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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.


La Quinta Resort & Club will host the Celebrity Chef Tour December 4-5 December 4-5
La Quinta Resort & Club will host James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour. Participating chefs include Jimmy Schmidt (Morgan's in the desert), Larry Forgione (The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Suzanne Tracht (Jar), Richard Blais (Juniper & Ivy) and more. Events include a rustic dinner under the stars on Friday and the gala on Saturday. Prices range from $100 to $325. For more information, visit James Beard Foundation's website. La Quinta Resort & Club, 49-499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, CA 92253, 855-884-9315.
December 5
The Artisanal LA Holiday City Market returns to Old Pasadena (on Holly Street between Fair Oaks and Arroyo Parkway) from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Featuring hundreds of artisans and indie merchants, the all-ages holiday event will offer a festive shopping experience complete with photos with Santa. For more information, visit Artisanal LA's website
The Annual Indulge Los Angeles: A Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show December 27
The Annual Indulge Los Angeles: A Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show will take place 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 $75; VIP tickets (1 p.m.-4 pm., plus souvenir glass) cost $95. For more information, visit the Indulge Los Angeles website
January 18-31
dineLA Restaurant Week returns January 18-31, 2016. This event offers diners the opportunity to indulge in specially priced menus from a variety of Los Angeles area restaurants. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board's website
Locanda del Lago presents a Morso della Bestia dinner on January 28 January 28
As part of the monthly "Morso della Bestia" ("Bite of the Beast") whole-animal dinner series, Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago will be serving a five-course meal featuring venison, as well as local produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $55 per guest (excluding tax and gratuity), plus optional wine pairings. Reservations, which are required, can be made by calling 310-451-3525. For more information, visit Locanda del Lago's website. Locanda del Lago, Third Street Promenade, 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-451-3525.
February 20
LA Weekly's signature food and wine extravaganza, The Essentials, will take place at the California Market Center from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The event showcases bites from restaurants featured in the publication's 99 Essentials issue. Participating restaurants include Animal, Bestia, Chengdu Taste, Providence and more. For more information, visit LA Weekly's website. L.A. Weekly's The Essentials, California Market Center, 110 E 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90079, 877-987-6487.


Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago offers a number of specials, including Locals' Monday (no corkage charge/locals receive 15% discount on food), Happy Night Tuesday (happy hour all night long in bar), Wine Wednesday (half off select bottled wines) and Thirsty Thursdays ($20 cocktail pitchers and $8 pizzas). There is also happy hour daily (weekend in bar only) from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., featuring specially priced appetizers and pizzas, $4 beers, $5 house wines, $8 premium wines and $9 specialty cocktails. Locanda del Lago, Third Street Promenade, 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-451-3525.
Joe’s in Venice offers a value priced prix-fixe dinner Ongoing
Joe's in Venice offers a value priced prix-fixe dinner of three courses for $48 Tues.-Thurs. and Sun. (The cost is $58 Fri.-Sat.) The offerings change weekly, but a sample menu might include carrot orange soup to start; first course of tuna tartare and smoked salmon or salt and pepper calamari salad; second course of miso glazed black cod or braised beef short ribs; and cocoa beet cake for dessert. Joe's, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-5811.
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.
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.
Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant presents Caviar 301 on the third Thursday of the month Third Thursdays
At Petrossian Boutique & RestaurantCaviar 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.
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa serves Chocolate Afternoon Tea every Sunday Sundays
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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