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Four Food Events You Should Know About: Weekend edition

July 17, 2009 |  7:33 pm



Tamales and wine If you've never been to Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe in MacArthur Park, you're really missing out. Not only does the restaurant make fantastic tamales, it also tutors the community in how to make and sell tamales. And it fosters new businesses in the area. Now it hosts wine tastings featuring fresh tamales and wines provided by San Antonio Winery. All for a worthy cause, furthering the good work that Mama and the restaurant already do. Live music will be performed by Laberinto! Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe, 2122 W. 7th St., L.A. 6 to 9 p.m. $25 per person, $45 per couple, so bring that guy you've been meaning to ask out. (213) 487-7474. www.mamashottamales.com.

A sensory treat Join the Saban Free Clinic for its 12th annual "Extravaganza for the Senses" food and wine festival. You can sample sweet and savory bites from more than 40 local restaurants, including La Boheme, Milk, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop and Locanda del Lago, as well as wine from more than 100 wineries. You can also participate in some spirited bidding when more than 200 luxury services and products are put on the block. Best of all, net proceeds benefit the clinic, which provides free medical, dental and social services to the homeless, uninsured, working poor and runaway and high-risk youth. 20th Century Fox Studios, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. 7 to 10 p.m. $100. (323) 330-1670. www.thesabanfreeclinic.com.

Support the arts with food Get classy with the Associates, a support group of the nonprofit Palos Verdes Art Center, as it hosts its fifth annual "Celebrate Chefs" gourmet dining festival. Today's event is called "the Great Gatsby" and it takes place in the "five-acre Rolling Hills gardens and vineyards of Carole and Norman LaCaze." You are encouraged to dress up in your summer whites for this 1920s-inspired lawn party. Get ready to nosh on lobster, filet mignon, wild salmon and creme caramel prepared by Christine Brown, the chef and owner of Christine in Torrance. Also on the menu: mint juleps, classic cars, live jazz and croquet.  Address and time provided upon receipt of reservation. $135. (310) 375-6917.


For the children Join Club Culinaire of French Cuisine for a very special dinner and fundraiser for baby Sebastien Daniel, who is fighting leukemia. A four-course meal paired with wine will be prepared by chefs including Josiah Citrin, Walter Manzke and Josie Le Balch. On the menu: foie gras terrine, seared Alaskan halibut, roasted lamb chop and more. La Cachette, 10506 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $115. (949) 295-0506. www.clubculinaire.us.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Sandra Romero of Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times