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West Coast Events for Your Fall Calendars


If you've ever dreamed about a meal centered around sriracha, you're in luck. [Image: L.A. Sriracha Festival]

This fall brings us celebrations of beer, mac and cheese, and much, much more. From Pacific Northwest to southern California, here's our round-up of what to do on the West Coast in the weeks to come.

San Francisco

Wednesday, November 6

The New California Wine: A Conversation and Tasting
Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by JCC San Francisco's Arts and Ideas, San Francisco Chronicle wine editor Jon Bonné will be leading a discussion with winemakers Steve Matthiasson and David Hirsch. Afterward, of course, will be a tasting of some of the wines featured in Bonné's new book. $25, 10% off for JCCSF Members. 3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA; event details

Friday, November 8

Little River Inn Annual Mushroom & Beer Dinner
Friday, November 8, 6:30 p.m.
Executive Chef Eric Dym of Little River Inn will feature local mushrooms in a multi-course feast, with beer pairings from co-host Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company. $85. 7901 N. Highway One, Little River, CA; 707-937-5942 for reservations

Tuesday, November 19

Tango & Stache's Jalisco Dinner
Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (first seating) and 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (second seating)
Tango & Stache chef Joshua Oakley will be preparing a 4-course meal inspired by the Jalisco region, home of tequila and mariachi, at Naked Kitchen. Jen Ackrill of Rye will shake up cocktails to pair with each course. $95. 945 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA; event details

Los Angeles

Thursday, October 24

'Oktoberfestivus for the Rest of Us': Ballast Point Beer Pairing Dinner
Thursday, October 24, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tuning Fork Gastropub will be offering a special 4-course meal spotlighting 5 beers from Ballast Point Brewing Company. $50. 12051 Ventura Place, Los Angeles, CA; event details

Saturday, October 26

Olive Crafting with the Institute of Domestic Technology
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This DIY workshop, presented by IDC in collaboration with Scripps College, celebrates the fall olive harvest with lessons in producing your own fresh-pressed olive oil, cured olives, and more. Catered lunch and other treats will be provided throughout the day. $165. Claremont Heritage's Garner House, Memorial Park, Claremont, CA; event details

Sunday, October 27

The L.A. Sriracha Festival
Sunday, October 27, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Randy Clemens, author of The Sriracha Cookbook, and FoodGPS are bringing together a handful of L.A.'s chefs for a spicy rooster-themed smorgasbord, including cocktails, craft beers, and dessert, at LOT 613. VIP ticket holders get early entry and signed copies of the Veggie Lover's Sriracha Cookbook. $49 Advance, $59 Day Of Event, $80 VIP. 613 Imperial Street, Los Angeles, CA; event details

Sunday, October 27

Balaboosta: Pop-Up Dinner with Israeli Chef Einat Admony
Sunday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Urban Radish and chef Einat Admony of the NYC restaurant Balaboosta will present a pop-up dinner featuring casual, Mediterranean-inspired dishes from Admony's new cookbook. Dinner includes Israeli wine pairings and a signed copy of the cookbook. $65. 661 Imperial Street, Los Angeles, CA; event details



[Image: Portland Fermentation Festival]

Saturday, October 19

Clive Coffee Home Coffee Brewing Class
Saturday, October 19, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The pros at Clive Coffee will be leading a 90-minute workshop on preparing the perfect cup of coffee at home. Class will cover methods ranging from pour-over to French press and espresso. $29. 79 SE Taylor Street, #100, Portland, OR; event details

Shaken vs. Stirred: The Perfect Classic Cocktail with Basil Hayden
Saturday, October 19, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In conjunction with Portland Cocktail Week, Brandon Wise of Imperial will be leading this class on the finer points of mixology. Drinks will be served with light snacks from chef Vitaly Paley. $30. 410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR; event details

Sunday, October 20

Apéritif Cocktails 101: Elegant Fundamentals with Lady Lillet
Sunday, October 20, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Guests of this Portland Cocktail Week class will learn the art of the apéritif from "Lady Lillet," Senior Editor Tracy Howard of Imbibe Magazine, and barman John Salas of St. Jack. Pastries from St. Jack will be served. $30. 2039 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR; RSVP by email

Wednesday, October 23

4th Annual Portland Fermentation Festival
Wednesday, October 23, 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This festival will feature all things fermented, from pickled vegetables to miso, with drinks from Upright Brewery and Reverend Nat's Hard Cider. Tickets for the talk and Q&A with Sandor Ellis Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation, are sold out, but there are still openings for the 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. tastings, which include demos. $10. 721 NW 9th Avenue, #200, Portland, OR; event details



[Photograph: Pike Place Market]

Friday, October 18

Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market
Friday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This after-hours event in Pike Place's North Arcade will feature more than 60 local food and drink purveyors. Cost of admission includes 10 tokens that can be used to buy snacks, beer, or wine. $28 Advance, $35 Day of Event. Pike Place and Stewart St., Seattle, WA; event details

Saturday, November 2

Oyster New Year with Elliott's
Saturday, November 2, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Celebrating the return of shellfish season for the 21st year in a row, Elliott's Oyster House will be featuring 30+ different varieties of Puget Sound oysters and other seafood, live music, and local wines and microbrews. Take your oysters on the half-shell from the 150-foot oyster bar, from a luge, or Rockefeller-style. $95. 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, Seattle, WA; event details

Sunday, November 17

Mobile Winter Feast
Sunday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mobile Food Radio presents the 2nd annual Mobile Winter Feast, which will showcase over 20 local food trucks and 10 craft breweries at the Fremont Sunday Market. Each truck will offer a special $5 comfort food menu with the likes of Thanksgiving croquettes and red wine-braised rabbit pozole. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit The World is Fun. 3401 Evanston Avenue N, Seattle, WA; event details

Mac and Cheese Cook-Off
Sunday, November 17, 6:00 p.m.
Chef Ethan Stowell of Tavolata will be bringing together chefs and amateurs alike to offer over 100 renditions of mac and cheese, with plenty of beer to wash it all down. Proceeds benefit the Fetal Health Foundation. $50. 2323 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA; 206-838-8008

San Diego

Friday, November 1

Rare Beer Breakfast
Friday, November 1, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join Chef Jeff Stanko and Pastry Chef Tony Martin of Stone World Bistro & Gardens for a beer-centric brunch to kick off San Diego Beer Week. Breakfast will feature beer-battered Monte Cristos, fried chicken and waffles, Arrogant Bastard Ale donuts, and, of course, dozens of rare beers. $65. 1999 Citracado Way, Escondido, CA; event details

Saturday, November 9

Best Damn Sour Fest 3
Saturday, November 9, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
As part of San Diego Beer Week, Best Damn Beer Shop will be offering a round-up of over 55 sour brews, including Flemish sours, lambics, and some special collaborative brews. Tickets include 10 pours of beer. $60 Advance, $65 Day of Event. 602 Broadway, San Diego, CA; event details

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