Nothing is really ever free in life. Or so the saying goes ... except for these free wine tastings. They are happening every Wednesday in September from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gLance Wine Bar at the JW Marriott in downtown L.A. The bar is holding a meet-the-winemaker series as part of a monthlong celebration of the Wine Institute's California Wine Month. Each Wednesday, a California winemaker will host a free tasting. The hotel chef will also prepare a selection of complimentary light bites. Sept. 4 and 11, Bonneau Wine from Sonoma will pour wines from its award-winning vineyard; Sept. 19, Honig Vineyards & Winery from Rutherford will talk about its sustainably farmed, solar-powered vineyard; and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery from Paso Robles will pour its Bordeaux-style blends and single varietals. JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, (213) 765-8600 http://www.lalivemarriott.com.
Dishcrawl, a national start-up that hosts community food events around the country, is holding its next event in Culver City on Sept. 18. The Dishcrawl will begin at 7 p.m. and include a tour and a taste of four restaurants in one night. The restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event. Vegetarian options are available. Tickets are $45 per person and available for purchase at dishcrawl.com/la. Drinks are not included in the ticket price.
It's Crabfest time at The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica. On Sept. 15, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. chef David Lentz will have a Chesapeake Bay blue crab feast in a special menu featuring steamed Maryland crabs, Maryland crab soup, a beer-battered soft-shell crab sandwich and sides including a marinated heirloom and watermelon salad and a grilled corn and avocado salad. A special a la cart menu will also include the full raw bar, pulled pork sandwiches, lobster rolls and the Pug Burger. The Crabfest menu is $75 per person. 100 West Channel Road at Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90402, (310) 459-3337, http://thehungrycat.com/
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