Los Angeles Food Events
Latin Food Fest will feature a number of events, including kick-off party, "Gran Tasting" and a Havana Nights Supperclub dinner. In previous years, participating chefs have included Ricardo Zarate and Ben Diaz. For tickets and more information, visit Latin Food Fest's official website
LA Weekly's The Essentials is back, taking place at California Market Center in downtown LA from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Curated by Besha Rodell, the event showcases signature bites from restaurants including a.o.c., Animal, Bestia, Guerilla Tacos, Jon & Vinny's, Maude, n/naka, Providence, Republique and more. Visit here for tickets ($60-$115).
The Front Yard will host a Spring Beer & Wine Block Party from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music from singer/songwriter Rick Cowling, along with bites from executive chef Larry Greenwood and tastings from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Justin Vineyards & Winery, Mumm Napa and more. Nibbles will include pulled pork sliders, short rib grilled cheese, shrimp tacos, beignets and homemade ice cream. Early bird tickets cost $25 per person (including complimentary valet parking) and all proceeds will benefit nonprofit environmental organization TreePeople. For tickets, visit the official website. The Front Yard, The Garland, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91602, 818-255-7290.
The Los Angeles Times has launched Food Bowl, which will celebrate L.A.’s food scene throughout the month of May and promote social awareness about food waste and hunger. From May 1-31, hundreds of events will be on the schedule via programs with restaurants, chefs, bars, coffee shops, food trucks, hotels and markets. Night Market, happening May 10-14, will bring an outdoor dining experience to Grand Park that will include 50 restaurants and food trucks, drinks and live entertainment each evening. The Times Food staff, including Jonathan Gold, will host events during the festival. The lineup of events and charity partners will be announced on April 1. Visit the official site for updates on the L.A. Times Food Bowl.
Masters of Taste outdoor food and beverage festival will return to the Rose Bowl Stadium from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. (3 p.m. start for VIP ticketholders). Enjoy fare from 40 chefs and restaurants; cocktails and tastings from 25 bars, wineries, local craft breweries; entertainment; and more. Proceeds will benefit Union Station Homeless Services. For more information, visit the official website
The 28th Annual Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters will be hosted at Warner Bros. Studios "Midwest Street."This charitable wine tasting and culinary event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and features 50 participating chefs and 75 California wineries. Tickets start at $375 and can be found on the official website.
In Santa Monica, FIG restaurant's happy hour, FIG at FIVE, offers a special discount of 50 percent off all items on the regular dinner menu from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Cocktails and wine are also included in the special. Guests must be seated by 6 p.m. FIG, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-319-3111.
For Melrose shoppers, Froma on Melrose, the boutique café, wine bar and gourmet marketplace, has daily happy hour from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Froma on Melrose, 7960 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-653-3700.
In Los Feliz, Little Dom's is featuring a $15 prix-fixe supper on Monday nights featuring seasonal dishes like fried green tomatoes with sun dried tomato pesto, white corn polenta with wild mushrooms, and Mexican chocolate budino. Bottles of Dago Red or White are $15, and PBR beer is $3. Little Dom's, 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-661-0055.
Tuesday through Saturday
Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., guests can enjoy some of Atwater’s favorite bites during happy hour at OZU East Kitchen. These include avocado toast with yuzu guac and blistered shishitos with shiso salt and smoked mayo ($4 each). Other small plates on offer are chicken karaage, chicken fried tofu and crispy rice cake with a sunny side egg ($6 each). Drink specials include $7 wines, sake bottles and Asahi draft beer pints ($5). OZU East Kitchen, 3224 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-284-8773.
A Certified Farmers' Market is open at Barnsdall Art Park, and takes place Wednesdays from noon-6 p.m. Located at Hollywood and Vermont, the year-round market offers Eastsiders a variety of fresh produce, nuts and dried fruits, as well as seasonal tastings, cooking demonstrations, music and crafts. This market replaces the Hollywood Lemon Grove Farmers' Market and the market formerly located in the Sears parking lot (known as the Hollywood-Sears Farmers' Market). Barnsdall Farmers' Market, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-783-3606.
At Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, Caviar 301 takes place on the third Thursday of each month. For $125, guests have the opportunity to sample some of Petrossian's most expensive caviars and enjoy a seven-course, caviar-centric dinner. Reservations are required. Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-271-6300.
Sunday Through Thursday
Santa Monica's L’Ami serves a chef’s selection prix-fixe menu Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The cost is $49 per person and includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Selections include a beet and burrata tower, white sea bass with harissa emulsion, Mary’s organic free-range chicken breast with porcini mushrooms, and fresh daily desserts. L'Ami, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-310-8064.
To the delight of chocoholics and tea-lovers alike, The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa serves Chocolate Afternoon Tea every Sunday. Among the offerings are fruit tarts, mousse torts, crème brûlées, a chocolate fountain, chocolate sculptures, Champagne and fine teas. The tea is offered in the Lobby Lounge, and costs $59. For more information, or to make reservations, please call 626-585-6218. The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106, 626-568-3900.
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