in downtown Los Angeles. The most notable culinary talents in the country will delight guests through live demonstrations, wine and spirits tastings, book signings, after parties and more. Guests can try dishes inspired by cuisines from all around the world and tune into live musical performances. For more information, visit Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
THE TASTE food and wine festival takes place over Labor Day weekend at Paramount Pictures Studios September 4-6
The Los Angeles Times' THE TASTE annual food and wine festival takes place over Labor Day weekend at Paramount Pictures Studios. The festivities include Field to Fork, a celebration of local ingredients and seasonal dishes. Other events include an opening night party, Saturday's Dinner with a Twist, Sunday's Flavors of L.A. featuring global cuisine, and a Sunday Brunch event. For individual event ticket prices and more information, visit THE TASTE's official website
September 24-27
Volvo presents the 6th annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. With a getaway package, guests have access to adventure tours, special events and dinners, and the weekend's main event of culinary adventures and fun. The tours go behind the scenes to explore wineries such as Halter Ranch Vineyards, sustainable farms and the gardens of Paso Robles Inn. On Saturday and Sunday guests can really get their fill of fine wine and epicurean delights. The Marketplace showcases more than 100 wineries, restaurants and food purveyors, and promises unlimited samples of gourmet treats and drinks. Guests will also find cooking demonstrations by celebrity and master chefs, vino tastings and seminars, as well as beer gardens, music entertainment and other special activities. Discover more at the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast event page

Silverlake Wine offers “Blue Monday” wine tastings to take the edge off the beginning of the week. Participants enjoy samples of three wines along with farmhouse cheeses, olives and Heirloom LA bread. Price is $15 per person. The tastings run from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. each Monday evening. Silverlake Wine, 2395 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-662-9024.
First & Third Mondays
At Suzanne Goin's Tavern in Brentwood, a wine and cheese tasting is held every first and third Monday of the month. The events, which takes place at the restaurant's casual Larder, run from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and explore wine regions from around the world. The cost is $29 per person. Reservations are required; please call 310-806-6464 for more information. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.. Tavern, 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-806-6464.
West L.A.’s Il Moro continues its wine tastings, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring a selection of wines, accompanied by a generous offering of Italian finger foods. Price is $15 per person. Call for more information on featured wines. Il Moro, 11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310-575-3530.
Whiskey Wednesdays at the Next Door Lounge in Hollywood feature guided tastings Wednesdays
Whiskey Wednesdays at the Next Door Lounge in Hollywood feature guided tastings with pours of whiskies and Scotches, and custom-paired small bites. The events take place at 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Reservations are suggested. Next Door Lounge, 1154 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-465-5505.
Third Wednesdays
On the third Wednesday of every month from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Eagle Rock Brewery presents a Women's Beer Forum. The brewery's co-owner Ting Su will present a flight of four to six beers and host a discussion about each. Cost is $10-$20. Eagle Rock Brewery, 3056 Roswell St., Los Angeles, CA 90065, 323-257-7866.
Thursdays through Saturdays
Pasadena’s Le Petit Vendôme wine store offers tastings every Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m., every Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and every Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. Each tasting features 10-15 wines. Apart from Thursdays, when each pour is $1, the price of each tasting varies. Call the store for pre-registration. Le Petit Vendôme, 906 Granite Dr., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-396-9234.

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