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Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models, including the Buick Enclave crossover, Encore crossover, LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan and Verano Sedan. Buick is one of the fastest growing majors in the U.S. and remains a best-selling brand in China, with continuing record growth. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at, on Twitter @buick or at

Don Julio
The process of creating Tequila Don Julio is as unique as the tequila itself. From the cultivation of the agave plant to the American white-oak barrels it is aged in, making Tequila Don Julio is a process that requires the skilled and practiced hands of people trained in the art and craft of tequila. Each bottle of Tequila Don Julio is made from the same handpicked, 100% pure, blue Weber agave plants from the highlands of Jalisco—one of the country’s most fertile agave-growing regions. It is here where each agave plant is allowed to grow seven to ten years before it is harvested, resulting in the mellow, fully developed agave flavor Tequila Don Julio is known for. It is this attention to quality, craftsmanship and tradition that sets Tequila Don Julio apart from other tequilas and makes it the world’s finest luxury tequila.
Hornitos Tequila
There’s no better tequila for grabbing life than Hornitos®. Whether it’s our crystal-clear Plata, our robust Reposado, our aromatic Añejo, or our brand new Lime Shot, Hornitos® has the authentic taste to get your night started. So go ahead. Give it a shot.
Stella Artois
The crisp, dry flavor of Stella Artois makes it an ideal accompaniment for a variety of cuisines from around the world. The mild malt and light hops of Stella Artois accentuate the richness of dishes such as lamb, lobster and shellfish without overwhelming the balance of flavors.
Goose Island
Founded in Chicago in 1988, Goose Island is one of the most successful craft breweries in the Midwest and produces some of the most popular, and award winning, beers in the U.S. Since 1989, Goose Island beers have won a variety of awards at acclaimed beer events including the World Beer Championships, World Beer Cup, World Expo of Beer and the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).
Kirin Inchiban
Beautiful golden color with notes of European aroma hops and a silky, smooth taste with a balanced hop finish. Ichiban means “number one” or “the best” in Japanese, and that’s what the brewers at Kirin had in mind when they created Kirin Ichiban.
Shock Top
Shock Top is a traditional Belgian-Style wheat ale. It was originally created in 2006 as a seasonal brew under the name Spring Heat Spiced Wheat. After collecting gold in ’06 and bronze in ’07 in the Belgian White category at the North American Beer Awards, we decided to brew year-round and switch the name to Shock Top. We couldn’t be happier with our decision. And the best decision you can make is to try some Shock Top for yourself.

At Chipotle, we aim to do a few things, but do them exceptionally well. When Chipotle first opened its doors in 1993, the goal was simple: to serve high quality, delicious food quickly with an experience that not only exceeded, but redefined the fast food experience. We’re committed to souring the best possible ingredients through our vision of Food With Integrity, which has led us to serve more Responsibly Raised™ meat and local produce than any other restaurant in the United States – more than 15 million pounds of produce in all for 2013. To achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture to create teams of top performers, which leads to a better dining experience for our customers while allowing us to develop future leaders from within. Good food IS good business. For more information, please visit
Cupcake Vineyards
Inspired by the indulgent treat that evokes joy and anticipation, Cupcake Vineyards offers an extensive portfolio of finely-crafted wines to help you celebrate your everyday moments of joy. Our winemaker Jessica Tomei explores vineyards all over the world – including in our backyard, California’s Central Coast – to source some of the best grapes possible for Cupcake wines, then works in our cellar to let their natural characteristics shine through. After introducing a small selection of fruit-forward, creamy wines in 2008, we’ve grown our portfolio to include a wide variety of delicious red, white and sparkling wines. From California classics to favorites from some of the world’s preeminent grape-growing regions including Argentina, Australia, Germany, Italy and New Zealand, our wines all share a similar appeal: an authentic and approachable style that compliments a variety of foods. There’s no better way to celebrate the small moments of joy, every day, than to treat yourself to Cupcake Vineyards.
Icelandic Glacial Water
Icelandic Glacial™ is the award winning super-premium natural spring water from epic, majestic and remarkably pristine Iceland – the “Land Of Fire and Ice”. Home to glaciers, spouting geysers, volcanoes and raging rivers, Iceland is one of the world’s cleanest ecosystems. It’s also home to the legendary Ölfus Spring, the source of Icelandic Glacial. Formed more than 5,000 years ago and shielded by an impenetrable barrier of lava rock, the Spring is constantly replenished by rainfall and snowmelt from the nearby mountains. The water is slowly and naturally filtered through layers of volcanic rock, thereby producing a natural spring water so pure that nothing is added or taken away.

Mark West Wines
Mark West was founded in 1978 with one desire only: To craft remarkable California Pinot Noir that delivers exceptional quality at an affordable price. With equal parts patience, hard work, and passion, we’ve followed our dream from vineyard to barrel to bottle, rewarded by knowing that Pinot lovers savor every glass just as much as we do.
Robert Mondavi Winery
Robert Mondavi believed great wines begin in the vineyard. And he had the vision to realize the true potential of the rather unconventional Central Coast wine country. The wines of Robert Mondavi Private Selection embrace the best characteristics of California’s Central Coast – the unique geography and climate – that reveal themselves in the distinctive character of our wines. Our Central Coast vineyards give grapes what they need to develop intense fruit flavor, elegant textures, and bright acid that complement food beautifully, and sip delightfully on their own.
Toasted Head
Toasted Head wines are named for the age-old practice of toasting the inside of the barrel heads with fire, which helps create the rich toasted flavor found in all of our wines. The Toasted Head winemaking team works tirelessly to produce handcrafted, high-quality wines at an affordable price.

Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc
Since its founding in 1968, Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., is a nationally recognized wine and spirits distributor known for its historic commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service and creative marketing programs and partnerships. The Company is also known for its best-in-industry professional and well-trained sales, operational and support staff, its ongoing investments in and contributions to hospitality and beverage education for its staff, its customers and to many national educational institutions. In addition, Southern is justly respected for its deeply held belief in the importance of giving back, for being a socially responsible corporate citizen and for making generous contributions to national, state and local charitable organizations.

Flavour Gallery
Flavour Gallery is a culinary inspired lifestyle brand developed and produced in Los Angeles. We create fashion forward apparel and accessories for food & wine enthusiasts because we believe this passion transcends for all of us beyond the dinner table. Our company is known for collaborating with some of the most talented chefs throughout the country and releasing limited edition collections of product with their creative inspiration behind it. We also produce branded merchandise for major food & wine events and many of the rising names amongst restaurant groups nationwide.

KCETLink is a viewer-supported independent transmedia organization. Programs are distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH on Link TV, in Southern and Central California via broadcast on KCET, as well as through various digital delivery systems, offering a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television and international programs from around the world. For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit or
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. KCRW is driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and delivers in innovative ways – on the radio, digitally and in person – to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smartphone apps and online at
PBS SoCaL is Southern California’s premiere PBS station dedicated to interactively educating, entertaining, and enlightening the greater Los Angeles area. To learn more about PBS SoCaL, your favorite PBS programming, and our Education & Community Engagement initiatives including: Ready to Learn, visit us at and explore the future of PBS in Southern California.

The free, self-guided, public art phenomenon known as The Downtown Art Walk brings together art lovers and community friends to the ever evolving downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, downtown celebrates the arts each and every month on the 2nd Thursday.
LA Craft Beer Crawl
The 5th annual LA Craft Beer Crawl will take place on Saturday August 9th. The attendees will have over 100 craft beers to sample across 8 different unique bars and restaurants all within walking distance in Downtown Los Angeles.

Best Events
Best Events is a full-service event production company created by Jeffrey Best to design, produce and create unique event environments that are at the intersection of commerce and art. For over 20 years, Best Events has been known to produce some of the most high-profile events in the entertainment, corporate and fashion arenas.
Programming is subject to change.
Ages 21 years and older except Sunday Brunch.
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