Top 5 Weekend Food Events: Korean BBQ Cook-Off, Ubriaca, India Sweets & Spices, Blue Palms Brewhouse, Taste of Santa Monica
Korean BBQ Cook-Off
Sample the best Korean barbecue from dozens of local Koreatown restaurants and vendors. The third annual cook-off features an Orion Choco Pie eating contest, a craft beer and Korean wine garden and a contest (judged by our own Jonathan Gold) in which chefs battle for the title of Top Grill Master and a cash prize of $1,000.
Where: noon - 6 p.m., August 6
When: Hobart between Wilshire and 7th St.
Cost: Free admission. All plates will be sold for $5-$15 each (cash only). Parking, $5.
Blue Palms Brewhouse 3rd Anniversary
Over 40 craft beers and some seriously large hunks of grilled cow are on the menu for the Hollywood pub's third birthday. Admission includes 10 five-ounce pours of beer.
Where: Blue Palms Brewhouse
When: noon - 8 p.m., August 6
Cost: $45 (buy tickets here). Designated drivers get in free.
Roving wine bar Ubriaca pops up for its second flight at Night + Market, where Domaine LA's Jill Bernheimer and Whitney Adams will pour off-the-beaten path wines that aren't typically associated with Thai food. Look for "savory, exotic, spicy, salty, viscous, acid-driven wines" like Sauvete Melis-Melo rosé, Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc and more. In the meantime, chef Kris Yenbamroong will cook up a Northern Thai BBQ on the back patio.
Where: Night + Market
When: 5 p.m., August 7
Cost: Wine, $12/glass. Food, $29/plate of sausage plate + 3 items.
In honor of his son Raj's birthday, India Sweets & Spices owner Kumar Jawa will let diners eat at the shop's Indian buffet for free. The deal is only available at the Atwater Village location.
Where: India Sweets & Spices
When: noon - 7 p.m., August 7
Taste of Santa Monica
To celebrate the revamped mall's 1-year anniversary, this 10-day dine-a-thon features special three-course, prix fixe menus ($20, lunch; $30, dinner) at 10 different restaurants in Santa Monica Place.
Where: noon - 10 p.m., August 5 - 14
When: Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401.