Top 5 Weekend Food Events: LA BBQ Festival, Cevapcici Festival, Dinner in the Exploding City, Trevor Project Benefit, Vietti Wine Dinner
3rd Annual LA BBQ Festival
Guzzle & Nosh A pile of sausages at the 2009 LA BBQ Festival.
Admission covers all you can eat from nine of the nation's top pitmasters including LC's (Kansas City), Bourbon Q (Kentucky), Hitching Post (Santa Maria) and Memphis Championship Barbecue (Las Vegas). 24 beers on tap including Bruery, Lagunitas and Lost Abbey.
When: Sep. 9 - 11; divided into five sessions
Where: Santa Monica Beach
Cost: $60 (buy tix here)
San Pedro Cevapcici Festival
Celebrate the "uniquely Balkan character" of San Pedro with food, music and dance. The name, cevapcici, refers to a grilled sausage dish that's popular in Serbia, Bosnia and neighboring countries.
When: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sep. 10
Where: Angels Gate Cultural Center
Cost: Free admission
Dinner in the Exploding City
If you've never heard food writer and culinary historian Charles Perry speak, you're in for a treat. Here, he'll discuss LA's pre-Hollywood era from 1830 to 1930, when the city's restaurants were mostly Mexican or French and cafeterias and theme restaurants were born.
When: 10:30 a.m., Sep. 10
Where: Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium
Trevor Project Benefit
On Sunday, Fresheast will donate 30% of the day's proceeds to The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention effort targeted to LGBTQ youth.
When: Sep. 11
Cost: cost of food
Vietti Wine Dinner
This five-course dinner features paired wines from Italy's Vietti family, which has been making Piedmont wines for nearly two centuries. Courses include roasted veal with tuna sauce, traditional Piemontese ravioli and red wine and radicchio risotto.
When: Sep. 12
Where: Ombra Ristorante (Studio City)
Cost: $85 (includes wine pairings)