3 food events you should know about: Sabor da Bahia at Angeli Caffe; 'History of Wine Making in San Gabriel Valley'; Artisanal LA [Updated]
Brazilian street food: Street Food Mondays continue at Angeli Caffe with Evan Kleiman and Street Gourmet LA. On Monday, get Brazilian street food and beach cuisine from Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Reni Flores and Ilma Wright are baianas, women from Bahia, and they'll be serving acaraje (Brazilian falafel) and abara (Brazilian tamales) -- the way they do at local festivals where samba singer Reni occasionally gives a command performance. The menu also includes shrimp skewers sauteed in palm oil, Bahian-style crab cakes with butter-toasted yucca flour and shrimp stew with chayote. 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA (323) 936-9086.
[Updated 10:30 a.m. 10/18/10: An earlier version of this post misspelled baianas as baiananas.]
L.A.'s wine-making roots: Charles Perry will tell the "History of Wine Making in San Gabriel Valley" at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, followed by a wine tasting, on Sunday, Oct. 24.
Los Angeles County was the first place in the country where premium wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon were made, starting in the 1830s. In the late 1880s, L.A. was still producing more table wine than either Napa or Sonoma, and its wines were being exported to the East Coast and Europe. The San Gabriel Valley was our premium wine country....
Perry was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times food section, has published widely on food history, and is the president and co-founder of the Culinary Historians of Southern California. $25 members, $30 non-members. Call for reservations. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, (626) 821-4623, www.arboretum.org.
Weekend marketplace: Artisanal LA kicks off on the weekend of Oct. 23. On both Saturday and Sunday the event will host producers of sustainable and handmade edibles in the penthouse of downtown's historic Cooper Building. Expect a local craft beer and spirits tasting; arts and crafts workshops; speakers and chef demos; giveaways and door prizes; DJ Bryan Davidson; and shopping from more than 75 local craft vendors such as I Heart Pies and All Jarred Up. $10 in advance online (tickets are available through Eventbrite) and $15 day of event at the door (cash only), capacity allowing. Part of the proceeds benefit LAUSD Edible School Gardens. 860 S. Los Angeles St., 11th-floor penthouse, Los Angeles, www.artisanalla.com.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo credit: Bill Esparza/Street Gourmet L.A.