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.
January 19-February 1
dineLA Restaurant Week returns January 19-February 1, 2015. This event offers diners the opportunity to indulge in specially priced menus from a variety of Los Angeles area restaurants. For more information, visit www.discoverlosangeles.com
Typhoon in Santa Monica will host Super Sushi Sunday. While watching the Super Bowl game on the 103'' HDTV, diners can enjoy a buffet of sushi and more. The cost is $35 per person (half price for kids under 10; free for kids under 4). Alcohol, taxes and gratuities are not included. Doors open 30 minutes before kick-off. For reservations, call 310-390-6565. Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop S., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-390-6565.
February 6 & 7
The general public will have the opportunity to stock up on imported wine and gourmet food products at Epicure Imports' open warehouse sale. Held from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, and from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, the sale will offer a large selection of items like French cheeses, truffle oils and chocolates at warehouse prices. Shoppers will also be able to taste a few samples along the way. Epicure Imports, 6900 Beck Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605, 818-985-9800.
The 3rd Annual LA Bacon Festival will take place at Paramount Studios from 12 p.m.-3 p.m., bringing together dozens of restaurants, bakeries and caterers presenting their signature bacon dishes. Participants will include Il Grano, Abigaile, Bow & Truss, Mendocino Farms and more. There will also be unlimited beer from more than 20 breweries. Tickets cost $65. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.labaconfest.com
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, 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 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