LA Meals & Wine Competition amongst Los Angeles space culinary occasions – Day by day Breeze


Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area


Azi Grill: New casual-dining restaurant in Janss Marketplace from Syrian-born Mazen Nadour. Specialties include falafel, hummus, kabobs, salads and shawarma. Hours: 11am-11pm daily (call to confirm). 245 N Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 805-370-1470.

Antonio’s Pizzeria: Celebrates 60 years in business with a special meal for 2-4 people (one large pizza with one topping, plate of spaghetti and meatball, chopped salad, soft drinks), 5 pm to closing Aug. 22-24, and also 11 am- 4 pm Aug 25-26. no substitutions; dine-in only. Cost $19.57 plus tax and tip. 13619 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-788-1103.

Nerano & the BG Lounge: Jonata wines and five-course dinner, with a talk by wine maker Matt Dees from Jonata, 7:30 pm Aug 22. Cost $175 plus tax and tip. Reservation required. 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. 310-405-0155.

XOC Tequila Grill: Four-course dinner paired with tequila cocktails plus a tequila tasting, 6 pm Aug. 23. Cost $75 plus tax and tip. Reservation required. Located at The Village at Westfield Topanga, 6316 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills.

Nook Neighborhood Bistro: Anglim Winery five-course dinner, 7 pm Aug. 24. Cost $85. Reservation required. 11628 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. 310-207-5160.

Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival: Various events in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Aug. 24-27. Cost $125-$275.

LA Food & Wine Power Luncheons: Two venues, noon-2:30 pm Aug. 25: Four-course at Michaels’s Santa Monica, 1147 Third St. (310-451-0843; $150; reservations required) and four-course with wine pairing at Craft LA, 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles (310-279-4180; $125; reservations required). Part of the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.

Hatch Chile Roasting events at Gelson’s: The New Mexico chile season is celebrated with cooking ideas, tastes, contests and giveaways. Date and locations include: 11 am-3 pm Aug. 26, 16450 Ventura Blvd., Encino (818-906-5780) and 635 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge (818-790-0563) and 4520 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818-377-4140); 5-9 pm Sept. 1, 4738 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village (818-906-5743); 11 am-3 pm Sept. 2. 22277 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas (818-906-6228). Other dates and locations:

Duke of Bourbon: Wine seminar with tasting from Buccella, Diamond Creek Vineyards, JCB and Secret Indulgence, 7-10:30 pm Aug 26. Cost $65. Reservation required. 31149 Via Colinas, Westlake Village. 818-341-1234.

The Valley Hive: National Honeybee Day is celebrated with tastes from backyard beekeepers honey, bee viewing behind a glass observation hive and a mead-making demonstration, 11 am-4 pm Aug. 27. Also, a backyard honey and recipe contest: bring two-8 oz. jars (one labeled, one unlabeled) of honey to address before event date; bake or cook a honey dish and deliver by 11 am on date (both events judged). Extra honey will be raffled with proceeds going to charities. Reservations requested. 10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. 818-280-6500. Email:

John Tesar: Signs “Knife: Steakhouse Meals at Home,” 7 pm Aug. 28. Wristband. Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-525-0270.

Boneyard Bistro: The barbecue restaurant offers chef-owner Aaron Robins and executive chef Erica Abell’s seasonal tasting menu using hatch chilis including Tex Mex Tostada Salad ($18), Smoked Brisket Torta ($20), Ancho & Coffee Rub Hanger Steak Enchiladas ($38) and Hatch Chili & Apple Fry Pie ($11), 4:30 pm-midnight Aug. 30. Check website for the full menu. 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-906-7427.

Michelle Tam: Signs “Ready or Not! 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo, 7 pm Aug 30. Wristband. Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-525-0270.

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill: Limited time summer salads, BBQ Chicken Salad and Organic Roasted Vegetable Salad, through Sept. 24. Check website for locations.

Marie Callender’s: “Summer Backyard BBQ Menu” for a limited time. Entries $9.29-13.99; build-your-own platter $15.99; plus taxes and tips. Check website for locations.


Sur La Table at The Village at Westfield Topanga: Knife Skills, 6:30 pm Aug 23 ($59); Best of Summer Cooking, 6:30 pm Aug. 24 ($69); Date Night: Dinner in Provence, 6:30 pm Aug. 25 ($79); Celebration Cakes, 10 on Aug. 26 ($69); Not Your Typical Burger, 2 pm Aug 26 ($69); Best of Summer: Tomatoes, 1 pm Aug 27 ($69); Fried Chicken 101, 4 pm Aug 27 ($69); Cook 101: Fundamentals, 6:30 pm Aug 30 ($69); Summer Pizzas on the Grill, 6:30 pm Aug. 31 ($69); Macarons, 9 on Sept. 2 ($69); Global Flavors: Grilled Chicken, 1 pm Sept 2 ($69); Chinese Takeout, 1 pm Sept 3 ($69); Regional Thai Favorites, 4 pm Sept 3 ($69). Reservation required. 6316 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. 800-243-0852.

BLVD Kitchen: New England Clambake, 6:30 pm Aug. 25 ($90; $165 couples); Tomato Mania, 6 pm Aug 28 ($85); Ultimate Burger, 6 pm Sept 7 ($75); Chef’s Table, a demonstration class with Nishi Lal, 6:30 pm Sept 8 ($100; $180); Croissants, 6 pm Sept 12 ($85). Reservation required. 13545 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 844-454-2583. Email:

Cook LA: Gourmet Farmers Market Menu, 6:30 pm Aug. 26; Pizza Baking, 5:30pm Aug 27; Knife Skills, 4 pm Sept 2; Artisan Breads, 3:30 pm Sept 3; Julia Child Menu, 6:30pm Sept 9; Macarons, 3:30 pm Sept 10; Italian Menu, 6:30 pm Sept 16; Sushi 101, 6 pm Sept 17; Fresh Pasta, 6:30 pm Sept 23; Cooking Basics: Grill, Roast, Sauté, Steam, 5:30 pm Sept 24; Girls Night Out, 7 pm Sept 29. Most classes $80. Reservation required. 10938 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. 818-760-5157.


Barnsdall Art Park Friday Night Wine Tasting series: 5:30-8:30 pm Aug. 25, and Fridays through Sept. 22. Tickets $35 for tasting; $50 for wine tasting plus docent-led, timed tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House (5:45, 6:16, 6:45, 7:15). Bring your own picnic dinner. Proceeds go to free art classes for children and their families. Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.

Granada Hills pit festival: Food truck dining, 6-10pm Friday nights. 17802 Chatsworth St. (between White Oak and Zelzah avenues).

Old Town Calabasas Farmers Market: 8am-1pm Saturdays. 23504 Calabasas Rd.

Sunland Farmers Market: 9am-1pm Saturday. 9919 Sunland Blvd., Sunland.

Encino Farmers Market: 8am-1pm Sundays. 17400 Victory Blvd. 818-708-6611.

Studio City Farmers Market: 8am-2pm Sundays. 12052 Ventura Place (between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Radford Avenue). 818-655-7744.

San Gabriel Valley area


Taste of Old Pasadena: Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation hosts 30 restaurants, both returning favorites and newcomers, 5-9 pm Sept 12. Main check-in station is at Mills Alley. $35 at 626-795-2455 or


A and J Cake and Candy Supplies: Gum paste sculpted unicorn, 6-8 pm Aug. 24. $35, list of supplies Unicorn and Under the Sea cake pop workshop, 6-8 pm Aug 30. $50, all supplies included. Must register in advance at the counter, cash or check only, 2254 E. Route 66 Blvd., Glendora. 626-335-7747.

Bristol Farms: “It Rains Mainly in the Plains of Spain,” 6-8 pm Thursday. Reservation required, $20. 626-441-5450. 606 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena.

Fullerton Arboretum: “Around the World Pinot Noir,” 6-9 pm Aug. 24. $90, $80 members. Register online, Bacon Pavilion, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton. 657-278-3407.

Sur La Table: Knife skills 101, 6:30 pm Aug 23. $59. Best of summer cooking, 6:30 pm Aug 24. $69. Date night: Dinner in Provence, 6:30 pm Aug. 25. $79. Celebration cakes, 9 am Aug. 26. $69. Not your typical burger, 2 pm Aug 26. $69. Date night: Greece, 5 pm Aug 26. $79. Best of summer: Tomatoes, 1 pm Aug. 27. $69. Fried chicken 101, 4 pm Aug 27. $69. Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. 323-954-0121 or

FromFASS: Wine or Whiskey and Chocolate,” 7 pm Aug. 24. $25, Reservations required, 909-399-0256 or Must be 21 or over and have valid, government-issued ID for this event. 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

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