Taste some wine ‘Off the Clock’ with Papilles’ Santos Uy

There is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking “off the clock,” and that is exactly what Santos Uy, noted oenophile, wants to celebrate this Sunday, March 4 from 2 PM – 4:30 PM, with his Off the Clock tasting at DomaineLA in Hollywood. Uy will be showcasing five different wines that inspire him and help unwind when he himself is off the clock, while paring them with savory and sweet bites featured at his bistronomy-influenced restaurant, Papilles. Only twenty-five tickets ($15 each) will be available for this tasting and are available for purchase at domaine547.com. DomaineLA: 6801 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038. Read More

Gourmet Sandwich Deli, Marcona, set to open March 20 on Melrose

Who says New York has to have all the delis? While taking a break from shopping along Melrose Avenue’s famous boutiques, Los Angeles natives and visitors will soon be able to stop by Marcona, an East Coast-style deli with Mediterranean influences and West Coast flare. Gourmet sandwiches will be prominently featured on the menu created by Chef Matthew Moss, such as a Merguez sausage-filled “Spanish gyro” and a spiced pork shoulder “Lomo.” Vegan options will be available with choices like the “V.B.Q,” a barbeque vegan meatloaf. And fear not, Marcona hasn’t forgotten those in the mood for a more traditional deli menu. East Coast deli staples such as a “Turkey Romesco” and a “Bodega” will be available every day.

For those looking for something sweet, New York pastry chef Janna Leone will have a selection of treats available both in-shop or by special order. Aside from the deli, Marcona will also include a small retail section, selling dry goods and fine foods created both in-house and under private label. Marcona will be open March 20: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 7368 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046. 323-951-9991.

Sommelier Spencer Cruse to join Drago Centro as new beverage director, Haven Gastropub to offer new cocktail menu

Join Drago Centro in downtown Los Angeles as they welcome certified Level 2 Court of Master Sommeliers, Spencer Cruse to the team as the new Beverage Director and Sommelier. Adding to the already extensive wine list at Drago Centro, Cruse is introducing more approachable wines to pair with Chef Ian Gresik‘s menu. Some of the new varietals include the Timarosso (Piemonte, Italy), Pecorino (Marche region, Italy), Nascetta (Piemonte, Italy), Furmint used in Tokaji (Hungary and Austria), Tannat (South West France), and Chenin Blanc (Loire Valley, France). 525 South Flower St. #120, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213-228-8998.

Haven Gastropub at both Pasadena and Orange locations are introducing a new “Prohibition-Era cocktail” menu featuring spirits like Earl Grey Infused Gin, Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and more. The new cocktail menu is concocted by Haven Gastropub bartenders, co-owner Wil Dee and Executive Chef Greg Daniels. Haven Orange: 190190 South Glassell St. # C, Orange, CA 9286. 714-221-0680. Haven Pasadena: 42 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.768.9555.

Drink + Food

Los Angeles happy hour round up: DTLA, Santa Monica

We all work hard for our money (so hard for it honey) and now with the recent spike in gas prices, who can afford to eat? You can, with these discounted dishes from Taste Terminal’s list of local happy hours. Here it is, Happy Hour Round Up Part Two. Read More

The Dish

Taco Asylum: Ghost Chili Pork Taco

Growing up in Southern California, young Greg Daniels loved spicy food. He would accept all sorts of dares from his brother to eat hot peppers and challenge his dad on who can put the most hot sauce on their food. Years later, manning his own restaurant, Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa, CA, it was inherent for Chef Greg, who also operates Haven Gastropub in Orange and Pasadena, to create the Ghost Chili Pork Taco made with a flour tortilla, pork cracklins, and topped with chili threads. He chose pork since it worked best with the ghost pepper, “We thought the pork was the best, since it’s fatty. And fat coats your mouth and makes heat linger longer. Between the fatness and the cracklin on top, you have a good delivery system for heat. I thought the ghost chili has a unique flavor, citrusy and extremely hot,” says Chef Greg. Read More

Golden Road Brewing celebrates its new cask brew with a beer festival

Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village will be releasing a new cask beer at a benefit and beer festival supporting the Whole Planet Foundation – a Whole Foods Market agency dealing with international poverty issues – on March 11 from 2 – 5 PM. Tickets include a souvenir glass (first 500 guests) and two beer tickets and can be purchased at the door or online for $20 per person (21+). Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $4. Read More

Steingarten LA to host a four-course cocktail and food pairing

On Wednesday, February 29, Steingarten in West L.A. will host a cocktail dinner featuring four courses off the menu at 7:30pm. For $55 per person, guests get to chose a different base spirit for their cocktails from three varieties of St. George Gins (Dry Rye, Terrior and Botaniviore) for their first drink. Other spirits served include: Bols Barrel Aged Genever; Balcones Baby Blue and True Blue Corn Whiskey; and St. George Absinthe. Tickets available online. 10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. 310.441.0441. Read More

New policy in L.A. County allows dogs in the outdoor dining area

Effective immediately, restaurant patrons in Los Angeles County are now privy to the company of their four legged friends. Recent policy changes now allow dogs in the outdoor dining area of restaurants. With the support of dog advocates and restaurant owners, Spot no longer needs to sit outside throughout LA County (excluding areas not subject to this policy – Pasadena, Long Beach, and Vernon). However, the decision is at the restaurant’s discretion and specific guidelines must be followed. Read More

Lucky Baldwins to host old school barleywine vertical beer tasting

Here is chance to taste a beer that’s no longer in production. The Thomas Hardy’s Ale, an English style barleywine, will be poured at Pasadena‘s Lucky BaldwinsThomas Hardy’s Ale Vertical Tasting on Wednesday, March 7 starting at 7 PM. Six different version (1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008) of the beer will be available from the bottle during the tasting. This beer was first brewed in 1968 by a brewery called Eldridge Pope and discontinued in 1999. In 2003, another English brewery, O’Hanlon’s Brewing Co., took on the task of recreating the beer. However, being too costly to brew, O’Hanlon’s Brewing Co. discontinued it in 2008. 17 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. 626-795-0652.

Test Kitchen alumni, chef Dan Moody to pop-up at Batch Restaurant & Bar

Culver City’s Batch Restaurant & Bar‘s Executive Chef Salvador Roldan is about to lend chef Dan Moody, who served as sous chef to Ludo Lefevre at LudoBites, some real estate for five days for his upcoming pop-up kitchen. Starting tomorrow until Saturday, March 3, chef Dan will be cooking up a specialty menu including Banana Bread Pudding a la Bourbon Pecan Pie as dessert. The rest of the menu will be revealed tomorrow. Call 310-202-8631 for reservations. 8631 W. Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232.

Beachwood BBQ to host Moonlight Brewing for a rare visit to SoCal

Even more beer news are coming down the wire this afternoon. Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA is hosting Santa Rosa’s Moonlight Brewing with a six course dinner and beer pairing on Monday, March, 12 starting at 6:30 PM. Beachwood’s owner Gabe Gordon plans to “incorporate molecular gastronomy techniques and exotic ingredient[s]” with the dinner. This event will also bring Moonlight’s owner Brian Hunt, who we had the pleasure of speaking with during San Francisco Beer Week. Brian, who almost never takes his brews outside of the Bay Area, will be onsite to talk about the beers selected for the dinner. The dinner is $100 per person with a 40 person seating limit (no parties larger than four). To reserve send an email to thebeerdinner@gmail.com with name, phone number and number of party. 131 ½ Main St., Seal Beach, CA 90740. 562-493-4500. Read More

Iron Chef Jose Garces open Tinto and El Jefe at The Saguaro in Palm Springs

James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef Jose Garces comes to sunny Palm Springs, CA after opening a number of restaurants in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Scottsdale. Presenting Tinto – a Spanish tapas bar offering a large wine selection, sangrias, and cidars, and El Jefe – a modern Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, to The Saguaro Hotel. Chef Garces will also be the Executive Chef at the hotel managing the food and beverage operations. 1800 East Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264.

Photography provided by M.S. Smith

Two beer events back-to-back at Far Bar

Craft beer lovers rejoice! More beer events are coming – one with San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co., one of the oldest U.S. craft breweries still in operation; the other with Paso Robles’ Firestone Brewing Co., winner of 2011 Great American Beer Festival’s Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year. Both breweries will be pouring their beers at Far Bar in L.A.’s Little Tokyo, back to back – two events, that’s getting some hype. “I don’t normally throw events back to back, people think they’ll burn out [from all the alcohol], but people are excited for both,” says Beer Program Manager Jimmy Smith. Read More

One night of Allagash Brewing Co. at Boneyard Bistro

On March 21, Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA will host an Allagash Brewing Night featuring hard to find beers. This Portland, Maine-based craft brewery will takeover ten of the 40 beer tap handles while food pairings will be offered to go with the brews.

Allagash Brewing Night will feature beers like: Confluence, Odyssey, Vrienden (collaboration with New Belgium Brewing), Victor, Victoria, Hugh Malone, Interlude, Little Big Beer, Curieux, Les Deux Brasseurs (collaboration with De Proef Brouwerii in Belgium) and more are expected to be announced. 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. 818-906-7427.

Have a leap year birthday? Get a free entree at Prego Ristorante

This for the leap year babies. On February 29 starting at 5 PM, Prego Ristorante, an Italian restaurant, in Irvine, CA will be giving out a complimentary entree of choice for guests who were born on February 29. Call 949-553-1333 for reservations (must show proof of birth date and limit to one per guest).

Sotto launches new wine list

Join Sotto, an Italian restaurant, in West Los Angeles during the evenings of March  2 – 3 for an introduction to their new wine list consisting of both new and classic wines. Wine Director Jeremy Parzen will be pouring and educating guests on the new wines available as Sotto’s wine list expansion includes old world classics of Southern Italy and new world wines of natural winemaking from California. Read More