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A Pop-Up Country Fair, Free French Wine Tastings & More Weekend Food Events

Burrata with figs and pork belly with truffles on toast from République's Margarita Manzke who will offer tastings at the James Beard Foundation reception (via Facebook)
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Now that slightly cooler temperatures have finally arrived in L.A., you're going to need to fuel up with some hearty fall food and drinks. From a tasting reception and dinner with some of L.A.'s top chefs, to a cozy folk festival with seasonal bites and cocktails, we tracked down a few of the best food and booze events for you to check out this weekend. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOV. 6 - 7

James Beard Foundation's Taste America
Part of a cross-country celebration, the Taste America event offers the chance to sample the creations of some of the L.A.'s most talented chefs. While not the cheapest ticket in town, Friday night's cocktail and tasting reception (tickets start at $100) will serve up delicious bites and drinks from the likes of Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish, Jessica Koslow of Sqirl, Michael Hung of Viviane and Zack Pollack of Alimento. And if you're really feeling the hunger for top-notch fare, there's the four-course dinner to follow, with a menu created by local talent like Jon Shook and Vinnie Dotolo, Louis Pechan of The Ebell and Margarita Manzke of République (with tickets starting at $250). Or you can also hit up the free culinary events on Saturday at Sur La Table at the Farmers Market on Fairfax, which includes cooking demos from chefs, tastings and more. Tickets and more info can be found here.


The Rhone Rangers ride again (via Facebook)
The Rhone Rangers Wine Tastings & Dinners
While this group of oenophiles and wineries may have a pun-y name, they are serious about spreading the gospel of American-grown Rhone wines and we're happy to drink it up. This week, The Rhone Rangers ride (yes, ride) into L.A. to host several wine tastings and winemaker dinners around town. If you're looking to sample a few varietals, they'll be hosting free tastings at The Whole Foods on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice and K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood on Friday evening. For a bigger tasting of California Rhones paired with exceptional food, check out the intimate 3-course dinner with Rhone pairings at Pasadena's Parkway Grill or a four-course pairing designed by Neal Fraser at Redbird's private dining room, The Nest. And then on Saturday night, check out the Grand Tasting at Downtown's The Reef, where you can sample from over 200 wines from over 50 wineries. Additional info on the events and tickets can be found here.

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Folk Fall Festival
Now that fall weather is here in L.A., grab your lightest sweater and head to Hollywood's Eastown apartments for a pop-up country fair. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., sample fall-themed brunch bites served up by local chefs, while sipping cocktails for the season, cold-pressed juices and brews from Coffee Commissary (one of our favorite coffee shops). There will also be folk music provided by L.A.-based bands The Grand Southern and Whiskey Sunday, as well as craft booths and pop-up shops. The event will take place throughout the communal space, pool deck and kitchen of the apartments and is curated by event designers We Came In Peace along with Folk Magazine. Entrance is free, though RSVPs are required and can be made here.