Events: Magic of the Yucatan, pre-Forum specials at Post & Beam, PigOut 3.0

Yucatan cuisine
Chichen Itza Restaurant in Los Angeles will celebrate the cuisine of the Yucatan throughout August.
(Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)

Chichen Itza Restaurant and Mercado La Paloma have partnered to create the Magic of the Yucatan throughout the month of August. The event is a celebration of Yucatecan culture and will feature an ongoing art exhibit that showcases the art of Yucatecan and Southern Californian artists. Besides the art, a series of culinary demonstrations will take place throughout the event and will highlight the cuisine of the Yucatan. The Escuela de Danza Folkorica Xanat, a Yucatecan folk dance troupe, will perform each Sunday at noon for guests to enjoy. The celebration begins Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at Chichen Itza Restaurant. Parking is free. 3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 741-1075,

In honor of the L.A. Forum’s 2014 season, Baldwin Hill’s Post & Beam is offering a complimentary dessert with the purchase of any pizza or large plate to guests who present their Forum concert ticket stub for that evening’s show. This special will last for the remainder of the Forum season. Post & Beam is conveniently located four miles from the concert venue. Free dessert options include sweet potato pie, chocolate brownie, rum raisin bread pudding and apple crisp. Visit the website for reservations. Post & Beam, 3767 Santa Rosalia Drive, Los Angeles, (323) 299-5599,

100 EatsPigOut is back for the third time on Aug. 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. PigOut 3.0 will include a pig butchery demonstration, a pig farmer Q&A and a knife skills demonstration. The event has been selected to receive one of 25 pigs from the Templeton Rye Heritage Pork Project. These pigs have been fed with a special diet, including spent rye whiskey mash. PigOut will also be giving away wrapped, packed, cut and cleaned prime pig cuts in a live auction. As of now, 12 different restaurants will be in attendance offering porky tastings. Advance pricing is $65, but the price goes up to $75 in early August. VIP tickets are also available for $100. Click here to reserve a ticket. California Scenario (Noguchi Gardens), 611 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa,

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