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January 5-25, February 2-22, March 2-22, April 6-26, May 4-24, June 1-21
Il Fornaio continues their Festa Regionale of monthly dinner specials focusing on food and wine from all across Italy. Their chefs, many of whom are native to a specific region in Italy, prepare authentic dishes representing that area. Sign up for their mailing list at ilfornaio.com to receive a passaporto which the restaurant will stamp each visit. A completed passaporto (six stamps) earns you a free hand-painted imported Italian ceramic plate, and a chance to win a trip for two to Italy. Locations include Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Manhattan Beach and more. Il Fornaio, 301 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-550-8330.
February 6 & 7
The general public will have the opportunity to stock up on imported wine and gourmet food products at Epicure Imports' open warehouse sale. Held from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, and from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, the sale will offer a large selection of items like French cheeses, truffle oils and chocolates at warehouse prices. Shoppers will also be able to taste a few samples along the way. Epicure Imports, 6900 Beck Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605, 818-985-9800.
Planned Parenthood’s 36th-Annual Food Fare will return to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. This gastronomic event will showcase more than 150 of Southern California’s best chefs, restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and merchants. Epicureans and gourmands are invited to enjoy a day of eating, drinking and shopping for a good cause. Tickets will be available beginning January 1 at www.pplafoodfare.com, or by calling 213-284-3300. Presale tickets are available for $150 for the daytime session, and $250 for the evening session. At the door, tickets will be $175 for the daytime session, or $275 for the evening session.
The fifth annual Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert will feature wine and craft beer seminars, celebrity chef book signings and two “Grand Tastings” with more than 50 restaurants and 70 wineries, brewers and spirits purveyors. For more information, visit www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com
The seventh annual LA Beer Festival will feature more than 200 beers, 15 food trucks, DJs, two bands and more. The event will take place at LA Center Studios from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $40, which includes beer samplings. Food must be purchased separately. For more information, visit www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/
Once per month, zinc@shade hosts Wine Academy. Mix and mingle under the stars while you taste wine, try delicious small bites and improve your viticulture knowledge. The casual evening runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Skydeck and is hosted by Villa Creek Wine with appetizers by executive chef Chris Garasic. Hotel Guests have complimentary access. Cost is $25 pre-sale or $35 at the door. Limited availability. zinc@shade, Shade Hotel, Metlox Block, 1221 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-546-4995.
Luxe Lounge at the Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard is offering affordable wines at the "Take Flight Off the 405 Happy Hour" Monday-Friday, 4 p.m. To 7 p.m., with wine flights and a menu of light bites created by executive chef Olivier Rousselle. Two to three-ounce pours are offered for $6, with a rotating selection of wines including the New World flight (Pinot Noir from New Zealand, Shiraz from Australia, Malbec from Argentina) and the Old World flight (Syrah from France, Tempranillo from Spain, Sangiovese from Italy). For more information and reservations call the Luxe Lounge at 310-691-7584. Luxe Lounge, Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard, 11461 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-691-7584.
Silverlake Wine offers “Blue Monday” wine tastings to take the edge off the beginning of the week. This establishment from George Cossette and Randy Clement (both of Campanile), and April Langford (of the Park Hyatt Los Angeles in Century City) offers a selection of interesting wines accompanied by cheeses from the nearby Cheese Store of Silver Lake. Price is $12 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.
Bacari PDR in Playa Del Rey offers half off wines by the glass on Mondays from open to close. Bacari PDR, 6805 Vista Del Mar Lane, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, 310-439-2100.
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.
Left Coast Wine Bar & Gallery offers Tuesday Tastings at 7 p.m. Guests can partake in a flight of four wines for $15 per person. No advance reservations are needed. The evenings also include live jazz music. For more information, please visit www.leftcoastgalleries.com/lc_winebar. Left Coast Wine Bar & Gallery, 117 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205, 818-507-7011.
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 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.
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.
NINETHIRTY restaurant at the W Los Angeles Westwood is hosting Wine Down Wednesdays every third Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each month will have a different theme. Cost is $20 for unlimited tastings. To RSVP simply email email@example.com. NINETHIRTY Restaurant, W Los Angeles Westwood, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-443-8211.
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.
Bottles of wine are half price on Sundays at Chaya Downtown. In addition, diners can order a three-course chef's tasting menu for $25 per person. Chaya Downtown, 525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-236-9577.
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