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Three Days of Deliciousness at the Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival in Santa Monica | March 1 – 3

Get ready, my fellow epicureans! We’re diving headfirst into the Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival (LAWFF), where the extraordinary fusion of flavors meets the chaotic harmony of art, all against the dazzling backdrop of the Santa Monica Pier from March 1st to 3rd, 2024. Mark your calendars, clear your schedules, and prepare your palates for a weekend of sensory delights of the most exquisite kind.

LAWFF recently a preview party at the beautiful Neuehouse in Venice Beach. The Hollywood Home was more than happy to be invited and if that event is any indication of what’s to come at the festival we’re all in for a decadent three days of deliciousness at the main event.

Photos from the LA Wine & Food Festival Media Preview Tasting

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And let me be the first to tell you, this isn’t your standard food and wine affair; it’s a full-on celebration of the wild, the weird, and the wonderful in food – California style. It’s also a celebration of the eclectic tapestry of California’s locales, the vibrant personalities of our best chefs, and the bounty of our amazing produce, all intertwined with a sprinkle of art, entertainment, and giving back.

Let’s delve into the soul of the festival – the remarkable lineup of chefs. We’re talking 90 culinary maestros, with 16 headliners ready to craft an unparalleled dining experience. But here’s the kicker – LAWFF is putting a spotlight on the fantastic female-owned restaurants in LA, in collaboration with their partners at Regarding Her (RE:Her), a non-profit dedicated to uplifting women in the food and beverage industry. I’m always saluting the unsung heroines of the kitchen, so this particular festival holds a special place in my heart.

And hold onto your knives because LAWFF is benefitting not one but two incredible L0s Angeles non-profits. The second? They’re proudly backing The Artist Plate Project, a charitable initiative supporting the Coalition for the Homeless. In connection with Frieze Los Angeles, The Artist Plate Project, an activation founded by Michelle Hellman, will feature at the event following its sold-out iteration at Frieze New York 2023 fifty limited-edition plates designed by world-renowned artists, including Virgil Abloh, Rashid Johnson, Takashi Murakami, and Amy Sherald. They will be on display and available for attendees to purchase. Proceeds will directly benefit the organization, and provide food, crisis services, housing, and other critical aid to thousands of people experiencing homelessness and instability.

Let’s dissect the juicy details of what awaits you at LAWFF below, including all the chefs, restaurants, DJs, and artists set for this amazing beachside weekend of wine and wonderful food:

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The Best Valentine’s Day Dinner Date Ideas in Los Angeles | Wednesday, February 14 2024

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air, and what better place to celebrate romance than the dazzling city of Los Angeles? LA’s dining scene sets the stage for a culinary Valentine’s Day filled with passion and enchantment. We’ve compiled all of our city’s best Valentine’s, Galentine’s, and Palentine’s dinner date ideas across the city’s thirty-mile zone. Imagine sharing a candlelit dinner with breathtaking views atop one of the city’s toniest rooftop restaurants, or savoring a delectable meal in an intimate courtyard setting. We’ll delve into the most enchanting and gastronomically delightful spots, ensuring your Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles is a celebration of love, flavor, and the perfect setting for a romantic rendezvous. Though you’ll find plenty of restaurants with à la carte menus, our curated list of the best Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menus in L.A. will take further hassle out of planning and choosing.

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The Best Events Happening This New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles | Dec. 31 2023

As the year draws to a close, Los Angeles is set to ignite with many spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations that promise an unforgettable start to 2024. Just to name a few, first up is the Happiest Hour Extravaganza at Dynasty Typewriter, offering a riotous night of stand-up comedy, live music, and a complimentary champagne toast to bid farewell to 2023. Union Station, a 1930s Art Deco gem, transforms into a glamorous Prohibition-era wonderland with Chromeo headlining a thrilling DJ set, live jazz, captivating burlesque performances, and a grand 60-foot custom ball drop. For a more enchanting experience, Descanso Gardens presents the Enchanted Forest of Light, a whimsical journey through illuminated installations across the botanical garden, promising a departure from the commonplace and endless immersive fun. These three events, each offering a unique and dazzling celebration, set the stage for an extraordinary New Year’s Eve in the City of Angels. Plus, there’s plenty more and something for everyone included in our carefully curated list below. Happy New Year’s Eve!

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Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner This Year in Los Angeles | 2023

At home! Or, out on the town! Every year there’s the eternal question: should we make Thanksgiving dinner at home? Or should we get takeout? Order our turkey from Little Dom’s, or pick one up pre-cooked from Gelson’s? Or should we make a reservation and leave the cooking and cleaning to those far less culinarily challenged than us? Say, Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, or go old school at a steakhouse in The Valley? To help you decide this year we’ve put together a list of all of Los Angeles’s best Thanksgiving dinner options, all with last minute availability to get you, your friends, and family, out of the kitchen and into a wonderful restaurant this holiday.

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K&L Wines Annual Champagne Tent Event Returns This Saturday Oct. 21 2023

K&L Wines Merchants’s biggest and best annual celebration is back in full swing this Saturday, October 21 in the heart of Hollywood! After a long (much too long) hiatus, the Champagne Tent Event makes its triumphant return with over sixty Champagnes all under one roof (or tent!).

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The Best Events This Weekend in Los Angeles | Fri., Oct. 13 – Sun., Oct. 15

Get ready for an action-packed weekend in Los Angeles! On Sunday, October 15, experience the iconic CicLAvia—Heart of LA, with 7.8 miles of car-free streets connecting downtown LA neighborhoods, perfect for biking, roller-skating, or leisurely walking. For history buffs, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Living History Tour on the same day uncovers the tales of Hollywood legends resting there. And on Saturday, October 14, the 2023 Culver City Art Walk & Roll Festival closes Washington Boulevard for a day of live music, beer gardens, delectable food, children’s activities, and captivating live murals. Whether you’re exploring the streets, delving into Hollywood’s past, or reveling in artistic delights, Los Angeles has something thrilling for everyone this weekend!

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L.A. Times Food Bowl Photo Recap: Fiesta Friday, Danny Trejo, Holbox, Alfalfa, & More!

L.A. Times Food Bowl Team

Another incredible L.A. Times Food Bowl in the books! The annual month-long food festival held its three-night Night Market series at the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot over the weekend and the food was, as always, incredible. Legendary Los Angeles chefs were present, the drinks were flowing, the music was thumping, and the company of LA area foodies couldn’t have been more friendlier and enthusiastic. As far as food festivals in our great city go, the L.A. Times Food Bowl has established itself as the premier culinary event in all of California. As we always are, we were on site to try as many of the new and inventive dishes on offer as possible, meet the chefs (many of whom have become friends over the years), celebrate the influence of Jonathan Gold, and have an absolute blast. And, as we always do, we’ve photographed a selection of our favorites for your viewing pleasure. Don’t take our recommendations with a grain of salt: these are must-try dishes that are now being served at many of the restaurants that participated in the event. If we missed you this year, we hope to see you at next year’s L.A. Times Food Bowl. Bon appétit. And cheers!

L.A. Times Food Bowl Team

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All the Chefs & Restaurants at the Melrose Hill Block Party | Sat. Sept. 30

If you missed the LA Food Bowl, you’re in luck! The second annual Melrose Hill Block Party is back this Saturday, September 30th. The bash celebrates the up and coming Melrose Hill community through food, fashion, and music with several of the chefs and restaurants who participating in the month-long Food Bowl festival presented by the Los Angeles Times. The all-day long event will be hosted by Ggiata, Bricks & Wood, Postmates and Basic.space. They’re calling it a “micro street festival” that will again showcase emerging local restaurants, beverage, streetwear, and brands set to the sounds of locally-beloved and nationally known DJs and performers. This year, proceeds will benefit 501c3 non-profit No Us Without You. No Us Without You is a public charity that providees food security for undocumented Back Of House Staff and their families. Undocumented hospitality workers are the backbone of the hospitality industry. Read on for more details!

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Labor Day Weekend Events in Los Angeles | Sept. 1 – Sept. 4 2023

Get ready, Los Angeles! Labor Day weekend is about to hit the city like a wave of pure excitement, and we’ve got your golden ticket to all the fun. 🌞🎉 First up, the queen herself, Beyoncé, is gracing the stage at SoFi Stadium for not one, not two, but three electrifying nights. Her Renaissance World Tour is set to bring you an unforgettable experience, blending her latest hits with timeless classics. Or, step into the world of cinematic nostalgia with Big Screen Pee-Wee, a four-film marathon dedicated to the iconic Paul Reubens, better known as Pee-Wee Herman. It’s an afternoon of laughter and adventure that you won’t want to miss. And for all you tequila enthusiasts out there, the Melrose Tequila Festival is the place to be. As the sun sets on Saturday night, head over to Melrose Place in West Hollywood for hand-crafted cocktails, tequila-infused delights, and non-stop entertainment. But wait, there’s more! Our curated list is brimming with Labor Day weekend events that will keep your spirits soaring. Read on for the full scoop on what’s happening in sunny Los Angeles this holiday weekend! 🌴🍹🎶

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Your Guide to the L.A. Times Food Bowl 2023

It’s that time of year again: summer is sizzling and the seventh annual L.A. Times Food Bowl, presented by City National Bank, returns! The Times has curated a full month of can’t-miss events, celebrating the best of L.A.’s diverse and dynamic culinary scene with the Gold Award, named after iconic food critic Jonathan Gold, plus Times food critic Bill Addison’s Restaurant of the Year, and L.A.’s favorite backlot food festival, Night Market at the legendary Paramount Pictures Studios. We go every year and not only we were incredibly lucky to have met the late, great Mr. Gold, the festival always offers ample opportunities to meet all of your favorite chefs, winemakers, brewers, and occasionally celebrities and perhaps even the Los Angeles mayor. But the best part of the festival is always being surrounded by so many foodies and Los Angeles culinary connoisseurs. The vibe is never off and always on at any given Food Bowl soirée.

It’s a delicious and decadent festival celebrating the city’s diverse food scene, featuring the best of local eateries and world-renowned culinary talent through dining events, special chef collaborations, the weekend-long Night Market festival, and other food-inspired events across Los Angeles. Mix and mingle under the stars at the kick-off bash to this mouthwatering month of food at the Food Bowl Launch Party on the gorgeous Lemon Grove restaurant rooftop with 360-degree views of all of Tinseltown. The launch party will bring the food and beverage industry together for an exclusive night of cocktails and bites with some of L.A.’s best chefs, brought to you by Singapore Airlines. Most events sell out, so read on for all the highlights of our city’s annual celebration of all things culinary and all things Los Angeles and do no wait to buy tickets!

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