This Weekend: Sake and Pirate Festivals, Sustainable Kitchen, Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale

— by Caroline on Crack

It’s gonna be a gorgeous weekend! Oh happy Friday!

Friday, May 18

Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale
Cute designer clothes, shoes, handbags and more for 30 to 70% off! Make sure to bring a friend so that you don’t go crazy with the credit card. It could get ugly.

  • Friday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 12-6pm. Confederacy, 4661 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles (map).

CHAYA Downtown Sake Festival
Sake lovers won’t want to miss out on this fest where nine regional boutique sake producers from Japan will be pouring 25 sake from the likes of  Ippongi and Yamagata Hoten. Enjoy Izakaya fare by Chaya Executive Chef de Cuisine Atsushi Kenjo and you know there will be live Taiko drummers performing on the hour.

  • 6-8pm. $35. 525 South Flower Street, Los Angeles (map). (213) 236-9577.

Saturday, May 19

Sustainable Kitchen 3.0 With Eva Restaurant’s Mark Gold at Surfas
Eva Restaurant’s Mark Gold and Kim Thompson, program manager of Seafood For The Future at the Aquarium of the Pacific,  take over the Test Kitchen at Surfas to school you on sustainable seafood in a delicious way. Chef Gold will prep mussels from Carlsbad Aqua Farms and local, fresh catch of the day from Steve Escobar of the Dory Fleet in Newport Beach which guests will get to sample! Show up early to snag a seat as space is limited.

  • 11am-1pm. Free. Surfas, 8777 Washington Boulevard, Culver City (map).

Pirate Festival
Yes, Downtown will be a clusterfuck thanks to all those sports games going on back to back. But you won’t let a little traffic keep you from this celebration of booze and pirates, right? Sponsors include Maui Brewing Company, Hobgoblin Beer from the UK and, thankfully, ONE Coconut Water for hydration. There will be actual pirates…from Caribbean Pirates for Hire as well as live performances from Adam’s Attic and Dirty Little Secrets. Proceeds will go to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

  • 1-5pm. General admission $35, VIP $65. TENTEN Roof Top, 1010 Wilshire, Los Angeles (map).