Our Guide to the Best Food Events in L.A.

Food festivals, pop-up dinners, and more special events to savor

There’s always something new happening in L.A.’s dining scene, and it’s not just the constant restaurant openings. A food lover could pack their schedule with all the tasting festivals, pop-up dinners, theme nights, takeovers, and other events going on. We’re picking some of the most delicious and interesting food events in L.A. so you can savor every special bite.    


L.A.’s food scene is sprawling, and so is our “restaurant week,” which now runs for 14 days. Enjoy options at a variety of price points, from cheap-eats lunch specials to elaborate tasting-menu dinners. If you have your eye on something, reserve ASAP, as many restaurants book up well in advance.

January 11-25; various locations.   

Daily Harvest Refueling Station

If you’ve been toying with the idea of subscribing to Daily Harvest, the meal and smoothie delivery service you’ve probably seen on Instagram, now is your chance to check it out for free before you commit. Daily Harvest will operate a “retro gas station inspired” pop-up at Westfield Century City, offering samples, giveaways, and even a registered nutritionist to answer questions.

January 17-23, 11 a.m-8 p.m.; Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City.

DTLA Breweries United Fest 5.0

Enjoy unlimited tastings of special-edition beers from local breweries including Mumford, Arts District, Iron Triangle, Boomtown, Indie, Dry River, Highland Park, Angel City, 101 Cider House, and Imperial Western; food from Pearl’s BBQ; and more. Proceeds from the event benefit CF Foundation.

January 20, 12-4 p.m.; Triangle Lot, 244 Rose St., downtown. Tickets $15-$45. 

Hot Jazz: A Vegan Nashville Hot Chicken Pop-Up

Feeling left out of the Nashville hot-chicken trend due to your plant-based diet? Well, FOMO no more, vegan friends. Try this version that has all the fire of the original but swaps the fowl for mushrooms.

January 22, 7:30-10:30 pm.; 1821 Daly St., Lincoln Heights. 

Japanese Food Lab: Vegetable Sushi

Learn to craft beautiful, fish-free sushi rolls, featuring pickles, avocados, tofu, and other fillings. You’ll get to practice your rolling technique, and learn to make vegan miso soup to complete your meal.

January 27, 11 a.m.; Japan House, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tickets $15.    

Los Angeles Top 10 Best New Restaurants

We’re pretty proud of our annual Best New Restaurants issue (on newsstands now, ahem) and we want to share the love with you. Dining stars from this year and recent previous editions will gather for a special one-night-only tasting event featuring the best of all things hot and new in L.A. food.

January 29, 7 p.m.; Rolling Greens Downtown, 1005 Mateo St., downtown. Tickets $65-$80.  

Nancy Silverton x Billy Harris Dinner 

Roving dinner-party host Billy Harris pops up in the restaurants of notable chefs to encourage them to assemble one-night-only luxury dinner parties for groups of food enthusiasts. The events may seem extravagant, but it’s for a good cause–the dinners benefit the Trotter Project, which provides mentorships to at-risk youth. Next up is queen of L.A. dining Nancy Silverton, with an intimate dinner at chi Spacca.

February 4, 6:30 p.m.; chi Spacca, 6610 Melrose Ave., Hancock Park. 

Farmer & Vegetable Dinner at Rustic Canyon with Girl & Dug Farms

Rustic Canyon has a way with veg—executive chef Jeremy Fox did literally write a book called On Vegetables, after all—and they’ll be celebrating the farmers that grow that great local produce throughout 2019. First up, this night with farmer Aaron Choi of Girl & Dug Farms in San Marcos. Bonus for herbivores and resolution-keepers: The five-course meal will be entirely vegetarian.

February 5; Rustic Canyon, 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets $85.

STARS of California Wine

Almost 90 percent of the wine made in the U.S. is produced in California. Celebrate our local growers and makers at this tasting celebration featuring over 100 vintages from vineyards large and small, and meet the people shaping the future of the industry.

February 6, 6-11 p.m.; Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Tickets $95-$250.    

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