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.

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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

Go Pack Go: Same-Day Bratwurst from Grindhaus LA

Beer-Marinated, Grilled Bratwurst

Hollywood is a long way from Green Bay. And when beating the cross-stateline rivals, Chicago Bears, was essential to, first, making it into the 2010-2011 playoffs and, second, making it to Super Bowl XLV, I knew I needed a good luck ritual to help my team win the NFC Championships last week. I needed a good luck food.

My lack of planning meant that I forgot to mail-order the Sheboygan brats ahead of time. Instead of going to the supermarket for Johnsonville, I decided to channel my fandom through locally-made sausages, instead. I figured my Wisconsin meat-packing counterparts would understand, since I’d be saving shipping fuel and time. After all, freshness is key, and always has been the priority – even as a matter of spoilage thanks to high fat content in bratwurst, with the earliest recipes dating back to the 1400s.

Marinating Bratwursts

I stopped in the brand new, brick and mortar sausage shop known as Grindhaus on Hollywood Blvd. to see what was ready in their case. Italian sausage, bockwurst, pickled vegetables were all available, but of course, the bratwurst were sold out. I was lucky in that they were working on another batch. When I asked about their sauerkraut, they were also working on it then – but said it’d be ready and done fermenting in 8 days. I returned 2.5 hours later to get the first of the new batch of brats. They cost a reasonable $6/lb, which yielded 6 sausages for about $10.50. If my experience taught a lesson, phone in if you have specific tastes to see what they have in stock. They are allegedly rolling out their food truck very soon and will be roaming the eastside, so I can’t wait to taste their prepared food on-the-go.

Since my brats were completed literally a few minutes beforehand, one of the three friendly Grindhaus guys present advised to leave them in my fridge, uncovered, for a few hours so that the meat would settle and harden a bit inside the fresh casing. Done. And then it was time to start the ritual of marinating them overnight. Below is the marinade recipe I used, which I’m in no way touting as the best out there, nor is the method I used. I have a lot more experimentation to do before I cross that bridge. But these fresh brats from Grindhaus turned out so tasty, I was extremely proud of my somewhat haphazard method. Maybe this method will work for you, too.

(Recipe after the jump.)

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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!

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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

First Monthly Food Rendezvous at SPARC in Venice Tomorrow

SPARC, Venice | Photo credit to yovenice on Flickr (YoVenice.com)

Looking to shop local this weekend? Check out The Food Redenzvous tomorrow in Venice at the SPARC building (which so happens to currently house art galleries and formerly the Venice division of the LAPD). Though it’s great that more and more farmer’s markets are springing up in each of our individual communities, you’ll be getting something a little different at The Food Rendezvous. They make it possible for small, emerging food artisans to reach their customers despite difficult wait times (sometimes as long as 2-3 years to get a stand) and permit costs the farmer’s markets may incur.

Laurie Dill is a Master Gardener and on the board of the Garden School Foundation and Dominique Leveuf has a juice and beverage line with her partner sourced from local and fairly traded produce. They, as the event’s founders, aim to make Food Rendezvous interactive and inspirational with author talks and cooking demonstrations, a cookbook swap (donate your old one, get one back, keep buying for $5 each), a jam making contest and a food-related movie screening.

As for the vendors at the first ever event, you can expect Bulgarini Gelato, Josie’s English Kitchen Jams, Joelle Olive Oil, Let’s Be Frank, Morning Glory Confections, Susan Feniger’s Street and more. With more of us conscionably shopping from local artisans, this looks like the start of something beautiful…

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

4 – 10 PM

Advance: $10
At-the-door: $15

Admission includes a fresh tangerine juice spritzer, movie admission, cookbook swap and variety of activities

The Food Rendezvous at
SPARC
685 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291