Weekend Docket: 10/08/10

I'm finally having my Test Kitchen night!!  After the shenanigans that happened the last time I tried to attend before the Blogger Prom after party, I'm sure this night, filled with Top Chef contestants will be sure to amaze. In the kitchen, Betty Fraser (Season 2), CJ Jacobson (Season 3) and Alex Reznik (Season 7) are presenting a 6 course meal.  Fingers crossed!

As for the rest of the weekend, everyone's leaving town :-(, and I'll be stuck at Creative Screenwriting's Pitchfest.  Yep.  Sounds like a joy.  So really after Friday, it's all downhill from there. I mean, unless someone can sneak me into Jonathan Gold's event on Saturday.  Pretty please??

**** Other Fun Happenings In & Around The City ****

All Weekend
dineLA Restaurant Week
dineLA Restaurant Week is a two-week dining event (October 3-8 & October 10-15) during which over 200 restaurants throughout the city offer specially priced three-course meals for lunch and/or dinner. Diners can choose from three options for each course including appetizer, entrée, and dessert. http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2/index.jsp

LA Beer Week
October 7 - October 17
Los Angeles will host its 2nd annual Beer Week. Breweries and bars throughout Los Angeles and Orange County will be participating with special promotions and beer tasting events.  With several events happening daily all across town, I'm hard pressed to find a list of the events I'll be attending.  But Huffington Post simplified my life by making a list of their own.  Top Ten Picks for LA Beer Week  For more details on LA Beer Week: www.labeerweek.com

S.L.F. Bar Bites invade La Cachette Bistro
October 8 - October 9
That’s right the S.L.F. are doing another Bar Bite menu, this time Chef Jean-Francios Meteigner & general manager Fabrice Lorenzi have allowed us to infiltrate the La Cachette bar for a couple of nights. we start at 8:30 and will go till midnightish, so come in & try some Bites, and have some cocktails prepared by Marc Danays or some wine suggested by Melissa Coutchie. See you all there! La Cachette Bar www.supperliberationfront.com

Saturday, 10/9
Pork & Beans Cube Foundation Fundraiser!
1pm - 4pm
We're hosting a rooftop BBQ fundraiser at our downtown-Los Angeles garden that will focus on dishes incorporating products from legendary Bay-Area food artisans Fatted Calf (Pork), and Rancho Gordo (Beans). 100% of proceeds from Cube’s Pork n’ Beans event will benefit Cube Foundation, the restaurant’s non-profit arm dedicated to the development of garden-to-table programs for local underprivileged children and their parents. Cube’s Pork n’ Beans will run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th, and is priced at $65 per person in advance, $75 at the door. 550 Ceres Avenue, Los Angeles, 90013. Valet parking available. www.cubemarketplace.com

Pasadena Wine Festival
2pm - 10pm
Smell the aromas from the Chill & Grill. Try your hand at Bocce Ball. Enjoy Great Wines from far away places. Hear live Jazz and Salsa into the night. See the stars in the sky overhead. Feel the grass beneath your feet. Enjoy life. Be with friends. The Pasadena Wine Festival. L.A. County Arboretum. pasadenawinefestival.com

Food Truck Round Up For Cancer Research
4pm - 8pm
ten food trucks in the JWCI parking lot behind the building for the purpose of raising funds and awareness for cancer research at John Wayne Cancer Institute. This is the perfect opportunity to bring together a growing new trend in the food industry with outreach to the local community about what John Wayne Cancer Institute does for the community and nation. The Institute’s lobby will be open for seating, a silent auction and raffle drawing for attendees. There will be a DJ spinning the perfect mix of music for all audiences. John Wayne Cancer Institute - 2200 Santa Monica Blvd - Santa Monica, CA www.jwci.org


Jonathan Gold's 2nd Annual Union Station Cocktail Party
7pm - 9pm
Alongside oil, water, movies, and ships, bootlegging was a booming industry in Prohibition-era Los Angeles. A dozen major speakeasies operated downtown, in the heart of the city. Country clubs, restaurants, and gambling houses served alcohol, too, from Little Tokyo's Tokyo Club—up three flights of stairs and famed for sake, gambling, and comely hostesses—to Signal Hill's Old Baker Winery Barn, where fights erupted alongside natural gas explosions. Today, downtown L.A. once again teems with bars that evoke the speakeasy, hiding below or behind galleries, restaurants, or storefronts, asking for passwords at the door, pouring Gin Fizzes and Sidecars, and featuring jazz bands and burlesque dancers. Join Jonathan Gold as he fetes Zócalo at the second annual Jonathan Gold's Union Station Cocktail Party, celebrating the speakeasy style of downtown L.A. with the city's finest restaurants, drinks from 213 Spirited Ventures, and entertainment. Under 30 $125 / Non Profit Employee $150 / General $185 Union Station - 800 N. Alameda Street www.zocalopublicsquare.org

Cinefamily Pajama Party II: Bitch-Craft!
8pm
(Feat. The Craft & Teen Witch)
You -- are about to attend Cinefamily Pajama Party II: Bitch-Craft! The circle is drawn, the succubi have been invoked, and there’s no turning back now: for one night only, the hallowed (haunted) halls of this theatre will become a Cine-coven, devoted to the raw power of the dark arts, of girls gathered together, and of white rap musical numbers. We’ll be partying way past the witching hour with tunes from DJ Dia, Craft-y crafts like wand-making stations, and Satantic rituals such as “light as a feather, stiff as a board.” And while the sign says, “No Boys Allowed” outside, men can technically attend -- if they dare. $12/free for members Silent Movie Theatre - 611 N. Fairfax Avenue www.cinefamily.org

Sunday, 10/10
Los Angeles Chocolate Salon
11am - 5pm
Chocolate lovers, en garde! The premier major chocolate show in the Los Angeles area this millenium takes place at the 4th Annual Los Angeles Luxury CHOCOLATE SALON on Sunday, October 10th, 2010 at the Pasadena Center. Chocolate aficionados, fanatics, lovers and addicts can taste & experience the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate in one of the world's great culinary metropolitan areas. The Pasadena Center - 300 Green Street - Pasadena, CA www.lachocolatesalon.com

L.A. Beer Float Showdown Returns for L.A. Beer Week
5:30pm
Last year, The Golden State teamed with Scoops to vanquish BottleRock LA + MILK in the first ever L.A. Beer Float Showdown. In the past week, Boneyard Bistro, Ladyface Alehouse and Simmzy’s have stepped up to challenge the defending champs. On October 10, as part of L.A. Beer Week, Food GPS presents L.A. Beer Float Showdown II. Four teams will converge on Verdugo Bar to create culinary fireworks, and the bar that emerges as the victor is up to you. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event, including admission and all four beer floats. No matter how you pay, 50% of proceeds will benefit Share our Strength, which has been working to eradicate childhood hunger in the U.S. and Canada since 1988. Verdugo Bar - 3408 Verdugo Road http://www.foodgps.com/la-beer-float-showdown-returns-for-la-beer-week/

Savor the Season
6:30pm - 9pm
If your appetite for eating to support a good cause hasn't been satiated by Sunday, Savor the Season is another opportunity to dine altruistically: Your $100 ticket benefits the teen dating violence-combating organization Break the Cycle. Food provided by Street, Bittersweet Treats and more. The Lot Studios, 1041 N. Formosa Ave., West Hollywood savortheseason.org

Heads Up
NYUinLA Fall Mixer! - Tuesday October 12th
7:30PM
"We're in the Adirondacks, and Josh Brolin and I are shooting this bike scene. And at one point I say to Josh a line — 'You should look at yourself in the mirror first and see yourself. It might scare you,'" remembered LaBeouf. "I looked at the line for a couple of months and thought I'd go to Oliver and say, 'You look at the mirror and look at yourself. It's sort of repetitive. Why don't we just cut one of those? Why don't I say, Look at yourself. It might scare you.' This is Oliver verbatim. He looks at me and goes, 'I like mirror. I wrote Scarface. Go fuck yourself.'" ~ Shia LaBeouf.  Here's to celebrating the incredible industry we all find ourselves muddling through with the hopes that some day we'll be in Mr. Stone's position.  So come join us for an evening of mingling & mixing with your fellow NYU alumni at the classic old school Hollywood locale, Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset.  Please RSVP: http://www.pingg.com/rsvp/65jxf7hzkc54qm534