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Four food events you should know about: Boozier than ever (weekend edition)

July 23, 2009 |  3:03 pm



National tequila day: Mexico Restaurante y Barra is teaming with Casa Noble Tequila to present a spicy, three-course fiesta dinner featuring a special margarita and dishes made with tequila, including watermelon and verdolaga salad with cotija-tequila vinaigrette; shrimp sautéed in tequila and a tequila ice cream sundae. The menu is available through the weekend. Mexico Restaurante y Barra, 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Food, $25. Margarita, $12 after 7 p.m., $5 during happy hour. (310) 289-0088. www.gogomexico.com.


A cure is brewing: Drink delicious beer for a cause as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosts its second annual "Brew Haw Haw," featuring beer from Angel City Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Mad River Brewing Co. and many more along with catering by Stonefire Grill, Bon Appetit at the Getty Center and co-host BJ's Restaurant. All proceeds benefit the foundation. Autry National Center, Pine Meadows Lawn, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 3 to 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary, beginning at $50, and tickets will not be sold on the day of the event. (323) 655-8525. losangeles.cff.org

Eastern cooking: Join chef Mohan Ismail of RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen for his cooking class series, "Flavors of Southeast Asia." This one is called "Street Foods of Singapore." Ismail, a native of Singapore, is delighted to share his recipes and tips. The class menu includes Singapore chile shrimp, baked Chilean sea bass and teh tarik (pulled milk tea). RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. 9 a.m. to noon. $75. (310) 552-9988. www.rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com.


La dolce vita: Forget your summer diet and join more than 15 bakeries and a variety of local restaurants, including the Geisha House, Milk and the Kress, for the third annual "Dessert Decadence." Mingle with other sweet tooths and sample crème brûlée, gelato, fruit tarts, dessert bars, gourmet ice cream and more. A cash bar will be available for those in need of dessert wine or cocktails. Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 5 to 8 p.m. $40. (310) 709-3969. www.drinkeatplay.com.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Mexico Restaurante y Barra specializes in tequila drinks including, from left, the Cadillac Eldorado, Jump on a Horse, the Ruby and the Silverrano. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times