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.
February 12-14, 19-21 & 26-28
Executive chef David Féau (The Royce) has partnered with Adam Fleischman on Coin de Rue, a Parisian-style bistro pop-up, located in the former Red Medicine space. Prix-fixe menu items include cabbage and sea urchin soft scrambled eggs, turmeric crab bisque, monkfish Bouillabaisse, roasted duck Apicius and apple tart Tatin. Additional bar bites are available, such as rabbit terrine and caramel peppercorn puff with chicken liver foie gras mousse. The prix-fixe menu is priced at $55 for four courses, with a supplemental bar bites menu available a la carte. Wine pairings are available for an additional $25. Classic cocktails by mixologist Cody Summer (The Varnish, Seven Grand) are also available throughout the night for $12 each. Coin de Rue's dates are February 12-14, February 19-21 and February 26-28, 2015. Each night, the first seating is at 6 p.m., with the final seating at 9:30 p.m. For reservations, call 310-943-9650. A credit card payment will be collected at the time of booking to confirm. Coin de Rue, 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-943-9650.
Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne will hold their popular Cassoulet Night at Lucques. The menu will feature a salad of young greens and Roquefort with local walnuts, Banyuls and honey; cassoulet de maison with duck confit, garlic sausage and white beans; and a dessert of Gascon almond cake with roasted apples and prune-Armagnac ice cream. The cost is $55 per guest. Reservations are a must. Lucques, 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-655-6277.
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 are available 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 Weekly's signature food and wine extravaganza, The Essentials, will take place at the California Market Center in DTLA from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Curated by Besha Rodell, the event showcases bites from restaurants featured in the Weekly’s 99 Essentials issue that hits stands the same week. Guests will enjoy wine from top shelf wineries, cocktail samples and non-alcoholic sips. Confirmed restaurants include Animal, Bestia, Chengdu Taste, Providence, Melisse, Mozza Restaurant Group and more. For tickets, visit www.ticketfly.com. L.A. Weekly's The Essentials, California Market Center, 110 E 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90079, 213-630-3600.
The All-Star Chef Classic will return to “Restaurant Stadium” at LA LIVE and will showcase more than 25 chefs from around the globe including Michael Cimarusti, Josiah Citrin, Ludo Lefebvre, Dominique Crenn and Wylie Dufresne. A small "stadium" will let VIP ticketholders sit kitchen-side close to the action. Among the events will be the French Masters Dinner, American Masters Dinner, British Masters Dinner and Grill & Chill. Tickets start at $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.allstarchefclassic.com
The Celebrity Chef Tour, presented by the James Beard Foundation, will host an event at The L.A. Hotel Downtown. The featured chefs will be host chef Kevin Harry (Ziran, Los Angeles), Bernard Guillas (The Marine Room, La Jolla, CA), Elizabeth Hong (Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles), Brian Scheehser (Trellis, Kirkland, WA), Ari Taymor (Alma, Los Angeles) and mixologist Sara Strom (Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, CA). Tickets cost $175 plus tax. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. The L.A. Hotel Downtown, 333 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-617-1133.
The fifth annual Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert will feature wine and craft beer seminars, celebrity chef book signings and two “Grand Tastings” with more than 50 restaurants and 70 wineries, brewers and spirits purveyors. For more information, visit www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com