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Food

Weekend Eats: A Remixed Luau, Dinner With A BBQ Master, And A Toast To International Beer Day

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Photo courtesy of Adam Perry Lang
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The weekend is so close you can practically taste it. Here are the edible events going on in the next few days to keep you occupied -- and sated, for that matter.

All You Can Eat With This Is Not A Pop-Up: Finally, a place where you can play your ukulele and not look like a played-out hipster. Head down to Villains Tavern from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday for an out-of-the-box Hawaiian luau. There'll be lots of Spam-tastic eats, pork belly sliders on Kings Hawaiian rolls, a whole roasted Kalua pig, pineapple macaroni, $8 mai tais, and $4 cans of Maui coconut porter. (There's no talk of goopy poi, thank goodness.) You can buy your $35 tickets here, or purchase them for $45 at the door.

Cooking With Friends at Animal: Adam Perry Lang has worked with some of the best in the biz, including Jamie Oliver and Mario Batali. In fact, the best steak we've ever consumed — a 45-day dry aged, bone-in ribeye — came out of his kitchen at Carne Vino in Las Vegas. All of that set aside, Perry's real claim to fame is being an all star pit master. He recently moved to Southern California to promote the re-issuing of his book "Serious Barbecue." To do so he went straight to Hollywood, parking his camper on Jimmy Kimmel's backlot, where he serves up serious smokey 'que very Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 .p.m.

He's also doing a multi-course, meat-focused, family-style dinner at Animal this Sunday. Some of the enticing dishes include tenderloin carpaccio, scallops and short ribs, and dry aged steak with roasted bone marrow. There'll also be peach cobbler and popcorn ice cream involved. Bonkers. A portion of the $135 price tag will be donated to Uncle Frank’s Helping Hand Fund. Call Animal to reserve a table any day after 2:00 p.m. at 323-782-9225.

International Beer Day at Dog Haus: For those of you that missed out on celebrating yesterday's IPA Day, there's hope yet. Today (Friday) is International Beer Day tomorrow, August 2, not to be confused with National Beer Day, and Old Town Pasadena's Dog Haus Biergarten is holding all-day specials with $3 beer shandies and a dollar off all pints on tap from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. If you haven't had a shandy, it's a creation made of beer and fresh-squeezed lemonade that's often enjoyed during the dog days of summer in Australia. All the beers on tap, inlcuding Golden Road's Get Up Offa That Brown and Stone's Pale Ale, will be available for a dollar off too, in case those shandies don't whet your whistle.