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
October 19 & November 23
In Long Beach, James Republic presents a monthly Sunday Night Dinner Bell Series featuring a three-course menu created from local farmers market ingredients. Chefs and attending guest farmers will be on hand to engage with guests. Seating is limited. The cost is $85 per person, inclusive. The evening begins with cocktails and canapés at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m. For reservations, please call 562-901-0253 or visit jamesrepublic.com. James Republic, Courtyard Long Beach Downtown, 500 E. First St., Long Beach, CA 90802, 562-901-0235.
October 23-November 22
Saam at The Bazaar by José Andrés is presenting its third annual White Truffle Dinner Series from October 23rd through November 22nd on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The 16-course dinner is priced at $350 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional $100 or $300. For reservations, call 310-773-5460. Saam at The Bazaar by José Andrés, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5545.
During Hungry for Tokyo, a month-long dining promotion in November, 21 Los Angeles area restaurants will feature special Tokyo-themed menu items. Guests who order from the Hungry for Tokyo menu will receive a copy of the “Tokyo Gourmet Guide,” a booklet on destinations for foodies in Tokyo. Participating restaurants include Shunji Japanese Cuisine, Superba Snack Bar, and The Izaka-Ya By Katsu-ya. For more information, visit www.gotokyo.org
La Quinta Resort & Club will host a Friends of James Beard Foundation Weekend, featuring chef Jimmy Schmidt and visiting chefs Larry Forgione and Eduardo Ruiz (Corazon y Miel, Picnik). Events include a farmers' market reception at the Palm Grove on Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. ($100); a five-course wine dinner at Morgan's in the desert on Saturday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. ($250); and Sunday brunch and a Q&A on the "Future of Food" from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. ($100). A weekend package of tickets is also available for $395. For more information, visit www.jamesbeard.org. La Quinta Resort & Club, 49-499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, CA 92253, 855-884-9315.
The event Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions and Beyond! at The Castaway in Burbank will celebrate the 2014 release of Beaujolais Nouveau. Guests will enjoy a welcome glass of Beaujolais Nouveau along with a marketplace of French food, live entertainment and a DJ. If purchased online, general tickets cost $22 and VIP tickets (including a four-course dinner) cost $55. For more information, visit passionsproductions.com. The Castaway, 1250 E Harvard Rd., Burbank, CA 91501, 818-848-6691.
The Artisanal LA Holiday City Market will take place in Old Pasadena from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The all-ages holiday event will showcase six different vendor areas, including Holly Street, Mercantile Alley and Mills Place. Featuring over 100 artisans and more than 150 of the area’s shops and restaurants, the event will offer a festive shopping experience complete with roasted chestnuts and photos with Santa. For more information, visit www.artisanalla.com
Celebrity food critic Sophie Gayot of GAYOT.com and celebrity dating expert Brooke Lewis will host the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles: A Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show at the Olympic Collection. The all-inclusive entry includes chocolates, pastries, food, wines, champagnes and spirits. General tickets (2 p.m.-4 p.m.) cost $45; VIP tickets (1 p.m.-4 pm., plus souvenir glass) cost $95. Indulge Los Angeles will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Rock against Trafficking. For more information, visit www.indulgela.net. Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, 213-915-8003.
At Fig & Olive's White & Gold New Year’s Eve party, revelers can enjoy an à la carte menu from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. or indulge in a four-course prix-fixe dinner starting at 9 p.m., as celebrity DJ Julien Nolan creates a soulful jazz ambiance. Menu offerings include grilled Maine lobster, truffle risotto and the Valrhona chocolate brownie. The White & Gold cocktail party will offer drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. The cocktail party is $100 per person, and the four-course dinner with complimentary Champagne is $150 per person. Bottle service is also available, and begins at $105. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.figandolive.com. Fig & Olive, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-9100.
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 will be available beginning January 1 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.