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Maple Block Hosts an All You Can Eat BBQ Bonanza Next Month

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Plus LA’s best Jewish food, and a night out at Westfield Topanga

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Maple Block does it big

There’s a big new all-you-can eat barbecue festival coming to Los Angeles next month, and it’s hosted by Westside staples Maple Block. Ostensibly the party is meant as a sort of Octoberfest celebration, but mostly fans should be excited about the $45 eat-what-you-want tickets, which allow access to everything from brisket and spare ribs and pulled port to sausages, hot dogs, chili, and a slew of sides.

The self-titled Blocktoberfest goes down on October 8 from noon to 6 p.m. out in the parking lot, and will also include beer and fun stuff for kids. The event will also benefit Baby2Baby, an LA nonprofit that provides child necessities to families in need around the city.

A look at Alta Nordic Kitchen

A Swedish expat blog is among the first to take a gander at Alta Nordic Kitchen, now open in Los Angeles. Swedish in the States comes away loving the place, calling it a salvation for Swedes living in greater Los Angeles — and anyone else curious about the cuisine.

Beyond the Jewish deli

Citizine talks with Micah Wexler about the best places to truly nosh in Los Angeles, from the eponymous Wexler’s to places like Elat Kosher Market, Israeli restaurant Haifa in Pico-Robertson, and beyond.

Westfield Topanga’s night out

Starting next Friday, the Westfield Topanga will add an outdoor night market. The plan is to have shops, produce vendors, and food stalls both selling wares, including food from Cousins Maine Lobster, Churro Stix, and wine from Cobblestone Wineries. Admission is free, and the festivities kick off at 5 p.m.

Sqirl x Kellogg’s continues

Here’s a shot from Sqirl’s pop-up with Kellogg’s that started last night. The whole thing is being done gratis by Jessica Koslow and company, as a way to raise money and awareness for Direct Relief, an on-the-ground disaster organization that acts as a literal lifesaver for dozens of countries each year. The event continues through tonight and tomorrow, and tickets are available on Resy. Remember, it’s for a good cause.