October 30 - November 5, 2014
How Dry...Go to a cocktail party and contribute to L.A.'s drought-relief efforts while you're at it this Sunday at How Dry...: Proceeds benefit drought-affected California organic farmers. Sip creative drinks for a cause from Matthew Biancaniello paired with bites from Cooks County, Belcampo Meat Co., Cliff's Edge, Red Bread and Union, as well as sweets from Valerie Confections. Bonus: All edibles are made with a California native plant. 11/2, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Greenbar Craft Distillery, 2459 E. Eighth St.; $37.50 per person.
OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK
Chef Kris Tominaga returns post-The Hart & The Hunter, swapping his usual Southern cuisine for rustic French at Cadet. The décor at the new Santa Monica restaurant is all country charm à la exposed brick, wood beams and an impressive hearth. Wood-fired plates are at the heart of the menu: Octopus is roasted with turnips and topped with pistou and olive relish ($14), and porterhouse steak ($42) is served with gooey Époisses and smoked bone marrow (optional). 2518 Wilshire Blvd.
This Saturday afternoon, Tasting Art celebrates Día de los Muertos with—you know it—food and art. The day starts with a tour of LACMA's Latin American collection—think of it as a Day of the Dead 101 field trip. Then, head to the kitchen to cook (and eat) a Southern Mexican meal inspired by the holiday. 11/1, 1 to 5 p.m., LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile. $100 per person.
Drink the season with a new crop of autumnal cocktails. Sotto mixes cinnamon essence with rye, Punt e Mes, bitters and apple brandy for the Bad Grandpa ($12). Lucques's barman Christiaan Rollich tops red wine with rum, cinnamon and vanilla in his Rioja Libre ($14). And at Downtown's Faith & Flower, sample glögg (mulled wine) with bitters and gin in the Witch of Wilshire ($14).