Genji Sushi hosts Sushi 101 for kids at Whole Foods Market

Making sushi chefs out of your children

Genji Sushi, authentic, sustainable and high-quality sushi and Japanese cuisine, is joining Whole Foods Market cross country and to celebrate, Genji is hosting a series of Sushi 101 courses for kids. On Saturday, April 28th, from 12pm – 2pm, Genji Sushi will teach its first class at the Redondo Beach Whole Foods Market speaking to the honored tradition of sushi, its history, its place in Japanese cuisine, while teaching a variety of rolls, ingredients and techniques. Classes are $10/person and all proceeds go to the Whole Planet Foundation, a foundation taht funds the alleviation of poverty. 405 North Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

2nd annual Taste of the Eastside

Benefitting the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Barnsdall Art Park, Rose Scharlin Nursery School and SEE Los Angeles

Join the Taste of the Eastside on Sunday, May 6th from 12PM – 5PM returning to Los Feliz for a 2nd year to honor the diverse culinary scene of eastside neighborhoods Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, and Highland Park. The festival features a variety of activities such asfood tastings, VIP cooking and cocktail demonstrations, a wine and beer garden, and entertainment courtesy of DJ Garth Trinidad. Participating restuarants include Auntie Em’s, Canele, Cliff’s Edge, Cookbook, Elf Cafe, Four Cafe, Good Girl Dinette, Guisados, Hugo’s Tacos, Intelligentsia Coffee, L&E Oyster Bar, Large Marge Sustainables, Little Dom’s, Madame Matisse, Malo, Pazzo Gelato, Proof Bakery, Reservior, Square One Dining, The Farmer’s Kitchen, The Park, Whole Foods “Local Love,” Xoia Vietnamese Eats and Yucas. The Wine and Beer Garden includes Eagle Rock Brewery, Golden Road Brewery and Silver Lake Wine.

For general admission, doors open at 1:00 p.m. and tickets are $35 in advance (online until May 5th at midnight)/$45 at the door. For early entry, unlimited food tastings, unlimited wine and beer flights, seminars and demostrations from Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s “Good Food,” Pastry Chef Ann Kirk of Little Dom’s, Jen Smith of Full Moon Pickles, Marcos Tello of Neat, Talmadge Lowe of Pharmacie, Jessica Koslow of Sqirl Jams, Naoko Moore of Toiro Kitchen and a guest Barista from Intelligentsia Coffee, guest must purchase the VIP ticket for $65 in advance/$75 at the door. Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Wild Alaskan Fish Fair at Chaya Brasserie Beverly Hills

Seafood lovers delight

Join Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills and Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe for dinner Monday, April 16 – April 30, 2012 for the “Wild Alaskan Fish Fair.” For a limited time only, guest can experience Alaska’s best showcase through Chef Tachibe’s Euro-Asian fare. Some menu items include starters such as Alaskan Halibut Sashimi with arugula pesto vinaigrette and shaved spring root vegetables ($14) or the Alaskan King Crab & Uni Tart with creamed mushrooms and hollandaise ($13) while entrées include Pan Roasted Alaskan King Salmon over artichoke purée with olive oil fried artichoke and a lavender pinot noir sauce ($36), an Olive Oil Parched Halibut with a short rib sheet, meyer lemon gremolata and fresh spring vegetables ($34), and Baked Black Cod in a Summer Black Truffle Soy Glaze with a Hijiki brown rice risotto and pea tendrils ($31) to name a few. Lastly for dessert, who can forget the Baked Alaska ($10). 8741 Alden Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048. 310-859-8833.

Five course, Capon-centric Italian Dinner at Locanda del Lago

Take a bite of this beast

Join Locanda Del Lago in Santa Monica for another installment of “Morso della Bestia”, Bite of the Beast, focusing on capon – a fattened rooster on Thursday, April 26 at 7 PM. Executive Chef Gianfranco Minuz will be showcasing this free-range, hormone-free poultry along side produce of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market in his five course menu. Dinner is $48/person and includes house red and white wine. 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401. 310-451-3525. Read More

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Adult Ice Cream Social at Bru Haus

Tonight from 5 PM - 7 PM

Join Bru Haus and the Drunken Udder for their Adult Ice Cream Social offering alcoholic ice creams such as the Drunken Udder’s Bourbon Salted Caramel, Caramelized White Chocolate Godiva, or Saffron Candied Ginger Soco served alongside or inside Bru Haus’ select brews for a beer float. Bru Haus will also be offering Happy Hour specials the entire event, such as $5 grilled cheese and add on a Bud Light or PBR for $1, $0.50 Frank’s buffalo, honey bbq, or sweet Sriracha chicken wings (orders of 6), $5 currywurst, $15 sausage sampler (3 sausage, 3 toppings), and $2 off well drinks, wine and draft beer. Must be 21 to enter. RSVP by emailing events@bruhauspub.com. 11831 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049.

Evan Kleiman popping up at The Charleston in Santa Monica

For one night only

Join The Charleston in Santa Monica as Chef Jet Tila kicks off its first pop up with Chef Evan Kleiman and the return of Angeli Caffe. For those who want one last taste of Angeli Caffe’s rustic Italian cuisine, Chef Evan Kleiman will be serving a 4 course dinner on Monday, May 7th with seatings at 6 PM and 8 PM. A seat at this family style dinner runs at $45/person and does not include beverages. 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310-828-2115. Read More

6th annual Calabasas Malibu Wine and Food Festival

Taste of Calabasas

Beginning June 9th through the 24th, the cities of Malibu and Calabasas will be hosting the Taste of Calabasas with a 14 day festival celebrating their food and wine. This event boasts of cooking demonstrations with master chefs, wine tastings from international wineries, participation of local restaurants, and breweries. This event also includes live entertainment from the Fabulous Esquires, the Satin Dollz, and other skilled jazz bands. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Read More

The Wilshire in Santa Monica is having a backyard pig-roast

To benefit Taste of the Nation

Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica is hosting a backyard pig roast ($55) to benefit Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation on April 22 from 12 -4 PM. Chefs Nyesha Arrington of Wilshire and Chris Crary of Whist will prepare a whole pig including pulled pork, pork belly, spare ribs, and pig ears. Mixologist Devon Espinosa of Pour Vous and Michel Dozois of Neve Ice will serve Trashcan Punches while craft beer from Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Smog City Brewing, and Haven Gastropub + Brewery will also be available.

This event includes invites for contestants from Los Angeles’ Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, and Top Chef Just Dessert to enjoy the potluck with guests. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for Taste of the Nation Los Angeles (June 10 in West Hollywood) at a discounted price. 2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310-586-1707.

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Beer Belly’s chef Wes Lieberher talks about his menu, foie gras, and winning a Korean BBQ cook-off

The man behind the belly

Beer Belly in Los Angeles’ Koreatown may be best known for serving up craft beers curated by owner Jimmy Han, but the man behind the food has also been winning accolades and recommendations from patrons and food critics alike. Chef Wes Lieberher, hailing from Philadelphia, became an essential part of Beer Belly just a week before it opened. “I came in here during his [Jimmy Han] soft opening and he was in the kitchen rolling meat balls. I asked him what he’s doing rolling meat balls and he told me one of his cooks didn’t show up. I told him I’ll write him a menu, and if you like it I’ll come work for you,” Wes tells us. And the rest is history. Read More

Beer festival at Tony’s Darts Away

Happy 2nd anniversary!

Join Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA on Saturday, April 21 from 11 AM to close for the celebration of its 2 year anniversary and all day Beer Festival. In addition to the extended outdoor deck and bar, Tony’s Darts Away’s Beer Festival will be serving chef Randal St. Clair’s menu favorites such as their Jailhouse tacos – vegan or non-vegan chili ladled over Fritos, jalapenos, salsa, Daiya or Tillamook cheddar, and sour cream (optional) as well as popular vegan and non vegan sausages. (No regular brunch menu will be served) And for the beer, Paige Reilly will be serving rare specialty brews such as Cuvee de Tomme, Supplication, Sucaba, 4 Calling Birds and more on tap. Admission is $30 and includes five taster pours and a commemorative glass while additional tasters can be purchase at 5 for $20. 1710 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. 818-253-1710.

Chaya offers three Easter Sunday Brunch options, CHAYA Downtown celebrates the spring with the Cherry Blossom Festival

On April 8 from 11 AM – 3 PM, Chaya Downtown, Chaya Beverly Hills, and Chaya Venice will each offer a three-course Easter Brunch menu ranging from $35-$38 ($12-$18; ages 12 and under). Read More

SOL Cocina offers classic views of Newport Harbor while dining from your boat

'Dock & Dine Season' at the Balboa Marina

Sol Cocina is welcoming back “Dock & Dine Season” for its third year at the Balboa Marina in Newport Beach. The restaurant will provide traditional Coastal Mexican cuisine and dockside catering during the spring and summer months. “Dock & Dine” will offer five tasting menu packages such as the AZUL ($75 for a group of six) and the TACOS SOL($150 for a group of 10). SOL favorites including Grilled Carne Asada, Kurobuta Pork Carnitas, Lemon-Garlic Chicken, Grilled Fish Zarandeado, and Carne Asada Tacos Vampiros along with salsas, guacamole, and Borracho black beans with cotixa cheese will be featured.

While dockside catering and traditional SOL catering such as corporate dinners, luncheons, cocktail receptions, private tequila dinners, and large-scale galas are offered year-round, SOL uses the view of the bay and increased beach tourism to highlight their catering capabilities during “Dock & Dine Season.” SOL also hosts customized private tequila tastings with over 60 tequilas. Events are available in a private bar with a dedicated bartender. Guests can also try Taco & Tequila Tuesday specials every week on Tuesday, from 4 PM – 10 PM as well as Industry Hours (50% off cocktails, beer and wine for those working in the hospitality industry) on Sunday – Thursday, from 9 PM – midnight and Friday – Saturday from 11 PM – close. 251 Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92660. 949-675-9800.

Food

New chef and menu at Lexington Social House

Spring into the season with chef Jared Simons

Lexington Social House in Hollywood welcomes their new chef, Jared Simons, to the team as well as his new spring menu. Joining Lexington Social House from Violet and Bardot, Chef Simons brings his classic American fare with a subtle twist focusing on the usage of products from small farms, minimally processed, and union/American made. Read More