Eat, Drink and Shop at the Second Annual Sips & Sweets

Enjoy a cocktail from establishments like the Varnish while nibbling desserts and shopping at Sips & Sweets.

Enjoy a cocktail from establishments like the Varnish while nibbling desserts and shopping at Sips & Sweets.

Shopping for the holidays can get so stressful that by the end of your day you just need a drink and maybe some sweets to help you cope with the madness. Well, why not just combine the three and save yourself the headache of the crowded and boring shopping mall?

Kicking off the holiday season, the second annual Sips & Sweets, presented by L.A. Weekly, brings together over 20 of the city’s top bakers, 15 of Los Angeles’ most respected mixologist and more than 25 artisanal craftsmen for a holiday party the likes of which could only be seen in the City of Angels.

Curated by L.A. Weekly food critics Besha Rodell and Roxana Jullapat, this eating, drinking and shopping spectacular is held at Magic Box @ The REEF on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This year’s pastry chef and baker lineup features sweets from Shannon Swindle of Craft Los Angeles, Clemence Gosset of the Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, Mariah Swan of BLD Restaurant and ICDC, Beth Kellerhals of Ledlow, Luis Ayala of Broken Spanish, Paige Russell of Hatchet Hall, Elizabeth Belkind of Cake Monkey Bakery, Megan Potthoff of WP24, Sherry Yard of Helm’s Bakery, Courtney Reed of Belcampo Meat Co., Zenai Leal of Salt’s Cure, Monica May of Nickel Diner, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and more.

Hand-made cocktails are going to be prepared by Mikki Kristola of the Varnish, Robin Chopra of Corazon Y Miel, Karen Grill of Sassafras Saloon, Ryan Wainwright of Terrine, Darwin Manahan of Osso and Cliff’s Edge, Ben Scott of Alexander’s Steakhouse, Avery Underhill of Butchers & Barbers, Christiaan Rollich of the Lucques Group, Josh Goldman of the Soigné Group, Michael Lay of Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria, Addam Reagan of Sonny’s Hideaway, Gabriella Mlynarczyk of Birch and the Loving Cup, Jesus Gomez of 1886 Bar, Edwin Osegueda of Faith & Flower and Adam Nystrom of EP + LP.

All pastry chefs are offering up samples of their famously flavorful delicacies, while each bartender is mixing up sips of their signature holiday cocktails.

General Admission tickets get you entry into the event, unlimited food and artisanal cocktail samples and access to their handcrafted vendor village, while the VIP ticket gets you all the general admission perks along with an hour early entry into the event and a special VIP gift bag.

Since you’ll already be in the spirit of giving, a portion of the proceeds from Sips & Sweets are going to be donated to Food Forward, an organization that rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste and offers it to people in need.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. at

Evan Solano is a Staff Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering arts and entertainment. Follow him on Twitter: @evansolano

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