Freddy Smalls' Summertime Backyard BBQ takes place Aug. 18. in the West L.A. gastropub's back parking lot. It's $45 for an all-you-can-eat menu of beer-steamed Maryland blue crab, smoked Mary's chickens, grilled tri-tip with Texas toast and chimichurri, roasted pork shoulder tacos, grilled corn on the cob with barbecue spiced butter, mixed melon and frying pepper salad, tomato panzanella, potato salad, olive oil cake with roasted Seascape strawberries and lavender cream and peach and blueberry crisp with ice cream. Drink specials also will be available. Starts at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant or by phone. 11520 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 479-3000, www.freddysmalls.com.
Son of a Gun hosts a Low Country Boil & Cocktail Smash with the drinks magazine Imbibe on Aug. 10. Bartender Daniel Warrilow has helped prepare cocktail pairings to go with oysters on the half shell; iceberg wedge salad with creamy Italian dressing, Yukon Gold potato salad, peel-and-eat shrimp, mussels, clams, kielbasa, corn on the cob and Red Bliss potatoes, lobster roll, cheddar Old Bay biscuit, and peach and berry cobbler. To drink: chile-nectarine smash with House Spirits rum, lime juice and chile-honey syrup; pineapple-basil smash with Aviation gin, lemon juice, pineapple and basil; and raspberry-coffee smash with Westward Oregon malt whiskey, lemon juice, raspberry and coffee cream. Noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are $85, including gratuity, available online. Reservations must be made by noon Aug. 8. 8370 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 782-9033, www.sonofagunrestaurant.com.
Your Local Hive teams with Cognoscenti Coffee for a local-products pop-up store on Thursday evenings from 3 to 7 p.m. Your Local Hive champions local food with art-meets-food workshops, film screenings, pop-up stores and family-style sit-down dinners. Featured pop-up products at Culver City coffee shop include Allstar Organics herbs and sugars, Enzo olive oils, EatWell Farms organic salts, Quinn non-GMO organic microwave popcorn, Lily's eggs, Frog Hollow Farm chutneys and jams and Chivas Goat Farm soaps. Your Local Hive at Cognoscenti Coffee, 6114 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, www.yourlocalhive.com.
Cookbook author Kevin West and designer Scott Sternberg discuss the intersection of food and fashion at the Hammer Museum on Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. West recently published "Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling and Preserving." Sternberg is the founder of the clothing line
De Porres Dinner Series, founded in February 2012 by Pablo Osorio and Danielle Bell in their Bedford-Stuyvesant home, comes to the downtown arts space 356 Mission on Aug. 15. The dinner series marries dishes from Osorio's native Peru and Bell's American South desserts. Tarot card readings by Marty Windahl and cocktails such as strawberry lemonade spiked with rum and the non-alcoholic chica morada kick off the evening, which features a six-course Peru-inspired menu. Melon and toasted quinoa wrapped in sweet potato leaves; tomatoes and zucchini blossoms stuffed with brebis blanche and huacatay (Peruvian black mint); a Limeño dish of octopus braised in aromatics, botija olive aioli and Valencia oranges; pork shoulder marinated in citrus and aji amarillo; vanilla bean pound cake, California boysenberries, whipped crea, and Tokaji. Suggested donation of $80 to firstname.lastname@example.org via