Los Angeles Area Food Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in the Los Angeles area. The calendar features special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other LA culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Los Angeles and the surrounding suburbs. Also check out the latest Los Angeles Restaurant News and Wine Tasting Events.
For Valentine's Day weekend, executive chef Michael Cimarusti presents a seafood-centric prix-fixe menu at Providence. Guests can indulge in courses such as barely cooked spot prawn with chilled prawn gelée, caviar, herbs; Nantucket Bay scallops with sunchoke and black truffle; Maine lobster with assorted salt-roasted beets; parsnip velouté with foie gras, Parmesan, port, truffle; black sea bass with turnip, blood orange, Indonesian spices; and Wagyu beef with truffled celery root purée and roasted celery root. Dessert offerings include butterscotch cremeux with banana Bavarian and pecan. The eight-course dinner costs $240 per person/$365 with wine pairings, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 213-460-4170. Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-460-4170.
For Valentine’s Day weekend, WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will close off the hotel’s rooftop patio for three private cabana experiences. Guests will enjoy a special seven-course dinner (oysters, caviar, etc.) and be attended to by a personal butler. This experience can be booked for $650 by calling 213-743-8824 by February 8. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, L.A. Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., 24th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-743-8824.
Through February 20 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
The annual truffle dinner series at SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés will run through February 20, 2016. Chef Aitor Lozano Zabala, creative director of José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, has created an inventive 18-course, $250-per-person menu featuring black truffles. The menu will be offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 310-246-5555. SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5555.
Experience a taste of Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley during a grand tasting produced by WineLA at Smashbox Studios in Culver City. More than two dozen of the region’s wineries will pour more than 100 wines, and there will also be gourmet food pairings from chef Bob Blumer of the Food Network. The VIP Tasting Seminar ($200) will take place from 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. and general admission ($140) will be from 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. A Grand VIP Suite will also be available. For more information, visit WineLA’s website. Smashbox Studios, 8549 Higuera St., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
LA Weekly's signature food and wine extravaganza, The Essentials, will take place at the California Market Center from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The event showcases bites from restaurants featured in the publication's 99 Essentials issue. Participating restaurants include Animal, Bestia, Chengdu Taste, Providence and more. For more information, visit LA Weekly's website. L.A. Weekly's The Essentials, California Market Center, 110 E 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90079, 877-987-6487.
As part of the monthly "Morso della Bestia" ("Bite of the Beast") whole-animal dinner series, Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago will be serving a five-course meal featuring wild boar, as well as local produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $55 per guest (excluding tax and gratuity), plus optional wine pairings. Reservations, which are required, can be made by calling 310-451-3525. For more information, visit Locanda del Lago's website. Locanda del Lago, Third Street Promenade, 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-451-3525.
Chef Ari Taymor, one of GAYOT's 2014 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S., presents Alma at The Standard. This pop-up at The Standard Hollywood features an à la carte menu of dishes such as frozen duck liver with smoked maple, coffee granola and carrots. Alma at The Standard, 8300 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-650-9090.
Planned Parenthood’s annual Food Fare will return to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. This gastronomic event will showcase more than 150 of Southern California’s chefs, restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries. Attendees can also participate in raffles and auctions. Presale tickets are available for $150 for the daytime session (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), and $250 for the evening session (6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.). For more information, visit PPLA Food Fare's official website
The All-Star Chef Classic will return to “Restaurant Stadium” at LA LIVE and will showcase more than 40 chefs from around the globe, including Josiah Citrin, Ludo Lefebvre, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Wylie Dufresne. A small "stadium" will let ticketholders sit kitchen-side close to the action. Among the events will be the French Masters Dinner, American Masters Dinner, Noche de Masters Dinner and East West Masters Dinner. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the All-Star Chef Classic's website
COCHON 555 (five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers), a traveling culinary competition and tasting event, heads to the Viceroy Santa Monica. Created to promote a national conversation around the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs, each event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu from heritage breed pigs. Tickets start at $125. For more information, visit the official website. Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-260-7500, 800-622-8711.
Chef Ricardo Zarate will be among the chefs participating in Latin Food Fest. There will be a number of events, including tastings, parties and a Havana Supperclub dinner. For tickets and more information, visit Latin Food Fest's official website
As part of the monthly "Morso della Bestia" ("Bite of the Beast") whole-animal dinner series, Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago will be serving a five-course meal featuring suckling pig, as well as local produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $55 per guest (excluding tax and gratuity), plus optional wine pairings. Reservations, which are required, can be made by calling 310-451-3525. For more information, visit Locanda del Lago's website. Locanda del Lago, Third Street Promenade, 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-451-3525.
The sixth annual Palm Desert Food & Wine will feature a four-course luncheon, chef demonstrations and two “Grand Tastings” with more than 40 restaurants and 60 wines. For more information, visit Palm Desert Food & Wine's official website
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