Datebook: Wine and cheese, curry festival and Thai New Year
Eagle Rock favorite Colorado Wine Co., known for its laid-back approach to wine and convivial back room wine bar, hosts a tasting of Black Sheep Findswith founders Peter Hunken (part of the Holus Bolus and Piedrasassi winemaking teams) and Amy Christine (A.O.C. sommelier). The price is right at $25 for six wines, along with cheeses from Auntie Em's Marketplace. Be sure to say hello to owners John and Jennifer Nugent, who have practically made the shop an extension of their own living room. Colorado Wine Co., 2114 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $25. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 478-1985. www.cowineco.com.
Thai Town celebrates Songkran, Thailand's traditional New Year, by closing off Hollywood Boulevard between Western and Normandie and filling it with delicious Thai food booths, Singha beer vendors, live music, Thai boxing, dancing and traditional arts and crafts. The second annual International Curry Festival is also part of the mix, when international curry products will compete for the "Curry King" title. Thousands of people are expected, so may we suggest you arrive via subway. There's a Red Line stop at Hollywood and Western. Songkran Festival, Hollywood Boulevard, between Normandie and Western. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free.
Celebrate the season with a Spring Flavors Cooking Class at Chez Cherie Cooking School. Learn about spring's most delicious fruits and vegetables and enjoy a light meal to boot. Chez Cherie Cooking School, 1401 Foothill Blvd., La Canada. 6:30 p.m. $65. (818) 952-7217. www.chezcherie.com.
Get ready to host a unique dinner party by taking a Spanish tapas class with Happy Trails Catering. Dishes you'll learn to create (and enjoy sampling) include Andalusian gazpacho, marinated olives and Marcona almonds, chorizo croquettes and sizzling shrimp in garlic sauce. Happy Trails Catering, 207 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $75. (626) 796-9526. www.happytrailscatering.com.
-- Jessica Gelt
P.S.: We know the Los Angeles Beer Festivalis happening this weekend, but we've got our own beer man, Blake Hennon, on it. He'll post something glorious later this week. Stay tuned.
Photo: A 200-pound display of pad Thai in a six-foot wok was a highlight of L.A.'s Songkran (Thai New Year) festival in 2005, which also featured more than 50 food booths, a parade and dance and music performances. Credit: Jet Tila.