Liquid Events: Drought Benefit Dinner, Wine Tasting at Republique, and Corner Door’s Spooky Cocktails

Fight California’s drought by drinking Matthew Biancaniello’s cocktails, and more

How Dry Cocktail Party for Drought Awareness and Relief, 11/2
To help raise awareness for organic farmers that have been plagued by California’s unrelenting drought, A Sustainable Kitchen is hosting a relief benefit at Greenbar Craft Distillery, inviting mixologist Matthew Biancaniello (the man behind drinks like Pimp’s Cup and Mushroom at Commissary and Pot, respectively) and six chefs including Union’s Bruce Kalman, Belcampo Meat Co.’s Robbie Arnold-Star, and Cooks County’s Roxana Jullapat for drinks and small bites. “Food is a great way to get people involved,” said A Sustainable Kitchen’s Annette Eason. “Los Angeles was, at one point, so far behind the rest of the county in terms of awareness and water conservation.” Here’s the kicker: each dish and drink will use edible native California plants as an ingredient. “It was a challenge issued by Matt when we first met at a farmer’s market,” said Eason. A $37.50 ticket donation is suggested, and all proceeds will benefit the California Certified Organic Farmers. Purchase your tickets here.

Bethel Heights Winemaker Dinner at Republique, 11/11
Republique is teaming up with winegrower Mimi Casteel of the Oregon-based, family run Bethel Heights Vineyards for a five-course dinner paired with estate-grown Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays (nine wines total). A former ecologist and botanist, Casteel is a proponent of experimental vineyard design with a focus in sustainability, compost, and vermiculture. “I’ve always loved Bethel Heights wines. We used to carry them at Campanile years ago,” says Republique sommelier Taylor Parsons. For now menu details are sparse, but any reason to visit the tiled halls of Manzke’s new bistro is a good one.  To RSVP, email [email protected]

Halloween at the Corner Door, 10/31
If you want to familiarize yourself with the latest concoctions from head barman Beau du Bois–the man who boosted Corner Door’s cocktail program with things like housemade vermouth and amaro–come wearing your best Halloween costume. As part of du Bois’ holiday tradition, he’ll be showcasing a brand new line-up of juice-based drinks and complex spirits. In addition to this, the two best dressed attendees (male and female) will each win a private bar class for two with du Bois. Visit for more info.