LA Food and Wine Festival This Weekend
It's spread out through the city: there are events in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, downtown L.A., and Hollywood, so it's important to choose what you want to do and plan for that God-awful Los Angeles traffic. (Hey, L.A.: we thought of sales tax-funded freeway improvements forty years before you did--and it shows!)
It certainly isn't just restaurants; though there are still tickets left for dinner with Giada De Laurentiis (Thursday at 7), several lunches, and wine-pairing meals, there are also cooking demonstrations, including a class with Laura Werlin, who's probably the foremost American authority on cheese, cooking demos with Andrew Zimmern, Ming Tsai and Voltaggio frères. There are massive grand tastings and and bloody huge river of wine. There's a concert by Third Eye Blind at L.A. Live. The proceeds go to the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels program (which, if you've ever had a distant, home-bound relative, is a godsend).
It's enough to make us feel kind of, well... suburban.
All the information you need, including ticket sales, is available at the event's website.
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