A Beer & Bacon Fest, Hobbit Dinner Party & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

Angelenos love food… and so do we!

So to help keep you on the pulse of the culinary scene every week here’s a weekly roundup of the best food related news bites (get it?) into one easy-to-digest rundown.


This week includes a Sour Beer Fest, Beer & Bacon Fest, Battle of the Bakers and LOTS more.

Your food news CliffsNotes start after the jump.

Bon Appétit!


Come dine and discuss with fellow hobbits, wizards, dwarves, elves, and the occasional men at a feast that celebrate the world of Middle Earth during Whimsic Alley’s Hobbit Dinner happening August 27. Tickets are $70 and include dinner, open bar, and live entertainment. Reserve your ticket over the phone or in the store.

Get a taste of the funky, tart, and sour during the San Gabriel Valley Sour Beer Festival happening at 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill in Monrovia on August 27. No cover charge so treat yourself!

In case you missed it, earlier this week Nerdist reported that a Star Wars-inspired cantina will be popping up in Hollywood sometime in the winter.

Brews and bacon are two of life’s greatest pleasures and they’re only made better when combined at the San Pedro Beer and Bacon Festival taking place on the USS Iowa Battleship this Saturday August 27. Huge bonus we just found half off tickets check it out.

In honor of the upcoming “The Taste” event on Labor Day weekend LA Times Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter will host a “Taste Bingo” game night this Thursday from 6 – 10 p.m. at Grand Central Market with $5 dishes from a selection of vendors. Admission is free.


Conserve Energy SoCal is hooking Southern Californians up now through September with some tasty deals see below…

The Pie Hole will offer .97 cents off a slice of savory pie or .97 cents off a coffee with purchase.
Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights will host a buy one frozen custard/Italian ice, get one free every Wednesday. Mention “Hot Days, Hot Deals” at checkout to redeem the promo.
Diablo’s Tacos will match the price of their gourmet paletas to the temperature outside every Wednesday.
Sprinkles Ice Cream will offer $1 off any sundae every Wednesday.


Starting August 26 all locations of Sweet Rose Creamery will let you customize your own ice cream sandwich for $6. Combine any flavor from the menu with housemade vanilla or muscovado sugar waffle cone wafers. Guests will also have the option to have their creations dipped in Guittard dark chocolate.

Sofitel Los Angeles + French Morning is hosting the Baguette Battle 2016 finale where some of the best bakers come to compete for the Best Baguette in town. Held September 8 competitors include Bouchon, Boulangerie de Paris, Bread Lounge, Clark Street Bread, Figaro, Frogs Organic Bakery, Larder Baking Co., Pitchoun and Porto’s Bakery.


Hey 19 Public House will launch at $19 Sunday Supper Seafood Boil with new Executive Chef Andy Lee starting Sunday August 28 served twice every Sunday (2 p.m. and 5 p.m.) the East Coast-style seafood boil will feature spiced whole shrimp, Andouille sausage, potatoes, grilled corn and Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits.

Chef Marcel Vigneron’s long-awaited plant-based concept Beefsteak will officially open August 30. Located on Melrose the new eatery is directly next to Vigneron’s WOLF and will serve up salads, grain bowls, smoothies, juices and cocktails.



New Happy Hours around town to add to your list….

New Arts District spot Westbound offers a late night happy hour Tuesday – Thursday from midnight to 2 a.m. for $10 nightcaps featuring a handful of classic cocktails including Gold Rush, Paloma and Blue Lagoon. A selection of midnight snacks are also available that range from $7 Chips & Dip, $9 Fried Pork Rillette to $15 Beef Tartare. Night owls who stay till 1 a.m. will be treated to complimentary fresh baked brownies topped with a toasted meringue.


French leaning bistro Marvin now offers a reverse happy hour Tuesday – Sunday from 10 p.m. to close. Expect items like ratatouille & goat cheese toast, jamon tomato toast and steak tartare for just $7, beers for $6 and wines for $10.

Herringbone’s new lunchtime happy hour includes shareable plates of Albacore Sashimi, Grilled Pork Bely, and Truffle Fries – all under $11. Complimentary valet is also available for those who take advantage of the midday special.

The Bellwether’s new Monday-Friday 5  to 6 p.m. happy hour menu features some of Ted Hopson’s most delicous dishes including the Tempura Cauliflower and Nashville Hot Chicken Sando for just $5. Everything on tap, eight wines and Ann-Marie’s Bellwether Manhattan and Blood & Sand Redux is also $5.

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Photo Credit: The Bellwether

Must hit up place of the week goes to…

The Los Angeles Food & Wine festival takes over Los Angeles this week from August 25 to 28 featuring some of L.A.’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants for a four-day event of culinary delights. Some tickets are still available for select events such as the power lunch series, highlights include a four-course meal of Southeast Asian inspired dishes by chef Shawn Pham of Simbal and Jessica Largey of the soon to open Simone and Chef Greg Bernhardt with Chef Hugh Acheson at Paley for a eight dish tasting.

As for tasting events the Night Market hosted by Jet Tila and Brian Malarkey is a good pick with the main attraction being the Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday if you want samples overload.

Finally, just a quick snapshot of the best thing we’ve eaten in the past week…

The White Miso Black Cod with watermelon radish, bean sprouts, dashi and honshimeji mushrooms from Wolf.



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