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Weekend Eats: Zombie Dinners, Hipster Book Signings, and Ceviche Gone Wild

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Chef Ricardo Zarate of Picca will host a ceviche fiesta this weekend (Photo courtesy of Ryan Tanaka)
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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.

Zombie Dinner: The end of the world (according to the Mayans, at least) is near, and the teams over at Dionicess and Beachwood Brewing are collaborating on an appropriately-themed dinner this Sunday. The chefs will utilize ingredients like finishing salts and all sorts of organ meat to be paired with 5 themed beers crafted specifically for the event brewed by Beachwood Brewing, the Bruery, and Monkish, among others. The multi-course dinner will emulate what the organizers are calling a "zombie epidemic progression." Each course will not only come paired with beer, but with discussions facilitated by experts on what zombification might mean from a theological, criminal, and metaphysical standpoint. They'll address things like how to make sense of the happenings, how to discern the real from the seeming, and how prepare for such an epidemic. It might sound a bit whacky, but L.A. does love the outlandish. Tickets, which go for $80 a piece, can be purchased here.

Aida Mollenkamp at Handsome: Native Angeleno Aida Mollenkamp will be hosting a holiday cocktail party with "Home Bar Basics" author Dave Stolte at Handsome Roasters this evening. The former Food Network host will be doing a few cooking demos and signing her recently-released 400-page tome "Keys to the Kitchen." Mollenkamp has curated a mini market stocked with all sorts of local artisanal fare, so you can knock out some of your holiday shopping while you nosh on passed hors d’oeuvres. The Cool Haus truck will be in attendance doling out free samples Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

Ceviche Collabo: Food GPS and Ricardo Zarate are pairing up to host a series of one-off ceviche dinners with chefs from around L.A. in order to promote the upcoming opening of Zarate's new restaurant Paiche. (Paiche is a freaky-looking Peruvian fish that was just featured on the "Risk" episode of "The Next Iron Chef," if you recall.) Tonight the Ceviche Nights series launches with none other than every foodie's favorite fish, errr fish gonads, uni. Guest chef Josiah Citrin of Mélisse will join Zarate to create four ceviches and one dessert—all starring sea urchin—with tasting flights from New Belgium Brewing. What's more is that one of our favorite bartenders Matt Biancaniello, who just departed from the Library Bar, will be crafting cocktails for the event. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased here.