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First Fridays at Natural History Museum This year’s First Fridays are foodie-themed. Expect discussions from top scientists, prestigious food writers and farm and garden experts, along with live music and DJ tunes. Drop by this month for cutting-edge science and musical performances by Buyepongo and Chico Mann & Captain Planet, and DJ performances from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez and Subsuelo. Friday, 5-10 pm; 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, 213.763.DINO 2nd Annual Masters of Taste This outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival will bring...

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Monday: Mama Lion Opens Owner Robert Kim, whose 18 years in the food and beverage industry (The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, Eurochow) has brought him full circle when he took ownership of a property in his old stomping grounds of Koreatown that once held the original Mama Lion, a nightclub. With Chef/Partner Michael Hung, Mama Lion has a playfully decadent new Supper Club Menu. Aidan Demarest is behind Mama Lion’s Beverage Program and also has the role of General Manager. The menu includes snacks...

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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...