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.
July 31, August 31, October 31, December 31
As part of its "Celebrate 31" Program, Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops in the Los Angeles area will offer $1.31 four-ounce scoops on the 31st of each month, from July 31 until the end of the year. This offer is available on all Baskin-Robbins flavors, including seasonal specialties like State Fair Fried Dough, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Tropical Vacation Frozen Yogurt and S'More the Merrier. For more information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com
December 3, 5, 10, 26 & 27
Hornblower Cruises and Events’ Holiday Dinner Cruise is available on a festive luxury yacht throughout December. Guests will be served with a welcome glass of Champagne before they sit down to dinner made from local, seasonal ingredients. Music will play on the outdoor deck, where guests can enjoy views of beaches and barking sea lions. Prices start at $84.95 per adult and $50.97 per child (4-12 years old). Discounts are available for senior and military. The Holiday Dinner Cruise is available at both Newport Beach and Marina del Rey locations. For more information, visit www.hornblower.com
December 19 & 20
The general public will have the opportunity to stock up on imported wine and gourmet food products at Epicure Imports' open warehouse sale. Held from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, and from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, the sale will offer a large selection of items like French cheeses, truffle oils and chocolates at warehouse prices. Shoppers will also be able to taste a few samples along the way. Epicure Imports, 6900 Beck Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605, 818-985-9800.
Celebrity food critic Sophie Gayot of GAYOT.com and celebrity dating expert Brooke Lewis will host the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles: A Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show at the Olympic Collection. The all-inclusive entry includes chocolates, pastries, food, wines, champagnes and spirits. General tickets (2 p.m.-4 p.m.) cost $45; VIP tickets (1 p.m.-4 pm., plus souvenir glass) cost $95. Indulge Los Angeles will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Rock against Trafficking. For more information, visit www.indulgela.net. Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, 213-915-8003.
At Fig & Olive's White & Gold New Year’s Eve party, revelers can enjoy an à la carte menu from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. or indulge in a four-course prix-fixe dinner starting at 9 p.m., as celebrity DJ Julien Nolan creates a soulful jazz ambiance. Menu offerings include grilled Maine lobster, truffle risotto and the Valrhona chocolate brownie. The White & Gold cocktail party will offer drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. The cocktail party is $100 per person, and the four-course dinner with complimentary Champagne is $150 per person. Bottle service is also available, and begins at $105. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.figandolive.com. Fig & Olive, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-9100.
Planned Parenthood’s 36th-Annual Food Fare will return to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. This gastronomic event will showcase more than 150 of Southern California’s best chefs, restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and merchants. Epicureans and gourmands are invited to enjoy a day of eating, drinking and shopping for a good cause. Tickets will be available beginning January 1 at www.pplafoodfare.com, or by calling 213-284-3300. Presale tickets are available for $150 for the daytime session, and $250 for the evening session. At the door, tickets will be $175 for the daytime session, or $275 for the evening session.
LA Weekly's signature food and wine extravaganza, The Essentials, will take place at the California Market Center in DTLA from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Curated by Besha Rodell, the event showcases bites from restaurants featured in the Weekly’s 99 Essentials issue that hits stands the same week. Guests will enjoy wine from top shelf wineries, cocktail samples and non-alcoholic sips. Confirmed restaurants include Animal, Bestia, Chengdu Taste, Providence, Melisse, Mozza Restaurant Group and more. For tickets, visit www.ticketfly.com. L.A. Weekly's The Essentials, California Market Center, 110 E 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90079, 213-630-3600.