Top 4 Weekend Food Events: Jar's Taco Party, Rick Bayless at Red O, El Coyote Firefighter Salsa Contest + Vegan Chili Cook-Off

Vegan Black Bean Chili
Vegan Black Bean Chili
Flickr/Jar, 8225 Beverly Blvd., L.A.

COST: $8-10

Rick Bayless Cookbook Debut at Red O

To celebrate the release of Rick Bayless' new cookbook, Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks, Red O will be serving complimentary bites from the book. Bayless will also be on hand to sign copies for fans.

WHAT: Rick Bayless Cookbook Signing

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 8 - Friday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.

WHERE: Red O, 8155 Melrose Ave., L.A.

COST: Free

El Coyote's Hot & Spicy Firefighter Salsa Contest

Teams from L.A. City fire stations will cook up their best salsa recipe in the 1st Annual Hot & Spice Firefighter Salsa Competition, to be judged by a guest celebrity panel. Tickets benefit the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund.

WHAT: El Coyote's Hot & Spicy Firefighter Salsa Contest

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 11, 11-4 p.m.

WHERE: El Coyote Café, 7312 Beverly Blvd., L.A.

COST: $30

Tony's Darts Away Vegan Chili Cook-Off

Five local chefs will go head-to-head in a battle of epic (meat-free) proportions. Participants include the Hot Knives crews, Roxy chef Nik Adler, and cookbook author Randy Clemens. Ticket includes a taste of all the entries.

WHAT: Vegan Chili Cook-Off

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 11th, 12-6 p.m.

WHERE: Tony's Darts Away, 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank

COST: $10

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