If you missed last year's inaugural event, my public service announcement to you would be to prep like you were about to run a sugar marathon, while hydrating with endless holiday spirits.
From the moment you enter the historic and appropriate named the Majestic / the Reserve, it's a wonderland of desserts and cocktails as far as meets the eye, from some of the best pastry chefs and mixologists in the city. From adorable cream puff snowmen by Heirloom LA (buttercream stuffed profiteroles, almond financier, meringue & 'ice glaze')...
Part of the fun last year was exploring the different spaces - my favorite was the Reserve's entrance to the lounge, converted from a former bank vault.
Pours and portions of edibles are all more than generous, so by the time I dragged myself out of the event I was well into a sugar coma. If I would have one suggestion it would be to break it up a bit with a few savories, but then again...the event wouldn't really be Sips and SWEETS.
This year, the event is curated by Roxana Jullapat and LA Weekly's food critic Besha Rodell. I'm excited to check out sweets from Shannon Swindle, the brilliant chef behind the fantastic pastries at Craft LA, Mariah Swan of bld Restaurant and ICDC, Luis Ayala of Broken Spanish, and from those whose restaurants I have not been to yet, like Superba Food + Bread, Hatchet Hall and Ledlow. Some of my favorite ice cream purveyors will also be there including Choctal and McConnell’s.
Also looking forward to craft cocktails by Mikki Kristola of The Varnish, Mike Lay of Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria, Chris Whelan of Sassafras Saloon, Ryan Wainwright of Terrine, Ben Scott of Alexander’s Steakhouse, Christiaan Rollich of the Lucques Group, Jesus Gomez of 1886 Bar, and sampling from places I have not been to yet like EP + LP and Sonny's Hideaway.
Plus, today only through Saturday at 10pm, general admission tickets are on FLASH SALE for HALF OFF! See deal alert below for details.
Wishing you a sweet and buzzy start to your holiday!
LA Weekly Sips & Sweets
When: Saturday, December 12, 2015 8pm – 11pm (VIP Hour 7pm – 8pm)
Where: Magic Box @ The REEF 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 9000
How much: $45 GA (but get half off with flash sale today - see deal info below) $60 VIP