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The HALL Cabernet Cookoff The HALL Cabernet Cookoff will return for its eighth year and it hosted by Vintner Kathryn Hall and HALL Wines. The annual event will feature a lineup of renowned chef teams trying for a chance to win proceeds for a charity of their choice by participating in a food and wine pairing competition. 100% of ticket proceeds benefit Napa Valley non-profit organizations. Chef Teams present paired seasonal bites with HALL Cabernet to an all-star panel of celebrity Judges...

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Monday: Esters Wine Shop & Bar Wine Tasting Co-Owner and Wine Director Kathryn Coker will be sharing her three favorite springtime wines, as featured in the most recent issue of Food & Wine, in which she was also awarded as one of the top sommeliers of the year! Sip on three flights and listen to Kathryn chat about how to pair these selections with market-inspired dishes. $20; Monday, 6-9 pm; 1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310.899.6900 Tuesday: Zak Pelaccio at...

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Los Angeles Times‘ 22nd Annual Festival of Books The nation’s largest literary festival is headed to the University of Southern California. The event will feature more than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs. On Friday, April 21, the 37th annual Book Prizes will honor reading and educational activist Ruebén Martinez with the Innovator’s Award, novelist Thomas McGuane with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, and 11 outstanding literary works published during the last year. Authors and celebrities scheduled to appear at the festival...

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Monday: Le Petit Paris’s Bottomless Rosé & Oysters Available exclusively on the patio located adjacent to the Spring Street Park, the bottomless rosé ($18) and oysters ($1 each) will be offered in addition to the restaurant’s regular happy hour menu. The gift shop of Le Petit Paris, La Boutique also offering a Latte & Macaron special, available on Mondays-Fridays between 11am-2pm. The special includes La Colombe’s cold-pressed espresso with your choice of an espresso, mocha or vanilla flavor and two macarons ($7)....

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LA Beer Fest The annual beer fest is here once again at LA Center Studios. Expect live music, a dueling piano bar, and food truck alley, along with 80 breweries for you to try from. Splurge for the Connoisseur’s admission because it includes all the sampling of general admission, plus exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, air conditioned bathrooms, an indoor/outdoor event deck overlooking the event, with access to limited beers and one-offs not available to general admission attendees. $45+; Saturday, noon-3 pm, 5-8...