This Weekend: Squash and Scotch, Tour de Fat, Taste This

— by Caroline on Crack

What a fab weekend it’s going to be! Lots of eating and drinking to do. If you missed me on Carson Daly’s AMP Mornings radio show today, you can listen to it here. By the way, I think it’s going to be a weekly thing, so listen in! Here are some of the events I talked about on the show, and don’t forget Artisanal LA, which goes off all weekend.

Thursday, October 21

Wall Street Ball Street at Los Angeles Athletic Club
Work out in this Hollywood athletic club Hollywood style. In this five-part film/exercise series, the public will be able to check out this members-only club while taking classes and watching movies. Kicking off the series is Wall Street night when you can take a squash cram session from one of the club’s professionals and follow that up with a Scotch tasting, hors d’oeuvres, a shoeshine and cigars on the roof while watching the original Wall Street movie starring Michael Douglas. For reservations, email www[at]

  • 2-6pm. $25. Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 West 7th Street, Downtown (map). (213) 625-2211.

Friday, October 22

Annual Long Beach Oktoberfest
Beer gardens, polka music, German feasts and unlimited carnival rides at this annual Oktoberfest in Long Beach. Just don’t mix all those together. A $30 ticket includes general admission, the rides and the “feast” (bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut and red slaw) with a beer.

  • 10/22-10/24 and 10/28-10/31. $13-$35. El Dorado Park, 7550 E. Spring Street, Long Beach (map).

Saturday, October 23

New Beligium Brewery Presents Tour De Fat Los Angeles
Bicycles and beer at this 13-city tour through the West. All to promote “the positive societal offerings of the bicycle.” Bring cash so you can buy $5 tokens for the beer. All the money goes toward bicycle and environmental charities. There’s going to be a bike parade around downtown as well as performances.

  • 11am-5pm. L.A. Historic Park, 1245 N Spring Street, Los Angeles (map)

Sunday, October 24

Los Angeles Magazine?s The Food Event
Great chefs, culinary experts, sommeliers, and unlimited food and wine at the beautiful Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu Hills, and all for one price. There will also be demos by celebrity chefs and a Top Chef Masters tasting panel.

  • 1-4pm. $95. Saddlerock Ranch, 31727 Mulholland Highway, Malibu (map).

2nd Annual Taste of Abbot Kinney
Stroll along Venice’s restaurant row and taste, drink, luxuriate during this annual food fest. You can purchase $2 taste tickets to try food from Abbot Kinney’s restaurants like Joe’s and Tasting Kitchen as well as imbibe from bars like The Otheroom and The Brig. Get pampered at Floyd’s Babershop which will offer haircuts and Nitespa which will have manis, pedis and mini-massages. Tickets are available online and at the event’s three entrances.

  • 3-7pm. $2 taste tickets, $30 and $100 packages. Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice (directions).