An All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Special, the Burbank Beer Festival and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

October 17, 2017 by Christina Champlin

This week it’s all about festivals. Beer fans can check out the Burbank Beer Fest this Saturday, while BBQ lovers can head to Maple Block for AYCE smoked meats and fixings during Blocktoberfest.

If you’re hanging out in NELA, hit up the Eastside Food Festival this Sunday for tastings galore. Also, Oktoberfest parties are still going strong throughout the month. Prost!


Other notable happenings around town include: Flavors of Mexico at The Skirball, The Pancakes & Booze Art Show, a Chefs Counter at Manuela and much more.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

Bone Kettle Launches a New Happy Hour

Bone Kettle located in Pasadena just launched a new two-hour weekday happy hour. Stop by between 4 – 6 p.m. for oysters, sambal chicken wings, tartare bites, mapo tofu fries, $2 off on craft beers, wines and more.

FLAVORS OF MEXICO at Skirball Cultural Center

FLAVORS OF MEXICO at Skirball Cultural Center

Flavors of Mexico at Skirball Cultural Center

Learn about the many vibrant regional cuisines of Mexico through in-depth lectures, cooking demonstrations, tastings, and hands-on participation. The Skirball Cultural Center will host three special evenings featuring well known chefs and the dishes that made them famous. Tickets cost $125 per person. See the full schedule below.

  • October 24: Gilberto Cetina (Holbox), formerly chef at Chichen Itza, shares his recipe for Yucatán fish.
  • November 14: Jimmy Shaw (Lotería! Grill) prepares specialties of Mexico City.
  • December 12: Bricia Lopez (Guelaguetza) makes Oaxacan mole.

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Chocolate Spa Treatments by Valerie Confections

The Ritz-Carlton Spa located in Los Angeles is collaborating with renowned L.A. based chocolatier, Valerie Gordon, for “Wrapped in Chocolate by Valerie Confections.” Pampered guests will enjoy the natural nutrients of Valerie’s chocolates integrated into massages, facials, scrubs, and pedicures. All guests begin with a cup of Valerie’s hot chocolate blend and are gifted with the treatment’s corresponding chocolate to enjoy at the spa or to take home. Featured chocolates include Peppermint Bark, Champagne Truffles, Nature is Slow bar, and Scotch & Stout Truffles. Treatments are available now through December 31, 2017.

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There’s a Blade Runner Cocktail in L.A.

Film-inspired bar, Double Take located in Westwood just introduced a “Blade Runner 2049” drink special called the Replicant Test. Served in a replica glasses from the movie, the base is whiskey a nod to Harrison Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, an avid whiskey drinker. The whiskey is Maker’s Mark referring to J.F. Sebastian, known as the “Toymaker” and a smoking cinnamon stick made to look like a cigar will garnish the drink since there always seemed to be someone smoking on screen in the movie.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday October 17th,2017

Mr. C Beverly Hills is extending their popular Poolside Cinema series into fall. Every Tuesday evening, from October 10 to November 21, you can visit the gorgeous yacht-inspired pool deck at the Italian-inspired hotel, where you’ll ensconce yourself in a lounge chair for a film and casual-yet-elevated food under the stars. The series kicks off withThe Princess Bride.

Wednesday October 18th, 2017

Manuela located inside the Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles arts complex is hosting a Chef’s Counter with Chef Wes Whitsell this Wednesday. Guests will enjoy a delicious multi-course tasting menu. Tickets cost $75 per person with an additional $50 to include wine pairing.

Whisper Restaurant & Lounge at The Grove recently launched “Hollywood Jazz Nights” happening every Wednesday until October 18. The restaurant will screen a classic Hollywood film each week with a troupe of talented jazz musicians accompanying the films score. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. with happy hour before showtime from 4 – 7 p.m. This week’s movie is Doctor Strangelove. 

Horse Thief BBQ, located at Grand Central Market, will screen Hocus Pocus on their patio this Wednesday. FREE

Thursday October 19th, 2017

Dessert and wine for dinner? Pitchoun! is hosting a Bakery Dessert & Wine night this Thursday featuring fall dessert and wine pairings from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests can select from three seasonal desserts and enjoy a paired French wine for $15.

Friday October 20th, 2017


The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Lot 613 in DTLA for an underground art show served up with a stack of pancakes! Highlights include local artisans, live music, DJs, live art, body painting, and more.

Head over to Torrance for one of the most well-known Oktoberfest celebrations in the L.A. area! Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs September 8 through October 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food, beer, dancing, and more.

It’s Oktoberfest at the Pomona Fairplex! Oom-pah music, the Chicken Dance, authentic German brats and brews flown directly from Germany will be on hand to help you party in true Bavarian style. Happening Friday and Saturday.

Saturday October 21st, 2017

The Third Annual Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair returns to the streets of Downtown Burbank for one of the largest celebrations of craft beer in L.A. Entry to the street fair and main stage entertainment is free and open to all ages.Tickets for the two craft beer tasting sessions cost $40-$45 and includes a 3- ounce tasting glass and craft beer samples from 45+ different breweries.

Oktoberfest DTLA returns to Pershing Square on October 21-22 for two days beer tastings, traditional bratwursts and pretzels to fusion eats, live music and plenty of dancing. Admission is free and guests interested in the tastings can purchase packages that range from $15-65.

Westfield Topanga will host UNCORKED this Saturday. Enjoy a day of champagne, wine and food tastings benefiting The Foundation for Los Virgenes Schools. In addition on Sunday, they’ll host UNCASKED , a craft beer and food tasting event. Tickets cost $30 per person for admission to one event and $50 per person to attend both events.

Sunday October 22nd, 2017


Maple Block will throw another Blocktoberfest an all-you-can-eat barbecue affair happening this Sunday. $55 gets you into the the block party for unlimited smoked meats, sausages, hot dogs, brisket chili, delicous sides, a beer garden, ice cream, fun activities, live music and more.

The Eastside Food Festival returns to Mack Sennett Studios with some of the best eastside eats in L.A. This year, the fest will include unlimited tastings from over 35 local food and beverage vendors, cooking demonstrations, discussion panels, live music, live podcast and more. Ticket cost $65 for general admission and $95 for VIP.

Roxana Jullapat of Friends & Family will host Bakers Will Bake this Sunday at The Hollywood’s Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now in its fifth year, Jullapat’s annual bake sale fundraiser will benefit The Farm to Face Environmental Program at Thomas Starr King Middle School, specifically Ms. Jones’ gardening and environmental studies program.

Throughout the month of October, Westbound will host double-feature screenings of cult classic Halloween flicks on their back patio every Sunday night as well as on Friday the 13th and Halloween. Screenings begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This Saturday they’ll host screenings of Young Frankenstein and Killer Klowns from Outer Space.