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L.A. Craft Beer Crawl is back in August

Third annual L.A. Craft Beer Crawl
The third annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl presented by 213 Nightlife will take place downtown on Saturday, Aug. 18. "Beer Chicks" Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi, alongside Cedd Moses, have curated a list of brews that showcase Los Angeles' craft beer scene. Attendees can choose from more than 70 craft beers to sample at seven downtown bars and restaurants (all within walking distance). Participating breweries include Eagle Rock Brewery, Bootlegger's Brewery, Ladyface Ale Companie and more.

Tickets are available online and start at $49 per person ($10 if you are a designated driver). In addition to unlimited tastings, participants can purchase tickets to beer seminars ($15 per person) led by the Beer Chicks and others in the industry.

Food will be available from Cole's French Dip, Casey's Irish Pub and several food trucks, including In-N-Out.


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Photo: Hallie Baune and Christina Perozzi, the "Beer Chicks," at Cole's downtown. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

4 Events: Ray's and Stark, Chaya, Golden Road Brewing, Papilles

ChayaBirthday party: On March 5, Ray's and Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is celebrating its first year with a party. Executive chef Kris Morningstar has devised a menu featuring the best dishes of the year, such as chile with chorizo, dates, local goat cheese and almond sauce; squid ink pasta with garlic, chile, mint, opal basil and bottarga; and crispy pork belly with black vinegar sauce.   Sommelier-barsmith Paul Sanguinetti and general manager Martin Riese will DJ throughout the evening and guests will be able to participate in free screen printing on the patio. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 857-6180, www.raysandstarkbar.com.

Good things come in threes: To commemorate Chaya Downtown's third birthday, the restaurant is featuring a three-course prix-fixe menu ($33 per person) and $3 happy hour specials during March.  The menu will consist of roasted heirloom beets with baked cana de cabra cheese, arugula, fennel and balsamic must, grilled Wagyu flank steak and sweet potato frites, with Belgian chocolate fondant with raspberry coulis and mascarpone ice cream for dessert. For happy hour, guests can savor bar bites such as the spicy tuna hand roll, buttermilk-poached chicken skewers with soy glaze and seven spices, and a flat bread of the day with a chef’s choice of marinara, olives, asiago and arugula.  On March 16, the official anniversary date, Chaya Downtown will host a “Flights and Bites” wine tasting with Chateau Ste. Michelle for $33 per person. 525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 236-9577, www.thechaya.com.

Beer for benefit: Golden Road Brewing is teaming up with the Whole Planet Foundation to raise money for the organization by hosting a beer festival on March 11.  Attendees will be able to sample the brewery's signature beers, including the Point the Way IPA, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Either Side of the Hill (strong ale) and Get Up Offa That Brown.  Food will be provided by Whole Foods Market and local vendors.  The foundation is dedicated to alleviating poverty in the developing world by providing families with the tools to expand their home businesses.  Tickets for this event are $20 per person and can be purchased online. 5410 W. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, (213) 373-4677, www.eventbrite.com, www.goldenroad.la.

"Off the Clock" wine tasting: On Sunday, wine aficionado Santos Uy will be highlighting five wines along with a myriad of sweet and savory bites from his new restaurant, Papilles, at local wine shop Domaine LA.  The featured wines will include a 2010 Batic Pinela and 2000 Lopez de Heredia Rosado. The tasting is capped at 25 guests, with tickets ($15 per person) available for purchase online6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, www.domaine547.com.


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Photo: Chaya Downtown. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

4 Food Events: Winter ColLAb, 'bill-to-tail' feast and more


Winter ColLAb: L.A. craft-beer trailblazers Ryan Sweeney (Verdugo Bar and the Surly Goat), Brian Lenzo (Blue Palms Brewhouse), Clay Harding (38° Ale House & Grill) and Tony Yanow (Tony's Darts Away and Mohawk Bend) have come together once again to present ColLAboration a pop-up mobile craft beer garden.  The event will be held at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A. (located near the Metro Blue Line) on Feb. 26.  The beer garden will feature signature winter brews from Bootleggers, Bruery, Dogfish Head , Eagle Rock Brewery, Eel River, Hangar 24, Golden Road Brewing and more.  Pliny the Younger from Russian River (only available on tap) will also be on site.  There are several ticket packages available ranging from $15 to $38, which can be purchased online1050 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, (213) 746-5670, www.collaboration.la/.

Napa Valle Grille:  Executive chef Taylor Boudreaux and Summerland Winery founder Nebilo “Bilo” Zarif have crafted an exclusive five-course wine pairing dinner ($75 per person) to showcase Central Coast wines on Feb. 24.  Diners will sample an '08 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir paired with crispy duck breast and chanterelles, parsnip puree, mushroom foam and micro basil; and an '09 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah to complement an oven-roasted venison chop with seared foie gras, Parmesan potato cake, creamed Bloomsburg spinach and a truffled Syrah reduction.  Seating is limited, reservations are recommended. 1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 824-3322, www.napavalleygrille.com.

Muscovy duck dinner:  On Feb. 23, Locanda del Lago continues its whole-animal dinner series with a five-course meal featuring Muscovy duck sourced from San Joaquin Valley’s Grimaud Farms. For $70 per person, with unlimited house red and white wines (or $54 per person without wine), guests can savor dishes such as housemade duck pâté with Pink Lady apple-mustard compote, duck ravioli with shallot confit reduction, and roasted duck breast with espresso sauce and sautéed Swiss chard.  Reservations are required for this dinner. 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 451-3525, www.lagosantamonica.com.

Vertical Wine Bistro: In honor of leap year, the wine bar is offering food and drink specials for a mere 29 cents on Feb. 29.  Guests who order a glass of wine can receive a second glass for 29 cents (there are 55 varieties to choose from).  For those diners who have come with an appetite, they can create their own pairing of one cheese and one charcuterie for 29 cents.  The full menu will also be available. 70 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, (626) 795-3999, www.verticalwinebistro.com.


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Photo: Meg Gill, president and co-founder of Golden Road Brewing, and Mohawk Bend restaurant and bar owner Tony Yanow. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Super Bowl: Basement Tavern, City Tavern, Rush Street & more


Basement Tavern: Sports fans can enjoy happy hour specials all night long at the Basement Tavern at the Victorian on Super Bowl Sunday. There will be $3 beers, $5 well drinks, $5 house red and white wines by the glass, and 50% off all bottles of wine and champagne. Hot dogs, hamburgers and other dishes will be complimentary with a two-drink minimum. Feeling indulgent? The tavern is also offering a Bottle and Bacon package: For $1,000, guests will receive a bottle of whiskey and bourbon and bacon-wrapped hot dogs for 10-20 friends. 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, (310) 392-4956.

City Tavern: This "new American tavern" is offering all-day happy hour in honor of the Super Bowl.  Spectators can sip on $10 craft beer growlers while munching on Super Bowl meatballs and pigs in a blanket made with Spanish chorizo. If you are going with a group, reserve your own table tap booth where you can pour your own beer throughout the game. 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310) 838-9739, www.citytavernculvercity.com.

Pink Taco: The Century City taco joint has 11 LED TVs and one jumbo projection screen for your Super Bowl viewing pleasure. The restaurant is serving crispy carnita tacos with salsa fresca and chipotle mayo, adobado chicken mini tortas, mini churros and more, all for less than $6 (or pick four for $22). 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 789-1000, www.pinktaco.com.

Rock & Reilly's: Located on the Sunset Strip, this pub boasts more than 45 Irish whiskeys and 14 antique framed flat-screen TVs as well as a 120-inch projection screen. It will be serving Super Bowl favorites with an Irish twist including whiskey bingo wings, Irish nachos (made with potatoes, peppered bacon and Irish cheddar), wee burgers and corned beef sliders. If you are not a beer drinker, the bar will have its signature Irish whiskey flights available. 8911 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 360-1400, www.rnrpub.com.

Rush Street: This high-end sports bar is serving up gourmet snacks on Super Bowl Sunday. Diners will be able to try dishes such as warm pretzels with beer cheese fondue, avocado fries, lobster and shrimp egg rolls, and a trio of hummus. For those with a bigger appetite, the gastropub will be serving pizzas, like caramelized onion, fig, pancetta and goat cheese, along with burgers, sandwiches and salads. It will also have an extensive drink menu including team-themed specialty cocktails. 9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 837-9546 www.rushstreetculvercity.com.


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Photo: Jeremy Back, assistant general manager of City Tavern. Credit: Gary Friedman/ Los Angeles Times

Vegan Super Bowl specials at Tony's Darts Away


Craft beer hot spot Tony’s Darts Away will be offering vegan Super Bowl specials on Sunday, Feb. 5. Patrons can watch the big game while munching on hot buffalo style “wings” with "818" valley ranch dressing or fresh tortilla chips with five-layer dip made from spicy vegan beans, tomato salsa, vegan cheese, avocado salsa and vegan sour cream. Many menu items come in either a vegan or nonvegan option, such as the the Frito pie or the barbecue pulled pork sliders on biscuits with slaw. Wash it all down with Golden Road Beer, $3.50 per glass, the Super Bowl drink special.

1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, (818) 253-1710, http://tonysda.com/


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Photo: Tony's diners chow down on vegan and nonvegan sausages. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

5 Questions for Angelo Sosa

Angelo Sosa blue shirt far- Credit Jeremy Johnson "Top Chef" alum Angelo Sosa recently opened SmithHouse, a bar and grill with an Asian-inspired menu and craft beers located in Century City. Sosa graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and worked for chefs Christian Bertrand and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In 2009, he opened his own restaurant Xie Xie in New York. Although he grew up in a Dominican-Italian household in Connecticut, his cooking is influenced by Asian ingredients. You might be surprised by the secret ingredient in his guacamole, for example.    

What’s coming up next on your menu? I’m really inspired by the extensive beer list at SmithHouse so I’m going to be playing around a lot with incorporating beer into dishes -- braising in beer, beer noodles, beer bread, a beer burger -- even cooking sous vide with beer.

Latest ingredient obsession? Since much of my cooking has Asian influences, I tend to always be obsessed with ingredients from that part of the world. Most recently I’m enamored with yuzu kosho. It takes guacamole to an entirely new level.

What restaurant do you find yourself going to again and again – and what do you order? In L.A. I keep finding myself going back to the Bowery on Sunset. I love their burgers on the English muffins topped with some jalapeno, fried egg and ketchup. In New York, I'm obsessed with Toloache. Their grasshopper tacos are addictive.

The one piece of kitchen equipment you can’t live without, other than your knives? Lately I’ve been using my smoking gun on almost everything. It adds a deep, smoky flavor to everything including eggs, pizza, cocktails and ice cream without overpowering the dish.

The last cookbook you read – and what inspired you to pick it up? I just read Alain Ducasse's “Nature” and loved it. To me it was fascinating to see him explore the simpler side of cuisine -- the natural cooking that everyone, even chefs, do with their friends and family. Even though his restaurants reflect the epitome of elevated cuisine, at the end of the day, he’s a lover of food which is simple and emotionally connected to the people he’s with.

SmithHouse, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 432-4360, www.smithhousela.com.


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L.A. Beer Week, Oct. 10-23


The third annual L.A. Beer Week is just around the corner with events going on all around the city for 14 days, from Oct. 10 to 23.

Events include beer pairing dinners, book signings, craft beer debuts, beer crawls, educational seminars and more.

Some event highlights: a musical beer crawl in Echo Park, Firestone Walker's 15th anniversary debut, Verdugo Bar Oktoberfest, and Beachwood BBQ molecular gastronomy dinner with the Bruery, just to name a few. 

The beer celebration will culminate in a festival at Union Station on Oct. 23, where 70 local, regional, national, and international craft and artisan breweries will be showing off their best selections ,including some specialty beers only available during L.A. Beer Week. L.A. Times Food section contributor Charles Perry will be on a panel (2 to 4 p.m.) with Mark Jilg of Craftsman Brewing and others, moderated by KCRW's Evan Kleiman; Perry will be talking about the early history of L.A. beer in the 1850s and 1860s. There will also be food trucks and local chocolates and coffee. 

Tickets for this event are $45. To purchase tickets and view the full event schedule, see the website.


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Photo: Jeremy Raub, left, co-owner of Eagle Rock Brewery, and Mark Jilg of Craftsman Brewing in Pasadena collaborated on a beer called Unity for L.A. Beer Week. Credit: Gina Ferrazzi / Los Angeles Times


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