5 Food Events Not to Miss in February

Celebrate your passion for food this month with king cake, a vegan chili cook off, and more

February is the (supposedly) the most romantic month of the year, so why not reaffirm your passion for food with one of these delicious events? We’re talking a cookie convention, Mardi Gras feast, vegan chili cook off, and more.

Taste of Night Market
From the people who brought you 626 Night Market, the largest night market in the U.S., comes a new event for the westside. Taste of Night Market is a two-day food fest that will showcase international cuisine from local chefs and rising culinary talent, including Knuckle & Claw, Original Ramen Burger, Komodo Kitchen, and more. Performances and other activities will celebrate the Lunar New Year. Tickets include food and drinks.

Taste of Night Market will take place at The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, February 5-6. Tickets are $65-$85 and can be purchased online.

L.A. Cookie Con & Sweets Show
Billed as the West Coast’s biggest baking and sweets convention, LA Cookie Con promises to be bigger and better this time around. The two-day event will feature hundreds of sample of cookies and sweet treats, meet and greets with celebrity chefs, and baking demos and workshops. Ron Ben-Israel, from Food Network’s Sweet Genius headlines on Saturday while YouTube star Rosanna Pansino will be on hand Sunday. There’s also a cookie baking contest if you’ve got a winning recipe.

L.A. Cookie Con & Sweets Show will take place February 5-6 at The Los Angeles Convention Center. Tickets are $27-$50 and can be purchased online.

Little Dom’s Mardi Gras Feast
A New Orleans native, chef Brandon Boudet is throwing a big Mardi Gras celebration at Little Dom’s this weekend. From Saturday to Fat Tuesday, guests can choose from New Orleans’ delights, like gumbo, jambalaya, two kinds of po’boys (soft shell crab or roast beef), and other Creole classics. For dessert, there’s beignets and housemade king cake.

Little Dom’s Mardi Gras menu is available from Saturday, February 6 – Tuesday, February 9 for dinner hours only; 2128 Hillhurst Avenue, 323-661-0055

Chocolate and Art Show
You’re always saying you should experience more art. Well, here’s some chocolate encouragement. Chocolate and Art Show is a two-night event that showcases works by emerging artists and photographers—and there’s a chocolate fountain, too. There’s also live music, body painting, and portraits done on the spot. Plus, as mentioned before, chocolate. Not a bad marketing scheme.

Chocolate and Art Show takes place February 19-20, from 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m, atKGB Studios, 1640 N. Spring Street. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online.

4th Annual Vegan Chili Cook Off
It’s back! Tony’s Darts Away will host the 4th Annual Vegan Chili Cook Off this month. Some of the city’s best vegan chefs, including Michael Falso of The Springs and Sage Organic Vegan Bistro’s Mollie Engelheart, are competing this year, and chef Tal Ronnen of Crossroads Kitchen will head the judging panel. The $10 price of admission gets you  three-ounce tastes of all five entrees, plus a chance to vote for the People’s Choice winner.

4th Annual Vegan Chili Cook Off takes place on Sunday, February 28 at Tony’s Darts Away, 1710 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank