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The James Beard Foundation Awards Love Los Angeles This Year

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Plus meet a burger legend today, or drink soon at a new spot in Culver City

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The James Beard Foundation comes to Los Angeles

Next month, the James Beard Foundation will be in sunny Los Angeles for the unveiling of this year’s list of award nominees. The March 15 event goes down via live press conference and will feature Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin (2016 Outstanding Chef winner) at the mic from inside their restaurant A.O.C.

The decision to run the list of nominees from Los Angeles further puts the City of Angels in the culinary spotlight. After more than a few years of being left behind by the James Beard Foundation nominating committee, 2016 saw a trio of awards come to the city thanks to Dahlia Narvaez (Outstanding Pastry Chef), Jon & Vinny, and the aforementioned Suzanne Goin. With even more culinary talent in Los Angeles this year, here’s to hoping for a bunch of big wins when the whole thing shakes out in Chicago on May 1.

Wet Goods for Culver City

There’s a new bottle shop and tasting room coming to Culver City soon, called Stanley’s Wet Goods. The space at 9620 Venice Blvd. will have room for a few dozen seats to treat drinkers inside, and lots of takeaway action for beer and wine enthusiasts looking to grab and go. Construction is likely finishing up soon, so expect something pretty quickly.

George Motz in Los Angeles

Perhaps the most knowledgeable man about hamburgers anywhere on the planet, George Motz, is going to be at Irv’s Burgers today. He’ll be signing books at the long-running spot from noon to 2 p.m., so head down if you’re interested in speaking to (and eating with) a burger legend.

LA’s old menus

LA Weekly takes a look at the awesome menus of days gone by in Los Angeles, with places like The Brown Derby and Paris Inn showing up. It’s a fun throwback slideshow of menu design from years past.

It’s not all big, bitter beers

The annual LA IPA Festival is back in early March at Mohawk Bend in Echo Park, with industry judges awarding winners and consumers stopping in for their share of brew. There are no tickets needed, so just show up March 4 or 5 and enjoy.

Westbound’s Valentine’s party

Westbound owner Sarah Meade is giving back on Valentine’s Day, donating profits from her $10 Frosé cocktail to Planned Parenthood. Got nothing better planned? You could head down and drink for a cause.

No more Belly & Snout

It’s the end of the line for Belly & Snout in Koreatown, as the casual Filipino option is heading to Rancho Cucamonga instead. After roughly two years in their space, ownership is moving east with plans to open inside a new food hall coming that way by summer’s end. They do hope to land at least one more brick and mortar location by the end of the year as well.

A new happy hour in Culver City

The Wallace is jumping into the happy hour, with chef Joel Miller turning out reduced-price dishes from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar. That includes $9 cocktails, $5 fried “fast food tacos,” and more.

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