Nov 15: Long Beach / Nov 29: Santa Ana, Patchwork Show


Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. All Patchwork shows are free to attend and family friendly. Vendors are selected by a jury and feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plush, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more!


Oakland, California – October 25, 2015 – Jack London Square – 55 Harrison Street

Long Beach, California – November 15, 2015 – Marine Stadium – Appian Way @ Bayshore

Santa Ana, California – November 29, 2015 – Downtown – 2nd at Sycamore Street

*All shows free to attend and 11-5pm


Nov 21: Paint Ventura

Holiday Festival Features

Event will go on rain or shine!

Saturday, November 21st 10am-4pm

Paint Ventura Holiday Art Festival

Get a jump on your holiday shopping and select original art pieces make by local artists.

Spend the day enjoying local arts and craft vendors as you watch them create in their artisan booths at the Telemark Plaza on the corner of Telephone and Market in Ventura.  More than 100 fine artists and crafts persons display and sell their original work amid a street festival atmosphere filled with holiday flair and more. This is the first year of the holiday festival after 10 successful Spring events and we hope to make it the must see holiday event.

Coming from throughout the western portion of the country the Festival artists’ original works cover the gamut of creative visual categories including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, folk craft, glass, leather, metalwork, wearable art, woodwork, mixed media (2 and 3 dimensional).  Paint Ventura features only original work and our original artists are all present on-site to greet festival attendees.

Fun food trucks, holiday music and warm friends make this Saturday a fun day.

Live Painting

Watch as the artists create their work in their booths.  Artists will be working to create paintings from scratch throughout the day,  giving the public the opportunity to see who an artist bringing a blank canvas to life.

Kids Interactive Art Activities

Bring your little ones and have them join in the fun and paint their own holiday card or ornament. Lots of fun patterns and ideas to start with.

Join Our Pet Project and Pet Adoptions

Bring your new and used pet products (toys, beds, food and more) for our collection where you can help the dogs of CARL and Cabo Dogz.

Can Tree Drive

Help us build a can tree for Food Share, we are collecting cans to donate to the Can Tree Drive and are going to go and build a tree to celebrate the season.  Any and all cans are great, bring one by the booth and get a free gift from us as a thank you for helping us reach our goal of 400+ cans.

Have questions about Holiday Art Festival? Contact Red Brick Art

Nov 14: Silverado, CALI UNCORKED

This is a 21+ event

Oak Canyon
Silverado, CA

Orange County

Held on Saturday November 14, 2015 from 1pm – 7pm.

Off-Duty Firefighters will pour beer and wine for you and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund.


  • UNLIMITED CRAFT BEER AND ARTISAN WINE TASTINGS from 1pm – 4pm, music and comedy lasts until 7pm.
  • Live music from Rebelution, Collie Buddz, Matt Costa & Tom Curren on the music stage
  • Funny or Die’s Comedy stage hosted by the Irvine Improv w/ local and nationally known stand-up comedians
  • 100’s of California Craft Beers & California Wines, unlimited tastings from 1pm – 4pm
  • Gastro pub bites, pop-up restaurants and food trucks
  • Commemorative Festival Glass included
  • Craft Beer & Wine Seminars by renowned expert Sommeliers & Cicerones
  • Gray Cloud Cigar Lounge with Cigar, Beer and Wine Pairing Experts
  • Festival Attractions and Games
  • Designated Driver discounted admission available at the door!

The event will be held at beautiful Oak Canyon Park, centrally located in Silverado near Irvine Lake, less than 20 minutes from downtown Irvine!

GENERAL ADMISSION – 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


  • Unlimited Craft Beer & Wine tastings from 1pm-4pm, music and comedy lasts until 7pm
  • Commemorative Festival Glass
  • Full day of live music and comedic entertainment

VIP *early entry* – 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

$65 *Limited availability*

  • Unlimited Craft Beer & Wine tastings from noon-4pm, music and comedy lasts until 7pm
  • One Hour Early Entry
  • Commemorative Festival Glass
  • Full day of live music and comedic entertainment

VIP Lounge – 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

$99   *Limited availability*

  • Unlimited Craft Beer & Wine tastings from noon-4pm, music and comedy lasts until 7pm
  • One Hour Early Entry
  • Commemorative Festival Glass
  • Full day of live music and comedic entertainment
  • Premier Admission Private parking lot
  • Premier Admission Private restrooms
  • Premier Admission to the relaxing Harrah’s Lounge featuring exclusive beers & wines, shaded lounge style seating and a great view of the music stage.


VIP *Band Meet & Greet* – 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

$199   *only 50 spots will be available*

  • Unlimited Craft Beer & Wine tastings from noon-4pm, music and comedy lasts until 7pm
  • One Hour Early Entry
  • Commemorative Festival Glass
  • Full day of live music and comedic entertainment
  • Full day of live music and comedic entertainment
  • Premier Admission Private parking lot
  • Premier Admission Private restrooms
  • Premier Admission to the relaxing Harrah’s Lounge featuring exclusive beers & wines, shaded lounge style seating and a great view of the music stage.
  • Meet & Greet with Rebelution, Collie Buddz, Matt Costa and Tom Curren including a signing and photo opportunity
  • Commemorative Cali Uncorked poster for signing


Can be purchased at the door / Must accompany a paid participant.



  • This is a RAIN OR SHINE event
  • No outside alcohol
  • No pets or backpacks
  • Absolutely no one under the age of 21 will be admitted!



We reserve the right to stop serving any & all participants at any time without prior notice.  All attendees agree and understand they are expected and required to enjoy the beer tasting responsibly and conduct themselves in a safe and acceptable manner.  It is at the discretion of the event staff, security and producers to “cut off” or eject any individuals from the event that are not in compliance with such standards.

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes

For more information and frequently asked questions, please visit:

Have questions about CALI UNCORKED presented by Harrah’s Resort of Southern California -Craft Beer, Wine, Food, Music & Comedy Festival-?

Nov 12: Art Walk Mecca

Make the pilgrimage to Art Walk Mecca – featuring love music, live art and 8 of So Cal’s tastiest gourmet food truck varieties…brought to you by Downtown Appetite and 2nd Street Cigars benefiting Portraits of Hope




EVERY SECOND THURSDAY IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES the DOWNTOWN ARTWALK offers a variety of artistic experiences coupled with the same variety of exotic food choices brought to Downtown LA ART WALK by a long list of Gourmet Food Trucks who have promoted and enhanced the event for the past 5 years. Now on 7th and Spring.

Watch the VIDEO!!!!

Gourmet Truck Food Varieties Provided By:

Street Kitchen La – Berlin Truck – Crispy Cuban – Paradise Cookie Truck – Wise BBQ – Main Squeeze – Cousin’s Maine Lobster – Rajin Cajun – Rice Balls of Fire and many more…



Chomp Chomp on OC Weekly

Find the article at OC WEEKLY

As with many of its food-truck contemporaries, Chomp Chomp Nation, OC’s first and only Singaporean food truck, has gone brick-and-mortar. Well, sort of; it’s actually gone “food court.” It now operates as a permanent counter next to other vendors inside the Wholesome Choice in Anaheim Hills.

When you find it, past the nuts and across the aisle from the Persian cookies, you’ll meet Alex, the man Chomp Chomp has installed as its cook and ambassador. Alex is a stocky gent with a thick mustache and burly arms, and he will single-handedly make everything you want to eat here.
I watched him get started on my order of seven dishes without blinking. He grabbed skewers of shrimp to sear on his heated flattop, dropped a few hot wings into the basket of a deep fryer, and broke down a block of compressed rice cake into tinier blocks. “Your order will take about eight minutes,” he said, smiling as he moved about his small kitchen space in a whirlwind of hands, tongs and spatulas.
Seven minutes later, I returned and noticed he was flipping what resembled some sort of grilled cheese on his griddle. “I’m making our toasted s’mores dessert for you,” he winked. “You’re going to like it!”
I thanked him for his generosity. Then I stood in the supermarket checkout line. At home, I found Alex was right about the s’mores. I loved it–even if it didn’t involve marshmallows or Graham crackers. It’s actually a sandwich–a Nutella and kaya coconut jam sandwich on brioche bread, drizzled with sweetened condensed milk and finished with a dollop of whipped cream. If you’re wondering what that kaya part was about, it’s the distinctly Malay coconut cream spread Singaporeans put on toast and eat as breakfast. Chomp Chomp has made it sweeter, pairing it with the chocolate-hazelnut spread and naming the dessert after the campfire staple because . . . well, it does kind of taste like s’mores.
Repackaging Singaporean dishes into American molds has always been Chomp Chomp’s modus operandi. Mostly, it does this with sandwiches. There are ones stuffed with iconic Singaporean flavors such as chili crab and beef rendang–things no old-school pernakan nonya would dare put between a burger bun. Rendang, in particular–the soulful, stick-to-your-ribs slow-braised beef dish aromatic of galangal, coconut cream, pandan leaf and candlenuts–is something you’re supposed to eat with rice. But what does a Singaporean food court vendor in a Persian supermarket located in a majority Mexican area without a discernable Southeast Asian customer base do to sell it? Repurpose it in the guise of a sloppy Joe, of course.

As for the chili crab–the messy, drowned-in-spicy-gravy dish every guidebook and Travel Channel host would urge you to try if you’re ever in Singapore–Chomp Chomp offers it two ways: as a whole deep fried soft shell or a fat crab cake. Both are tucked into shiny burger buns and dolloped with the same spicy chili crab sauce that would cover your fingers in orange-tinted gunk if you were eating the original dish. Though the crab cake may be the better rendition–exploding with more meat than what you might actually get from prying it out of a real crab in the real dish–there’s just something so primal and satisfying in the act of eating an entire freshly fried soft-shell crab under a bun, crispy appendages and all.

If you want your Singaporean flavors in a red-meat burger, Alex sizzles a good, Indian-inflected ground lamb patty that he adorns with mint and a slather of a curried yogurt raita. There are also two vegetarian burger options: a falafel with more of that curry raita and a grilled tofu with peanut sauce.
For the unadulterated Singaporean dishes, look at the menu’s “Hawker” section. There are huge fried prawns here, rolled as though stogies inside a woven matrix of tapioca noodles that falls into a shower of crispy crumbles when bitten. And there are those fried wings, deep mahogany in color even before they’re shellacked in a cherry-lime-pineapple barbecue glaze–a sauce that makes them taste as though they’re the missing link between sweet-and-sour chicken and char-siu pork.
Most important, you find the chicken satays on this side, served traditionally with cubes of compressed rice cake called lontong. Eaten together, the combo is as essential to Malay and Indonesian cuisine as hot dogs and buns are to baseball games. But the satay and lontong would be nothing if its spicy peanut sauce weren’t up to snuff–and Chomp Chomp’s is. It’s so spot-on, in fact, I had to ask Alex on my second trip if he’s from Singapore. “No, I’m from Mexico,” he said with a grin. Well, of course he is.
Chomp Chomp Nation at Wholesome Foods, 5755 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (949) 637-1688; Open daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dinner for two, $20-$30, food only. No alcohol.