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Top 5 Weekend Food Events: Chocolate Fest, Menu Design, Coffee Roasting, Knife Skills, The Last Chinese Chef

Chocolate Mousse Cake at Cafe del Rey

Guzzle & NoshChocolate Mousse Cake at Cafe del Rey

Indulge Los Angeles

This chocolate festival and pastry show features dozens of top chocolatiers and candymakers paired with champagnes, wines and spirits. Benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

WHEN: 1-5 p.m., Feb. 11

WHERE: Olympic Collection

COST: $65, general; $175, VIP (buy tix here)

American Menu Design

Jim Heimann, one of the co-authors of the fabulous Taschen book Menu Design in America will host a talk about the graphic appeal of menus as well as what they say about American eating habits. Presented by the Culinary Historians of Southern California.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Feb. 11

WHERE: Mark Taper Auditorium at the Downtown Central Library

COST: Free

Home Coffee Roasting

Learn to roast, brew and taste coffee using basic stovetop equipment from master roaster Ian Riley of LAMILL Coffee. You'll go home with your freshly roasted beans and a stash of green ones to practice with at home.

WHEN: 10 a.m. - noon, Feb. 11

WHERE: Zane Grey Estate: 396 E Mariposa St., Altadena

COST: $95 (buy tix here)

The Last Chinese Chef

Author Nicole Mones joins the Autry Book Club to discuss her third novel, The Last Chinese Chef, which explores Chinese food, culture and philosophy set against a romantic plot. Mones' other bestselling novels are "Lost in Translation" and "A Cup of Light."

WHEN: 2 - 4 p.m., Feb. 12

WHERE: Autry National Center

COST: $10, adults; $6, students; $4, children

Knife Skills

Chicks With Knives will teach a pair of hands-on classes. Knife Skills 101 covers basic vegetable cuts, julienne, chiffonade and other skills, while Knife Skills 2 covers basic butchery.

WHEN: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Feb. 12

WHERE: Sqirl

COST: $100 - $135 (buy tix here and here)


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Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium
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630 W. Fifth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

213-228-7025

www.lfla.org