OK, I’m just going to take the liberty of changing the “first annual” events to “inaugural.” Anyhoo, can you believe it’s already October? OCTOBER! Well, here are some LA weekend events to get your month started.
Thursday, October 4
Chef Bruce Kalman’s New Menu Debuts at The Churchill
Things keep looking up and up at the Churchill. First, bartender Mia Sarazen gave its cocktail program a much-needed makeover and now Chef Bruce Kalman (The Misfit, Urbano Pizza Bar) takes over its kitchen. His new menu, described as “Cali/Mediterranean ‘rustic elegant,'” debuts today. Check out his Okinawan sweet potato gnocchi or organic chicken. There’s also a new breakfast menu with short rib hash and eggs and ricotta cheese blintzes.
- The Churchill, 8384 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles (map). (323) 655-8384.
Dominick’s Celebrates 64th Anniversary With Elit by Stoli Dinner
Celebrate Dominick’s 64th anniversary AND National Vodka Day in one shot, heh. The WeHo restaurant is throwing an elit by Stolichnaya Frozen Bottle Dinner with a three-course prix fixe and 7-ounce frozen bottle martinis for two served on a silver platter with a choice of olives (blue cheese or roasted garlic stuffed), lemon peel or vermouth rinse. Do it, Frankie would have wanted you to.
- 5-11pm. Dominick’s Restaurant, 8715 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood (map). Reservations: (310) 652-2335.
Saturday, October 6
Barnsdall Outdoor Movies: Pulp Fiction
You know the drill, bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy on the grassy knoll adjacent to the historic Hollyhock House and overlooking the city for one of the best L.A. movies, Pulp Fiction. City Sip LA will be pouring wine and craft beer so don’t BYOB (not allowed to anyway). There will be food trucks in case you aren’t the packing-your-own-Royale-With-Cheese type.
- Doors 5:30pm, movie 7:30pm. $10 movie, $25 tasting and movie. Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood (map).
Sunday, October 7
Inaugural Sausage Fest at Fig Santa Monica
This is probably the one sausage fest that guys won’t object to going to. It features all the sausage you can take for $69 and beer to wash that all down from the likes of Smog City and Eagle Rock Brewing. Participating chefs include Ray’s and Stark Bar’s Kris Morningstar, Cooks County’s Daniel Mattern and, of course, Fig’s Ray Garcia.
- 5-8pm. $69. Fig Santa Monica, 101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica (map).
Monday, October 8
Inaugural Pink Apron Dinner at Hatfield’s
For National Breat Cancer Awareness month, Hatfield’s is hosting a Pink Apron dinner whose proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Notable L.A. lady chefs like Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Sherry Yard (Spago Beverly Hills), Suzanne Tracht (Jar), and pasty chef Karen Hatfield will prepare the dishes which will be complemented with wines by notable female winemakers.
- 6pm. $110. Hatfield’s, 6703 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles (map). Reservations: (323) 935-2977.