Eat & Drink Calendar

Top 3 Food Events: West Coast BBQ Classic, Springfest + CUR-ATE

Comments (0)


Wed, May 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM
click to enlarge Ribs at 2012 West Coast BBQ Classic - NANETTE GONZALES
  • Nanette Gonzales
  • Ribs at 2012 West Coast BBQ Classic

2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic

Barbecue aficionados and grillmasters take note: The West Coast BBQ Classic returns to Long Beach. As contestants compete for a $9,000 cash prize and serious bragging rights, general-admission ticket holders can sample their wares for $2 each. Live bands are scheduled to perform throughout the day.

WHAT: 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

WHERE: Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach; (562) 435-5311.

COST: $10 presale ($15 at the door) for BBQ admission; $21.80 for watermelon-eating contest (does not include admission to BBQ)

11th Annual Springfest: Food and Wine Festival

Los Angeles Mission College's Culinary Institute will host a wine pairing with live entertainment and a silent auction. A part of the proceeds will benefit LAMC students.

WHAT: 11th Annual Springfest: Food and Wine Festival

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2-6 p.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar; (818) 364-7660.

COST: $50 per person

CUR-ATE: Latin America

Food historian Maite Gomez-Rejón leads a tour on the history of Mexico's art and cuisine, focusing on the 16th to 19th century. The tour includes a Latin American dinner by Kris Morningstar of Ray's and Stark Bar. Wine pairings by sommelier Paul Sanguinetti will be available at an additional cost.

WHAT: CUR-ATE: Latin America

WHEN: Monday, May 13, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 857-6000.

COST: $100 ($90 for members) per ticket, which includes parking, tour and dinner

And in related news:

- Baking Books: Modern Art Desserts, Where the Pastry Arts + Museum Art Collections Collide

- West Coast BBQ Classic

- Bludso's BBQ on La Brea Opens Today: Brisket, Ribs + Mint Juleps on Tap

Want more Squid Ink? Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. Follow the author on Twitter at @chrstnchiao.

Related Content

Now Trending


  • The Tasting Menu Trend
    In Los Angeles especially, but increasingly across the country, restaurants are either switching to tasting menus, putting a greater focus on a tasting-menu option (while offering à la carte items as well), or opening as tasting-menu operations from day one. The format that used to be the calling card of only the fanciest of restaurants is becoming ubiquitous, even at places where the waiter calls you “dude” and there isn’t a white tablecloth in sight.
  • Milo's Kitchen: A Treat Truck for Dogs
    Milo's Kitchen, a part of California-based Big Heart Pet Brands, is taking its homestyle dog treats on the road this summer with the "Treat Truck." The dogified food truck is making stops all over the country, ending up in New York early September. The truck stopped at Redondo Beach Dog Park Friday morning entertaining the pups with treats, a photo-booth and play zone. Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck offered samples of the line's six flavors, all with chicken or beef as the first ingredient, and all made in the U.S.A. with no artificial colors or preservatives. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
  • Smoke.oil.salt's Spanish Cuisine
    Smoke.oil.salt chef (and Valencia native) Perfecto Rocher is valiantly trying to bring the experience of Spain, specifically Catalonia, to the brick space (under a tattoo parlor) on Melrose that used to be Evan Kleiman’s Angeli Caffe.