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Six Food Events You Should Know About: A wine-tastic weekend

August 27, 2009 |  8:48 pm

Hitching-Post SATURDAY

Cook, drink, repeat Participate in an Asian-fusion cooking class taught by chef Edgar Agbayani at Roy's Newport Beach. Learn what it takes to make ahi tuna tartare, macadamia-crusted mahi mahi and Roy's melting hot chocolate souffle. Eat what you cook and enjoy it with a mini Hawaiian martini and a glass of Roy's Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay. Roy's Newport Beach, Fashion Island, 453 Newport Center Drive. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $40. (949) 640-7697.

A taste of home Head to the 33rd annual Home Remodeling & Decorating Show in Pasadena and participate in the Taste of Home Cooking School hosted by Taste of Home magazine. Participants will learn to cook a variety of "fall comfort classics" including Flank Steak Santa Fe, Mom's Manicotti and Smoked Salmon and Chive Cheesecake. Every attendee gets a gift bag filled with all sorts of stuff that you may or may not use, such as coupons and product samples. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 Green St. 3 to 6 p.m. $15.95 admission includes entry into the Home Show. (818) 557-2950. www.thehomeshow.com.

You're so wine-y The Malibu Wine Classic is back for its seventh year featuring tastes from more than 60 wineries from the Central Coast. The afternoon “grand tasting” includes all of the wineries as well as food from more than two dozen popular restaurants including the Water Grill, Saddle Peak Lodge, STK and Joe’s Pizza of Bleecker Street. The tasting benefits Childhelp, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Malibu Civic Center, 23555 Civic Center Way, Malibu. 1 to 4:30 p.m. $79 in advance, $100 at the door. www.malibuwineclassic.com.

SUNDAY

Beer me Pamper your beer belly at the Orange County Beer Festival, which features the hoppy goodness of Orange County's top breweries alongside more than 60 other domestic and international brands. In total you'll find more than 120 beers on tap. Barbecue is also on the suds-soaked menu of tipsy fun, as are burgers from In-n-Out and glitter rock from the band Metal Shop. Show up to get a 4-ounce mug for unlimited tasting pleasure. Proceeds benefit Noah's Bark Animal Rescue. 4621 Santiago Canyon Rd., Silverado. 2 to 5 p.m. $40; tickets won't be sold at the door. (310) 303-4883. www.drinkeatplay.com/ocbeerfest.

Farm to table Grab a seat at Ammo for its summer farm-to-table dinner featuring Windrose Farm and Tablas Creek Vineyard. Windrose is a 50-acre organic farm in San Luis Obispo County that grows delicious produce, including heirloom tomatoes, onions, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, herbs, melons, apples and stone fruit. Tablas Creek, a neighbor to Windrose, specializes in making organic wines. Ammo, 1155 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 5 to 9 p.m. $45, $30 more for the wine pairing. (323) 871-2666. www.ammocafe.com.

Hitch your wagon to a glass Saddle up to a table at Riva for a wine dinner featuring Santa Barbara County's Hitching Post Winery, which gained legions of fans after it was featured prominently in the Alexander Payne wine-centric dramedy "Sideways." Chef Jason Travi will prepare a five-course meal, which will be paired with eight or possibly nine wines (basically Hitching Post's entire lineup). Riva, 312 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. 6 to 9 p.m. $100. (310) 451-7482. www.rivarestaurantla.com. (Note: If you miss this dinner, a similar dinner is happening Monday night at Travi's other restaurant, Fraiche.)

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Hitching Post Restaurant's chef, winemaker and proprietor, Frank Ostini, pours out his best for a couple enjoying the "Sideways Movie Trail." Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

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