Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival
Mendocino County kicks off Dungeness crab season with its 15th annual Crab, Wine & Beer Festival. This 10-day celebration will feature award-winning Mendocino County wine and beer and premium Pacific eats like traditional cioppino and gourmet seafood dinners. Highlights include a crabcake cookoff, a blind wine-tasting competition, whale watching, crabbing excursions and other countywide celebrations. Travelers are encouraged to explore the rugged coast with special offers at Mendocino County hotels, inns and restaurants.
WHAT: Mendocino County's 15th annual Crab, Wine & Beer Festival
WHEN: Jan. 17-26
WHERE: Mendocino County
COST: Crabcake Cookoff and wine-tasting competition, $85 general admission (Jan. 25, noon-3 p.m.). Go to mendocinocoastclinics.org/crab_wine.php for more information.
La Brea Bakery 25th Anniversary
La Brea Bakery celebrates 25 years with the grand opening of its new bakery cafe on La Brea Avenue. Co-founder Nancy Silverton will join chef Keith Silverton for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by prize giveaways, special bread displays and complimentary samplings from the new cafe menu. Open to the public. Meet Nancy Silverton. Eat free food.
WHAT: 25th Anniversary Celebration and Grand Opening at La Brea Bakery Cafe
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 30, noon-3 p.m.
WHERE: La Brea Bakery Cafe, 468 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.
Chinese New Year at Chi Lin
The West Hollywood Chinese restaurant Chi Lin celebrates Chinese New Year with 50% off chef Tyson Wong's menu, featuring dishes to usher in good luck, fortune and longevity in the Year of the Horse. Dishes include 8-hour lacquered Peking duck, hand-pulled noodles with black truffles, filet mignon with crispy shiso leaf, assorted desserts and a special Chinese New Year cocktail. (The special applies only to food.)
WHAT: Chinese New Year at Chi Lin
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 2 – Thursday, Feb. 6
WHERE: Chi Lin, 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-278-2068.
COST: Half-off the menu.