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 Greater Los Angeles. We feature a calendar of 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 L.A. 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. We've also got the latest L.A. Restaurant News and Wine Tasting Events.
February 13-March 15
The annual truffle dinner series at SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés will continue with the debut of this year’s black truffles starting February 13 and will run through March 15. Chef José Andrés and his culinary team at SAAM have created an inventive 18-course, $250-per-person menu featuring black truffles foraged by The Truffle Brothers, Michael and Marco Pietroiacovom, of Italy. The menu will be offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (including Valentine’s Day). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 310-246-5555. SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5555.
The first All-Star Chef Classic will debut at “Restaurant Stadium” at LA LIVE and will showcase 25 acclaimed chefs from around the globe including Roy Choi, Michael Cimarusti, Josiah Citrin, Dominique Crenn, Wylie Dufresne, Ludo Lefebvre, Alain Passard and others. A small "stadium" will let VIP ticketholders sit kitchen-side close to the action. The stars will cook at four unique gastronomic celebrations: the French Masters Dinner, hosted by Ludo Lefebvre; the All-Star Lunch; Grill & Chill; and Savor the Season. Tickets run $65 to $1,250. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.allstarchefclassic.com
Through March 23
Roy's is offering a winter prix-fixe menu that will be available through March 23, 2014. Start with lobster bisque followed by pork osso buco. Butterscotch and miso budino provides a sweet ending. The cost is $36.95 per person (tax and gratuity not included). This menu is available at Roy's in downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena and Woodland Hills.
Chefs Quinn and Karen Hatfield will host a four-course wine pairing dinner at Hatfield’s with two of their favorite rising-star producers from the Central Coast: Dragonette Cellars & Liquid Farm. Hors d‘oeuvres with rosé pairings will be begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner. The experience is priced at $140 per person. Limited reservations are available and can be made via phone only, at 323-935-2977. Hatfield's, 6703 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-935-2977.
In Hollywood, the Farmer's Kitchen will host a Storytellers Dinner at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Chef Nick Brune of Eco Caters and Local Habit is collaborating with Duo Del Sol for a special evening in which the band will perform five songs to be strategically paired with five courses of organic cuisine. The artist and chef will explain their motivation behind each piece of music and course. Dishes include chicken liver torchon with beets, apples and arugula; cured pork with garbanzo, turnip and basil-parsley oil; fennel-roasted salmon with mustard, capers, chive and brown butter; polenta poutine with white shrimp, clam broth, and Camembert; chaja with whipped cream, cardamon, fennel seed and peanuts. Tickets cost $50, for five courses and a CD. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.
March 29 & 30
Celebrate noodles at the Ramen Yokocho festival at Santa Anita Park from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fourteen celebrated international ramen restaurants including Tsujita LA, Daikokuya, Fujin, Horaiya, Hiromaru and Mattou Seimen will serve up bowls for $8 each. Admission is $5 per person; under 17 admission is free. For more information, visit ramenyokochous.com.
DOMA executive chef Dustin Trani, who was named one of GAYOT's Top 5 Rising Chefs in the 2013 Annual Restaurant Issue, will present a dinner event to benefit the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). This nonprofit organization works with public high schools across the nation to prepare at-risk students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. For more information, visit www.ccapinc.org. DOMA, 362 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-277-7346.
Katana brings happy hour back in a big way with menu and beverage specials featuring crowd favorite appetizers, desserts, cocktails, and more. Katana’s menu includes albacore cannoli ($5) with Maui onions, cucumber, yuzu, and guacamole served in a crispy cannoli shell; Kobe lettuce wrap ($6) with corn and shiitake relish; and tuna carpaccio ($7) with arugula, avocado, parmesan, and truffle soy sauce. Beverage specials include Japanese beers ($5), a selection of sake ($5-$6), wines by the glass ($7), and cocktails such as the Champagne St. Germain ($7) and white peach saketini ($7) will also be available. The happy hour menu is offered nightly in the bar area from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Katana, Piazza del Sol, 8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-650-8585.
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.
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.
Experience a more casual, "bistro-style" JiRaffe with its Monday Night Bistro when brown paper tablecloths, carafes of wine and signature dishes at reduced prices rule the evening. The bistro menu is a prix-fixe, three-course dinner for $38 per person and a carafe of wine costs between $8-$12. The regular JiRaffe menu is also available. Reservations are recommended; call 310-917-6671. JiRaffe, 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-917-6671.
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 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.
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.
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, drinking chocolate, Champagne and fine teas. The Chocolate Afternoon Tea is offered in the Lobby Lounge, and costs $59. The Langham's Signature Afternoon Tea is still available Mon.-Sat. for $39 per person. For more information, or to make reservations, please call 626-568-3900. The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106, 626-568-3900.
Joe's in Venice has introduced a value priced prix-fixe dinner of three courses for $48. The offerings change weekly, but a sample menu might include almond crusted St. Maure goat cheese with watercress, pomegranate gastrique and apple purée; braised lamb shank with snap peas, baby turnips and fingerling potatoes; and dark chocolate tart with pink peppercorn ice cream and white chocolate curls. In addition, a flight of three wines is priced at $25. Joe's, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-5811.
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