The 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica will present CRUSH, an artisanal wine, art and food tasting event benefiting the arts center, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
CRUSH is the complimentary event to the arts center’s successful annual Beer, Art and Music Festival (BAM Fest), which has brought 1,600 attendees each year to the Santa Monica-based nonprofit. CRUSH will feature over 50 unique wines, specialty cocktails and culinary delights from some of Los Angeles’ leading chefs and restaurants, event organizers say.
The event also features live music performed by local bands, open artist studios and a preview of the collaborative exhibition Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest by Alexandra Grant.
The festival will spotlight wines from award-winning wineries, offer sample dishes from area chefs and restaurants and display contemporary art by local, national and international artists.
All proceeds will benefit the 18th Street Arts Center, a 24-year-old nonprofit arts organization and artists’ residency program.
For this year’s CRUSH 18th Street is partnering with Edible Westside Magazine, a food and drink publication focusing on the coastal communities of L.A. County, to help facilitate the artisanal food and drink side of the festival. Publisher of Edible Westside Magazine, Linzy May Mahoney, said she aims to keep the focus on fresh, seasonal foods, sustainable practices and the local community of farmers, chefs and wine-makers.
Wineries ranging from big to small are featured at CRUSH, including ONEHOPE Wine, produced in partnership with Robert Mondavi, and Turiya Wines.
More than 10 restaurants are participating in the event, serving signature dishes to new creations utilizing local farmer-fresh produce.
The Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest exhibit focuses on French author, poet, playwright and philosopher Hélène Cixous’ book, “Philippines,” as a source for imagery for artist Grant. Her works highlight the theme of the
forest as a profound shared space.
In addition, the resident artists who live, work and create daily at 18th Street will open their studios for attendees to experience works in progress.
The 18th Street Arts Center is at 1639 18th St., Santa Monica.
Tickets are $45 for general admission and $55 for VIP. Both general and VIP admission includes unlimited sampling of wine and food, with VIP admission including special wine and cocktail tastings and presentations, as well as admission an hour earlier.
For tickets, http://18thstreetcrush.eventbrite.com. Information, http://www.18thstreet.org.

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