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The Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival in DTLA

The Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival is coming!

Fifty chefs from California-Baja California region and Spain will compete
for the title of Best Paella in Los Angeles at the 3 rd Annual Paella Wine & Beer Festival to be held onOctober 7 th , from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Pershing Square (532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA)

The Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival is a celebration of Paella – a dish that comes to us from Spain, with origins dating back to the eighteenth century. It is a saffron-infused rice dish that marries bold flavors and delightful textures. Combined with a variety of meats, shellfish and vegetables, paella was originally a peasant's meal cooked over an open fire in the fields and eaten directly from the pan using wooden spoons. The dish takes its name from the wide shallow pan that it is cooked in, traditionally called the paella or paellera. The recipe commonly known as paella can more accurately be referred to as Arroz a la Paella (rice done in paella-style). Today, paella recipes have become somewhat of an art form – ranging from decadent meats and seafoods to vegan and vegetarian.

The Los Angeles Paella, Wine & Beer Festival, will feature UNLIMITED TASTING PAELLA that will feed over 5,000 people. We are proud to have one of the World-Wide Semifinals of Paella Valenciana in Los Angeles, competing with other eight countries. The Food Festival will also feature more than 50 acclaimed Paella chefs and their teams which will gather from across the globe to compete for the title of: “Best Paella Valenciana in Los Angeles”

The Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival will also feature dozens of acclaimed local and international wineries, breweries and tequilerias with UNLIMITED WINE & BEER TASTINGS, Sangria, Spirits and Spanish Tapas for sale. Fifty Regional and International Chefs to Compete for the Best Paella Participating chefs include Mario Medina, Leo Razo, Luis Roger, Chris Tzorin, Claudia Sandoval, Miguel Angel Guerrero, Andrew Spurgin, Javier Gonzalez, Flor Franco, and Jesus Melero and Miguel Sanfeliu, both from Spain. A panel of ten chefs will judge the paellas a select the winner. The

Festival will also feature 20 wineries, 10 beer companies, and 10 tequileros from California, Mexico, and Spain. The winner of the paella Valenciana will be going to Spain to compete for the world title of best Paella Valenciana in Chueca Valencia Spain.

Restaurateur and Chef Vicente Ortiz will be cooking the biggest Paella

ever cooked in the USA. Los Angeles Paella, Wine & Beer Festival will also feature a number of Spanish & Mexican music and dance performers who will create a one-of- a-kind festive atmosphere.

For more information about the festival, please visit www.paellawinefest.com. General
admission tickets cost $50 and may be purchased online. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the festival’s non-profit partner, CANICA USA Inc Images can be found at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B57v_6KFLxBUMG9kam1pbjdaVlU
Along with teaser video clip here https://vimeo.com/231312447

Instagramable new Cafe in DTLA – DF Casa Cubana Grand Opening celebration

Don Francisco’s Coffee just opened it’s first brick & mortar location in Downtown Los Angeles with “Casa Cubana” a beautiful Cuba inspired Café complete with sweet and savory Cuban bites, beer, wine and of course Coffee!

Grand Opening celebration all week with giveaways, samples and events. Bring your camera, and get your Instagram ready as this little cafe is picture perfect.

See schedule of events below.

After 140 years, the Gavina Family prepares to celebrate 50 years in the coffee business in America. This year they have taken a bold move for a coffee roaster, they have opened their first ever brick & mortar location for the Don Francisco’s coffee brand with “Casa Cubana” a beautiful Cuba inspired Café complete with sweet and savory Cuban & Spanish –style bites, beer, wine and of course on-site coffee roasting!

This new venture is more than a mere café, it is an expression of the culture, both the coffee and that of rich Cuban traditions. Steeped in tradition and four generations in the coffee business, the details and care will make this coffee shop special.

The interior is decadent, floral and tropical, a sort of sanctuary right in the middle of Downtown LA, it will transport you to the warm tropical breezes of Cuba. The interior is an instagram goldmine with so many interesting details around every corner; you’ll want to stay a while and just soak it in, while you post your pictures; #DFcasacubana. Th design is by DTLA locals Omgivning. Nothing was overlooked, you will find antiques of the coffee business, tables used for coffee cupping, comfy lounge areas with foliage, patio seating and a free Wi-Fi.

Once inside prepare yourself for a tsate of Cuban and Spanish delights! The menu boasts over 20 items to indulge in ranging from breakfast, sandwiches, savory & sweet pastries and desserts. Pork & Plantain Hash Sandwich, Tortilla Española, Media Noche, Ropa Vieja, Pollo al Ajillo, Papa Rellena, Empanada de Chorizo, Pastelitos de Carne and Pastelito de Guayaba y Queso are less than half the offerings on the menu and that does not even touch the juices, coffee, espresso, beer and wine!

Coffee is the key to the success of the Gavina family and at Casa Cubana it is front and center. Traditional Cuban coffee drinks include Café Cubano, Cortadito, and Café Latte which can be ordered from the coffee bar. For a more personal experience, customers can visit the onsite roasting and cupping area. The café will sell Don Francisco coffee brands as well as a unique blend roasted onsite and specifically for Casa Cubana.

This new opening represents another great leap for the rapidly growing Spring Arcade Building and continues to solidify it as the next “go to” spot for food & drinks with a side of history! Nestled between Cliftons near 8th and Grand Central just passed 4th, Spring Arcade bridges a wide gap in the historic core and brings some luster back to the famed Broadway Avenue corridor.  This new addition will join the ranks of Blu Jam Café, Guisados, Kai Japanese Roots, Gelateria Uli, Crepes Sans Frontieres, Garcons de Café and the soon to open Royal Claytons as the hot new culinary enclave in the Historic Core of DTLA.

Gavina Coffee roasted over 44 million pounds of coffee last year and is expected to grow again this year. Don’t be surprised if in the next few years you see a few more coffee shops and cafés pop up for the company in Southern California, but for now let’s enjoy our little slice of Cuba in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles.

Tuesday, September 5th, 7 am – 7 pm
• First 50 customers receive a free gift
• Samples of coffee and bites available all day
• 12 – 3 pm Roasting Demonstrations
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Wednesday, September 6th, 7 am – 9 pm
• First 50 customers receive a free gift
• Samples of coffee and bites available all day
• Meet World Barista Champion Pete Licata
• 12 – 3 pm Roasting Demonstrations
• 6 – 9 pm Barista Throwdown (go to our event page for more details)
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Thursday, September 7th, 7 am – 8 pm
• First 50 customers receive a free gift
• Samples of coffee and bites available all day
• Meet World Barista Champion Pete Licata
• 12 – 3 pm Roasting Demonstrations
• 5:30 pm Ribbon Cutting with L.A. City Council Member Jose Huizar
• 6 – 8 pm Reception with Musical Entertainment

 

Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana

Open 7am-7pm daily (dinner hours coming soon)

541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

#DonFranciscoscoffee #DFcasacubana

 

Join us at L.A. Live’s Downtown Dark Nights on Friday 7/21/17

Join us at L.A. Live’s Downtown Dark Nights on Friday 7/21/17

Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE returns on Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 6-11pm! Sample food and drink at participating restaurants with their special $5 menus, shop local artisan vendors, stroll among the lighted art installations, and stop to watch muralists paint live. Presented by Tequila Avión, this FREE event marks the 17th in this hugely popular ongoing series created by LA LIVE and curated by Melissa Richardson Banks of @DowntownMuseand Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA since its inception in August 2014. Come early and stay late to enjoy the experience!

LIVE MUSIC | LIVE ART | LIVE PERFORMANCES | LOCAL ARTISANS

RSVP NOW ON FACEBOOK!

DEEJAY: DJ Francesca Harding
LIVE MUSIC: Weekend Celebrity

MURALISTS: AngelOnce | BlackBrain | Black Light King | Phobik | Pops Born 2 Cre8 | Samir Evol | Sand One | Septerhed | James Wilde XO | Erin Miller Williams

HULA HOOP PERFORMERS: Heather Blount-Elliott | Faeryn Rose | Surka Noelle | Jeweliette Luminess | Zaylaa van Hoops | Jill Evyn | LuLu Lam | Taylor Rose | Luminescent Luna | Miss Mojangles

JUGGLERS: Dmitrious Bistrevsky | Rewi Hoop Hooligan

CHARACTER PERFORMERS: Nick Kane | Roger Fojas | Jonnathon Cripple | Christiane Georgi

STILT WALKERS: Brady Spindel | Antonio G-R | Fireplug | Seraphina | Devon Capps | Bryan Steele  | Madeleine Falk

BREAK DANCERS: Hollywood Hotshots

CONTORTIONISTS: Acro Yogi Cody | Siobhan Shier

LIGHTED ART INSTALLATIONS: AirDD

VENDORS: Amor y Flor | Arix Art | Art by Leanne Huynh | Benjibug Vinyls | BlackBrain | Boricubi: The Art of Jolín Miranda | Cowpunk Leather Products | Eddy Lee Art | Ela Mella | Freaky Wallet | Freedumb Founded | Hannah Frost Jewelry | HumanTreeRobot | JadenMoon Natural Soaps & Skin Care | JesseJFR | The Key Historic | London Manori | MaeMae JewelryParlor Tattoo Prints | Pileus Chaotic Art | Pocket Square | Shay Candles | Succulent HeavenTiger Moon Designs | West Coasterz Engraved Wood Art | WIKIDCANVAS

$5 FOOD & DRINK MENUS: Cleo L.A. LIVE | Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar | Katsuya L.A. LIVE | Lawry’s Carvery | Live Basil Pizza | Red Mango | Rock’N Fish | Rosa Mexicano | Smashburger | Tom’s Urban | Triple 8 China Bar & Grill | Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

The New Era D-Lab is open during 9am to 10pm with special discounts up to 60% off select products! Design your own cap by choosing from the hundreds of team logos, colors and fabrics in the brand’s portfolio!

Stop by the Team LA Store during 9am to 10pm to enjoy exclusive discounts up to 80% off! Shop the premier selection of merchandise tied to Los Angeles teams, including the Lakers, Kings, Clippers, Galaxy, Angels and Sparks.

  • Wow, what a whirlwind weekend. Proud of the Riboli family and all their San Antonio Winery team… https://t.co/Oie717xZp2