Annual L.A. Times food and wine festival THE TASTE will transform Paramount Pictures Studios' backlot into an epicurean pop-up and block party over Labor Day weekend. Five events will take place from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4 and will include unlimited tastings from the city’s best kitchens and a variety of wine, spirits and seasonal cocktails. There's an opening night party, panels and discussions with L.A. Times staff and top chefs, and dinner with Jonathan Gold. Among participating restaurants are Badmaash, Little Pine, Love & Salt, M.B. Post, Son of a Gun, Sweetfin Poke and Providence. Tickets for each of the Saturday and Sunday events range from $100 to $125. For details and to but tickets, visit the event website.
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.
On the third week of every month from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 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. Visit the Eagle Rock Brewery official website to purchase tickets. 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.
At Birch in Hollywood, chef Brendan Collins offers a three-course, prix-fixe Sunday Supper for $35 per person from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. All bottles of wine are also half off during Sunday Supper. Birch, 1634 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-960-3369.
Also consult GAYOT's listings of Los Angeles Culinary Events