Thanksgiving Eve Bash

Steady your nerves for a day of family togetherness with a pre-Thanksgiving shindig featuring a traditional Corn Hole Toss and $6 cups of a seasonal punch made with Wild Turkey. ($1 from each glass will be donated to a local shelter.)

WHEN: Nov. 23

WHERE: Seven Grand

COST: Free entry; $6/glass for punch.

Wild Gourmet Food and Foraging

Learn how to become more self-reliant at this foraging walk followed by a tasting of seasonal wild food dishes and a fall/winter cooking demo. Explore gourmet cooking with wild food pantry staples at this class led by Transitional Gastronomy.

WHEN: 10 a.m-1 p.m., Nov. 27

WHERE: Hahamongna Watershed Park

COST: $40/person

Venison Fair

Chef Shigefumi Tachibe celebrates his love of game with a special deer-centric menu including venison meatballs, venison chili, a venison burger with apple raisin chutney and more. (Dishes, which are available for dinner, start at $21.) The regular dinner menu will also be available.

WHEN: Nov. 28 – Dec. 11

WHERE: Chaya Venice

COST: $21-42/dish. (Reservations recommended)

Three Restaurants in One

To celebrate their restaurants being named to Esquire's “Best New Restaurants 2011” list, chefs Kris Morningstar (Ray's Restaurant & Stark Bar), John Rivera Sedlar (Rivera, Playa), Steve Samson and Zach Pollack (Sotto) will collaborate for a series of rotating dinners. This one happens at Playa, the final one happens at Sotto on December 5th. Each meal features a special, six-course menu. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the restaurant, and it will go to Toys for Tots.

WHEN: 5:30-10:30 p.m., Nov. 28

WHERE: Playa

COST: $75/person (reservations required)

Kinda-Sorta Holiday Beer Class

Recently opened beer emporium Sunset Beer Company hosts their inaugural beer tasting class. (Now with cheese!)They'll explore some of their favorite year-round beers along with some holiday picks. The full line-up is a secret, but look for Gouden Carolus Noel, Port Santa's Little Helper and Alesmith Yulesmith.

WHEN: 7-9 p.m., Nov. 29

WHERE: Sunset Beer Company

COST: $35/person or $60/couple

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