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L.A. Food Events Worth Nibbling On: June 20 Edition
A guide to the upcoming week’s most delicious happenings
Martian Ranch & Vineyard Wine Dinner at Saddle Peak Lodge – 6/20
Celebrate the eve of the summer solstice with a six-course meal created by Saddle Peak Lodge’s executive chef Christopher Kufek with wine pairings by sommelier Jen Carter. The $95 menu includes fried soft-shell crab, sautéed quail, and grilled lamb. Reservations are recommended. More information.
Backyard BBQ at Wirtshaus – 6/21
Mark the start of summer in Germanic fashion at Wirtshaus’s Backyard BBQ with a beer garden and live German music. Stop by any time between 5 p.m. and midnight for a grilled sausage, one of the more than 30 German beers, and a glass of Germany’s popular Hefeweizen-grapefruit juice concoction, Schöfferhofer Grapefruit. More information.
Whole Pig Dinner at This is Not a Pop-up – 6/21–6/23
Chefs Gavin Mills and Bruce Kalman are whipping up a Pork, Pickles, and Pasta meal at "this is not a pop-up." The chefs will butcher a heritage-breed Duroc pig, and everything from the legs to the head will wind up in the feast. Diners will also sample products from Mills’s upcoming charcuterie operation and Kalman’s pickle business. The family-style prix-fixe dinner costs $50. More information.
Cheers: L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival at Fairplex – 6/22
Come out for drinks, dinner, and dancing this Saturday at Cheers, a beer, wine, and spirits festival at the Fairplex in Pomona. The tasting event will feature 12 food trucks, a wine garden, a beer tavern, a spirits lounge, and a silent auction. Tickets cost $50 online or $60 at the door, and proceeds benefit the Learning Centers at Fairplex. More information.
“Summer in the City” Sunday Summer Movie Kickoff at Bouchon – 6/23
Grab dinner and a movie this weekend at Bouchon’s Sunday Night Supper Family Soirée. On select Sunday evenings this summer, the park adjacent to the restaurant will transform into a theater under the stars with a drive-in-size screen. Enjoy pre-movie cocktails at Bar Bouchon, chef Thomas Keller’s classic roasted chicken, and every Angeleno’s dream: free parking. This week’s flick is Mary Poppins, and supper will be served family style. More information.
Tennessee-Style Indoor Picnic at Lucques – 6/23
Enjoy a home-cooked meal inspired by Lucques chef Suzanne Goin’s visit to the Blackberry Farm at the foot of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. This Tennessee-style “Indoor Picnic” will feature dishes such as sweet-tea-brined fried chicken and house-made biscuits and gravy. The meal costs $45 per person; reservations are recommended. More information.
Pacific Coast Seafood Fest at the Hungry Cat Santa Monica – 6/23
Gorge on seafood dishes, craft cocktails, and fruit cobbler this Sunday at the Hungry Cat’s Pacific Coast Seafood Fest. Chef David Lentz will prepare platters of the day’s fresh catch, including a Pacific-coast ceviche, chorizo-stuffed squid, and steamed Santa Barbara rock crabs. Live music will accompany the oceanic smorgasbord. Reservations are recommended. More information.
Tacolandia at the Hollywood Palladium – 6/23
Our own Latin lover (and Mexican food blogger) Bill Esparza has assembled a gaggle of more than 30 of the city’s finest taco slingers for LA Weekly’s first Tacolandia event. From noon to 5 p.m. the Hollywood Palladium parking lot will feature food, music, a tequila garden, and more. Tickets are $40 VIP, $20 general admission. More information.
Donkey & Goat Wine Dinner at Sotto – 6/25
Sotto is celebrating its love of eco-friendly wines with a dinner showcasing the all-natural wines of Berkeley producer Donkey & Goat. Chefs Zach Pollack and Steve Samson will pair the winery’s most popular labels with a four-course menu of family-style dishes that highlight a whole-roasted Sonoma goat. Tickets cost $95 per person. More information.