Getting Our Just Desserts: A Sweet Extravaganza

Guests will enjoy a myriad of tastings from celebrity pastry chefs, confectioners, bakeries, coffee and tea purveyors; cooking classes; celebrity cookbook signings and dessert baking challenges. Proceeds support the Culinary Arts Program for at-risk high school students.

WHAT: Culinary Arts Dessert Fundraiser

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Art Institute of California, 2900 31st St., Santa Monica

COST: $50

1886 Bar at The Raymond's Second Anniversary

One of Pasadena's favorite cocktail bars is celebrating two years in business with a fête featuring hand-crafted drinks, a selection of wines, craft beers, as well as small plates prepared by executive chef Tim Guiltinan. An RSVP is required.

WHAT: 1886 Bar 2nd Anniversary Party

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m – 1 a.m.

WHERE: The Raymond; 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

COST: $86 in advance; $100 at door

Malibu Chocolate Invitational

The ultimate event for yoga-loving chocoholics: a tasting of 10 different chocolate purveyors, from Theo to Intentional Chocolate, plus chocolate-flavored spirits, coffee and something called “chocolate meditation.”

WHAT: Chocolate Invitational

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

WHERE: Great Spirits Ranch; Mulholland Hwy., Malibu

COST: $45

Long Beach Bake-Off

More than three dozen amateur bakers are expected at the 2nd annual Long Beach Bake-Off hosted by Long Beach's Community Action Team. Entries will be judged by local food personalities; the 1st place winners' favorite local charity/school/church will receive a $100 donation.

WHAT: Long Beach Bake-Off

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo, Long Beach

COST: $5 Entry/Tasting Fee

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