Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Fest– 8/21-8-24 The mammoth three-day food festival is back with a lineup of celebrity chef-studded lunches, dinners, demos, and grand tastings spread across the city. Among the highlights are Friday’s Asian Night Market with chef Morimoto, Saturday’s Lexus Live on Grand tasting with a finale concert by Common, and Sunday’s Cocktail Revolution, featuring libations by L.A.’s own Julian Cox and complementary bites by French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth. Tickets and more information.
Good Food‘s Night Out at Grand Central Market – 8/22 Join KCRW’s Good Food host Evan Kleiman from 8 to 10 p.m. to explore the varied (and delicious!) offerings available at downtown’s Grand Central Market. The 97-year-old food hall was just honored as one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit thanks to newcomers like DTLA Cheese, Olio Pizzeria, and Sticky Rice. In addition to games of cornhole and ping-pong, the event will feature expanded menus from select vendors. More information.
PopUp Dinner L.A. – 8/23 L.A.’s “first and only spontaneous ‘mass’ picnic” is back for a third year of al fresco dining. The location remains hush-hush until a few hours before the event, but last year’s dinner took place on the Santa Monica Pier. It’s a BYO-food affair and diners must dress entirely in white. Tickets cost $35 and do not include food or drink. More information.
Sriracha Factory Tour – 8/22-23 Come tour the hotly (heh) contested headquarters of Huy Fong Foods this week with a two-day open house in honor of “chili grinding season.” Fans of the spicy sauce can tour the factory, nibble Sriracha-themed appetizers, and take a spin through the Rooster Room gift shop. Reserve online in advance—there are only a handful of slots left! More information.
LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast – 8/24 The Weekly’s annual celebration of international morning foods returns to the Park Plaza Hotel, where restaurants such as Salt’s Cure, Canélé, BLD, Wexler’s Deli, and more will be passing out tastes of their a.m. goodies. A Breakfast Bar includes bloody Marys and mimosas to wash down the grub. General admission tickets cost $40 in advance, $45 at the door; VIP entry is $60 in advance, $65 at the door. More information.