Though I'm still processing last night's devastating Dodger loss, the end of Halloween, and the sudden shift to cool, rainy weather (seriously, how is it November already?), I'm trying to look ahead at all the good things to come. Namely, the infinite events that seem to take over LA during the Fall season. Apple picking, pumpkin patches, hay rides...are all things I didn't include on this list. No, unsurprisingly, my favorite fall events usually revolve around hot food. So below are the 5 events I'm most looking forward to this month, and there are even a few here that aren't solely about eating!
1. Eataly Grand Opening : Friday, November 3rd
Mario Batali's famous Italian marketplace mecca is officially opening their LA flagship at Westfield Century City TOMORROW! And to demonstrate how big of a deal this is, Mayor Eric Garcetti is partaking in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a public unveiling at 6pm in what can only be described as the most extra culinary opening in LA history. I managed to score a sneak preview, and let me tell you...it's worth the fanfare. Go forth and drown your World Series sorrows in plates upon plates of of pasta, cheese, and pizza.
2. Feastly Workshop Restaurant Preview, Pasta Edition : Wednesday, November 22nd
In case you haven't taken in enough carbs from the Eataly opening, might I suggest carbo loading at one of Feastly's upcoming dinners, the Workshop restaurant preview? Feastly, the pop-up dinner platform with spaces in the Arts District and Venice, recently hosted a series of James Beard Foundation (JBF Goes Local) dinners with up-and-coming LA chefs including Jessica Largey and Miles Thompson (their November 6th dinner with Josef Centeno is regrettably sold out). As I was lucky enough to attend both, I discovered they were lovely evenings filled with great food and fun company, and am excited to see what else Feastly has in store. Their upcoming Workshop Restaurant preview dinner looks especially promising, and with a $49 price tag, is a great opportunity to get a bunch of friends together for a sophisticated evening out.
3. Cocktails, Crafts, and Views @ OUE Skyspace : Saturday November 4th
If you haven't had the opportunity to check out Downtown's OUE Skyspace, now's your chance. The city's tallest open-air observation deck is partnering with Time Out LA to host a holiday cocktail demonstration complete with food, drinks, music, and sweeping 360 views of the city. Plus, you can finally ride the SkySlide! It's really not that scary, I promise.
4. Moll Anderson and Brooke Burke Charvet @ Bloomingdales Century City : November 7th
Another event at Westfield Century City, Moll Anderson (a NYT best-selling author) and Brooke Burke Charvet are hosting a little Q&A surrounding the holidays, and I'm inviting all of you! RSVP to the e-mail above to hang with me and these ladies.
5. Poolside Cinema @ Mr. C in Beverly Hills : Every Tuesday at 7pm
These days, it seems like there are countless outdoor screenings to satisfy every cinephile in LA. But this one-- at the chic Mr. C hotel in Beverly Hills with access to their comfortable loungers and prix-fixe food menu-- seems like one of the most sophisticated. Their November movies include favorites like The Breakfast Club, The Karate Kid, and Jurassic Park. Prices range from $35-45 and include the movie, popcorn, a meal, and a drink.