3 food events you should know about: coffee meets art at 'Hecho a Mano'; 'Swine & Wine' dinner at Corkbar; pick-up farm boxes in Long Beach
Coffee and art: Coffee lovers with a passion for an artisanally-produced cuppa won't want to miss the opening celebration of "Hecho a Mano" ("Made by Hand"), a collaborative multimedia exhibition co-curated by the nonprofit Los Angeles Art Assn. and the Guatemalan Coffee Board. With a photo series showing artisans at work on small coffee growing fincas, the presentation draws parallels between the hands-on techniques involved in small-scale premium coffee production and the care that artists take to produce their creations. Admission is free. The opening is Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Los Angeles Art Assn.'s gallery. The exhibit continues through Feb. 11.
825 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles; www.laaa.org.
'Swine & Wine': Downtown wine bar Corkbar teams with bacon maker Cast Iron Gourmet on Wednesday, Feb. 2, for a bacon dinner dubbed "Swine & Wine." Corkbar executive chef Albert Aviles and Cast Iron Gourmet chef-owner Rashida Purifoy will collaborate on the three-course menu: frisée salad with roasted tomato, shallot and lardons; banh mi slider with cured pork belly, hoisin glaze and sambal aioli on a brioche bun; and a bacon chocolate cupcake with caramel whipped cream and lardons. $25; optional wine pairing is an additional $13. 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations required.
403 W. 12th St., Los Angeles; (213) 746-0050; www.corkbar.com. See also Corkbar on Twitter, @corkbar.
Long Beach farm boxes: Farmer-based nonprofit Long Beach Local offers a farm box program in conjunction with Beachgreens, which will deliver locally and organically grown produce direct from the farmer to a drop-off point at the Bella Cosa shop (located at 3803 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach). Pick-up day is Wednesday, from 4 to 6 p.m. The next pick-up opportunity will be Wednesday, Jan. 19 (payments must be be made by Monday, Jan. 17). Payment for pick-ups starting in February are due Jan. 31. Farm boxes come with seven types of vegetables, two herbs and two to three types of fruit. Only the freshest in-season produce will be harvested and packed for you. $30 per week (can be ordered weekly, biweekly or monthly). Recipes posted each week at www.longbeachlocal.org in the recipe section.
To sign up, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (562) 230-7207.
-- Linda Burum and Betty Hallock
Photo: the patio at Corkbar. Credit: Jay Clendenin/The Los Angeles Times.