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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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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 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.
FIG is hosting a Swine & Dine Dinner Series 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.
Celebrate 31 Famous Flavors with Baskin Robbins 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
August 21-24
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
PopUp Dinner LA returns with another elegant picnic on August 23, 2014 August 23
PopUp Dinner LA returns with another spontaneous, elegant picnic on August 23, 2014. Guests are encouraged to wear all-white attire and bring their own tableware, food and beverages. Hand Made Events will provide the tables, chairs and entertainment. The event will be held from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and include a DJ and dancing. The location will be revealed via e-mail on the day of the event. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, visit
August 23
Sushi Roku will participate in the Saturday Nights in August free concert series with a pop-up beer garden in The Courtyard at One Colorado in downtown Pasadena. Attendees will get to enjoy a showcase of summer cocktails and Sushi Roku favorites like the spicy tuna hanabi. In addition, a three-course prix-fixe "Red Sun Feast" will be available for $40. Pop up restaurant begins at 6 p.m. and the Banta performance is at 8 p.m. For more information, visit The Courtyard at One Colorado, 24 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-683-3000.
August 24
The Culinary Historians of Southern California’s Annual Used Cookbook Sale will take place at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market (at Selma and Ivar Avenues) from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. While you’re pondering the peaches and ogling the okra, detour to pick up food-themed ephemera, as well as cookbooks and volumes of culinary memoir and history. Proceeds go toward purchasing cookbooks and culinary books for the Los Angeles Public Library and restoring volumes in its antique cookbook collection. For more information, visit
August 24
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:
THE TASTE food and wine festival takes place over Labor Day weekend at Paramount Pictures Studios August 29-31
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
Enjoy a scenic park while indulging in Maine lobster at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Fest September 12-14
Enjoy a scenic outdoor park along the waterfront of San Pedro, California while indulging in world famous, discounted Maine lobster meals at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Fest. A Southern California tradition since 1999, the festival features sixteen tons of live lobster flown in fresh from Maine, live music, a pirate camp and tall ocean-going ships at Ports O’Call. Hours are as follows: Friday, September 12, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, September 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, September 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults or $9 with a coupon printed from the event website. Kids under 12 are free. For more information, call the lobster hotline at 310-798-7478 or
September 20
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
September 25-28
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
October 10
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
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.


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.
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.
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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