Labor Day Weekend: Eat It Up

It’s a long weekend, which means you have three additional work-free meals to fill. Not to mention snacks! Here are a few delicious options to fill your belly as well as your days off.

L.A. Times/Food & Wine Host THE TASTE – 9/2-5

This Labor Day weekend, L.A. will be hit by the Hurricane Irene of culinary events, a four-day celebrity chef-filled extravaganza taking place in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and downtown and covering a variety of topics from street food to mixology to the farmers’ market. Tickets are sold separately for each event, and can be purchased online. More information.
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 [email protected] 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

It seems Koreatown’s Beer Belly has turned itself in to something of a summer hotspot. Fresh off last weekend’s “Crap for Craft” event the beer bar has annouced it will host Fillipino BBQ masters The Park’s Finest to cater a $10-a-plate BBQ dinner on Saturday. The menu will feature ribs, chicken, tri-tip, and plenty of grilled pan de sal. The best part? All funds go towards the establishment of a Park’s Finest brick-and-mortar restaurant. More information.

Vegan at Verdugo  – 9/4

Vegan bloggstress Quarrygirl has invited Alex Brown and Evan George of the Hot Knives to whip up some vegan ‘cue at Glassell Park’s Verdugo Bar this Sunday. Beer, tunes, board games, and meat-free soul food will be available starting at 2 p.m. Want a little preview? Check out the recipe Hot Knives shared with us from their upcoming cookbook, Salad Daze.  More information.

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 Allow at least 48 hours when placing your order. We’ll start with a dozen cornbread muffins and some deviled eggs.