Boxing Match

Boxed wine: scourge of snooty oenophiles, emblem of populist wine drinkers, re-embraced by thrifty contrarians. The stuff has, supposedly, improved by leaps and bounds since Trader Joe's cleverly repackaged the it in bottles and sold it as Two Buck Chuck. Decide if you think that's true at this boxed wine tasting.

WHEN: 6 – 8 p.m., Dec. 8

WHERE: Colorado Wine Company

COST: $12 for four boxed wines including gourmet cheeses and sides.

RSVP to (323) 478-1985.

Eat My Blog

The treats at this annual charity bake sale benefiting the LA Regional Foodbank have been made and donated by local bloggers as well as some of the city's best restaurants. We've raised over $12,000 in the past three years and look forward to raising even more this year!

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dec. 10

WHERE: Pita Jungle: 43 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

COST: free except for the cost of sweets

Food of the Jews of France

Food writer and cookbook maven Joan Nathan visits Los Angeles to discuss her newest book, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, about the secret history of Asheknazi, Sephardic and Provençal Jewish food. Sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Southern California.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Dec. 10

WHERE: Mark Taper Auditorium at the L.A. Central Library

COST: Free

Breakfast with Santa

Even Santa Claus needs to eat on something more substantial than gingerbread cookies and peppermint schnapps. This three-course, holiday-themed menu includes crêpes with strawberries, vanilla ice cream and maple or blueberry syrup, brown sugar-baked sweet potatoes and warm apple cider.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., Dec. 10 – 11

WHERE: Descanso Gardens

COST: $45, members; $53, non-members; $19, children ages 4-12.

Artisanal LA Holiday Pop-Up Shop

More than 50 local artisanal vendors gather to sell their jams, pies, mustards, pickles, aprons and more. Look for demos and workshops from the Institute of Domestic Technology as well as spirit and craft beer tastings.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Dec. 11

WHERE: Armory Center for the Arts

COST: $5 (buy tix here)

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