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 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
The 2014 Hollywood & Highland Summer Jazz Concert Series will feature a free concert every Tuesday in July in the Central Courtyard (2nd Level) at Hollywood & Highland Center. The concerts will run from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wine tasting and light appetizers are $10, with all proceeds from the wine bar directly benefiting Project Angel Food (www.angelfood.org), a non-profit organization whose mission is to deliver free and nutritious meals to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS and other serious illness. For more information, visit www.jazzandblues.org
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.
dineLA Restaurant Week takes place from July 14-27, 2014. This event offers diners the opportunity to indulge in specially priced menus from a variety of Los Angeles area restaurants. For more information, visit www.discoverlosangeles.com
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.
Si Laa in Los Angeles will host BierBeisl PopUp Dinners on July 28-29. Chef Bernhard Mairinger will serve a five-course, prix-fixe menu of Thai and Austrian cuisine. The dinner is $65 per person. Reservations can be made by sending an email to email@example.com (include name, date, time and number of guests), or by calling Si Laa Thai at 310-858-7738. For more information and the full menu, visit bierbeisl-la.com. Si Laa, 1128 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-858-7738.
Paul Hibler's Superb Snack Bar in Venice celebrates its second birthday with a six-course prix-fixe dinner. Each course will be prepared by a chef from a restauarant that is part of Paul Hibler's American Gonzo Food Corporation Family. Guests can expect oxtail wonton in phở broth with Thai basil and sweet chili paste representing East Borough; heritage pork belly and chanterelle tortellini from Superba Snack Bar; and much more. The dinner costs $75 per person with optional beverage pairings for an additional $55. All proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels. Reservations can be made from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and are highly recommended. For more information call 310-399-6400 or visit superbasnackbar.com. Superba Snack Bar, 533 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-6400.
Continuing its five-city tour, LUCKYRICE Festival heads to Los Angeles for a large-scale culinary event featuring Asian cuisine. Hosted by "Top Chef Masters" chef Sang Yoon at Create Nightclub in Hollywood, chefs and mixologists from dozens of restaurants and bars will offer dishes and drinks. Participants include RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, Hopscotch and Lukshon, among many others. The festival takes place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., with early admission at 7 p.m. for VIP ticketholders. Tickets are $88 for general admission and $150 for VIP, and can be purchased at luckyrice.com
The fifth annual LA Craft Beer Crawl will kick off on Saturday, August 9, at 1 p.m. in downtown Los Angeles. Ced Moses of 213 and Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi ("The Beer Chicks") have collaborated to bring unlimited craft beer tastings to eight different participating bars, all within walking distance of one another. The festivities begin at Casey's Irish Pub where participants will check in and receive a map of where to find the 100-plus craft beers featured. Tickets are $49 for general admission (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and $79 for early admission (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.). For more information and to purchase tickets visit 213nightlife.com. Casey's Irish Pub, 613 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-629-2353.
This year look for the second annual Crab Cake fest to be hosted at Beach Nation in West Hollywood, starting at 4 p.m. Bryan and Michael Voltaggio will head up this Maryland-style crab boil party benefiting the Los Angeles Mission. All-you-can-eat crabs will be accompanied by shrimp, hush puppies and drinks. The cost is $100 to $125 per person. Visit beachnation.com for tickets and details.
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
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
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