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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.

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January 5-25, February 2-22, March 2-22, April 6-26, May 4-24, June 1-21
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.
 
January 19-February 1
dineLA Restaurant Week returns January 19-February 1, 2015. 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
 
February 1
Typhoon in Santa Monica will host Super Sushi Sunday. While watching the Super Bowl game on the 103'' HDTV, diners can enjoy a buffet of sushi and more. The cost is $35 per person (half price for kids under 10; free for kids under 4). Alcohol, taxes and gratuities are not included. Doors open 30 minutes before kick-off. For reservations, call 310-390-6565. Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop S., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-390-6565.
 
February 6 & 7
The general public will have the opportunity to stock up on imported wine and gourmet food products at Epicure Imports' open warehouse sale. Held from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, and from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, the sale will offer a large selection of items like French cheeses, truffle oils and chocolates at warehouse prices. Shoppers will also be able to taste a few samples along the way. Epicure Imports, 6900 Beck Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605, 818-985-9800.
 
February 7
The 3rd Annual LA Bacon Festival will take place at Paramount Studios from 12 p.m.-3 p.m., bringing together dozens of restaurants, bakeries and caterers presenting their signature bacon dishes. Participants will include Il Grano, Abigaile, Bow & Truss, Mendocino Farms and more. There will also be unlimited beer from more than 20 breweries. Tickets cost $65. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.labaconfest.com
 
March 5
Planned Parenthood’s 36th-Annual Food Fare will return to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. This gastronomic event will showcase more than 150 of Southern California’s best chefs, restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and merchants. Epicureans and gourmands are invited to enjoy a day of eating, drinking and shopping for a good cause. Tickets are available at www.pplafoodfare.com, or by calling 213-284-3300. Presale tickets are available for $150 for the daytime session, and $250 for the evening session. At the door, tickets will be $175 for the daytime session, or $275 for the evening session.
 
March 8
LA Weekly's signature food and wine extravaganza, The Essentials, will take place at the California Market Center in DTLA from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Curated by Besha Rodell, the event showcases bites from restaurants featured in the Weekly’s 99 Essentials issue that hits stands the same week. Guests will enjoy wine from top shelf wineries, cocktail samples and non-alcoholic sips. Confirmed restaurants include Animal, Bestia, Chengdu Taste, Providence, Melisse, Mozza Restaurant Group and more. For tickets, visit www.ticketfly.com. L.A. Weekly's The Essentials, California Market Center, 110 E 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90079, 213-630-3600.
 
March 11-14
The All-Star Chef Classic will return to “Restaurant Stadium” at LA LIVE and will showcase more than 25 chefs from around the globe including Michael Cimarusti, Josiah Citrin, Dominique Crenn and Wylie Dufresne. A small "stadium" will let VIP ticketholders sit kitchen-side close to the action. Among the events will be the French Masters Dinner, American Masters Dinner, British Masters Dinner and Grill & Chill. Tickets start at $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.allstarchefclassic.com
 
March 27-29
The fifth annual Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert will feature wine and craft beer seminars, celebrity chef book signings and two “Grand Tastings” with more than 50 restaurants and 70 wineries, brewers and spirits purveyors. For more information, visit www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com
 

ONGOING LA CULINARY EVENTS

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.
 
Ongoing
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., Tuesday through Saturday. Cocktails and wine are also included in the special. Guests must be seated by 6 p.m. FIG, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-319-3111.
 
Ongoing
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.
 
Monday Through Friday
West Hollywood's Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant offers a happy hour menu available Monday-Friday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Guests may sample Petrossian's renowned classic smoked salmon and two glasses of champagne for $29, or 30 grams of classic Transmontanus caviar and two Caviar-tinis, Petrossian's signature vodka martinis served with caviar-stuffed olives and Petrossian caviar cubes for $49. Both the salmon and the caviar are served with classic accoutrements. Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-271-6300.
 
Monday through Friday
In Beverly Hills, the Avalon Hotel's Oliverio offers a weekday happy hour from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., with all appetizers half-price, $6 cocktails and $5 glasses of wine. Nosh on pizzetta with goat cheese and black summer truffles, fritto misto, spicy tuna tartare and gazpacho. Cocktails include the blue Avalon, organic Margarita and classics like the Negroni or mojito. Oliverio, Avalon Hotel, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-407-7791.
 
Mondays
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.
 
Wednesdays
A new 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.
 
First & Third Wednesdays
Upstairs 2, located above West L.A.’s massive Wine House, offers a four-course dinner prepared by chef Todd Barrie every first and third Wednesday, paired with four wines from around the world selected by sommelier Marilyn Snee. Each week will showcase a different wine region, and there will be a brief discussion of each wine and its pairing. The cost is $55 per person. Upstairs 2, 2311 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310-231-0316.
 
Sundays
Wirtshaus now offers "Kids Eat Free Sundays." Every Sunday, the German restaurant and beer garden will offer a special kids menu featuring kid-friendly spins on their authentic German dishes. For children under the age of 8, the kids entrée is free with a purchase of an adult entrée. This offer is limited to two kids per family. Wirtshaus, 345 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-931-9291.
 
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa serves Tiffin Chocolate Afternoon Tea every Sunday Sundays
To the delight of chocoholics and tea-lovers alike, The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa serves Tiffin 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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