The Eastside Food Festival, a Comedy Cake & Cannabis Night and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

September 5, 2017 by Christina Champlin

Labor Day has come and gone, but the delicious smell of fall is in the air!

This week we spotlight the upcoming Eastside Food Festival, a Cake Monkey and Shake Shack collab, and Tom Colicchio’s star studded dinner party. Also, you’ll find out about Silver Lake newcomer Tintorera, a Comedy + Cake + Cannabis night and more foodie events you won’t want to miss.


Notable on this week’s events rundown: The return of the Long Beach Original Lobster Festival, LA Loves Alex Lemonade and a special Chef’s Counter with Chef Wes Whitsell of Manuela.

Your L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

pie oh my shake shack cake monkey

Photo Credit: Cake Monkey

Shake Shack x Cake Monkey

Shake Shack just announced that Cake Monkey will now be available in a “Pie Oh My” Concrete made with frozen custard and pie piece mix-ins. The blended cold treat will change flavors each month with Blueberry Lemon Frangipane as Septembers flavor.

Craft LA Celebrates 10-year Anniversary with Chef Superstars

On Wednesday Sept. 13, Tom Colicchio and Craft Los Angeles will throw a star studded dinner party to celebrate the restaurant’s 10-year milestone. Guests will enjoy a five-course family-style dinner from Tom Colicchio and the Craft LA team, as well as Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, etc.) and Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun, Jon & Vinny’s). Tickets cost $265 and include a cocktail hour, seated dinner and an after-party.

New Opening Alert

A new modern Mexican restaurant and speakeasy has landed in Silver Lake focused on seafood, roasted meat, Mexican wine and a robust mezcal portfolio. Tintorera, a brainchild of Chef Maycoll Calderón and partner Walter Meyenberg, is billed as a love letter to Mexico City. Both have made a name for themselves in Mexico with their critically acclaimed restaurant Huset and a members-only cocktail bar called Hanky Panky. Tinotera’s menu offers tostadas, crudos, aguachile, roasted red snapper and arroz con pollo accompanied by fresh corn tortillas. Mexico City bartender David Mora helms both the restaurant and speakeasy bars crafting cocktails inspired by Acapulco’s golden era and introducing L.A. guest to lesser known agave distillates including raicilla, bacanora, and sotol. For now the restaurant is open Monday through Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. with the speakeasy open Monday through Saturday from 5 to 1 a.m.

Eastside Food Festival is Back!

EastSide Food Festival 2015

EastSide Food Festival, 2015. Image via EastSide Food Fest

The Eastside Food Festival returns to Mack Sennett Studios on October 22 celebrating the vibrant food and dining scene of L.A.’s eastside communities. 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. The 2017 vendors are still being announced, but past participants include Jeni’s Ice Cream, TODO Verde, Homestate, Frankie Lucy Bake Shop and many more. Tickets are currently on early bird with a $10 discount on GA, VIP and Non Drinking tickets now till September 13.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday September 5th, 2017

Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

Wednesday September 6th, 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.

Thursday September 7th, 2017

Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ — A Group Love/Hate Letter to LA at Think Tank Gallery examines Los Angeles and all its stereotypes through art and insanely fun events. This Thursday the gallery will host Comedy, Cake + Cannabis a night of tasting edibles, elixirs and extracts while some of the best comedians entertain. Tickets are $15 to $25.

Friday September 8th, 2017

Long Beach Original Lobster Festival (Sept. 8-10) will feature fresh Maine lobster, live music, face painting, karaoke, arts & crafts booths, a petting zoo, plus various wine/beer gardens. Tickets range from $5 to $40 and include free souvenir photos, along with access to the event and activities. Meal packages start at $24. You can also check for discount tickets via Goldstar (affiliate) while supplies last.

Saturday September 9th, 2017

Spend a day tasting amazing dishes from top chefs during the annual LA Loves Alex Lemonade. Participating chefs include Jeremy Fox, Wes Avila, Scott Conant, Ray Garcia, Valerie Gordon, Bruce Kalman, Walter and Margarita Manzke and much more. Happening at UCLA, the event is dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer. General admission cost $195 and $95  of that ticket is tax decidable.