Food & Events
Alpine Village in Torrance celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with festivities that run through Oct. 27. The village of shops, restaurants and one of the best butcher shops in Southern California is home to the oldest and largest Oktoberfest in Los Angeles. Here are some ways to celebrate Oktoberfest across the Southland.
The Royce Quad at UCLA was alive with the sound of music and aromas from some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 9, all in celebration of a little girl named Alex. For the ninth year, James Beard Award winners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne rallied more than 100 chefs, mixologists and vintners for the annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade culinary cookout, which benefits the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to fight childhood cancers.
Award-winning chefs from around the country landed in the Santa Monica Barker Hangar over the Aug. 25-26 weekend, topping off the L.A. Food and Wine Festival with a multicultural movable feast.
Chef Barb Batiste of Big Boi brought along her portable mini food conveyer belt and treated guests to pork adobo with pork longganisa over garlic fried rice while chef Curtis Stone was shucking oysters nearby. Timothy Hollingsworth’s Otium sliders were going like hotcakes.
Among the James Beard Award–winning chefs, Mark Kiffin from Santa Fe served tuna tartare, while Michelle Bernstein from Miami’s Crumb on Parchment wrapped crispy shrimp-filled squash blossom tacos.
The award for longest line went to Preux & Proper chef Sammy Monsour, who couldn’t keep up with demand for his Colorado lamb ribs with Jamaican jerk rub, passion fruit-scotch bonnet BBQ and radish pickles.
Hendricks gin negronis and peach punch flowed generously as well as samples from vintners from around the world. Summer rosés bubbled everywhere. Miraval of Provence (the former Brangelina winery, now owned by Brad Pitt after Angelina Jolie sold her share) provided tastings alongside local winemakers like Fess Parker and Adelaida Vineyards.
Just a few of the endless sweet offerings came from chef Chris Santos (chocolate pot de creme with salted caramel from Beauty and Essex), Kristine de la Cruz of Frankie Lucy Bakeshop L.A. (purple yam pavlova with ube custard, bruleed graham cracker and Greek yogurt crumble) and Toney Tibay at Marti Chocolatt in L.A. (summer chocolate petit fours).
Cannabis entrepreneurs Steve Yeschin and Adam Hilaly together with Fero brand partner Doug Riggs treated guests to an elevated evening last weekend in the historic home once owned by Hollywood Icon Clark Gable.
Chef Dean Barker’s menu included a decadent Wagyu beef tartare topped with hefty portions of caviar and infused with both THC and CBD oils. Guests also grazed on his signature cannabis causa — charred Spanish baby octopus, cubed avocado, radish, cilantro and chili threads with a CBD guajillo chili oil — as well as his peach and pluot cannabis carpaccio made from yellow peaches, purple plums, Korean red pepper, lemon THC oil, Meyer lemon CBD vinaigrette, fennel and dill salad.
High-end cocktails were served in traditional Greta Garbo glasses, sprinkled with flowers. The Sugar Lemon Haze Drops were a cool mixture of Humboldt Distillery CBD vodka, Lemon Haze terpenes and fresh lemon. The French 420 was an elegant glass of Piper Sonoma Champagne anchored by a eugenol terpene-soaked sugar cube.
Elevate Jane brought a fun selection of smoking accessories, including smooth and light ceramic stone and crystal pipes and beautiful bongs. Lizzy Tish cookies were abundant for munching.
The evening was a soft launch for consulting agency High End Creatives.
Reflecting the city's passion and multiculturalism, the eighth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, running Aug. 22-26, has expanded to a five-day, immersive culinary experience, heating up the tail end of summer with tastings, chef demos and all-around foodie excellence.
Black metal has long held a reputation for being the most abrasive, proudly underground corner of the heavy metal spectrum. Those with only a passing knowledge of the genre may be familiar with the sordid tales of '90s Norwegian acts such as Mayhem. The modern grouping of bands that are considered black metal is much more expansive, with dozens of bands adding layers of progressive musicianship and atmospheric shoe-gaze to the existing genre blueprint.