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Weekend Eats: Cupcake Classes, Farm-to-Bottle Beers, and St. Paddy's Day Parties

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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.

Cupcake decorating with the kids: Chef Terri Wahl of Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock will be spilling her secrets with the wee ones this weekend. In what we might call boozy babysitting, she'll be teaching the kids to decorate cupcakes in her whimsical style, while parents take a break and sip on a mimosa or two and snack on some apps. Kid-friendly nibbles will also be on hand too, in case of rumbling tummies. The Sunday class goes from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., and is $30 for each adult/child pair, including materials, snacks and mimosas for the big kids. You can sign up by calling Auntie Em's at (323) 255-0800.

Farm-to-Bottle Beers with Almanac: Founded in 2010 by Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan, this is a San Francisco-based microbrewery prides themselves on producing artisan ales with locally-sourced ingredients. Almanac leverages its close relationships with regional farmers to capture the essence of California’s diverse agricultural bounty. Tonight at 6 p.m., they'll be over at Mohawk Bend pouring their unique brews for a special three course dinner. For more info, you can check out their site.

Saint Paddy's Day Parties: We mentioned some of the best spots to festively booze and nosh in our roundup, and even hooked it up with the recipe for a Guinness milkshake. But in case none of those whet your appetite, a few more options came through. You can throw back brats, beer, brisket and whiskey at Mess Hall all day long (starting at 10 a.m.) at a discount, or grab a short rib has at Public Kitchen + Bar in Hollywood to go along with Public Kitchen & Bar is serving an appropriately-colored Irish Buck ($12), made with arugula, lemon juice, agave, Jameson, ginger beer, and green chartreuse shaken, strained, and served in a highball glass. But whatever you do, party responsibly, please.