Artisanal LA Brings Its Market, Demos, Panels and Tastings Westward

Santa Monica Place

If I weren’t going to Coachella (completely last minute!) this weekend, I would be at Artisanal LA in a heartbeat. It’s always one of the most unique yet conscientious shopping experiences of the year whether you’re shopping for your kitchen, garden, home or loved ones. It’s a conglomerate of some of the best ideas for living in the city and what’s more, there are demos, panels and tastings to fill your day.

A portion of the proceeds from your $10 advance admission (or $15 at-the-door) will go towards St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels, which helps feed seniors in their homes. Complimentary beverages will be available during the event, too.

Some of my favorites on the schedule include a Market Fresh Cocktail demo by Matt Biancaniello of The Roosevelt’s Library Bar, an Intelligentsia Coffee demo and tasting and a Local Craft Beer Panel by Eagle Rock Brewery and Nibble Bit Tabby.

So I while I won’t see you there, that doesn’t mean you should miss out. Buy your advance tickets ASAP.

Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sat: 11 AM – 8 PM
Sun: 11 AM – 7 PM

Advance tickets

Complimentary bike valet; free car valet available w/restaurant validation.

Artisanal LA at Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Giveaway: Tickets to Artisanal LA Featuring Sustainable, Local and Handmade Edibles

11 AM - 6 PM at The Cooper Building

Next weekend, you can find a lot of Los Angeles’ local goods downtown in one spot thanks to Artisanal LA. It takes place in The Cooper Building and not only will you be able to shop, you’ll be able to attend live workshops and more.

Saturday, there will be a Sustainable Caviar Cooking Demo and Tasting by Christopher Klapp and Chef Ben Bailly, a Hand Made Egg Cozies Demo by Common Thread Studio, a Growing and Cooking With Artisanal Pumpkins Demo by Peninsula Hotel’s Chef James Overbaugh. On Sunday, Suzanne Griswold and Rachael Narins of Chicks with Knives will be doing a Pickling 101 demostration and tasting as will The Beer Chicks be hosting a Craft Beer Panel (and tasting) featuring brews from Eagle Rock Brewery & Nibble Bit Tabby, the recently opened brewery in town. You can also peep the full vendor list here.

Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at-the-door and includes Honest Tea, Dry Soda, Function and Bonadea drinks; local craft beer and organic spirits tasting (for 21+ only); a tote bag for the first 1000; access to the workshops, demos, arts and crafts; a chance at giveaways; unlimited re-entry for the weekend and partial proceeds to the LAUSD Edible School Garden Programs. DJ Bryan Davidson will be spinning the tunes.

So buy your tickets in advance and save yourself $5 – as well as guaranteed entry since the lovely organizers are expecting to have to turn people away at the door. I’m also giving away a couple tickets here on the blog, so simply comment in this post with what you are most looking forward to at Artisanal LA for your chance to win. Entries will close on Wednesday, October 20 and I’ll inform the winner that night.

See you there!

Saturday – Sunday

October 23 – 24, 2010

11 AM – 6 PM

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at-the-door, or comment below to enter giveaway

Artisanal LA
The Cooper Building
860 S. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014