Napa Valley Grille stages a five-course dinner and wine pairing

Napa Valley Grille in Westwood Village is presenting a five-course wine pairing dinner ($75/person) on February 24 at 6:30 PM, featuring Summerland Winery of the Central Coast. Pairing selections by Executive Chef Taylor Boudreaux include: Sweet Shrimp Ceviche with an ’08 Pinot Gris, Pan Seared Crab Cakes alongside a ‘10 Chardonnay, Crispy Duck Breast paired with an ’08 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir, Oven Roasted Venison Chop with an ’09 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah, and Strawberry Guava Gallete with a ’10 Grenach Rosé. 1100 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024. 310-824-3322.

Photography provided by Napa Valley Grille

Bootlegger’s Brewery to release highly sought after hoppy craft brew

Pliny the Younger is not the only beer with all the hype. Fullerton, CA based Bootlegger’s Brewery is releasing their specialty – the Knuckle Sandwich DIPA (Double India Pale Ale; same beer-style as the Younger) starting tomorrow. The release weekend will kick off Thursday, February 23 until Sunday, February 26. Owner Aaron Barkenhagen released a newsletter this afternoon stating the limited availability of the brew. The Knuckle Sandwich DIPA will not be distributed to retailers, only bars on kegs as “this time around we had to make a little less than December due to other production constraints.” There is a three bottle/one growler purchase limit per person. Additionally, Aaron and the team will be celebrating their fourth birthday on Friday, April 13. 401 South Richman Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832. 714-871-2337.

Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week participants announced

For ten days in June, Coachella Valley will play host to the fifth annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, which will feature deals and packages for more than 100 local businesses. From June 1 – 10, local sponsors will enable visitors to “Eat. See. Stay.” Over 65 restaurants in Indio, Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding areas will offer three-course, prix fixe menus ($24 or $36/person), special overnight hotel packages and discounted rates at attractions such as water-parks and golf courses during restaurant week.

The Dish

The Hopping Pig: Crispy Pork Belly

This is not the first time we featured Crispy Pork Belly on The Dish and definitely not the last. Any pork aficionado would know that the pork belly is the most succulent part of a pig. It’s the kitchen preparations keeping certain parts of the belly both juicy and crispy. This Crispy Pork Belly served with braised white beans and candied lemon on top is from The Hopping Pig, a gastropub in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. This gastropub is not called The Hopping Pig for no reason, it’s presently serving seven pork-related items on the menu, including a dessert item – the Chocolate Bacon Crunch Bar. Read More

Events & Festivals

Over 30 wineries set to participate in Temecula’s World of Wine Weekend

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association, comprised of 30 wineries and 60 winemakers, presents the 21st Annual World of Wine Barrel Tasting Weekend on March 3 and 4. This event brings together over 30 Temecula wineries as they allow guests to barrel taste wines while providing food and wine pairings with select vintages. Ticket holders will receive a map and passport, good for entry at any of the participating wineries. Read More

Hudson House celebrates 3rd anniversary, Magnolia Bakery offering Oscar-themed cupcakes and more

The Hudson House in Redondo Beach, CA is turning three years old. To celebrate, chef and co-owners Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts will be throwing a classic Southbay Bash on March 4 from 3 PM – 8 PM with an outdoor BBQ. Offering freshly grilled tropical ocean flavors, Jello shots (i.e. guava and kumquat tequila), a spicy cachaça mojito, and a draught truck pouring hard to find brews for guests. 514 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. 310-798-9183.

As we watch the Academy Awards this weekend from our comfy couches, we can pretend we got some of that Academy Award swag as Magnolia Bakery in L.A. is offering the Black Tie Box. Available in packs of six ($22) or twelve ($44) on February 25 and 26 only, the Black Tie Box is a combination of three cupcakes: Red Velvet with whipped vanilla icing, Flourless Chocolate with vanilla bean meringue butter-cream and the Black and White Cupcake – chocolate cake with chocolate butter-cream and whipped vanilla icing. Call 323-951-0636 to order. 8389 West 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

City Tavern in Culver City is beginning its Market Basket Bartender program to shed some light on the cocktails available at the restaurant. Starting February 26, every Sunday from 3 PM to close, diners will be able to mix their own drinks based on seasonal ingredients decided upon by City Tavern bartenders Jeremy Back and Gia St. George.  Mixes will be made by blending a spirit, fruit, and syrup to combine one of three options within each category, creating a $6 cocktail. Spirits range from rum to rye to gin; the ‘fruit’ category will include fruit-flavors, herbs, and spices while the syrup section will include flavored syrups, bitters, and liqueurs. 9739 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. 310-838-9739.