Posts Tagged ‘Get Porked’

California houses some of the world’s most progressive and innovative cuisine. Whereas the general populace regards other cultures for certain culinary styles, such as Asian or Italian food, Californian cuisine does not follow any standard guidelines. When suggesting places to dine at in California to any out-of-state visitor, the list of possible places includes so many establishments that if you placed all of them side by side in a row, that row of buildings would easily stretch around the world, and would include cuisine from every corner of the world. With so much food to discover, any adventurous soul must first take small steps prior to the stride leading to the more exuberant establishments. Here in Southern California, Los Angeles alone carries hundreds of local food businesses that could take an individual months of dine at each and every single one of them. Nobody ever really knows if a place merits a visit, but luckily a group of young food fans colloquially known as L.A. Foodie has taken on the mission of discovering the best of food in Los Angeles.

Everybody deserves to know where to find the best food, and L.A. Foodie has accepted the challenge of locating all of it. This group of young food lovers travels around LA County and surrounding areas searching for the best hidden gems, and gives the place some press via a review or a podcast. Once in a while, in addition to a podcast, they will host a dinner event, which varies in format depending on the location. The crew threw their latest dinner event last Wednesday night at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Downtown Long Beach. Aptly named Get Porked, attendees got to sit down and enjoy a 4-course dinner & beer pairing consisting of four styles of pork and four different brews from Beachwood Brewing. In addition to this dinner, attendees could also sample treat from Krave Jerky and Mwokaji Cakery.

Prior to the start of dinner, the L.A. Foodie crew started their podcast with their own introductory segment before speaking with Gabe Gordon from Beachwood Brewing about the styles of BBQ and the beers they brew here. Servers brought out the beers first, but as a paired dinner, I held onto my beers, while a few other attendees started drinking their beers. Servers delivered the beer tasters in this order:

  • Knucklehead – a 5.7% American Red Ale
  • Hef Leppard – a 5.1% Bavarian Style Hefeweizen
  • Hops of Brixton – a 6.1% English Special Bitter (ESB)
  • Amalgamator – a 7.1% West Coast IPA

Once all attendees had received their beers, the servers brought out the food – a plate that contained all four items so that we would have all the food in front of us instead of waiting for the servers to bring out each plate one by one. From start to finish, all attendees dined on:

  • Hickory smoked pork with mustard BBQ sauce and chow chow on Texas Toast
  • Oak smoked pork with spicy whisky tomato sauce and tobacco onions on a grit cake << My Favorite
  • Applewood smoked dry-rubbed pork with vinegar BBQ sauce and vinegar coleslaw on a pretzel bun
  • Pecan smoked pork with apricot BBQ sauce on a sweet potato pancake

Once dinner had ended, servers started to slowly bring out more beer as the dessert beer pairing. Unlike dinner, attendees received one larger glass of beer, as they intended to pair this beer with all four desserts. For our dessert beer, attendees received a glass of Beyond a Reasonable Stout, a 10.0% American Imperial (read: Double) Stout. For our actual dessert plates, attendees received in order:

  • Sponge cake with passion fruit filling, topped with whipped frosting and fresh fruit (strawberries, blackberries, and/or mangoes)
  • Red velvet bacon cupcake with cream cheese frosting
  • Dark Chocolate Verrine
  • (White) Chocolate Chip Sprinkle and Coconut Cranberry Drop Cookies

Once dinner had wrapped up, many of the attendees left, while the L.A. Foodie crew continued to record their podcast. At this point, they now turned their attention towards attendees to ask them about the dinner event. They also wanted to play a short game with a few of us, so I volunteered myself to play along. The first game involved blindfolding the contestants, and having us guess the food that they handed to us. The second game involved a local quiz, which I can tell you right now I failed horribly at. Have a listen to their podcast below, which features lots of information about Beachwood BBQ, Mwokaji Cakery, Long Beach, and more. The segments featuring me start at 15:30. Click here to open the podcast in a new window.

For as much as these guys accomplish, I feel sad for just discovering this and missing all of their past events, such as their Slider pairing the month prior. They have the right idea by exploring this vast region, seeking out tremendous things right under our noses that we often just zip by on the road. All of society can benefit from variety and diversity in life, so try something new and switch up your normal routine to add some kick to life.


Get Porked
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach

Love BBQ and/or pork? Then you cannot miss this one-time dinner event! LA Foodie will record a live podcast during dinner speaking about styles of BBQ and the beers that pair with them. Dinner starts promptly at 8pm, which consists of four carefully crafted pork courses, four 5oz beer pairings, and four dessert pairings. Attendees also receive lots of other goodies to take home. Guests may park in the parking structure behind Beachwood Brewing for up to three hours with validation from the restaurant. No one under 21 may attend. Tickets normally cost $40, but use the promo code newsletter to save $10!

The Business @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Catch a punk rock show headlined by UK punk band The Business this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

Slam Dance Fest
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 31
The Airliner, Los Angeles

Kick May in the nads with this end-of-the-month punk rock fest in Los Angeles. With over 15 bands playing across two stages plus live DJ’s, expect one rowdy and unforgettable time. Tickets only cost $6 presale and $8 at the door! The venue will contain a food vendor, a cash bar, and other merchandise vendors. No one under 18 may enter.

Brea SummerFest 2013
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 31
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 1
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
St. Angela Merici School, Brea

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 1-2
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Explore the cultures of the Pacific Islands all weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For just the price of the aquarium’s general admission, guests of all ages will experience music, dancing, arts & crafts, ethnic cuisines, educational programming, storytelling, artisans, and more. Parking at the adjacent parking structure ranges from $5 to $10. The local Passport bus operates for free, so guests may ride public transportation to save money.

5th Annual Downtown Pomona Community Car & Bike Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 1
Thomas Plaza, Downtown Pomona

Check out custom & vintage cars & motorcycles at this community auto show in Downtown Pomona this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, any profit or money made from this event via participants and vendors go towards local charities benefiting underprivileged children. Some of the nearby streets provide free parking, while parking lots west of Main St cost nothing to park in.

The Ultimate Radio Control Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

Check out this expo for remote control toys and gadgets as you relive your adolescent life playing with portable mobile vehicles. With plenty of remote control cars, boats, planes, helicopters, and more, guests of all ages will find many attractions to check out. Admission costs $10 presale and $15 at the door, while children get in free with paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center ranges from $5 to $10, or you may park on the street in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 1
Clover Park, Santa Monica

Free and open to all ages, this festival in Santa Monica celebrates the local community with family activities, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, vendors, food trucks, cooking demos, and more. Guests can park for free at the location.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 1
Old Town Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena

This FREE and all-ages music festival completely covers the streets of Downtown Pasadena. All day long, guests can catch over 150 free concerts from dozens of local bands, including Youngblood Hawke, and other bands that have traveled from afar to play here. Local long-term parking may cost quite a bit, so opt to park further and take public transportation to cut down on costs.

Balls For Balls 2013
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 1
The Mezz Bar, Alexandria Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles

In a nutshell, gather a team to competitively eat meatballs for charity. The winning team does take a cash prize home. A team of four enters for $60, while individuals enter for $20 and get placed in a random team as a filler. Spectators may enter and watch for free.

1st Annual Long Beach Sea Festival Kickoff Extravaganza
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 1
Marina Green Park, Long Beach

This FREE event kicks off the summer series of festivals, as it previews all upcoming festivals that make up the season-long Sea Festival. Guests of all ages will find food trucks, live music, arts & crafts, jumpers, and more. After sunset, bring out the beach chairs and blankets for a free viewing of Finding Nemo on the beach.

AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

See hundreds of classic, custom, and exotic cars this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Guests will also find beautiful models, food trucks, and plenty of automotive vendors to spend money on. General admission costs $12, while expedited admission costs $17. Children enter free with a paid adult admission. Please bring cash for parking at the venue. The event takes place outdoors, so dress accordingly for the hot weather, and apply sunscreen.

Lumière Noir: A Higher Frequency
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 1
Proof Bar, Santa Ana

This collaborative art project involves various models to create living art in ultraviolet light, or blacklight. Free to attend, attendees will see art, photography, videos, live nude body-painting, and more. As this takes place at a bar, attendees may purchase drinks at their leisure, but no one under 21 may enter.

FotoSensori – ​A Multi-Dimensional Photography Group Show & Fundraiser
6:30 pm – 12:00 am, June 1
Monk Space, Los Angeles

This atypical art & photography show showcases more than just art – it utilizes all five of the human senses to experience and absorb the art. Over ten photographers will collaborate to present this diverse exhibit to all attendees. Throughout the night, local bands and DJ’s will fill the air with feet-moving beats, while attendees may purchase dumplings or vegan cupcakes to munch on. Attendees can find plenty of free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods. Although the organizers have not enforced an entry fee, they suggest a $15 donation at the door.

16th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles

This FREE and all-ages street fair takes place in West LA between Culver City and Beverly Hills. Attendees will find live music, a kids’ zone including rock-climbing, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more. Guests can park for free in the neighborhoods surrounding the fest.

Spring 2013 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 2
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.

29th Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:30 pm, June 2
Old Town Tustin

Once again taking over the streets of Old Town Tustin, this FREE street fair contains lots of activities to keep the entire family busy and full the entire day. Attendees will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, kids’ area, the multitude of chili teams, and much more. This event gets highly crowded each year, and w3hile it requires no admission to enter, guests will end up parking on city streets a few blocks away. To sample chili, guests must purchase tickets for $2 each, and redeem these tickets at the chili teams for samples.

8th Annual Lummis Day Festival
10:30 am – 7:00 pm, June 2
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles

Catch music, dance, poetry, art, and more at this free multicultural festival this Sunday afternoon in Northeast LA. Guests may park for free at the venue.

Chicks That Rock
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 2
Billy O’s, Ventura

Five female-fronted bands will play at this show in Ventura this Sunday afternoon. Tickets to this show cost $7. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Taste of Alhambra
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
2nd & Main, Downtown Alhambra,com_eventlist/Itemid,49/func,details/did,37/

Savor the local flavor of Alhambra at this annual all-you-can-eat food fest on the streets of Downtown Alhambra this Sunday evening. For $50 presale and $60 at the gate, guests 21 and over will receive unlimited food samples from various Alhambra restaurants and unlimited drinks from local establishments. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures.