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3 Food Events You Should Know About: Cognoscenti Coffee tasting + Royal/T; Carmela Ice Cream at DomaineLA; Library Alehouse's SourFest

July 21, 2011 |  6:00 am


Coffee time: Royal/T, Culver City's Japanese pop-art gallery and maid cafe, hosts a Cognoscenti Coffee tasting, along with food pairings from cheesemonger Sebastian Robin Craig of the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills and Jessica Koslow of Sqirl. Cognoscenti Coffee founder Yeekai Lim will be pouring Four Barrel coffee. There will be artisanal cheeses, homemade pickles, seasonal jams and specialty breads and baked goods. A three-course menu includes: Lacinato kale salad with Sqirl’s preserved Meyer lemons, Santa Rosa plum dressing, and Lou Rey raw sheep Basque cheese, paired with chilled Ethiopia Welena Suke Quto coffee; a European cheese plate with Sqirl’s homemade pickles and Proof’s Concord grape focaccia, paired with hot Kenya Murang’a Theri and chilled Costa Rica La Concha Typica. Aug. 3, 4 to 8 p.m. Tasting sessions start every half-hour. Poetry reading starts at 7 p.m. in the back space. Tickets are $18 per person, available at http://coffeexfood.eventbrite.com or call Royal/T. 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 559-6300, www.royal-t.org. 

Have your wine with your ice cream: Local ice cream maker Carmela Ice Cream unveils new wine-based sorbets at wine shop DomainLA in West Hollywood. Carmela founder and flavor developer Jessica Mortarotti collaborated with sommelier Heather Willens to create two summer wine sorbets, based on Raventos i Blanc Sparkling Cava and Caluna Malbec blend (Willens' own brand). Sorbets and wines available for tasting. Sunday, July 24, 2 to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $6 (through the Domain547 website) or $8 at the door. 6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, www.domaine547.com. 

SourFest kick-off: Library Alehouse celebrates all beers sour, starting July 25 with a visit from Orange County's Bruery. Featured beers: the Wanderer (City Beer collaboration); Marrón Acidifié (Cigar City collaboration); Pharaoh; Hottenroth Berliner Weisse; and Saison de Lente. A cheese pairing from Bruery Provisions cheesemonger Kendra Birdwell and Cicerone Thomas Kelley also will be available. Throughout SourFest, which runs until Aug. 4, Library Alehouse will dedicate 10 of its 29 taps to beers that bring the sour, rotating through 30 sour beers. See a SourFest draft list after the jump. 2911 Main St., Santa Monica, (310) 314-4855, www.libraryalehouse.com.


Best sophisticated summer dessert ever?

Sniffing out snail roe -- in Las Vegas

Tim Burton's cocktail

-- Betty Hallock 

Photo: Cognoscenti Coffee at Proof Bakery. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Library Alehouse SourFest (draft list subject to change)

• Bruery Saison de Lente

• Bruery The Wanderer 

• Bruery Hottenroth 

• Bruery Pharaoh 

• Bruery Marron Acidifie

• Ballast Point Sour Wench 

• Liefman’s Cuvee Brut

• Petrus Aged Pale

• Rodenbach Grand Cru

• Rodenbach Vintage 2008

• St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

• New Belgium La Folie

• Allagash Confluence

• Allagash Vrienden

• Jolly Pumpkin ES Bam

• Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire

• Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial

• De Proef Les Deux Brasseurs

• Verhaeghe Echte Kriekenbier 

• Duchesse de Bourgogne 

• Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge 

• Van Honsebrouck Bacchus 

• Bellegem’s Bruin 

• Russian River Consecration 

• Telegraph Obscura Amber

• Telegraph Barrel-Aged Strong Sour

• Lost Abbey Red Poppy

• Bootlegger’s (TBD)

• Eagle Rock (TBD)

• Drake’s (TBD).