Santa Monica: Recap of CRUSH
Art, music, food and wine came together at CRUSH, an event held at the 18th Street Arts Center as organized by Tap and Cheer. I attended the event as part of my Eventbrite Blogger Tour.
Although the event organizers had my name at the door, I do recommend downloading the Eventbrite app to make check-in quicker. Once inside, I explored the artists’ galleries that were open to the public that day. Find the normal gallery hours here.
Then it was time to eat! First I went over to Maestro Sausage Company to try their offerings. I thought it was pretty cute the sausage and peppers was billed as “East LA” and the twist was having them folded in a taco. How very East LA! The sausages were a bit spicy but nothing a glass of sauvignon blanc didn’t fix.
I also tried the Maestro Italian sausage with wine and cheese. Yep that’s right, the sauce had a bit of Barolo in it. Quite delicious.
We were entertained by a number of acts including the Orlando Napier Band. When I first heard the band, I was a little confused by the hipster-looking dude playing some fine jazz and blues. Orlando has a great voice. A quick search reveals he was on the Voice in 2011 and just released a record.
Wilshire Restaurant was represented by sommelier Kirk Sides who kept us in stitches and wine. We were very entertained. I tried the Khroma Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles (2010). I wasn’t quite ready to move onto reds yet but this was surprisingly a lighter body wine that went well with the meaty dishes I was trying.
Most of the vendors seemed to be based on the Westside but Spring St. BBQ made the trek from Chinatown to bring their fantastic BBQ. I tried their sausage, chicken and ribs. I’ve been to the shop before and it’s quite the experience— you can definitely get more than Chinese food in Chinatown.
I tend to drink my desserts so I compared the two Rieslings offered- a dry and sweeter one. I liked both but would probably drink the dry regularly. Now to look for this Weingut riesling.
It took this jaunt to CRUSH to remember how much I used to like Library Alehouse. I used to eat there at least once a month while on the Westside. This little short ribs slider reminded me how much I love short ribs. They were tender and juicy.
CRUSH also featured a few seminars including one on how to make the perfect cup of coffee. Fellow Eventbrite “eventure” blogger Amy from Backyard Bite makes the attempt.
While I knew I one shouldn’t put coffee in the freezer or fridge, did you know French press is bad? Wise Coffee has more tips here.
This Tap and Cheer event was great and I hope they do another soon on the Eastside!
18th St. Arts Center – Eventbrite Profile
1639 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 — (310) 453-3711
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