Pork Belly's, the newly opened sandwich shop in Venice, is joining the food truck scene. The restaurant, known for its thick sliced pork belly sandwiches, sloppy Joes, sloppy tater tots and fried pickles, will be dishing out its signature dishes from the new truck in front of the restaurant's Venice location from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7. If you show up and mention the code "food truck," you'll receive a free order of pickles. The truck will make its way around Los Angeles after the initial launch. 1146 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (424) 777-8875, http://www.porkbellysla.com.
The first ever All Star Mixology Competition will take place Thursday at Unici Casa in Culver City. From 7 to 10 p.m., mixologists from around the city will take part in a special cocktail event and showcase their technical skills and creativity before a panel of judges that includes Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark of the Cooking Channel's "Classy Ladies"; Liza Pano from Paramount Pictures; Meridith May of The Tasting Panel; and more. Guests will be able to taste cocktails from L.A. bars, with sips from The Spare Room, Shore Bar, Akasha and more. Tickets are $75 and available for pre-sale at CovenantHouseCalifornia.org. All proceeds will benefit the Covenant House California, an organization that works with the homeless, at-risk and trafficked youth. 9461 Jefferson Blvd. Culver City.
The Belvedere restaurant at The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills will hold its first Kosher wine dinner Oct. 10. Executive chef David Codney will prepare a five-course dinner with Kosher wine pairings from the Flam Winery in Israel and the Baron Herzog Wine Cellars in California. Courses include smoked white fish fritters with a Flam Blanc 2012 and Baron Herzog Chennin Blanc, Clarksburg 2012; A seared striped bass with Herzog Chardonnay, Prince Vinard, Clarksburg 2011 and Herzog Chardonnay, Special Reserve, Russian River 2011; A braised veal cheek with the Flam Merlot Reserve 2010 and the Herzog Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 2011 and more. The evening begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Dinner is $135 per person. A Kosher meal can be prepared to accompany the wines with advance request. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 975-2736, Peninsula.com.
[Update, 1 p.m., Sept. 30: This post has been updated to include the Pork Belly's food truck new launch date of Oct. 7.]
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