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.
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 THE TASTE's official website
This Labor Day, Terrine's all-day barbecue on the restaurant’s patio will be held from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Chef/owner Kris Morningstar will do away with the usual brunch and dinner menus and host its second all-you-can-eat event featuring fried chicken and swordfish brochettes, and new and tasty barbecued meats and classic sides, including potato and hatch chile tacos and Frito pie with Texas chili and cheese. Chef Morningstar will be front and center in the scenic garden, interacting with guests to offer unlimited bites for $35. Head bartender Ryan Wainwright will also offer cocktails like the "California Gold" with Dale’s Pale Ale, lemon, honey and atomized Angostura bitters. Cocktail prices will range from $8-11. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
E.P. & L.P. and its executive chef Louis Tikaram will team up with international chefs and longtime Aussie mates, Dan Hong (Mr. Wong, Ms. G’s, Papi Chulo, El Loco in Sydney) and Jowett Yu (Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong) for a one-night-only, seven-course modern Asian dinner. Featuring the flavors of the South Pacific, Vietnam, Taiwan and other influences, each chef will bring his unique background and style to the table. The cost is $125 per person, and the meal will begin at 7:30 p.m. E.P & .L.P., 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-855-9955.
September's Tap Takeover at Barrel Down in downtown Los Angeles will feature Modern Times Beer. Sample Fruitlands, a special release brew, along with Blazing World, Fortunate Islands, Black House and Lomaland. For more information, visit Barrel Down's website. Barrel Down, 525 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-232-8657.
Discover beers, bands and bites at the California Beer Festival in San Dimas. Sample craft beers from Southern Californian brands like Angel City Brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. and Alosta Brewing Company alongside food provided by Burt’s, Twisted Food and TLC’s Sidewalk Cafe. Musical performances will include a 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute, Foreverland, plus the sounds of rock, reggae and more. The event will be held at Puddingstone Lake in Frank G. Bonelli Park. Tickets are on sale online on the Eventbrite website as well as at the gate entrance while supplies last. For more information, visit the California Beer Festival official website
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 UCLA's Royce Quad. 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 L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade's website
To celebrate Providence’s 10th anniversary, executive chef/co-owner Michael Cimarusti will host a series of commemorative celebrity guest chef dinners, featuring collaborations with luminary chefs from around the world who have inspired him throughout his culinary career. During each event, Cimarusti will open the doors to Providence and will invite each acclaimed chef to cook alongside him and share in the celebration. On September 14, he has invited Michael Tusk (Quince and Cotogna in San Francisco) and Marc Vetri (Vetri family of restaurants in Philadelphia) to cook with him. Tickets to each anniversary dinner will vary in price ($220-280, excluding wine pairings), and will be sold via Eventbrite two months prior to the event (visit Providence’s website for links). Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-460-4170.
Angeleno magazine's annual LIVE & DINE LA tasting event at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows will feature some of L.A.'s top chefs and restaurateurs. Participating restaurants include Bestia, The Arthur J, Faith & Flower and more. The event will be held from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $95 for general admission. For more information, visit Eventbrite. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 213-807-1959.
The fourth 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 BuzzFeed Motion Pictures (6322 DeLongpre Avenue) from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and costs $25 per person (early bird rate of $20 if purchased before Sept. 1). Proceeds will benefit the Center at Blessed Sacrament, which seeks to end homelessness in Hollywood. For more information, visit Sunset & Dine's website
Volvo presents the 6th annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. With a getaway package, guests have access to adventure tours, special events and dinners, and the weekend's main event of culinary adventures and fun. The tours go behind the scenes to explore wineries such as Halter Ranch Vineyards, sustainable farms and the gardens of Paso Robles Inn. On Saturday and Sunday guests can really get their fill of fine wine and epicurean delights. The Marketplace showcases more than 100 wineries, restaurants and food purveyors, and promises unlimited samples of gourmet treats and drinks. Guests will also find cooking demonstrations by celebrity and master chefs, vino tastings and seminars, as well as beer gardens, music entertainment and other special activities. Discover more at the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast event page
Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is hosting the 20th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival. Choose from dining options ranging from small plate FISHBAR Lobster Bistro favorites to individual fresh Maine lobster meals, Angus beef and lobster tail surf-and-turf and a three-course Kincaid’s Lobster Boil for parties of no more than 10 people. More entertainment and epicurean delights can be found throughout the three-day weekend, from musical performances by Bow Wow Wow, The Untouchables and Flashback Heart Attack to a beer tent housing eight national and local breweries. The event times are Friday (Sept. 25) 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday (Sept. 26) noon-11 p.m. and Sunday (Sept. 27) noon-8 p.m. For more information, visit the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival event page
The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival is returning for another feast set on the scenic historic waterfront and shops at the Ports O' Call in San Pedro. Attendees can look forward to three days worth of fresh discounted Maine lobster meals flown in, delivered and cooked daily. After eating your fill of crustacean, enjoy free entertainment, including dancing, live music, street performers, a pirate camp and much more. Parking and entrance for kids under the age of 12 are free. Find more information about this celebration at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival event page
Through September (Saturdays & Sundays)
The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Beverly Hills is bringing back its weekend bbq series featuring executive chef David Codney’s take on barbecue specialties. Dishes include Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can chicken with charred corn and cabbage cilantro slaw; chipotle and coffee rubbed tri-tip with house-made oak-aged sauce; and a banana split with cinnamon ice cream, tostones and rum-raisins. This à la carte barbecue menu is available through September on Saturday and Sunday evenings only. For reservations, please call 310-975 2855 or visit The Roof Garden's website. The Roof Garden, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-975-2855.
To celebrate Providence’s 10th anniversary, executive chef/co-owner Michael Cimarusti will host a series of commemorative celebrity guest chef dinners, featuring collaborations with luminary chefs from around the world who have inspired him throughout his culinary career. During eache vent, Cimarusti will open the doors to Providence and will invite each acclaimed chef to cook alongside him and share in the celebration. On October 6, he has invited David Kinch (Manresa in Los Gatos, CA) and Mauro Colagreco (Mirazur in Menton, France) to cook with him. Tickets to each anniversary dinner will vary in price ($220-280, excluding wine pairings), and will be sold via Eventbrite two months prior to the event (visit Providence’s website for links). Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-460-4170.
October 10 & 11
Chef Bernhard Mairinger will celebrate Oktoberfest by offering traditional specialties at BierBeisl Imbiss in the Spring Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles. These will include pork shank and spaetzle (noodles), Tiroler speckknodel (speck dumplings), germknoedel (sweet dumplings with plum jam, poppy seeds and vanilla sauce), farmers donuts (deep fried), giant pretzels and 66-oz. beer steins. BierBeisl Imbiss, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-935-8035.
Los Angeles magazine's 10th annual culinary extravaganza, "The Food Event," will feature unlimited food and wine, plus panels and demonstrations with celebrity chefs. Participants will include Bestia, Faith & Flower and more. The event will take place from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu Hills, home to Semler and Saddlerock wines. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information, visit The Food Event's website
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica will be hosting the Signature Chefs Auction featuring L.A. restaurant chefs, wineries and spirits purveyors. There will also be live and silent auctions. 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 the Signature Chefs Auction's website. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-576-7777, 800-257-7544.
The EastSide Food Festival will take place from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Mack Sennett Studios (1215 Bates Ave.). Among the participating vendors will be Alimento, El Condor and L&E Oyster Bar. General admission tickets start at $55. VIP tickets are also available. For more information, visit EastSide Food Festival's website
The Ebell of Los Angeles will host the James Beard Foundation's Taste America: Los Angeles event with chef Hugh Acheson (Five & Ten, Empire State South). The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit the James Beard Foundation's website
Through November 13
The Los Angeles Public Library presents highlights from its extensive collection of menus in the special exhibition “To Live and Dine in L.A.” On display are menus from famous Los Angeles restaurants such as The Brown Derby, along with photos, artist installations and short films. USC Annenberg professor Josh Kun curated the exhibition and also authored the companion book To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City. The exhibition can be viewed at the Central Library (630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, 90071) through November 13, 2015. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Public Library’s website