Food

Napa Valley Grille’s new Executive Chef Taylor Boudreax

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Seasoned chef, Taylor Boudreax, with over 17 years of culinary experience takes the lead at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood, CA. He’s cooked at Mastros, was executive chef/partner Citizen Smith, and most recently was recruited to work as the corporate executive chef of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide. Taylor takes a straightforward approach with food that emphasizes on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, “When you are fresh out of school, you might think putting 19 things on a plate is great, but, to me, the soul of a dish gets lost. I came to understand that if you take a great cut of meat and season and cook it correctly, it will be amazing. It might be called ‘simple’ or ‘rustic,’ but it’s also about letting the food be what it should be.”

New seasonally-inspired winter creations at Napa Valley Grille include his signature Blue Crab Cakes with classic Tartar Sauce, Fresh Herb Salad, and Lemon Vinaigrette ($16.25), and Lamb Ragù with housemade Tagliatelle Pasta, Red Wine, Tomatoes, and Parmesan ($13).

Photography provided by Napa Valley Grille

Learn about beer with the author of Beer U at Tony’s Darts Away, Wirtshaus offers beer and food pairing dinners

On Tuesday, January 24 at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA, Jeff Musial, a beer educator and author of the book Beer U will be onsite. From 7 PM – 8 PM, he’ll be discussing the importance of craft beer over a beer flight of his favorite beers for $8. He’ll also be signing copies of the book. 1710 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. 818-253-1710.

Starting Tuesday, January 31, Wirtshaus on La Brea is kicking off a series of German beer and food pairing dinners. A pre-fixe menu will be offered from 6 PM – 10 PM for $40. The dinner includes three courses and a flight of five beers. The first dinner will have rabbit stew, Pork Wellington, and pretzel bread pudding. 345 N. La Brea Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. 323-931-9291.

Venison menu at Locanda del Lago

On Thursday, January 26th at 7 PM

Always wanted to taste venison? Well now you can enjoy the whole animal at Locanda del Lago in Santa Monica for Chef Gianfranco Minuz‘s nose-to-tail dinner “Morso della Bestia” – Bite of the Beast. On Thursday, January 26th at 7 PM, 14 guests will be able to enjoy Chef Minuz’s Northern Italian take on venison through a 5 course menu. 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401. 310-451-3525. Read More