Top 3 Events: DineLA, Bock Fest Winter Beer Festival + Bordeaux Tasting
Crispy head cheese at littlefork
DineLA Restaurant Week
January is the month for restaurant weeks, it seems. DineLA's first event of 2014 kicks off on Jan. 20 and runs to Jan. 31 (a week being a relative term). Presented by the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board in partnership with American Express - which started doing this biannual event in January 2008 - this is a time when some of the best restaurants in town have lunch and dinner specials where you can get tiered, prix fixe meals for a fraction of what dining usually costs at Night + Market, FarmShop, littlefork, Craft, Horse Thief BBQ, Lukshon, the Bazaar and about 300 other restaurants. Reservations are available through the restaurant or with OpenTable. Check out the menus at the Discover Los Angeles website.
WHAT: DineLA Restaurant Week
WHEN: Jan. 20-31.
WHERE: At 300-plus participating Los Angeles restaurants.
COST: Prix fixe lunch and dinners of $15, $20 or $25 for lunch and $25, $35, $45 or $85 for dinner.
Bockfest Winter Beer Festival 2014
Just because we live in permanent summertime doesn't mean we can't have a winter beer festival. The Bock Fest 2014 features some of the great seasonal beers along with local favorites from microbrews to large brew houses.
WHAT: Bockfest Winter Beer Festival 2014
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Olympic Collection Grand Ballroom, 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; 213-915-8003.
COST: $25 general admission, which includes unlimited pours and a 1 p.m. entry; $85 VIP, which includes noon admission, a souvenir pint glass and unlimited pours.
Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting
Wally's Wines and Spirits is hosting the largest private Bordeaux tasting in the United States, with the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) visiting Los Angeles to promote the 2011 vintage. More than 90 châteaux will attend and winemakers and owners will be pouring wines. The UGC is an affiliation of Bordeaux producers from all the Bordeaux growing regions. At the pre-event reception, hors d'oeuvres will be served to complement an array of special older vintages.
WHAT: UGC Bordeaux Tasting
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 24, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City; 800-454-6401.
COST: $69 advance; $100 day of event; $159 one-hour pre-event reception (at 5 p.m.) includes admission.