This Weekend: A Human Race, Chocolate Party, Rare Cognac Tasting

— by Caroline on Crack

Looks like it’s going to be a busy weekend. I’ll be doing that Blogger Beach Cleanup, working on my Halloween costume and…I don’t which of the many following events. So many fun things!

Friday, October 23

LF Warehouse Sale
Nowadays folks need a really good reason to shop and this one is it. At the LF Warehouse Sale you can score 80-90% off on designer clothes. We’re talking $200 jeans for only $18, $150 women dresses for $28! Find designers like Era of Chaos and Emma & Sam. Cash and credit cards only.

  • Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 7am-3pm. LF Warehouse, 5333 McConnell Avenue, Los Angeles (map).

Wine, Chocolate, Cheese and Booksigning at Compartes Chocolates
Foodies won’t be able to resist this very special book event at Compartes Chocolates. There will be delectable cheeses from The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, Bonny Doon wine and of course deelish designer Compartes chocolates to toast Randall Grahm, author of Been Doon So Long and uncle to Compartes Chocolatier’s owner Jonathan Grahm. Nosh, sip and get a copy of the book signed by Randall. RSVP to publicity [at]

  • 4-8pm. Compartes Chocolatier,  912 S. Barrington Avenue, Brentwood (map).

Saturday, October 24

Nike+ Human Race 5K/10K at USC
Woo hoo! I’m really going to do it, run my first 10K event! It’s been awhile since the marathon but I have a whole bunch of incentives for this one: a midnight run (so weird!), a tailgate party (12 hours later) where I’d get VIP entry, barbecue, cupcakes and beer and a DriFit race shirt. Plus I’ll be running with the whole world. Runners around the world united, how cool is that?

  • 12:01am (Friday/Saturday). Registration: $25. Los Angeles Coliseum, 3939 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles (map).

BevMo’s 100th Store Mega-Tasting Event
Mega booze store BevMo wants to celebrate its 100th store opening with you. This mega celebration/fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Bay will showcase a variety of the nation’s most celebrated wineries, spirits and brewers. And for $15 you get tasting tickets, a commemorative 100th store wine glass and a goody bag as well as barbecue, hors d’oeuvres and live music. But the highlight has got to be the chance to taste one of the rarest Cognacs in the world. A Hard Cognac sells for $6,005 a bottle and this will be the only chance you get to taste it without purchasing it.

  • 11am-5pm. BevMo, 2533-A Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance (map).

Demystifying the Asian Grocery Store Tour at A-Grocery Warehouse
Another event sure to be a foodie favorite. Author of Southeast Asian Flavors, chef Robert Danhi, and Kogi BBQ’s chef Roy Choi take you on a special one-hour tour of one of our city’s best-stocked Asian markets where you’ll learn about and get to taste ingredients. Cost is $40 and you get a copy of Danhi’s book as well as a gift bag of Asian ingredients! At 6pm, the Kogi truck will be on hand where you’ll get to try one of Chef Danhi’s recipes, Thai Explosively Flavored Tamarind-Coconut Bites with Peanut. There are four tours with room for only 10 people in each group so buy your tickets now. If sold out, contact order [at] to be on the waiting list.

  • Tours: 10am, 12pm, 2pm or 4pm. A-Grocery Warehouse, 1487 W Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park (map). Info: (310) 648-7970.