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Christina Perozzi The Beer Chick
When there are 99 bottles of beer on the wall, Christina Perozzi will tell you exactly which one to take down and pass around. That's why they call her The Beer Chick. Read more
Christina Perozzi’s Beer Tastings
Your thirst for knowledge — cold, refreshing, foam-topped knowledge by the pint, six-pack, and keg — is about to be quenched.
Raise your glass to Christina Perozzi’s private beer tastings, where you can learn the finer points of the world’s oldest alcoholic drink or simply know your ale from your elbow.
The aficionado will arrive with the goods and walk you through the basics, work around a theme, or put on a bigger production complete with food. Expect bottles from small breweries and hard-to-find labels, and informative handouts in case class goes to your head.
She’s been siren of the suds at Father’s Office, The Otheroom, and Library Bar, and her latest gig is beer sommelier at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen. Join her there Sunday for the Beer Bash, a five-course menu inspired by the beverage and hand-picked pairings.
You’ll see what all the brew-haha is about.
Christina Perozzi (310-309-0084 or firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information, go to beer4chicks.com. Beer Bash, Sunday, seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m., at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, 1119 Wilshire Boulevard, between 11th and 12th Streets, Santa Monica (310-393-7050 or rusticcanyonwinebar.com).
Jenny and Heather Goldberg Spork Foods
Sisters Jenny and Heather Goldberg's Spork Foods cooking classes are saving vegans and wanna-ves from a diet of birdseed and carob chips one tasty animal product-free meal at a time. Read more
Spork It Over
Think this is the year you’re going to start dropping the V-bomb?
Find good company with the Goldberg girls, Jenny and Heather. Their gourmet food classes, consultation service, and catering operation, Spork, is totally vegan. (Yeah, that’s right. We said it.)
For hire hourly, these long-term herbivores (not to mention, Jenny’s a trained chef) will invade your kitchen and create a road map to transform your eating habits. They’ll cater to your needs – vegan, wheat free, macrobiotic, or simply organic — and do meal delivery and small-scale events.
Or learn to DIY in their classes. The three-hour long instructionals such as Get Your Protein and Southern Cookin’ combine hands-on cheffing with food facts for thought and a handy take-home recipe book.
The most important lesson?
Vegan doesn’t have to be a dirty word.
Spork Foods (323-284-8733 or sporkfoods.com).
Andrea Longacre-White and Karyn Starr White-Starr Aesthetic Consulting
Bicoastal wardrobe reworkers Andrea Longacre-White and Karyn Starr landed in L.A. and got right on the closet case with their real world style-meets-substance approach. Read more
Trapped in the Closet
White-Starr Aesthetic Consulting
The lying. Those jeans fit — in their own special way. The which. Pumps or flats or flops? And the wardrobe. Okay, pile.
A familiar story. But White-Starr Aesthetic Consulting rewrites the book — or at least gets your closet in working order.
Begin with a visit from Andrea Longacre-White, the West Coast counterpart to NYC-based Karyn Starr. Talk objectives; try on every article of clothing; and decide what to save, sell, donate, or tailor (pinning happens on the spot).
Then comes the action plan: a summary of style ideas and list of needs, which she can execute or let you tackle alone. Take things to the ultimate end and get a digiphoto file of outfits to go to when you need help.
Longacre-White’s diplomatic way opens up new looks, makes saying buh-bye to ill-fitting fashions a breeze, and means never having to say you’re sorry for buying those white cowboy boots.
Even if you really, really are.