It’s always eating season in this foodie-friendly town. Indulge yourself at August’s best food events, where you can explore exotic culinary cultures, experiment with unorthodox pairings (fried chicken and champagne, anyone?), and let some of the best chefs in town spoil you for a decadent night.
Flavors of Asia Food Fest
If you’re going to enjoy great Thai, might as well do it for a great cause, too. Some of the best chefs in L.A. cook up Southeast Asian bites for the Stu and the Kids fundraiser at the Vibiana. Restaurants featured include Jitlada, Redbird, Republique, Chichen Itza, Same Same Thai, Ayara Thai, Friends & Family, and more. The day has everything: cocktails, DJs and live music, Muay Thai boxing, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $135 for general admission and $225 for VIP, which gets you in an hour early and a swag-packed gift bag. August 4, 3–7 p.m. 214 South Main Street
Chris Bianco at Alameda Supper Club
Check out one of the city’s newest hot spots while supporting a good cause. Part of the Billy Harris Dinner Series, this blowout at Alameda Supper Club features a menu from chef Chris Bianco—famed for Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix—plus a live auction that benefits the L.A. Food Bank and the Trotter Project. There will be an array of appetizers, plus strozzapreti pasta, sea bream with fennel cream, lamb belly with salsa verde, sides, and dessert. Tickets are $150, which includes drinks, tax, and tip. PS: The restaurant is part of Tartine Manufactory at the Row DTLA complex. August 6, 6:30–9:30 p.m. The Row, 757 Alameda Street, Suite 160
Karl Hess leads another wondrous night that will satisfy epicurean and comedy aficionados alike within the ultrachic, hip Virgil Village bar and restaurant, Melody. This edition of Amuse Bouche promises stand-up from Patton Oswalt, Megan Gailey, and Sabrina Jalees, along with delicious sandwiches from É Stretto, small bites from celebrated chef Tim Hollingsworth, and dazzling natural wines from Melody. August 6, 7–10 p.m. 751 North Virgil Avenue
Fried Chicken & Champagne
It’s a known fact that bubbles are best with fried chicken, and this WineL.A. blind tasting event will prove it. There will be medium-hot Nashville-style fried chicken from Howlin’ Ray’s—the superspicy stuff is too hot for wine—plus 24 different bottles of bubbly, be it champagne, Prosecco, cava, or other sparkling wines. Get tickets early, as there’s a limited supply. August 10, 6–8:15 p.m. The Learn About Wine Loft, 530 Molino Street #218
Open-Fire Gaucho BBQ Dinner With Phil Rosenthal
Rosenthal (Somebody Feed Phil) and culinarian Billy Harris cohost this epic summer barbecue feast. The menu is a collaboration between chef Alberto Llano, who specializes in rustic outdoor gaucho-style cooking at his Georgia restaurant Del Sur, and chef Daniel Weinstock, the Spago alum behind the barbecue mastery at Maple Block Meat Co. The family-style meal includes ribs, chicken, sausage, wood-smoked brisket empanadas, and an array of delicious sides, plus cocktails, apps, wine, and beer. All-inclusive tickets are $145, with proceeds from the live auction going to the L.A. Food Bank. August 11, 4–7 p.m. 3973 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City
Bite at the Beach
South Bay restaurants and brewers get together on the New York City back lot at Manhattan Beach Studios for this annual tasting event. Nibble on bites from Tin Roof Bistro, Rock ’N Fish, Little Sister, Urban Plates, Mercado, and more, with brews from Common Space Brewery, Los Angeles Ale Works, Simmzy’s, and the Strand Homebrewers Club. There will be DJs and dessert, plus a walk down to the pier for sunset should you choose. Tickets are $55 for general admission and $75 for VIP early entrance. August 10, 3–6 p.m. 1600 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach
Los Angeles Tea Festival
Two days filled with everything a tea lover could possibly desire: tastings, sampling, shopping, seminars, and more. One of the largest celebrations of tea in the country features more than 45 exhibitors and a slew of classes, from learning the art of Chinese tea ceremonies to becoming a tea sommelier. General admission tickets are $20, with classes individually priced; the full VIP package is $250 to enjoy the full scope of the weekend. August 10 and 11, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Magic Box at the Reef, 1933 South Broadway
Pop-Up Dinner L.A.
The rules are simple: Wear all white, bring a picnic and an elaborate tablescape, and plan to meet new friends at this mega-pop-up potluck party.The location is a secret, but in the past it’s taken place at parks and other outdoor spaces from downtown to Santa Monica, so it could really be anywhere. DJs and complimentary highballs will set the scene—you do the rest. Tickets are $38 per person. August 17; location revealed upon ticket purchase.
Beverly Hills Food & Wine
This annual two-day event brings together more than 60 chefs and restaurants to benefit CASA of Los Angeles, including Katusya, the Waldorf Astoria, Crustacean, Craft, STK, Mastro’s, and Pacific Dining Car. There will be lots of bubbly—this is Beverly Hills, after all—and plenty of other sips and bites to savor. Tickets start at $150 per person. August 17 and 18. Olympic Collection, 11301 West Olympic Boulevard
Sunday Seafood Boils at NoMad
Rooftop views of the city and a seafood boil—doesn’t get more summertime than that. The NoMad hotel downtown is the place to be for the monthly Sunday afternoon series, which includes a spread of shrimp, crab, sausage, and sweet corn with house-made potato chips, cornbread, and Popsicles—all served family-style. Sweeten the deal with cocktails, wine, and beer, or even an extra platter of chilled oysters. Tickets are $59 per person. August 18 and September 29, 1–4 p.m. 649 South Olive Street
Los Angeles Food & Wine
The massive food and wine extravaganza once again takes place all over town for four days, from the red carpet in front of the Disney Concert Hall downtown to the Magic Castle in Hollywood and restaurants in Santa Monica. There’s top local talent plus celeb chefs from around the country cooking at lunches, festive dinners, and the grand tastings, plus live music and DJs. Highlights this year include an interactive food, music, and art dinner in Koreatown; a dinner with Nancy Silverton and Jeremiah Tower at Chi Spacca; and a Filipino Kamayan feast. Tickets vary per event, from $150 for grand tastings to $250 for one-off dinners. August 22–25 at various locations throughout Los Angeles; see website for details.