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3 Events: Raising a cup, end-of-summer picnic, foodie auction

August 31, 2011 |  1:30 pm


Caffeinated birthday: Paper or Plastik Cafe is celebrating its first anniversary with a party that, like the cafe, is as much about performance and design as about eating or coffee -- even the Intelligentsia and Ecco coffee made in its steel pour-over bars. The party is set for 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Sept. 10, and will include performances by the Brazilian jazz band Out of Focus and of proprietor Yasha Michelson’s dance technique, plus exhibits of photographs and metalworking, the latter using leftover materials from the cafés construction. Sangria and snacks will be provided. Of course, there will be coffee. 5772 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 935-0268,  www.paperorplastikcafe.com.

Dinner, with beer: City Tavern and brewery Ladyface Ale Companie host a four-course beer-pairing dinner for an end-of-summer picnic on Thursday, Sept. 15. On the menu: an amuse bouche of deviled egg, asparagus and roe with Trois Filles Tripel; orzo, crab, avocado and grapefruit salad and beet vinaigrette with Chaparral Saison; duck confit and crisps with Chesebro IPA; smoked cocoa-rubbed tri-tip sandwich and potato salad with Picture City Porter; and spiked watermelon and peppered strawberries with Sazerac-oaked Red Rye. $46 per person. Call for reservations. City Tavern, 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310) 838-9739, www.citytavernculvercity.com. 

Bid for foodie-ness: Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Huckleberry Cafe are pitching in to present an online "Foodie Extravaganza" auction that will run Sept. 1 to 30 to benefit Growing Great, a nonprofit organization promoting school garden and nutrition education. Auction items include: a private in-home dinner party cooked by chef Walter Manzke with wines paired by Gargiulo Vineyards; a special tasting menu at AOC from chef Suzanne Goin with pairings by wine director Caroline Styne; an in-home baking class and party with pastry chef Zoe Nathan; a handmade pasta course and tasting menu with Rustic Canyon chef Evan Funke; and a private “Swine Dinner” at the Village Idiot. Other items contributed from: Andrew's Cheese Shop, Animal, Artiste Winery, Blue Plate Oysterette, Christina Perozzi, Cube, Gjelina, Hungry Cat, Justin Winery, Melville Winery, the Mercantile, Milo & Olive Milling Co., Misfit, Red Car Wine, Soho House, Son of a Gun, Sunstone Winery, Sweet Rose Creamery, Tar and Roses and more. Many of these auction items are for groups of 6 to 10 people. To see the complete list of auction items and to register to bid, go to growinggreat.dojiggy.com


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An all-American dinner party  

Ooey-gooey double-chocolate cookies

-- Betty Hallock and Mary MacVean

Photo: Paper or Plastik. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times