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A Vietnamese dumpling workshop and fancy wine pairings at Rustic Canyon

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Banh Chung Collective
A Vietnamese dumpling workshop in Compton
Cathy Chaplin is a senior editor at Eater LA, a James Beard Award–nominated journalist, and the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Los Angeles.

Welcome to EventWire, Eater LA’s weekly compilation of local food and drink happenings. The events featured below are worthy of consideration, so plan outings accordingly.

Tuesday, January 22

Winemaker dinner with Soliste at Rustic Canyon
What: Five-course food and wine pairings with Sonoma’s Soliste Cellars by Chefs Andy Doubrava and Jeremy Fox and sommelier Ferdinando Mucerino.
Where: Rustic Canyon. 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
Details: $135 per person. Click here to view the full tasting menu and here to buy tickets.

Thursday, January 24

Agave Night at Lola’s Mexican Cuisine
What: A night dedicated to agave featuring pours from Milagro, which means food and drink pairings and maybe even a little education.
Where: Lola’s. 2030 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA
Details: A flight of tequila paired with small bites for $30 per person. Happening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, January 25

Santa Monica Plays Host to WhiskyX
What: Billed as an “experiential whisky discovery platform,” WhiskyX features tastings from more than 60 brands, a cigar lounge, live music, beard shavings, and food trucks.
Where: Barker Hangar. 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA
Details: VIP ($125) and general admission ($75) tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday, January 26

Chef Diep Tran Hosts 7th Annual Banh Chung Collective
What: In preparation for the upcoming Lunar New Year, former Good Girl Dinette chef Diep Tran is hosting a banh chung making workshop. Banh chung is a banana leaf-wrapped dumpling made of sticky rice, shallots, mung beans, and pork (or peanuts for vegetarians).
Where: Alma Back Yard Farms at St. Albert the Great School/Church. 804 East Compton Blvd., Rancho Dominguez, CA
Details: For more information see the official event webpage and for tickets click here.

Wednesday, January 30

Whiskey Night at The Social List
What: It’s Whiskey Night in Long Beach. Experience over 20 pours ranging from whiskey, bourbon, rye, and single malt with small bites to pair.
Where: The Social List. 2105 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA
Details: Happening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. RSVPs are accepted.