Monday, August 21, 2006

Vegas Comes to Santa Monica

A drive to Santa Monica Airport's Barker Hangar vs. a drive to Las Vegas.

The road to Vegas, you get the Baker thermometer, the Primm outlets, Zyzzx Road, that one strange barely-stocked middle-of-the-desert convenience store, that long-abandoned water park in the middle of nowhere (what were they thinking?!), the Highway Stations, and, of course, Beautiful Barstow.

Trip only takes five hours -- ten, if there's a massive traffic accident. Santa Monica? Half-hour, tops, on the 10.

Santa Monica: the easy choice, especially this Saturday night. The Barker Hangar is host to Drink/Eat/Play's "Vegas in L.A." event, which benefits the Step Up Women's Network.

Cozmocard is throwing the event, in conjunction with and OpenTable.

The event will feature wine tastings and food from some top L.A. restaurants, including 25 Degrees, Angelini Osteria, La Terza, Blue on Blue, Leda’s Bake Shop, Literati II, Border Grill, Lina Park, CafĂ© Surfas, Cha Cha Cha, Chocolat, Ciudad, Red Pearl Kitchen, Breadbar, and many more. The Vegas theme includes a casino and lounge (with DJs, natch), as well as a silent auction.

Event is this Saturday, Aug. 26 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; tix ($85) include $250 worth of casino money. VIP tickets ($135) include VIP lounge entrance, $500 in casinop money and a gift bag. Details here.

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