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 7-20, August 4-17, September 1-14, October 6-19, November 3-16, December 1-14
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.
July 17, August 14 & September 4
In honor of FIG chef Ray Garcia being crowned the "King of Porc" at the Grand Cochon competition, the restaurant is hosting a “Swine & Dine” Dinner Series. Each night will feature a "nose-to-tail dining experience" made with heritage breed pigs from local farms (July 17, Cook’s Ranch; August 14, Linda Vista Ranch; September 4, Devil’s Gulch). The four-course menu costs $69 per person. For reservations, call 310-319-3111. FIG, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-319-3111.
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
The fourth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine event will take place at various venues in downtown Los Angeles. The four-day celebration will feature culinary experiences, demonstrations and the Lexus Grand Tasting. This year’s event will include the first ever Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge, where two L.A. chefs will team up with visiting chefs to compete for charity. Tickets range from $50 to $350, with full weekend packages available for around $1,000. For more information, visit www.lafw.com
PopUp Dinner LA returns with another spontaneous, elegant picnic on August 23, 2014. Guests are encouraged to wear all-white attire and bring their own tableware, food and beverages. Hand Made Events will provide the tables, chairs and entertainment. The event will be held from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and include a DJ and dancing. The location will be revealed via e-mail on the day of the event. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, visit www.handmade-events.com
Sushi Roku will participate in the Saturday Nights in August free concert series with a pop-up beer garden in The Courtyard at One Colorado in downtown Pasadena. Attendees will get to enjoy a showcase of summer cocktails and Sushi Roku favorites like the spicy tuna hanabi. In addition, a three-course prix-fixe "Red Sun Feast" will be available for $40. Pop up restaurant begins at 6 p.m. and the Banta performance is at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.onecolorado.com/events-at-one-colorado/. The Courtyard at One Colorado, 24 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-683-3000.
The Culinary Historians of Southern California’s Annual Used Cookbook Sale will take place at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market (at Selma and Ivar Avenues) from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. While you’re pondering the peaches and ogling the okra, detour to pick up food-themed ephemera, as well as cookbooks and volumes of culinary memoir and history. Proceeds go toward purchasing cookbooks and culinary books for the Los Angeles Public Library and restoring volumes in its antique cookbook collection. For more information, visit chscsite.org
The LA Weekly's popular Pancake Breakfast event will be curated this year by KCRW's host of Good Food, Evan Kleiman, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel. Past restaurants have included Brite Spot, Nickel Diner, BLD, Fred 62, LA MILL Coffee, Beachwood Cafe, Cooks County, Canelé and Loteria Grill. Tickets are available at: microapp.laweekly.com
The Los Angeles Times' THE TASTE annual food and wine festival takes place over Labor Day weekend at Paramount Pictures Studios. The festivities include Field to Fork, a celebration of local ingredients and seasonal dishes. Other events include an opening night party, Saturday's Dinner with a Twist, Sunday's Flavors of L.A. featuring global cuisine, and a Sunday Brunch event. For individual event ticket prices and more information, visit events.latimes.com/taste
Enjoy a scenic outdoor park along the waterfront of San Pedro, California while indulging in world famous, discounted Maine lobster meals at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Fest. A Southern California tradition since 1999, the festival features sixteen tons of live lobster flown in fresh from Maine, live music, a pirate camp and tall ocean-going ships at Ports O’Call. Hours are as follows: Friday, September 12, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, September 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, September 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults or $9 with a coupon printed from the event website. Kids under 12 are free. For more information, call the lobster hotline at 310-798-7478 or www.lobsterfest.com
The annual L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade, a benefit to raise money for childhood cancer research, will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m at Wilson Plaza at UCLA. Food and wine lovers will be able to taste delicious dishes and cocktails from chefs and mixologists, participate in silent and live auctions, and more. General admission tickets are $195 per person. For more information, visit www.alexslemonade.org
The 2014 Sunset Savor the Central Coast will feature over 200 wines and 30 local chefs. Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani will prepare a duck dish at the main event on Saturday at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, and Chef Tanya Holland will lead an Italian flavors seminar on Sunday. Other activities include a chance for participants to meet with winemakers, brew masters and artisans, and to tour the Central Coast Pavilion. Tickets for the main event range from $85 to $150, with tickets to additional events starting at $25. For more information visit www.savorcentralcoast.com
Taste Los Angeles, part of the James Beard Foundation's Taste America tour, will take place at Vibiana. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring tastings from chef Neal Fraser (Redbird), Ari Taymor (Alma), John Shook (Animal) and Walter Manzke (République). Then, guests will enjoy a four-course dinner designed by chef Aarón Sánchez (Alegre), Nancy Silverton (Mozza Restaurant Group), Matt Molina (Mozza Restaurant Group) and Dahlia Narvaez (Mozza Restaurant Group). Tickets cost $275 per person. For more information, visit www.jbftasteamerica.org
Through October 31 (Mon.-Fri.)
Delphine at the W Hollywood hotel has introduced a new Rosé Happy Hour menu available in the bar and lounge Mon.-Fri. from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. On offer are $6 glasses of rosé wines from France, Italy and California, plus $7 mixed rosé drinks like rosé sangria. There’s also a selection of $7 market-inspired small plates like carrot “tartare” and duck rillettes. This happy hour will be offered through October 31, 2014, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the fight against breast cancer. Delphine, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-798-1355.