"Is eating well just for the rich?" Journalist Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table, will tackle the topic in a conversation with Evan Kleiman of KCRW's Good Food at Zócalo. Reservations are all booked, but a standby line will open at 6:30 p.m.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., April 19
WHERE: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
Margarita Dinner at Border Grill Santa Monica
Tequila maker Sofia Partida is bringing her handcrafted Partida margaritas to Border Grill for a special tasting menu -- courses include an oyster shooter with Margarita Pomela Espumosa (Partida blanco, grapefruit granita and sparkling wine), and caramelized apricot and goat cheese with Dama Dulce (Partida blanco, sherry, mezcal rinse, agave and Peychaud's bitters). See the complete menu here.
WHEN: 7 p.m., April 19
WHERE: Border Grill Santa Monica
Cost: $55 per person
Burrito Babes Inaugural Burrito Eating Contest
Burrito Babes will debut its "Mixican" style burritos (ingredients are "mixed" beforehand) with a burrito-eating contest. Burrito Babes is not a restaurant per se, but an organization that supports non-profits with burrito sales. Half of the proceeds from the contest will benefit the Westside Food Bank.
WHEN: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., April 21
WHERE: Clover Park
COST: $10 for entrance, $20 for competition.
SGV East Food Swap
Leave the wallet at home. Instead, bring your breads, desserts, fruits and sauces, etc. to exchange with other culinary artists. Click here to register.
WHAT: SGV East Food Swap
WHEN: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., April 22
Napa/Sonoma All-Stars Tasting 2012
Taste nearly 200 wines from about 100 wineries at Wally's Wine. (Visit the website to see who's slated to appear.) Admission includes bread and cheese; hot dogs, sliders, ribs and skewers from Let's Be Frank and T's California BBQ will be on hand too.
WHEN: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., April 22
WHERE: Wally's Wine
COST: $39 in advance, $50 at the door.
Route 66 Food Truck Festival
Expect Devilicious, George's Greek Truck, Mangia Mangia Mobile, Me So Hungry, Pogi Boy, Rolling Sushi, Bacon Mania Truck, Chunk-n-Chip Cookies, Coolhaus, India Jones, Suite 106 Cupcakery, Waffles de Liege, Where's the Fire Gourmet Pizza, and the Red Robin Yummm Mobile at this San Bernardino event. There will also be a beer garden, and some event proceeds will benefit The Symphonie Jeunesse.
WHEN: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., April 22
WHERE: San Manuel Stadium
COST: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $50 VIP admission, and free for children 6 and under.