Bring on the food coma, because this is the foodie event of your dreams. This Sunday, L.A. Weekly will host its annual food and wine event, The Essentials, with a new name, new downtown location and better restaurants than ever. Now christened in honor of our 99 Essential Restaurants special issue, the event will feature some of the top eateries in the city: Animal, Lucques, Hinoki & the Bird. We're talking 44 of our city's best chefs preparing delicious dishes, along with (for the first time) specially chosen wine pairings by Wally's Wine & Spirits. Unfortunately this event is sold out, so if you don't already have your tickets, you're out of luck. But hey, there's always 2015! L.A. Mart, 1933 Broadway, 2nd floor; Sun., March 9, VIP entry at noon, general admission 1 p.m.; $45 general, $65 VIP. (310) 574-7380,

Sun., March 9, 12-5 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 03/09/14)

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