|Sip wines at Wally's this weekend|
We know it's Tax Day, and there are a slew of deals around town. But you can also get in on Casey Lane's new handmade pasta menu at The Parish. Starting tonight, you can get things like bioli with lemon-basil cream and English peas, hand-torn pasta with pork and apple braise, and tagliatelle with cured pork belly, pioppini mushrooms and sage, all in the $17 range. The menu changes weekly (840 S. Spring St.; 213-225-2400).
Tuesday, April 16
Mai-Khanh Le, Josie Le Balch's chef de cuisine, will be on the Food Network's Chopped! tonight, so all TVs at Next Door by Josie will be tuned in at 7 PM to see how she makes out on the "Aussie Awesome" episode. Stop in to meet the chef, and look for some of her Australian-inspired dishes on special, as well as the regular menu (2420 Pico Blvd.; 310-581-4201).
Wednesday, April 17
UCLA's 2013 Science and Food lecture series kicks off tonight with Brazilian chef Alex Atala, who will discuss sourcing the unique indigenous ingredients that help propel his Sao Paolo restaurant, D.O.M, to the top of the Best in the World list. Tickets are $25; get them here. Event starts at 7 PM. Next up: a talk with Alice Waters (April 25) and Zoe Nathan and Christina Tosi (May 19; 457 Portola Plaza, UCLA).
Thursday, April 18
We may all head out to the SGV for weekend dim sum, but Chinatown doesn't want you to forget it has dim sum too, Jake. Tonight there's a Dim Sum Crawl from 6:30-9:30 PM, which includes a variety of savory small bites, exotic finger foods and unexpected treats at Empress Pavilion, Mandarin Chateau, Hop Woo and Plum Tree Inn, plus beer pairings at each stop. Tickets are $60; get them here.
Friday, April 19
The Federal Bar opens a second outpost in Long Beach tonight, but only for a sneak peek during the Long Beach Grand Prix Weekend. Expect pub eats like the Federal Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with shallot rings, pickled jalapenos and mustard, and craft brews, just like its NoHo sibling, throughout the weekend. After Sunday, the bar closes again for finishing touches and will reopen in May (102 Pine Ave.).
Saturday, April 20
The Mission Cantina now serves special tamales every Saturday, most filled with unique flavors like chicken teriyaki, corned beef with mustard, and salami with provolone and Swiss cheese. The menu changes every week, but the $12 price tag for two tamales, rice and beans remains the same (5946 Sunset Blvd.; 323-469-3130).
Sunday, April 21
The Napa/Sonoma All-Stars Tasting takes place under the big tent at Wally's today from 1-4 PM. That's more than 200 wines poured, cheese and bread samples from the Cheese Box, sweets from Terry's Toffee, and the Let's Be Frank truck and T's California BBQ selling more food. Tickets ($59) are almost sold out - get 'em while you can (2107 Westwood Blvd.; 310-475-0606).