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3 Food Events You Should Know About: Celebrate 'The Walking Dead'; Mardi Gras at Tender Greens; cooking with Deborah Madison

March 8, 2011 | 10:59 am


On the TV: Gale Anne Hurd, owner of Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena and executive producer of the hit TV show "The Walking Dead" on AMC, brings the two together Tuesday night to celebrate the release of the Season 1 DVD. Vertical will be serving "fleshy bites," including squid-inked shrimp and grilled blood sausages, and signature cocktails. Guests will have a chance to win a copy of the DVD and meet members of the cast and crew. Vertical Wine Bistro, upstairs at 70 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena; RSVP by calling (626) 795-3999 or (323) 850-3047.

Fat Tuesday menu: Tender Greens in West Hollywood is celebrating Mardi Gras on Tuesday night with a New Orleans-inspired menu including gumbo ($4), blackened striped bass with a red bean salad, rock shrimp po' boys with cajun aioli, and (just for dinner) crawfish etouffee with rice ($10.50). If you know of any other events to celebrate this raucous holiday, please let us know in the comments section below. Tender Greens, 8759 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.

Cooking lessons: Rancho La Puerta, the fitness resort and spa in Baja California, has teamed up with award-winning chef, writer and cooking teacher Deborah Madison and chef, writer and teacher Penni Wisner to introduce both new and returning cooks (about 10 people per group) to fundamental kitchen skills. The goal is to have each participant leave with the feeling that they can prepare delicious foods at home with confidence, pleasure and ease. It's a four-day intensive course, broken down with soups on Day 1, salads, vinaigrettes and dressings on Day 2, some legumes and grains on Day 3, and plain and fancy vegetables on Day 4. April 23 to 30, an additional $545 for all guests of the resort. Rancho La Pueurta, 11696 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 203, San Diego; (800) 443-7565 or (858) 764-5500.

-- Emma Wartzman

Photo: A sea of hands reaches for beads being thrown from floats during the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Tuesday. Credit: Gerald Herbert / Associated Press