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.
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.
April 6-May 1
Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse downtown is featuring a fun Unofficial Mad Men Power Lunch to savor the end of the hit series Mad Men. At lunchtime, enjoy the likes of a classic shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs, steak Diane and cherries jubilee --- and don’t forget the tableside martini. Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, 330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-680-0330.
April 26-May 1
During Pasadena Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy specially priced lunch and dinner menus at restaurants such as Celestino, The Raymond and Sushi Roku. There are three price categories: $15 lunch and/or $26 dinner; $20 lunch and/or $35 dinner; and $25 lunch and/or $44 dinner. For more information, visit www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com
Presented by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the 27th Annual Vintage Bouquet will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the historic Greystone Mansion. Open to the public, the outdoor food and wine event with magnificent city views features unlimited tastings from wineries, beverage companies and restaurants, as well as special musical entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation's pro bono legal services. Tickets are $175 per person if purchased in advance and $200 per person after April 15th. A limited number of VIP tickets ($275) are also available and include entree to a private cocktail and martini lounge. Sponsorships are available. Greystone Mansion is located at 905 Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills, CA 90210. For tickets and information, visit www.vintagebouquet.com
April 27-May 1
The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board presents dineL.A. Happy Hour Week. Local restaurants and bar will offer bar bites and drinks, including some exclusive menu items just for this promotion. For more information, visit www.discoverlosangeles.com
Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival will feature more than 30 wineries, craft breweries, spirits companies and Southern California restaurants. The event will take place at Irvine’s Orange County Great Park from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets cost $100 per person. Discounted tickets are also available for government and non-profit workers, as well as sitting judges. Proceeds will benefit the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services in Southeast Los Angeles County. For more information, visit www.greatwinefestival.com
The Celebrity Chef Tour, presented by the James Beard Foundation, will host an event at Lido di Manhattan Ristorante & Bar in Manhattan Beach. The featured chefs will be host vhef Luis Martinez, Chad Colby (chi SPACCA, Los Angeles), Bernard Ibarra (Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA), Brian Recor (Morgan's in the Desert, La Quinta, CA), Nick Roberts and Brooke Williamson (Hudson House, Redondo Beach, CA; and Playa Provisions and The Tripel, Playa del Rey, CA), Jimmy Schmidt (Morgan's in the Desert, La Quinta, CA) and mixologist Sara Strom (Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, CA). Tickets cost $155 plus tax. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. Lido di Manhattan Ristorante & Bar, 1550 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-536-0730.
The 6th annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival will take place at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Upon entry guests will receive a LAVBFF glass and enjoy unlimited pours from 40 breweries. There will also be 40 restaurants and food vendors. General admission door time will be at 1 p.m. VIP admission includes separate entrance, early entry at 12 p.m. and access to the VIP lounge. Food is not included in the ticket price. For more information, visit www.veganbeerfest.com
Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the 26th annual Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters takes place at the "Midwest Street" backlot at Warner Brothers in Burbank. Dozens of wineries and restaurants will tantalize guests. Special wine and travel packages will be available at the silent and live auctions. A single ticket costs $375 and the event begins at 6 p.m. Premium tickets, which allow early entrance and include valet parking, are available for $500. For further details, call 323-939-0758 or visit www.californiawinemasters.org. Warner Bros. Studio, Gate 7 - Forest Lawn Dr., Burbank, CA 91522, 323-939-0758.
May 29-June 7
During the annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for either $26 or $38 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included) at more than 90 restaurants in the Coachella Valley. Participants include Si Bon, Trio Restaurant and Workshop Kitchen + Bar. Palm Springs hotels and attractions will also offer special discounted rates during Restaurant Week. For more information, please visit www.palmspringsrestaurantweek.com
Taste of the Nation Los Angeles once again takes place on the field of Media Park in Culver City, just steps away from Jurassic Museum. Renowned chefs and mixologists donate their time and talents to bring a whirlwind of culinary offerings to the organization's 26th year for the No Kid Hungry fundraiser. More than 35 restaurants are represented among the food booths that guests can enjoy. Fun additions to look out for this year include Waiter Races and the Princess Cruise VIP Lounge. The festivities at this one-day event are hosted by the charming personalities of Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, who have appeared on shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel. For more information, call 877-268-2783 or visit www.strength.org
The Celebrity Chef Tour, presented by the James Beard Foundation, will host an event at Pedalers Fork in Calabasas. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. Pedalers Fork, 23504 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302, 818-225-8231.
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