5 Food Events Not to Miss in December

A giant gingerbread house and a chocolate seminar are just two things to look forward to this month

Sure, L.A. doesn’t have that winter wonderland appeal of some cities, but we still know how to bring on some serious cheer, especially where food and drink are concerned. Here are 5 festive food events not to miss in December.

Platicas y Pruebas, Chocolate: History and Heritage
Curious chocolate lovers, this one’s for you. Learn the history of (almost) everyone’s favorite indulgence at this event hosted by Artbites founder Maite Gomez-Rejón at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes this week. The chocolate-consuming habits of Mayan nobility to European aristocracy will be covered, and you’ll even get to sample Aztec hot chocolate and champurrado.

Platicas y Pruebas, Chocolate: History and Heritage takes place this Thursday, December 3 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main Street. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite for $15.

Artisanal LA Holiday Market
Artisanal LA is never not fun (and delicious!), and  their L.A. Holiday Market is back in Old Pasadena this weekend for the second year in a row. The Euro-inspired market, which will take up three whole blocks, will include 150 local food, drink, and craft (from jewelry to soap) makers, including Jerry’s Almost Pickles, Grist & Toll, Copper Mug Co., and Kings Road Apothecary. The event is totally free as well as kid and dog friendly. Plus, Santa will be there to hear all your holiday wishes.

Artisanal LA Holiday Market takes place this Saturday, December 5th from 11:00 am – 8:00 p.m. in Old Pasadena, on Holly St. between Fair Oaks and Arroyo Parkway (and Metro Alley). There is no cover charge for this event.  

Artisanal LA Holiday Market is back!
Artisanal LA Holiday Market is back!

Courtesy of Artisanal LA

Los Angeles International Tea Festival
Drink up and get your fill at the 3rd annual L.A. International Tea Festival. Held at the Japanese American National Museum, the event will feature over 30 exhibitors, including the museum’s onsite Chado Tea Room, all of who will be sharing tea and tea knowledge. There are also a slew of seminars on everything from the drink’s health benefits to tea and cheese pairing.

Los Angeles International Tea Festival takes place this weekend, December 5-6, from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm at Japanese American National Museum, 100 N Central Avenue. Tickets can be purchased on the event’s website for $20.

Art of Tea Workshop
Speaking of tea…Steve Schwartz has done a lot to make tea super sexy in L.A. Here’s your chance to learn all you can about the world’s most-consumed beverage with Schwartz as your guide. The Art of Tea founder will be hosting a workshop this month at the Natural History Museum, which will cover the history of tea and include a hands-on experience in the museum’s home garden. You’ll also learn the principles of blending, and here’s the kicker: you’ll get to make and drink your very own tea.

Art of Tea Workshop takes place on Sunday, December 13 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd. Members $20/non-members $23. You can register online at the NHM site.

Mrs. Claus’ Life-Size Gingerbread House
Well, if seeing a giant gingerbread house IRL is on your bucket list, you can finally cross it off. The JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live has commissioned a 1,300 lb. spiced cookie dough dwelling, sugar picture frames and milk chocolate Santas included. It’ll be up until December 31, and we hear Santa will be making a visit on December 19. Sorry, but as far as we known, you can’t actually eat the house.

Mrs. Claus’ Life-Size Gingerbread House is at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live, 900 W Olympic Blvd. Santa is visiting and posing for pics December 19, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.