3 Events: ice cream class; Deconstructed L.A.; Octobeer at Mezze
Ice Cream 101: Carmela Ice Cream announces its classes for fall, focusing on "savory" flavors. Make brown butter sage ice cream and cranberry orange thyme sorbet. Each student will take home one pint of each flavor. The class will cover the basics of creating ice cream and sorbet bases at home, with demonstrations and tastings of each. Other topics include flavor inspiration, utilizing local farmers market produce and pairing ideas. Classes are Oct. 22, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. $100 per person (includes 2 pints). To reserve your space, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 2495 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 797-1405.
Firestone beer dinner: Firestone Walker Brewing is hosting a beer pairing dinner, "Deconstructed L.A.," during L.A. Beer Week that features several tapas dishes from chef Sean Paxton, "The Homebrew Chef" along with its specialty on Oct. 12 at the Avalon in Hollywood. The dinner celebrates XV, Firestone's 15th-anniversary beer, which is a blend of eight barrel-aged beers constructed by local Paso Robles winemakers under the direction of brewmaster Matt Brynildson. The eight-course tasting "deconstructs" the eight beers that make up XV. A few pairing examples: duck tagine with Sticky Monkey; lamb tenderloin with Helldorado; and merguez with Double Jack. 7 to 10 p.m. $75 per person. For tickets and more information, go to www.fwdeconstructed.com or call (805) 225-5911 x604.
More beer at Mezze: Mezze chef Micah Wexler is pairing craft beers with his Eastern Mediterranean food through the month of October. It's the Octobeer four-course tasting menu, matching beers such as the Bruery's Oude Tart Flemish ale with wild salmon on B. Bendik & Son rye and La Chouffe Belgian ale with lardo flatbread or lamb and pork pate. Also on the menu: Arrogant Bastard with lamb belly or veal sausage, and North Coast Brewing Old No. 38 with chocolate mousse and honey milk sorbet. $50 (two person minimum). 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 657-4103, www.mezzela.com.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo credit: Carmela Ice Cream