Black truffles and foie gras dinner at the Royce at the Langham

The Royce in Pasadena is throwing two dinners celebrating truffles and regional cuisine from the southwest of France. On February 8 and 9, chef David Féau is presenting a six-course tasting menu featuring “fresh, local produce and the finest products from around the world” with the main focus on black truffles. Dinner is $180 per person or $250 per person with wine pairings.

The second event, on February 28 and 29, features Ariane Daguin, founder and owner of D’Artagnan along with chef David Féau and Sommelier Eric Espuny for a five-course tasting menu. The menu includes game, foie gras, cassoulet, and other regional specialties from the Pyrenees, plus wine pairings. Dinner is $95 per person or $150 per person with wine pairings. For reservations call 626-585-6410. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.


Inside look at chef Vicente Del Rio’s Casa Azul Cantina

Mexican cuisine can be enjoyed by all walks of life, from your local taco stand to elevated restaurant cuisine. Now the folks of the Westside can enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at Casa Azul Cantina in Westwood, CA from chef and restauranteur of the FRIDA Restaurant Group, Vicente Del Rio. Learning his craft from his mother and grandmother, Chef Del Rio’s authentic and traditional Mexican cuisine rivals that which you would find in Mexico. As Vicente tells us “if you go to any part of Mexico, you can find this food there.” Read More

Valentine’s Day specials at Koi, Casa Vega now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Japanese restaurant Koi Los Angeles, is offering specials from Friday, February 9 until Tuesday, February 14. The menu includes: White Kiss Roll for $22 (Yellowtail, Scallion and Cucumber Wrapped in Soy Topped with Sliced Halibut & Tomatoes with a Lemon Lime Ume(Plum) Sauce); Heirloom Tomato & Shrimp Cocktail with Sweet Yuzu Vinaigrette for $14; Tuna Caprese (Buffalo Mozzarella, Garlic Oil, Balsamic & Soy) for $16; Oven-Roasted Snapper with Habanero Dashi Salsa for $22; Trio Platter (5 Layer Chocolate Cake, Macaroon Ice Cream, Chocolate Covered Strawberry) for $15; Tres Leches Cake (Poached Cherries and Cherry Chocolate Sorbet) for $12; Champagne Chocolate Mousse Cake (raspberry bon bon and raspberry coulis) for $12; Koi Crush (vanilla vodka and strawberry liqueur topped with pineapple and cranberry) for $12. 730 N La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069. 310-659-9449.

Sherman Oak‘s Casa Vega is now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner on February 14. Diners that make reservations will receive Champagne and roses. Aside from Mexican dishes, the restaurant offers a full bar including all sorts of margaritas. 13301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. 818-788-4868.