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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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CicLAvia 🚴‍♂️✨ Kicks Off 2024 Season with CicLAvia-Melrose, Connecting Fairfax to Vermont | Sunday, Feb. 25

Get ready, Los Angeles! CicLAvia is gearing up for its 50th car-free street celebration, and this time, the spotlight is on the vibrant Melrose corridor. Picture this: 4 miles of car-free bliss, connecting Fairfax to Vermont, as people of all ages and abilities come together to revel in a pop-up park extravaganza on Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CicLAvia – Melrose promises a day of fun, fitness, and community spirit, encouraging everyone to ditch their cars and embrace their favorite people-powered mode of transport. Whether you’re walking, jogging, biking, roller-skating, or just soaking up the atmosphere, this event is a celebration of open streets, vibrant public spaces, and healthier living.

But that’s not all – this year marks a major milestone for CicLAvia, hitting its 50th event since its inception in 2010. Romel Pascual, the Executive Director of CicLAvia, shares his excitement about the remarkable journey and the plans for 2024. Brace yourselves for more events, expanded neighborhoods, innovative twists on previous routes, and the introduction of CicLAminis and CicLAvia Explore events.

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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.

Courtesy of Merois.

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The Best Holiday Events Happening this Weekend in Los Angeles | Dec. 8 – Dec. 10 2023

🎄🎅🤶🦌⛄❄️🕎🔔🎁 Get ready to immerse yourself in the festive spirit with spectacular holiday events happening this December weekend in Los Angeles! First up, make your way to the 2nd Annual Winter Holiday Bazaar at Gasolina Cafe from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, where a vibrant array of over a dozen artisans will showcase everything from jewelry and pottery to skincare and candles. Indulge in traditional Spanish holiday treats, sip on hot chocolate, wine, and cocktails, and enjoy live jazz as you explore the wonders on display. Next, as the sun sets, head to Burton Chace Park & Fisherman’s Village in Marina Del Rey for the Marina Del Rey Boat Parade from 5:55 PM to 8:00 PM. Witness a dazzling fireworks display followed by a boat parade themed “Beauty of Winter on the Water,” with boats adorned in twinkling lights and decorations. For a more intimate celebration, venture to Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum for the Holiday Family Faire from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Amidst carolers, madrigals, and enchanting performances, explore an artisan marketplace offering holiday gifts and crafts. Stick around for caroling with Theatricum company members and an outdoor screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol (tickets required). And these are just the tip of the holiday iceberg – there are many exciting holiday events in our post below. 🕯️🎉🎊🍪🥂🕰️🌟

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The Best Events & Things to Do This Weekend in Los Angeles | Dec. 1 – 3

🌟 Celebrate the Magic of LA and the holiday season this Weekend! 🎉✨ Get ready for an unforgettable weekend in Los Angeles with a long list of fantastic events! On Saturday, December 2, join the 12th Annual Venice Holiday Sign Lighting at the iconic VENICE Sign, featuring Santa photos, live music, and complimentary carnival games. On Sunday, embrace the car-free streets of Leimert Park and Historic South Central at CicLAvia – South LA, celebrating 13 years of open exploration. Don’t miss the 2023 Holiday Marketplace at Craft Contemporary all weekend, offering a curated selection of unique jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more. Plus, there’s many more happenings and things to do around town this weekend in our carefully curated list below. LA is simply buzzing with festive vibes, so gather your crew for a weekend packed with holiday cheer, outdoor adventures, and one-of-a-kind finds! 🎄🚴‍♂️🛍️ #LAWeekend #HolidayMagic

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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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Experience What’s Next…NOW at WestEdge Design Fair ’23 | Nov. 16-18

The WestEdge Design Fair, a renowned exhibition spotlighting modern design, returns to Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar this November 16th through the 18th, and I’ve got the inside scoop on what’s shaping up to be the crème de la crème of design events in Los Angeles.

All weekend long will be a playground for design aficionados, where every corner exudes modern luxury and innovation. I’m talking about an experience that’s part shopping spree, part creative workshop, and all parts mingling with artisans, designers, and innovators. This year’s installment promises a comprehensive showcase of premier home furnishing brands, featuring both established and emerging names within the design industry. This special event offers a platform for guests to engage with the latest products, alongside panel discussions, workshops, and culinary demonstrations designed to immerse and educate attendees.

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CicLAvia: 6 Miles of Open Streets to Explore Leimert Park & Historic South Central | Sun. Dec. 3 2023

Picture this Angeleno’s dream come true: a car-free Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Soon, that dream will become a reality, if only for a day. A remarkable event is approaching that promises a unique and vibrant experience in the heart of South LA. On Sunday, December 3rd, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., CicLAvia – South LA, presented by Metro, will celebrate its 13th year of fostering dynamic public spaces and promoting active transportation. This year, the 49th car-free event will connect Leimert Park and Historic South Central over a 6-mile route.

 

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Architectural & Designer-Done Brilliance at Los Feliz Oaks Stunner | 5698 Holly Oak Drive

Set atop a secluded hillside in the Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills, this remarkably unique home is a true departure from the everyday. Reimagined from top to bottom by the great Rubin Studio, every surface exudes substance and style.

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The Best Happenings & Haunts This Halloween Weekend in Los Angeles | Oct. 27 – Oct. 31

Get ready for a spooktacular Halloween weekend in the heart of Los Angeles, where the City of Angels comes alive with a host of ghoulishly delightful events that will leave you enchanted and bewitched! First up, on Saturday, the iconic Hollywood Forever invites you to their 24th Día y Noche de los Muertos celebration, a vivid homage to the living and the departed. With art installations, altars, ofrendas, mouthwatering food, and soul-stirring performances, this year’s theme, “Máscaras de México – Vida y Muerte en La Máscara” promises a mesmerizing cultural journey. For a spine-tingling cinematic experience, catch “The Bride of Frankenstein” at The Theatre at Ace Hotel from October 27th to 28th where the LA Opera Orchestra breathes life into this gothic horror classic. And last but not least, don’t miss the hauntingly charming “Disney Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ In Concert” at the legendary Hollywood Bowl from October 27th to 29th, 2023, complete with a live orchestra and a star-studded cast. Plus, be sure to arrive early for a bewitching costume contest and a Hollywood Bowl transformed into Halloween Town for some wickedly fun trick-or-treating. It’s a weekend of festivities that’ll send shivers down your spine and warm your Halloween-loving heart!

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