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
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
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.
LA CULINARY EVENTS
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.
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 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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