By Jill Weinlein, 9/06/2012
SummerTASTE Wine Series
Enjoy sipping wine on the second Wednesday of the month at Santa Monica Place. On Sept. 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. taste “International Wine” with 10 wineries pouring over 30 wines. Delicious food will be served. Located in The Plaza, Level 1. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 the day of the event. Click here to register. Use “SMP” to receive a discount on your ticket price. http://summertaste0912.eventbrite.com/ 395 Santa Monica Pl. (310)260-8333.
Roy’s Classic Combo
This month, Chef Blaine Villasin is cooking Roy’s popular Misoyaki butterfish and tender braised beef short ribs together on one plate for $29.95 per person. Happy Hour begins daily at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and wine for $5 and Hawaiian inspired plates for $5. 800 S. Figueroa St. (213)488-4994.
5×5 Dinner at ink
On Sept. 16, Chris Cosentino will be a special guest with Josiah Citrin from Melisse, Michael Cimarusti at Providence, Gino Angelini of Angelini Osteria, Rory Herrman from Bouchon and Michael Voltaggio at Ink. A portion of the $150 per person tasting dinner will be donated to the Special Olympics. Tax and gratuities are not included. Wine pairing is available at an additional fee. (323)651-5866. 8360 Melrose Ave. Ste. 107 (323)651-5866.
Chaya Venice Garlic Fair
Calling all garlic lovers: now through Sept. 30, Executive Corporate Chef Shigefumi Tachibe will create a garlic-centric dinner nightly using variations of black and green garlic. Starters include a black garlic seared Yellowtail sashimi with garlic citrus sauce. Main entrées offered are a grilled whole sea bass stuffed with garlic, fennel, rosemary, tomato and basil. The buffalo burger on a pretzel bun is served with garlic chili chutney. Chef’s grilled chicken is with a garlic pumpkin mole and garlic potato purée. Available every evening after 6 p.m. Chaya Venice,110 Navy St. (310)396-1179.
Wines at Café del Rey
Come in during the month of Sept. to try some great bottles of wine from various California wineries for 50 percent off the bottle price. Café del Rey will feature 20 different bottles each week. This week is Southern and Central Coast wines. The second week is Paso Robles and Central Valley. The third week features wines from Sonoma and the last week in Sept. will offer wines from Napa. 4451 Admiralty Way (310)823-6395.
Tonight! Fashion’s Night Out
Magnolia Bakery offers decadent rich chocolate cake topped with vanilla buttercream, colorful crumbs of red velvet cupcake and a dash of sparkle. Each cupcake is $3.50 with $1 from the sale of each cupcake donated to Dress for Success, on Thursday, Sept. 6. The organization helps provide disadvantaged women with professional attire and career development tools. 8389 W. Third St. (323)951-0636.
At the Beverly Center, they are prepping for a night of food, fun and fashion. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with the red carpet arrival of celebrities such as Kendra Wilkinson, of “Kendra On Top”, and RJ Mitte, of “Breaking Bad”. The opening ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. with presentations from Lisa Love, of “Vogue”, model Kendall Jenner and host Lucy Hale. A fashion show hosted by Hale will begin at 7 p.m., and an XXI Forever Exclusive fashion show will commence at 9 .m. At 10 p.m., there will be an invite-only after-party on Level 8. www.beverlycenter.com/fashionsnightout.
California Wine at gLAnce Wine Bar
Every Wed. during the month of Sept., a guest CA winemaker will host a complimentary wine tasting at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. On Wed. Sept. 12, Mayacamas Vineyards will pour authentic and classic wines from the wine estates in the mountains between Sonoma and Napa Valley. Tastings are poured from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)765-8600.
Catalina Wine Festival
Save the date of Sept. 15 to take a one-hour cruise to Avalon Bay at Catalina Island. The 17th annual Catalina Island Women’s Forum Wine Festival is a day filled with delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting and live music next to the historic Casino building. Over 70 wineries will offer tastes that can be paired with local food. There will be a silent auction to help support the charitable programs on the island that include scholarships and mentoring for girls at Avalon High School, Domestic Violence Prevention and Women’s Wellness. (310)741-1321 and www.visitcatalinaisland.com for transportation and lodging information.
Monday Movie Night
Starting on Sept. 10, Station Hollywood will offer moviegoers a 35-ft. outdoor movie screen to view the film, “Sunset Strip”, documenting the history and notoriety of the legendary strip seen through the eyes of those who have lived it. Special guests include the director, producer and writer Hans Fjellstad. Producers Donovan Leitch, Joseph Mundo and Tommy Alastra will host the evening with a post-movie questions and answer session. Executive Chef Sascha Lyon will prepare small plates that include truffle cheese fries, short rib quesadilla and roasted garlic hummus. Each Monday a different movie is screened from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday Night football will be on the big screen before each film. Sept. 17 is the movie “Swingers” and Sept. 24 is Tim Burton’s “Batman”. Seating begins at 7:30 p.m. 6250 Hollywood Blvd. (323)798-1360.
Napa Valley Grille
Each week in September, the restaurant will spotlight a notable wine region in California and offer half-priced bottles of wine. This week they will feature Santa Barbara and Central Coast wines. They also offer Happy Hour, Mondays – Saturdays, 3-7pm & 9pm – midnight. Sundays 3-11pm. 1100 Glendon Ave. (310)824-3322.