Five food events you should know about: Now with extra cheese
Charity in the kitchen Join Orange County chefs Art Gonzalez, Adam Navidi, David Slay and Paul Squicciarini for a dinner in support of Culinary Action Direct, Miracles for Kids and Share Our Selves. Soak up cooking demonstrations and enjoy a menu of specialties from around the world. Orange County Wine & Food Center, 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa. 6:30 p.m. $65. (714) 960-0534. (714) 641-9922, www.great-taste.net.
Summer wines There are few places as ideal as Descanso Gardens to sip wine at sunset. Fortunately, the Patina Group's themed wine-tasting series is back, featuring wines paired with a variety of tasty appetizers. This time the event is called "Mediterranean Musings" in the Rose Pavilion. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $54. (818) 790-3663. www.descansogardens.org.
Affordable elegance Grab a seat at Il Tiramisù Ristorante & Bar for a wine dinner featuring Maloy O'Neill Vineyards from Paso Robles. Winemaker Shannon O'Neill will be on hand to dish on the varietals. The four-course menu includes summer salad with arugula, shrimp, sea bass and Dijon mustard dressing; prime New York steak braised with apple cider vinegar and peach panna cotta. Il Tiramisù Ristorante & Bar, 13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 7 p.m. $50. (818) 986-2640. www.il-tiramisu.com.
Block party Cool off with a block party hosted by Hugo's Tacos, which will be holding an ice cream social featuring low-cost sundaes, cups, cones and root beer floats. Venues along Glendale Boulevard will also throw their doors open. Expect DJs, art exhibits, dancing and more. Hugo's Tacos, 3300 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village. 6 to 10 p.m. (323) 664-9400. www.hugostacos.com.
Cheesy fun The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills invites you to get cheesy with three summer-centric French Pinots paired with French cheeses. Sharkey's patio, 435 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. 7 to 9 p.m. $50. (310) 278-2855. www.cheesestorebh.com.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Owner Norbert Wabnig at the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times