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Six food events you should know about: Your weekend just got foodier

August 19, 2009 |  1:46 pm

Larkins ONGOING

Peachy keen: Craft has announced the arrival of its second annual peach harvest and tasting menu. The peaches come from Masumoto Family Farm in Fresno, where pastry chef Shannon Swindle and several other Craft employees traveled to help with the harvest. The resulting seven-course tasting menu includes wild John Dory, chanterelle mushrooms and pickled peaches; and braised veal breast, flageolet beans, mustard greens and peach jam. 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles. The menu will be served until the peaches run out. $100 with a $65 optional wine pairing. (310) 279-4180. www.craftrestaurant.com.

FRIDAY

Hot August nights: The Wine Assn. of the Duke of Bourbon presents a "wine concert" featuring vintages from four California wineries: Diamond Creek Vineyards from Calistoga, Rombauer Vineyards from St. Helena, Napa Valley's Orin Swift and Silver Oak Cellars from the Napa and Alexander valleys. Bread and cheese will be served, but eat dinner in advance. You'll need a full stomach to get through this packed evening. Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills. 7:15 p.m. $48. (818) 341-1234. dukeofbourbon.com.

SATURDAY

Tasting Eagle Rock: Sample food from some of Eagle Rock's most popular restaurants, including Brownstone Pizzeria, Larkin's, Senor Fish and the new CaCao Mexicatessen. Proceeds from the event, which is being hosted by the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and the Chamber of Commerce, will benefit the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness. GLAD, 2222 Laverna Ave., Eagle Rock. Noon to 4 p.m. $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger. (323) 478-8000. www.gladinc.org.

A wholesale party: Purchase a variety of fine gourmet imports at the same wholesale prices that many of the city's notable restaurants pay. French specialty food store and cafe Nicole's Gourmet Foods and its import and distribution company, Gourmet Imports, will host a one-day event during which customers can visit the warehouse and choose from a variety of discounted artisan cheeses, charcuterie, specialty olive oils, vinegar, mustard, pasta, salts and more. Barbecue will be available if all that shopping makes you hungry. As an added bonus, Alex Brown of Hot Knives is the cheese impresario for Gourmet Imports. Gourmet Imports, 961 S. Meridian Ave., Alhambra. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (626) 570-6900. www.nicolesgourmetfoods.com.


SUNDAY

Chicks With Knives: Grab a seat at the table for a four-course dinner party hosted by Chicks With Knives, a private supper club that uses mainly local and sustainable ingredients in their dishes. For this dinner they've created a dessert using Algabar's Emperor's Beloved Tea and asked Algabar founder and tea expert, Gail Baral, to talk about tea rituals and customs during the dinner. To join Chicks With Knives and for further information on the dinner, go to www.chickswithknives.com.

Sneak peek Be one of the first people to eat at the new La Cachette Bistro. Join chef Jean Francois Meteigner for cocktails and a food and wine tasting with proceeds benefiting the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. La Cachette Bistro, 1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. 6 to 9 p.m. $65 donation. Reservations required, (310) 470-4992. www.ebkids.org.

--Jessica Gelt

Photo: Larkin's restaurant in Eagle Rock will participate in Saturday's Taste of Eagle Rock event. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

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