L.A. Times/Food & Wine Host THE TASTE – 9/2-5
Colorado Wine’s White Trash Wine Tasting – 9/3
Eagle Rock’s Colorado Wine Company is back with another round of White Trash Wine Tasting, where fine sips are paired with not-so-fine nibbles (think Slim Jims, pork rinds, Ding-Dongs, Cheez Whiz, and bacon-wrapped candies). Confession: This would not be the first time we’ve paired wine with Cheez Whiz, though we recommend the now defunct Planters brand Cheez Balls as the ultimate Merlot pairing. Slots are almost booked, so call 323-478-1985 or rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org soon!
Malibu Chili Cook-Off – 9/3 -9/4
We know it hardly feels like chili weather, but maybe, just maybe it will cool down enough by the weekend to enjoy steaming bowls of the beany comfort food in Malibu. The city holds its 30th annual chili cook-off to benefit Kiwanis Saturday and Sunday as part of the Friday-through-Monday celebration that also includes a carnival and fair. Admission is $10 per day; $5 for children 5 to 11; and free for the little ones 5 and younger. More information.
Beer Belly & Park’s Finest BBQ Team Up – 9/4
Vegan at Verdugo – 9/4
DIY FYI – 9/4
Ok, yes, it’s the Smell. Not exactly a place you usually associate with, you know, eating. But this Sunday from 8 to 11 p.m., head to the DIY FYI event at the downtown venue for vegan goodies like cupcakes and pretzels join homespun crafts and live music. More information.
Labor Day To-Go at Tavern
If you want to spend quality time in the kitchen—or at your backyard grill—go for it. But for those who want to kick back and let someone else do the cooking, Tavern can help. Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s Brentwood hangout is offering fried chicken, barbecue beef, ready-to-grill burgers and more, to go. If you’re looking for a barbecue sauce to slather on that chicken leg just off the grill, Tavern has that too, at $6 a pint. For a full menu, visit tavernla.com Allow at least 48 hours when placing your order. We’ll start with a dozen cornbread muffins and some deviled eggs.