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10 Hot Food and Drink Events This April in LA

By Lesley Balla  |  April 1, 2016
Credit: Clementine

Spring is off to a bang with some big walk-around tastings, parties and beer blasts all over town. Here are the top Los Angeles food and drink events to add to your calendar for April 2016.

Clementine's Spring Melt (April 1-30): Celebrating 15 years of celebrating all things cheesy and grilled, Annie Miler and her Clementine crew kick off the annual April grilled cheese madness with the Quesoañera menu, which features one sandwich from each of the last 15 years. If you're not familiar, Miler goes all out for Grilled Cheese Month with a themed menu, characters, blogs, art and more. Since this year is a big anniversary, there are paper tiaras and photo props to go with the quinceañera motif, along with sandwiches like the Cheesy meatball (turkey meatballs with provolone on semolina bread), the Pretzel Paroxysm (turkey with white cheddar, bacon and tomato relish on a grilled pretzel) and the Queso the Munchies, sharp cheddar and meaty chili on grilled country white bread with a mantle of Fritos. The party goes on all month long; here's the full menu.

Masters of Taste (April 3): Look for more than 40 chefs and restaurants serving savory and sweet bites, plus cocktails, local beers, wines, pressed juices and more at this inaugural event at the Rose Bowl field. Some participants include Alexander's Steakhouse, Birch, Hache, Hamasaku, Inotheke, Ozu East Kitchen and RedbirdTickets are $225 per person for VIP and $125 for general admission. Proceeds go to Union Station Homeless Services.

LA Times Festival of Books (April 9-10): Among the hundreds of authors, readings, panel discussions and book signings at this year's massive book-lover's event, the culinary component is strong. There are discussions with Lidia Bastianich, Padma Lakshmi, Alice Waters and Jonathan Gold, plus cooking demos with Brendan Collins from Birch; Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes; Chris Oh from Hanjip and Seoul Sausage, and Tal Ronnen from Crossroads. Admission to the main event is free, and the schedule is massive. Plan here.

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Artisanal LA (April 9-10): The spring show is bigger than ever with more than 150 foodcrafters and home-goods makers, plus DIY sessions, workshops, cooking classes, a pop-up urban garden, live music, kids' fun, a cafe, art gallery and so much more. Taking place at the Magic Box at The Reef Downtown, it’s the perfect place to shop for yourself, get a jump start on Mother's Day or just pick up a new favorite jam, chocolate, pickle or donut. Hours for the Saturday and Sunday show are 11 AM to 6 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Get them now for a free tote bag.

LA Beer Fest (April 9): This big beer blowout at LA Center Studios features dozens of international and domestic beers to sip, more than a dozen food trucks to hit, plus live entertainment. General admission tickets are $45; a Connoisseur's Ticket is $80, which gives swillers access to special bathrooms, free T-shirts, an indoor-outdoor deck and special limited beers. There are two sessions: noon to 3 PM and 5 to 8 PM.

Simply diVine (April 9): The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual food and drink extravaganza takes place at McCadden Place in Hollywood. Sample fare from restaurants like Border Grill, Mud Hen Tavern, Leona, The Black Cat, Craft, Gracias Madre, Hudson House, Jar, Madcapra, Petrossian, Rao's, Sotto and more, plus sample wine, beers and cocktails. All proceeds support the center's programs and services, which provide more than 100,000 free meals to LGBT homeless youth and low-income seniors each year. General admission is $125 per person and the event runs from 6 to 9 PM.

Thai Restaurant Week (April 11-17): In celebration of Songkran and the Thai New Year, several Thai restaurants around LA will feature special dishes and/or pre-fix menus. Check out what Night + Market, Wat Dong Moon Lek, Thai Dishes and the others are offering here

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Outstanding in the Field at Coachella (April 15-17 and 22-24): Before its roving farm dinner parties kick off their summer season, find the Outstanding in the Field folks along with an impressive roster of chefs over the two weekends at Coachella. In fact, it's the only way to get into Coachella now if you don't already have armbands — and for that reason alone the price is super high. But you can have a full sit-down dinner with menus from Top Chef alums like Michael Voltaggio, Antonia Lofaso and Nyesha Arrington; Mexico celeb chefs, including Daniel Ovadia from Mexico City, Jose Manuel Baños Rodriguez from Oaxaca and Francisco Ruano from Guadalajara; or out-of-towners like Bradley Kilgore and Jamie DeRosa from Miami, and Cleveland's Jonathon Sawyer. Tickets are $225 for dinner if you already have tickets to the festival, or get a three-day pass here.

Eat. Drink. Be An Angel Day. (April 20): 4/20 takes on a whole new meaning with this citywide dining event. Dine at places like Connie & Ted's, Pace, Mr Chow, Jar, Taste on Melrose, Cake Monkey and many more, and proceeds will be donated to Project Angel Food, LA's leading nonprofit provider of free, nutritious meals for people who are suffering with serious illness. Here's the full rundown of participating restaurants.

Atwater Village Beer Fest (April 24): Atwater Village has become a craft beer destination with a brewery and several great craft beer restaurants, so it's no surprise this annual event has been popular with locals and visitors alike. Centered at Link N Hops, the parking lot event features beers from near and far, wine tasting, food specials, live music and more. Tickets are $35 for general admission, which gets you 15 drinks tickets and a T-shirt; and $45 for VIP, which gets you early entry, a gift bag and unlimited sampling.