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June 9th, 2018 by Cherry

You had me at Melted Brisket!

event_description_image_41601_1526615694.pngI was planning to stay home on Sunday justsome light housework rewatching Sense8 series finale AGAIN on Netflix when I heard about his food event and well … like I said I do have a weakness for yummy food and being able to criss cross the USA for the best locale cuisine from my hometown is a win win for this foodie chick! It looks like a great way to enjoy Spring with the option to go Philly event_description_image_41601_1525410094.png


(Melted Beef Brisket) or Nashville  (Fried Chicken). Decisions .. decisions! The one-day Pop Up Food Hall is this Sunday, June 10th with exclusive food. You can choose between a Hot Chicken Plate from Nashville and Chef Eric Greenspan’s #18 Exclusive Smoked Brisket Melt. You can choose your entry time and entree all include Urbani Truffle Fries, a sweet freshly baked Hustle and Dough Doughnut and Califia iced coffee, cold brew, juice and more! It’s all age family at the Water Garden Campus in Santa Monica with validated parking (included in ticket)!





Buy your ticket before they sell out!

What are you going to choose and time? Let’s meet up and chow down! I might even let you have a fry .. MAYBE ……


LAeats – Pop Up Food Hall will have the Legendary Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, featured by Anthony Bourdain on CNN, and most recently in Netflix’s Ugly Delicious at the Pop Up Food Hall for One-Day Only.

This will be Bolton’s first time serving the Hot Chicken outside of Nashville!

Get ready for Hot CHICKEN PLATE – With a Hot chicken Sandwich (2 Tenders) on a Martin’s Famous Potato Roll & an order of Hot Wings

Bolton Matthews and his wife Dollye are flying in all the way from Nashville to prepare their legendary Hot Chicken.


LAeats Fresh Summer Truffle Fries


LAeats has partnered with Urbani Truffle and Pat LaFrieda out of NYC on what could be the most decadent fries in America. Taking great French Fries, cooking them in Pat LaFrieda Beef Fat, and then Freshly Micro-Planning Black Summer Truffles a

Plus other drink Pop Ups at LAeats – One Day Pop Up Food Hall.


All of these dishes are very unique and one of a kind in LA, so you’re going to want to take pictures to share with everyone on what food they missed out on.

Enjoy gourmet food, drinks & more at the exclusive One Day Pop Up Food Hall


Come with the whole family and enjoy a day of fun, food & games outdoors at the beautiful Water Garden Campus in Santa Monica.


Validation Offered To Ticketed Guest


*Please note, a ticket per person is required for entry into the food hall

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August 14th, 2016 by Cherry

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.04.10 PMThe LA Times the Taste is the final summer foodie blowout at the Paramount Studios with four days/nights of yummy tastes! Los Angeles has a great food scenes and the Taste is a great way for you to try delicacies from restaurants all over town.

The chef’s are bringing their A game for the Labor Day weekend with five great events day and night that will appeal to your tastebuds.

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Hosted by Noelle Carter, Jonathan Gold, Jenn Harris and Amy Scattergood

FRI., SEPT. 2 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM



Hosted by Amy Scattergood and Michael Cimarusti

SAT., SEPT. 3 | 11 AM – 2 PM



Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Jenn Harris, Ray Garcia and Michael Lay

SAT., SEPT. 3 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM



Hosted by Noelle Carter and Mary Sue Milliken

SUN., SEPT. 4 | 11 AM – 2 PM



Hosted by Jonathan Gold and Kris Yenbamroong

SUN., SEPT. 4 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM



Parking for all events will be located in the Paramount Pictures Studios parking structures:

  • Paramount Pictures Van Ness parking structure – 783 N. Van Ness Avenue, LA 90038
  • Paramount Pictures Gower parking structure – 801 N. Gower Street, LA, 90038

Parking charge will be $13 and is CASH ONLY.

**For faster event entrance to The Taste, we strongly suggest parking and entering through the Van Ness entrance.

When using GPS to reach the event, please program in the parking structure address and please do not attempt to enter the Paramount Pictures lot via either entrance on Melrose Avenue. The Melrose Avenue entrances will not be working parking entrances for the event and you will be redirected.

Uber / Lyft / Public Transport / Taxi drop / Arriving on foot: Please proceed to either the Gower or Van Ness gate. No pedestrian entry will be permitted through the Melrose gates.

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February 9th, 2016 by Cherry

oink oink it’s time to save the date for the 2016 COCHON555 IMG_7240taking place at the Viceroy Santa Monica on March 13th.  The culinary competition returns to Los Angeles.



You can enter to win two VIP tickets by watching a video and joining the Good Food Movement!

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Cochon555 is the stand-up tasting reception featuring five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs for a cause Sunday, March 13 at Viceroy Santa Monica (Official Host & Hotel). The 2016 tour benefits Piggy Bank a sanctuary that will provide free heritage breed pigs and business plans to emerging family farms. You can purchase tickets for the weekend at and for a behind the scenes look at the culinary competition, watch Cochon555’s stunning video here

IMG_0156I was excited to attend the 2015 Cochon555 and was fascinated by the chef’s creative uses of the entire heritage pig. The weekend had three back-to-back events with Chef Walter Manzke of Republique being crowned the ‘Prince of Porc’. He won the title preparing a whole pig menu featuring the ‘Large Black’ raised by Cook Pigs Ranch.  Chef Walter went on to compete for the national title in Denver, CO.

Cochon555 uses heritage breeds and last years’ winner used the ‘Large Black’ a Chinese breed brought to England, known for its taste, pasture foraging skills and overall hardiness. The micro-marbling, short muscle fibers and excellent bellies produce exceptional bacon and moist meat with old world flavor providing Chef Walter ideal meat for his winning menu of five uniquely created delicious bites. Walter’s winning dishes included Pork Belly with Black River Caviar, Jambon-Beurre, Pork Ceviche and Arroz Caldo, a Filipino Rice Porridge. Along with two exclusive dinners hosted by 2014 King of Porc Ray Garcia, Cochon555’s stop in Los Angeles raised awareness for heritage breed pigs raised by family farms. For photos of the 2015 LA event, click

The Los Angeles flavor-studded weekend supports a great cause by starting with two unique dinners bringing together five guest chefs, world-renowned winemakers and beverage experts to create a multi-course, interactive dining experience to benefit Piggy Bank. Friday kicks off with a Late Night Asian Speakeasy, an all-inclusive guest chef’s dinner party paying homage to Chinese, Sichuan, Korean, Thai and Japanese restaurants. On Saturday, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series is multi-course seated feast featuring five guest chefs cooking courses paired with premium beverages. Tickets to the dinners are available online at $125 per person and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank. On Sunday, the epic feast features celebrity chefs cooking whole hogs in a stand-up reception of epic proportions. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets as the event is expected to sell out earlier this year. Cochon555 is running a 21-day contest, “Can’t We Just Be Friends”,  giving away two VIP Tickets worth $400. Friends of the good food movement can sign up for the latest news on the weekend and enter the contest here:

IMG_7248The Cochon555 US Tour would not be possible without our amazing lineup of sponsors including Viceroy Santa Monica, Williams-Sonoma, Wines of Germany, The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley, DRY Sparkling, Breckenridge Distillery, Anchor Distilling, Buffalo Trace, Martinez Lacuesta, Creminelli, Wines from Rioja, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Tenuta Sassoregale, Tequila Don Julio, Creekstone Farms, Junipero, Eagle Rare, Common Cider, Antica Napa Valley, Don Amado Mezcal, Fidencio, Mezcales de Leyenda, Rhum Clément, Plantation Rum, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Koch el Mezcal, La
Venenosa, Mezcal Derrumbes, Azzurro Wine Company, Luxardo, Pax Wine Cellars, Ridge Vineyards, Scholium Project, Sandhi Wines, Pisoni Vineyards, Arista Winery, Rappahannock River Oysters, Hedley & Bennett, La Brea Bakery, Cypress Grove Chevre, Coach Farm, Parrano, Sun Noodle, California Olive Ranch and Birchware. The beverage program includes Cochon555’s Punch Kings local barkeep competition a spotlight on Five Winemakers including sought-after wines and a Wines of the World spotlight Sommelier Smackdown. The official chef lineup and more tasty experiences will be announced with the Official Chef Announcement lineup 45 days in advance of the event. For an in-depth look at the Cochon555 movement and tickets to this must-do culinary weekend, please visit

About Cochon555 US Tour

The Cochon555 US Tour, executes a variety of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs with the world’s first nose-to-tail pig competition. Created in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breed pigs, this epic pork feast visits 20 major cities in North America annually with over 60 events.

All Cochon555 events cultivate a long-term impact for heritage species raised by family farms, reaching the top culinary markets in North America while promoting our sponsors’ messages to 16,000 guests by drawing from the biggest names in the hospitality industry, including 2,200+ chefs, 150+ family farms and 16 culinary schools. Since 2009, 50,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $500,000 has been donated to charities and over $750,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. Together with winemakers, brewers, distillers and craft food makers they create authentic culinary events celebrating champions in the good food movement. For more details about the events and to see videos referencing all the events in the Cochon555 family, visit or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.

About Piggy Bank

Launched in 2015 by Brady Lowe, founder of the Cochon555 US Tour and Taste Network, Piggy Bank’s mission is to create a heritage breed pig sanctuary that provides free genetics and business plans to emerging family farms. The sanctuary will change the future of food by uniting a community working together for safer, responsible farming practices and sharing of genetics, livestock and the sharing of information. Piggy Bank is dedicated to creating the first Open Source agriculture platform through the responsible farming of heritage species. The Piggy Bank farm, located in Missouri, will raise pigs to be gifted only to communities dedicated to elevating the cause and expanding the model of social and agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank is a project of The Giving Back Fund, Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with federal tax exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Follow the Piggy Bank conversation on Twitter @PiggyBankOrg. For more information about Piggy Bank or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Kerith Dilley or visit

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January 22nd, 2015 by Cherry

Wally's Tent Sale

It’s time to stock up at my yearly favorite sale … Wally’s Winter Tent Sale! I try to go every year to enjoy the wonderfully curated selection of wine and spirits they have in stock with up to 80% for this one winter weekend! This year the winter tent sale starts on Friday, January 23 – Sunday, 25 9am – 5pm.

I always go for the entire weekend to check out the deals. It’s always a great idea to go on Saturday for tasting and the opportunity to talk with reps about their wine. The opportunity to talk with sommeliers and staff has enabled me to buy great wines over the years that I might have missed. Two years ago I got the best French Rose that tasted of summer from the scent of flowers to fruit that danced on my tongue .. perfect for a picnic or a concert at the Hollywood Bowl!

Make sure you head to their Cheese Shop for delicious food to go with your new beverages!

This year am hoping for wine perfect for a spring party at my apt welcoming all the changes that 2015 will hopefully bring (new job, new boyfriend/love, new body as I get in shape) into my life.

What’s the best deal you’ve gotten at Wally’s Tent Sale over the years?


2007 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 750ML
Regular Price:$120.00
On Sale For:$60.00

1997 Isle of Jura Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky (112 proof) 
Regular Price:$125.00
On Sale For: $99.99

2010 Sunset Ranch Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 750ML
Regular Price:$12.99
On Sale For: $4.99

95 RP
95 WS
2004 Dom Perignon 
Regular Price: $199.99
On Sale For: $169.99
2009 Tantara Pinot Noir Cuvee Maria 750ML
Regular Price: $29.99
On Sale For: $16.99

Etruria Millefiori Honey
Regular Price:$14.99
On Sale For:$9.99
DaRosario White Truffle Butter 2oz 2 OZ
Regular Price:$16.99
On Sale For:$9.99
Marabissi Panforte Nero 250g
Regular Price:$16.99
On Sale For:$9.99
Sabatino Tartufi Honey & Truffle 4.5oz
Regular Price:$18.99
On Sale For:$10.99
Campo Azul Blanco Tequila 200ML
Regular Price:$7.99
On Sale For:$3.99
Campo Azul Reposado Tequila 200ML
Regular Price:$9.99
On Sale For:$3.99

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January 21st, 2015 by Cherry

Who’s meeting me to celebrate Yogurtland’s National Holiday Frozen Yogurt Day on February 2nd from 4 – 7 pm!   I LOVE yogurtland! I hope they will have Caramel Macchiato, Chocolate Mocha NSA, I want to try Chocolate Mousse Pie , Creme Brulle, Matcha Green Tea, Cookie Butter, Lucky Mint Creme , White Chocolate Peppermint was the BOMB (so good), Sumatra Coffee Blend  and PISTACHIO!!! How will it fit in my bowl!!! I won’t waste any space with toppings! I’m all about the YOGURT!!!

What flavor will you celebrate with? Let me know below in comments …


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August 28th, 2014 by Cherry

Are you meeting me this weekend at the LA Times The Taste?  I’m excited to taste some great food, meet new and old foodie friends but don’t forget the sunscreen you’ll be getting lots of sun with your food!  If you’re a subscriber to the LA Times you get $25 off!  It’s a great way to spend the holiday weekend with friends and family!  It’s all ages for the Sunday picnic but 21+ for the events from Friday to Saturday so make sure you have a designated driver or use Lyft, Uber, a cab or limo!

August 29-31, 2014 • Labor Day weekend
Paramount Pictures Studios
Taste and drink in all the unique flavors this city has to offer as star chefs and
mixologists serve up imaginative and exciting fare that’s authentically L.A.

*Does not include Opening Night, Secret Cellar or Cocktail Lab.

Browse the full schedule of each event >   Programming is subject to change

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August 15th, 2014 by Cherry

WHEN:           Saturday, August 23

  • 7-10 p.m. “Lexus Live on Grand” (Grand Ave. between 1st & 2nd St)
  • Hosted by Michael Chiarello, including live musical performances from Common and the amaWolseley Marimbas

Are you joining me Saturday, August 23rd at the annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival!  I’m going to shake my groove thing to Common’s chocolate velvet dulcet words as I get to taste the food of top chefs from across the nation!  In case you’re thinking this is all high falutin fancy food no .. it’s damn good food with wine and spirits that will dance with your tastebuds.  You can discover new tastes as well as modern interpretations of classics from a BLT to caesar’s salad all between 1st & 2nd street between Grand avenue.  It’s a night that is perfect for couples, singles and groups of friends who want to try anything that a great chef can think of and I’ve found they think of LOTS of ways to make great food!

So get a ticket before it sells out and get ready to enjoy multiple Grammy winning artist Common with the African children’s ensemble amaWolseley marimbas on the main stage.  We’ll get to hear hits from Common’s tenth studio album Nobody’s Smiling as well as selected hit songs!   I’m very excited to hear the kids perform marimba from these eight kids who’ve performed in South Africa and throughout the United States.   It’s all part of the four-day epicurean fête produced by Coastal Luxury Management, also the team behind Pebble Beach Food & Wine.  The festival is presented by founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, as well as major partners Chase, Delta Air Lines, JENN-AIR, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Not only will you be eating and drinking good you’ll be DOING good! Attending the LAFT benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign–-a national effort to end childhood hunger in the United States. Tickets for the gastronomic gathering are available on-line and at the door to each event, pending advance sales. Up-to-the-minute information on participants, event line-up and purchasing tickets is available at

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May 20th, 2014 by Cherry
Am I the only one waiting till the last minute for Memorial Day plans?  Am so staycation it this year and plan to binge on movies and tasting events!  Am very stoked for a bit of cosplay with the first ever MAINopoly taste event on Main Street in Santa Monica.  A great opportunity to try new restaurant friends and old ones (I’m talking to you M Street & Stella!) with a cold beer in one hand and a fork in the other! bwa ha ha
Hmmm how to monopoly cosplay is the only question I have.  I’m all about the schnauzer (kicking it old school) but get out of jail would be SOO cute in a black and white top (plus it’s going to be hot over the weekend) or should I do the train??? So many cool outfit ideas and so little time to execute them right.
What will you be wearing to MAINopoly?
Join Us This Memorial Day Weekend for A Monopoly-Inspired Food & Drink Tasting Event!


1st Annual

MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street

Sunday, May 25
2-8 p.m.
Pass GO and collect $20 MAINopoly dollars for 20 tastings at all participating locations.

Starting Location & Check-In: Enterprise Fish Co. (2-5 p.m.)

Official Afterparty: Basement Tavern (8 p.m.- 12 a.m.)

Visit all the locations and be entered to win a “Taste of Main Street Prize Package” with gift certificates from participating locations.  


Wear your best patriotic colors or “Monopoly”-inspired costume!

Send your friends to JAIL where they can enjoy treats from Pretzel Crisps and Vita Coco!

$25 in adv/ $35 day of
A Portion of Proceeds Benefits Heal the Bay

Get your tickets here!


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April 12th, 2014 by Cherry

GOT premiered March 31st with the latest trio of beer paying homage to House Targaryen!  Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen mother of three dragons.  Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion have their own unique label to celebrate the rebirth of dragons the ultimate hunters!   Happily we can enjoy a taste of Brewery Omme Gang’s GOT Beers on April 17th at Steingarten L.A. and maybe even grab a free commemorative glass!    As much as I love Daenerys for her passion to free the slaves I’m a Stark to the bone so will be figuring out the PERFECT geek outfit to show my loyalty!  All I can say is that I better not see a Lannister or I might go Arya Stark on somebody’s ass with my Tickler!!! Just kidding I don’t have the Hound to back me up!   

What would you wear to drink the GOT Brew?  Leave a comment below …



Fire and Blood

Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series.

Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO.

Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, three different labels were created by the Game of Thrones visual effects specialists, each depicting one of Daenerys’ feared dragons. Randomly distributed amongst the cases, each case will contain all three bottles.

On sale March 31, in time for the debut of Season 4, Fire and Blood makes for the perfect season premiere pairing. The beer is available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.

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December 3rd, 2013 by Cherry

Holiday Office Party


Los Angeles Magazine's Big Holiday PartyIt’s time to kick off the holiday season with LA Mag’s Big Holiday PartyKids Courage in partnership with The Ratkovich Company on Wednesday, December 4th.  The 3rd annual LA Magazine’s Big Holiday Party will be benefiting .  The evening includes festive decorations, yummy food, sweets, photos with Santa and a gift bag with treats for the naughty AND nice from Boostcase, Christine, Luna Bar, Lashem, NYX make-up, OPI and Too Faced!!!
This year’s cocktails will be from Bailey’s, Don Julio Tequila, Johnnie Walker, Karma Tequila, Ketel One Vodka, Smirnoff and Tanqueray with wine tastings from Butterfly Kiss, Malibu Family Wines, Once Upon a Vine, and Vina Simpatica Sparkling Wines.  This is the third year for the celebration so make sure you come with bells on prepared to dance, drink, eat and be MERRY!!!
Buy tickets for Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and enjoy

Los Angeles Magazine's Big Holiday Partymusic from DJ Hem, food from Schaffer’s Genuine Catering AND photos with Santa.  LA Mag’s Big Holiday Party takes place at 5900 Wilshire Boulevard across from LACMA for $49 (all food & drinks included)


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