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.
Saddle Peak Lodge will offer a special Easter brunch. The three-course menu costs $55 per person ($35 for children 12 and younger) and features dishes such as prime rib, leg of lamb sandwich and French toast with candied pecans and bananas Foster. For more information, visit www.saddlepeaklodge.com or call 818-222-3888. Saddle Peak Lodge, 419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302, 818-222-3888.
For Easter brunch, One Pico will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu with options like asparagus soup among the starters; Colorado lamb chops with polenta, braised escarole and black olive jus for mains; and a double fudge brownie with dulce de leche and candied peanuts for dessert. The cost is $90 per person. One Pico, Shutters on the Beach, One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-458-0030.
Through April 6
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is celebrating March Madness at its Sawtelle, Fairfax and Downtown locations. While enjoying drink and food specials ($2.50-$14), fans can catch the action on high-def plasma TVs. (Private viewing parties for up to 20 people can be booked at Fairfax and Downtown.) Chef Ernesto Uchimura's menu items include double cut wings, a spicy fried chicken sandwich, Burger Royale with braised short rib, truffle cheese and truffle aioli, and a Banh Mi Burger with a house-ground pork patty, Sriracha mayo, pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber, jalapeño and cilantro. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, 351 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 310-288-6500.
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
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.