11/08/2012 01:19:00 PM
Eat This, Drink This, Do This: LA's Weekend Planner
Chef Suzanne Tracht just happens to like tacos, thank you very much, so she's turning the Jar bar into a taco and tequila party tonight. The menu includes char siu al pastor with roasted pineapple, lobster tacos, pot roast with creamy horseradish and pickled carrots, and mushroom with queso blanco. They range $8-$10, but the tequila, at least Peligroso Tequila, is complimentary as a tasting. You can also sip jalapeno, watermelon or cucumber margaritas, specials for the night (8225 Beverly Blvd.; 323-655-6566).
Two big ways to drink a lot of wine this weekend. For the trendier set, there's Wine Riot, a mega-tasting at the Majestic Halls in Downtown LA featuring more than 250 wines from around the world, food trucks, live music, DJs, and a very cool app that tries to help you remember exactly what you were drinking and if you like it or not (as if that even matters after the 20th wine). Two sessions take place on Saturday (Nov. 10) from 1-5 PM and 7-11 PM. Tickets are $50. For more serious drinkers, or at least pinot noir lovers, Pinot Days is happening at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday (Nov. 11). Taste some of the best pinots from near and far, more than 200 highly acclaimed wines. Tickets are $70 or $110 for VIP and seminars.
There's every cooking competition under the sun these days, but this Sunday, see what contenders can do with a pot of vegan chili at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank. Competing are The Hot Knives Alex Brown and Evan George, The Sriracha Cookbook's Randy Clemens, Tony's own chef Randal St. Clair, Stuffed Animal chefs Juvenal Rodriguez and Courtney Konuch, and The Roxy's Nic Adler, winner of the 2009 Malibu Chili Cook-Off. $10 gets you three samples, and there's plenty of beer on hand (with a few specials). Get a basket of fries and grab a board game while you're at it. Noon to 6 PM (1710 W. Magnolia Blvd.; 818-253-1710).