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 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
September 10-October 3 (Wed.-Fri.)
Chef Walter el Nagar's Barbershop Ristorante returns with "Project Transition" (5220 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016) from September 10-October 3, 2014 (Wed.-Fri. with seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.). The cost for the tasting menu is $75 per person. Reservations are required. For tickets, please visit www.eventbrite.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
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica will be hosting the Signature Chefs Auction featuring around 15 L.A. restaurant chefs and 15 wineries and spirits purveyors. Among the participating chefs will be Ray Garcia (FIG), David Féau and Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City). There will also be live and silent auctions. VIP ticketholders will enjoy an after-party at The Bungalow. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. The cost is $450 per ticket ($1,000 per VIP ticket); the event begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.marchofdimes.org. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-576-7777, 800-257-7544.
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
Through September 30
During the month of September, La Brea Bakery Café is donating $1 from the sale of every $4 specially marked two-pack of oatmeal-raisin cookies to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to help fight childhood hunger. Each dollar can help connect a child with up to 10 meals. For more information about the No Kid Hungry campaign, visit www.nokidhungry.org. La Brea Bakery Café, 468 S. La Brea Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-939-6813.
The third annual Sunset & Dine festival celebrates the food and culture of the Sunset & Vine District in Hollywood. Enjoy food, beer and wine from local restaurants and bars and a live music concert curated by Amoeba Records. The event will be held at Taglyan Complex (1201 Vine Street) from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and costs $25 per person. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Center at Blessed Sacrament, which seeks to end homelessness in Hollywood. For more information, visit sunsetanddine.org
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.