Can we just talk about how many food events there are around town this weekend? Seriously. Throw a salad fork in any direction, and you're bound to stick a chef serving up some sort of snack to a bevy of admirers. If you've got a few bucks---or in some cases, a few hundred---next week will start with a three-day hangover and an extra 10 pounds on the frame. Oh, but it's all so worth it.
WOLFGANG PUCK'S AWFF: The grandaddy of them all, the American Wine & Food Fest, takes place on Saturday at Universal Studios, but it's completely sold out (shoulda listened). We will eat fried clams from Jasper White's Summer Shack and stalk Todd English about judging that final Top Chef episode in your honor. We'll also hit tables at the Slanted Door, Nobu, Craftsteak, Mozza and Bayona. You, however, can still get tickets to Friday night's meat-fest Red Hot at Red Seven. Equally tantalizing, half the price. [EaterWire]
JBF'S TASTE AMERICA: The James Beard Foundation is hosting special dinners and events around the country this weekend. LA's big ticket is at Providence on Friday night with Michael Cimarusti and Michel Richard, and Nancy Silverton does a cooking demo on Saturday. Before she heads to AWFF... Providence dinner $150 per person; Silverton's events, free. [EaterWire]
PRECIOUS CHEESE FEAST OF SAN GENNARO: Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Corolla started this Italian fest six years ago, and it's still going. Food, rides, games, music, the works. On Hollywood Boulevard at Highland. Tickets are only $5 to get in (food is extra). Meatballs and gravy. Mmm-mmm. Fri-Sun, 10am-11pm. [EaterWire]
IRON CHEF MORIMOTO: The Skirball Center welcomes Masaharu Morimoto for a live cooking demo, based off his new cookbook Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking. He'll stick around to sign the books, you should stick around to eat some of the Japanese fare he makes. Tickets are $35. [The Rundown]
GRAND AVENUE FESTIVAL: This dowtown street fair will feature food from Noe, Weeneez, Pete's Cafe & Bar, Ciudad, Pinot Grill, Spring Street SmokeHouse, Kendalls' Brasserie, Tiara Cafe, CPK, Warung Cafe, all serving treats for $1-$6. [Downtown Scene]
TASTE OF LOS FELIZ: Ok, so maybe it's not Wolfgang Puck and all his pals, but this eastside fest will have tastes from Café Figero, Café Chi Dynasty, Greenleaf Vegan, Home, House of Pies, Little Dom's, Pattaya Bay, Tiger Lily, Toni's Bakery, Tropicalia, and Vermont. Tickets are $35.
MICHEL RICHARD AT BIN 8945: And just because there's no reason the party should end, Michel Richard is back to cook for Angelenos another night before he heads back to Cintronelle in Washington D.C. We expect many chefs will be in attendance. Monday (10/1), $135 per person, $100 for wine pairings.[EaterWire]