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Weekend Eats: Brew At The Zoo, Aussie Truffles, And Craft Beer Crawls

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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.

Australian Truffle Dinner: Patina Restaurant is hosting a few dinners to mark the close of Australia's winter truffle season. Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, chef Charles Olalia will cook five-course meals with the goods from Southwestern Australia's The Wine & Truffle Co. Dishes on the oh-so-decadent five-course menu include scallops with truffle crème fraîche, crostini, and parsley coulis; zucchini blossom tempura with lobster and truffle mousseline and baby courgettes; and mallard duck with truffle sauce, Rainier cherries, and coco nibs. Tickets are $100 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. You can find out more info on their site.

Brew at the Zoo: Tonight marks the 3rd Annual Brew at the LA Zoo, where from 6-10 p.m. there'll be an overload of California craft beer, delicious food, and cuddly animals. General admission starts at $45 and includes a five ounce souvenir tasting mug and 12 beer tasting tickets. There'll also be pub-style food for noshing on at an additional cost, karaoke, music by local bands and access to many of the Zoo’s animal exhibits including the new LAIR- Living Amphibians, Invertebrates & Reptiles. (Be careful how much beer you consume though. We don't want to be covering any accidents.) You can find out more info here.

L.A. Craft Beer Crawl:If you can't make it to the aforementioned event, there are two other options for buzzed on brew this weekend. The Beer Chicks will be hosting two beer crawls in Downtown L.A., one on Saturday and one on Sunday. They'll be roaming around the 213 Nightlife Bars sampling some of the best craft brews around, giving you the 411 on all the tastes. You can find out more info and purchase tickets ($49 GA) on the site here.