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.
January 5-25, February 2-22, March 2-22, April 6-26, May 4-24, June 1-21
Il Fornaio continues their Festa Regionale of monthly dinner specials focusing on food and wine from all across Italy. Their chefs, many of whom are native to a specific region in Italy, prepare authentic dishes representing that area. Sign up for their mailing list at ilfornaio.com to receive a passaporto which the restaurant will stamp each visit. A completed passaporto (six stamps) earns you a free hand-painted imported Italian ceramic plate, and a chance to win a trip for two to Italy. Locations include Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Manhattan Beach and more. Il Fornaio, 301 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-550-8330.
May 22-September 5 (Saturdays & Sundays)
The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Beverly Hills is bringing back its weekend bbq series featuring executive chef David Codney’s take on barbecue specialties. Dishes include Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can chicken with charred corn and cabbage cilantro slaw; chipotle and coffee rubbed tri-tip with house-made oak-aged sauce; and a banana split with cinnamon ice cream, tostones and rum-raisins. This à la carte barbecue menu is available from May 22 to September 5, 2015, on Saturday and Sunday evenings only. For reservations, please call 310-975 2855 or visit beverlyhills.peninsula.com. The Roof Garden, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-975-2855.
May 29-June 7
During the annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for either $26 or $38 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included) at more than 90 restaurants in the Coachella Valley. Participants include Si Bon, Trio Restaurant and Workshop Kitchen + Bar. Palm Springs hotels and attractions will also offer special discounted rates during Restaurant Week. For more information, please visit www.palmspringsrestaurantweek.com
The 5th Annual Taste of the Eastside will take place from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the verdant Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. The mission-style villa with lush landscaping and fountains will host more than 30 restaurants from Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz, including L & E Oyster Bar, Malo, Little Dom's, El Condor and Polka. To drink, Silver Lake Wine will offer flights, and new to this year’s festival will be a beer garden hosted by The Greyhound Bar & Grill featuring beer from local brewers. KCRW DJ favorites Raul Campos and Garth Trinidad will spin tunes, and proceeds benefit Rose Scharlin Nursery School and other organizations. Tickets are $50 advance, or $60 at the door; kids 2-12, $8. Buy tickets at: tasteoftheeastside.com
Taste of the Nation Los Angeles once again takes place on the field of Media Park in Culver City, just steps away from Jurassic Museum. Renowned chefs and mixologists donate their time and talents to bring a whirlwind of culinary offerings to the organization's 26th year for the No Kid Hungry fundraiser. More than 35 restaurants are represented among the food booths that guests can enjoy. Fun additions to look out for this year include Waiter Races and the Princess Cruise VIP Lounge. The festivities at this one-day event are hosted by the charming personalities of Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, who have appeared on shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel. For more information, call 877-268-2783 or visit www.strength.org
The Celebrity Chef Tour, presented by the James Beard Foundation, will host an event at Pedalers Fork in Calabasas. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. Pedalers Fork, 23504 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302, 818-225-8231.
Check out the 2015 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the US and more.