This Weekend: Ludobites Lottery, First SoCal Asian Night Market, Bourbon Tasting at Playa

— by Caroline on Crack

Friday, April 13

Reservation Lottery for Chef Ludo’s Best of Ludobites: Foie Gras Night
If you’re a fan of Chef Ludo’s this is the Ludobites you won’t want to miss. The French chef will be returning to Gram & Papa’s for one night only to serve up five courses of foie gras dishes. Priced at $105 per person and with only 25 tables available it’s THE hot ticket in town. They’ll be taking reservations via the lottery system that proved so efficient for the last Ludobites. You can submit your entry for the lottery starting today at 10am. Since they’ll be taking entries all day for 24 hours, there’s no real rush or need to try and be “first” in the virtual line. But good luck to you all! Lucky ducks will find out if they got in this weekend.

Monica’s on Broxton Closing Sale in Westwood
One town’s loss is a bargain fashionista’s gain. Great finds at Monica’s on Broxton boutique with designer women’s clothing by Ella Moss, Splendid, Rebecca Taylor and James Perse for 50% off. The sale ends April 30.

  • 10am. Monica’s on Broxton, 1009 Broxton Avenue, Westwood Village (map).  (310) 443-7676.

Saturday, April 14

The First 626 Night Market: The Only Asian Night Market in SoCal
Foodists will excitedly flock to this new late night market which makes its debut on Saturday. With over 80 vendors stocking the market, you can browse, smell and eat til your heart’s content. What’s it going to be? Stinky tofu, Chinese donut sticks, Filipino inspired tacos/burritos/fries, Taiwanese crepes? The portions will be like finger food style and range from $3 to $6 so you can have a bit of everything.

  • 5-11:30pm. Free. 1. N. Oakland Ave, Pasadena (map). 626-765-5066

Screening of Chinatown at the Orpheum Theatre
L.A. has often been accused of having no sense of history. Well, enjoy our city’s past by screening the classic Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway at the restored Orpheum Theatre downtown. Before the event there will be a performance on the theatre’s original Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

  • Doors open at 7pm. $20. 842 S. Broadway, Downtown (map).

Sunday, April 15

Springfest 2012 in Chinatown
Hopefully the weather will clear up in time for this outdoor street fest! Indulge in craft beer from Golden Road Brewing, Stone and Lagunitas; compete in a rib eating contest (email info[at] to register); and enjoy live music by The Sloths, The Finksville 5 and Whispertown.

  • 12-8pm. N. Spring St. & Cesar Chavez, Los Angeles (map).

Monday, April 16

Guest Bartender Series 4 at the Eveleigh
These back bar sheningans are so much fun, if you haven’t checked them out yet, you gotta. Lots of cocktail geeks, industry folk and unique, one-night-only cocktail creations. AND since it’s on a Monday, there’s lots of parking available on the Strip! This edition of the guest bartending series features Rich Andreoli and Mia Sarazen from Areal Restaurant (this Monday), Kenny Arbuckle of La Descarga (April 23), Ryan Magarian (mixologist and co-founder of Aviation Gin on April 30) and Francois Vera of Harvard and Stone (May 7).

  • 7pm. The Eveleigh, 8752 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood (map). (424) 239-1630.

Wednesday, April 18

Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Tasting at Playa
Taste through all of the Willett family’s whiskey — Willett Rye 5 year, Johnny Drum Green Label, Rowan’s Creek and more — and chat with Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Marketing Director Hunter Chavanne  about the distillery which started production from its new 1,200 gallon copper pot still in January, making it officially the 14th Bourbon distillery in Kentucky.

  • 12-2pm. Free. Playa, 7360 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles (map). (323) 933-5300.