Thursday, November 17
The Ultimate Food Fight: Whole Foods Market Chefs Fight to “Stuff This!”
Local chefs Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station), Jason Bowlin (Catch at Casa Del Mar) and Casey Lane (Tasting Kitchen) are going head to head in this cook-off to create the best holiday stuffing in less than 45 minutes. They’ll each be given the same basic stuffing recipe but have to use a variety of secret nontraditional local and seasonal ingredients. Yum! To attend the event, just bring a couple of Thanksgiving-themed food items which will then be donated to the Venice Housing Corp Food Bank.
- 5-6:30pm. Whole Foods Market Venice, 225 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice (map).
1886’s 1st Anniversary Party
The booziest one-year-old’s birthday party you’ll probably ever attend. This one will have hand-crafted cocktails as well as wines and Craftsman beer! For food Chef Tim Guiltinan and pastry chef Jeff Haines have come up with hors d’oeuvres, small plates and desserts. Ticktets are $55 at the door and proceeds will go Hathaway Sycamores, a non-profit children and families mental health and welfare agency.
- 6:30-10pm. 1886, 1250 S Fair Oaks, Pasadena (map).
Friday, November 18
Short Order Opens, Featuring Cocktails by Julian Cox
The Farmers Market on 3rd couldn’t be a more perfect place for this burger joint by the late Amy Pressman and Mozza’s Nancy Silverton which features only meat from free-range animals and local and artisanal ingredients. Wash all that goodness down with equally fresh cocktails by none other than Playa/Rivera’s Julian Cox (Eater LA’s bartender of the year 2011).
- 5pm. Short Order, 6333 Third Street, Los Angeles (map). (323) 761-7970.
Saturday, November 19
Great Walk LA 2011
With Turkey Day just around the corner, it’s probably a good idea to work off some weight with a lovely walk through the city. 19 miles should do it. This year’s Great Los Angeles Walk route will have you hoofing it from downtown L.A. to Santa Monica. Enjoy your city up close and personal and out of your car for a change. For those who don’t think they can do the entire route (me), just follow @greatwalkla on Twitter to see where everyone is to meet up with them on the route. I’m thinking of joining the gang up in WeHo in the march toward the Pacific.
- 9am. Meeting spot: Triforium sculpture at Fletcher Bowron Square across from City Hall (map).
Sunday, November 20
Filipino Food & Cocktail Event
Mmm, the food of my people paired with cocktails? That’s right up my alley. This annual Filipino food pairing event will feature modern takes on traditional dishes and cocktails like the Manila Mule with bourbon, calamansi nectar and ginger beer. The pairings were created by Six Taste, Nola’s and blogger Abby of Pleasure Palate. Tickets are available now at for $50.
- 6pm. $50. Nola’s, 734 E 3rd Street, Los Angeles (map).