1/17/2013 01:13:00 PM

LA's Weekend Planner: Hot Buttered Rums, Butchery Classes, More

Tasting Kitchen's hot buttered rum...mmmm
Eat This
It doesn't have to be National Peking Duck Day to want to enjoy the the Peking duck dinner at WP24 - a whole gorgeous golden duck with bao buns, hoisin sauce, scallions and the fixings - but to honor the holiday on Friday, if you order the duck, you get a giant chocolate goose egg on the house for dessert. The duck dinner is $80 for three courses, $110 for four courses. Or you can order it a la carte on Friday only for $80 (900 W. Olympic Blvd.; 213-743-8824).

Drink This
It's National Hot Buttered Rum day today, which means, yes, wait until the sun goes down and go find one. Or just drink one now. We found a great one by barman Daniel Warrilow at Son of a Gun; at Drago Centro, the Soul of Mayahuel is made with brown butter foam and tequila (put brown butter on anything and we're there); and El Cid's Hot and Creamy Sailor features with Laura Ann's Jams pumpkin butter. All three and more are in our hot drinks guide. What's not: since it's always cold in Venice, the new hot buttered rum at the Tasting Kitchen is vital.

Do This
Learn about all things meat with chef Suzanne Tracht (Jar) and Huntington Meats at the Original Farmers Market on Sunday. The chef will talk all things pork with Huntington's expert butchers while breaking down a whole pig. You'll learn about portioning primal cuts, grading and sizing meat, and what to ask your butcher about pork. Then the class moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos where Tracht will make braised pork shank, pork Cost is $100 per perso; class starts at 6 PM. Call Huntington Meats for reservations (6333 W. Third St.; 323-938-5383).

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