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4 Food Events You Should Know About: Redd Collection wine dinner at Fraiche; 'The Hunger' film series; SummerTaste wine tastings; Hot's Kitchen and Surfrider Foundation against plastics

June 30, 2011 |  6:00 am


Wine dinnerFraiche restaurant in collaboration with the Redd Collection of Fine Wines is offering patrons a six-course dinner complete with wine pairings and dessert at its Santa Monica location. Some of the wines guests will be tasting include a 1937 Chateau Caillou Sauternes-Barsac with seared foie gras and a 2002 Shafer Hillside Select with grilled venison chop. The event takes place on July 13 at 7:30 p.m. $1,300 per person. Call for reservations. 312 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 451-7482, www.fraicherestaurantla.com.

Film and food: On July 14 at 6 p.m., Levi's Film Workshop will be screen the film "The Hunger." The film is composed of three short films featuring different facets of the local food movement: Growing (featuring Futurefarmers, directed by Aaron Rose and Silver Lake Farms), Preparing (featuring chef Ludo Lefebvre, directed by Lorenzo Fonda) and Serving (featuring Kogi BBQ, directed by Dugan O’Neal).  The event is free and will be catered by those featured in the film. 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, workshops.levi.com.

SummerTASTE wine series: Each first Wednesday of the month through October, the Grove will be holding wine tasting workshops. The first workshop begins on July 6 with Zinfandel and BBQ wines.  There will be food pairings from Maggiano's Little Italy. Purchase tickets online for $50 per person at www.learnaboutwine.com or $60 at the door. Special pricing available for Taste and Vintage members.   In addition, each event will hold a silent auction benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation. 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, www.learnaboutwine.com.

Pints against plastics: Hermosa Beach restaurant Hot's Kitchen and the South Bay Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation have teamed up to raise money for the Rise Above Plastics (RAP) Program on July 17. This program educates the public on the harmful effects that single-use plastic (bottles, bags etc.) has on the environment, especially oceans. Kona beer will be served in customized pint glasses; $6 for the first beer, $5 for refills. All proceeds benefit the RAP Program. 3 to 6 p.m. 844 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310) 318-2939, www.hotskitchen.com.


Buzz wine shop open

No-bake chocolate dessert

Bring your own bottle

--Leah Rodrigues


Photo credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times