Events & Festivals

Taste of the Nation Los Angeles

100% of ticket proceeds benefit Share Our Strength - ending childhood hunger

Join Taste of the Nation Los Angeles on Sunday, June 10th from 1-4pm at The Lot in West Hollywood in its fight against childhood hunger. Participating in this event are some of LA’s best including: Black Market, Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar, Border Grill Restaurants and Truck, Campanile, CHAYA Restaurant Group, Church & State, Lukshon, Michael’s, Mo-Chica and Picca, and Night + Market to name a few. Also participating and quenching your thirst are Intelligensia, St Germain, Infinium Spirits, Appleton Rum with La Descarga; Miracle Mile Bitters, St. George Spirits with Harvard & Stone; Pernod Ricard USA with The Varnish; and in the craft beer tent: Eagle Rock Brewery with The Surly Goat, The Bruery with Beer Belly, El Segundo Brewing with Library Alehouse, and more. Tickets are $160 for VIP, $110 for General Admission, $25 for kids, and guests may pre-purchase on-site valet parking for $25. 1041 N Formosa Ave, West Hollywood, California

Japanese Beer Garden at Chaya Downtown

Kanpai!

Join Chaya Downtown in DTLA for the return of its Japanese Beer Garden weekdays from 4PM – close, now until Friday, August 31st. Available in the outdoor patio are the Yakitori Skewers – Bacon Wrapped Date, Beef Tongue, Short Rib, Shrimp, or Shiitake grilled to order; hot and cold Izakaya fare – Grilled Corn with Feta Cheese, Garlic Fried Soft Shell Shrimp with Chipotle Miso, Spicy Tuna & Shishito Pepper Tempura, “Mozuku” Somen Noodle, Baked Half Shell Scallop with Soy Butter and Wasabi, and Tofu “Hiyayakko” medley with Chicken Miso; and of course pitchers of specialty Japanese Biiru such as Kirin Beer, housemade Sake Sangria, a Sake Flight, and award-winning premium Japanese whiskeys. 525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

The Dish

Enoteca Drago: Pancetta d’Agnello

New chef, new dishes

Enoteca Drago located in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA has announced the new addition of Chef de Cuisine, Chef Garrett Mukogawa to the team. Chef Mukogawa brings Asian and French influences to Enoteca Drago’s Italian cuisine as he introduces new items to the spring menu such as the Pancetta d’Agnello with lamb belly, honey comb, goat cheese espuma, and pickled fennel. Read More

Celebrate National Burger Day at Burger Lounge

FREE Burger MAY 28TH

In celebration of National Burger Day, the Burger Lounge in West Hollywood is offering 1 free burger per patron until close Monday May 28th. This eco-conscious burger joint is offering all of their burgers, including the 100% grass-fed beef Lounge Burger, Wild Salmon Burger, Free-Range Turkey Burger, and Quinoa Veggie Burger in this promotion.  8539 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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New at WP24

Now available

 WP24 at the Ritz Carlton at L.A. Live has launched its new spring programs for Angelenos to enjoy. From 5PM – 7PM daily, guests can enjoy the “Four for $24” in the WP24 lounge. Offering a rotating tasting menu of WP24’s dim sum style dishes,  Chef John Lechleidner offers items such as the Peking Duck Roll with House Special Hoisin Glaze, Pork Belly Bao Bun with Chinese Honey-Garlic Glaze, Chicken “Dan Dan” Dumplings with Ground Peanuts and Chili, and the Shrimp & Lobster Spring Roll with 10 Spice Honey dipping sauce for $24.

Also newly available is an elevated dim sum style dessert cart offered Monday-Saturday from 5 p.m. until close created by Pastry Chef Sally Camacho.  Chef Sally will showcase seasonal sweets including Cashew Crunch Chocolate Cremeux Verrine, market fresh fruit tarts, the Passion Fruit Vacherin Verrine with passion fruit curd, gingersnap crumbs, compressed pineapple, and meringue kisses;  and of course her signature, Ovaltine Dipped in Caramelia Chocolate. Conveniently available are also packaged pastries such as financiers, cashew toffee brittle, and house made fortune cookies. 900 West Olympic Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90015

Food

2012 Vegas Uncork’d Grand Tasting

Partying it up with the Las Vegas culinary elite

Ancient Rome was the perfect setting for food fans to indulge at Bon Appetit’s 6th annual Vegas Uncork’d and the feature event, the Grand Tasting. Set at the Caesars Palace pool, 50 of the nations’ top chefs and 30 sommeliers represented 60 restaurants serving everything from foie mousse to pork cheek yakitori, as well as do-it-yourself gin and tonics to lychee martinis. Read More

Food

Santa Monica Gets a Taste of NYC with West 4th and Jane

Delicious and unpretentious

West 4th and Jane co-owner, Steve Liebermann noticed something that Los Angeles was missing.  He noted that L.A. had either high-end or dive bars, there wasn’t anything in between.  Liebermann wanted a type of place that creates a “friendly atmosphere for visitors, locals, and fellow New Yorkers to gather together and enjoy our hand-picked beers or a glass of wine and a delicious meal just blocks from the beach.” He did just that and West 4th and Jane has become a staple of the Santa Monica food scene for the past three years. Read More

Events & Festivals

Taste of Spring with David LeFevre, Ben Ford and Neal Fraser

In support of GrowingGreat.org

Teaming up with GrowingGreat.org, Chef David LeFevre of M.B. Post, Chef Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station, and Chef Neal Fraser of The Strand House are hosting the first Taste of Spring on Saturday, May 19th in a private home in Manhattan Beach. Guests will experience live cooking demonstrations, wine and beer tastings, and local, health dishes as well as an online auction, raffle, live music and receive swag bags filled with food samples, seeds, and Chef’s detailed recipes. The evening’s menu features Duck confit salad with lentils, pomegranate, apricot, and frisee with cava maple mustard vinaigrette, Seared tuna mini tacos with jicama, mango and a smoked chile vinaigrette, and Gluten-free cakes (donated by Eat Cake Cafe) with coffee service to name a few. Tickets are $200 per person and very limited. All proceeds will go to GrowingGreat and its students.

Photo Credits:  gourmetpigs.com, Dole, and Antoinette Bruno 

Events & Festivals

Summer Beer Garden and Whole Animal Roast with Tender Greens

Starting May 20th

Join Tender Greens in Hollywood on Sunday, May 27th at 5pm, and every 4th Sunday of each month until October 28th, for the celebration of summer! Read More

Drink

Mini Local Brewer’s Fest & Pool Party at Four Points

Beer Appreciation Night

Join Four Points by the Sheraton at LAX on Saturday May 12th from noon-5PM for a mini Local Brewer’s Fest, as a part of Beer Appreciation Night and the opening of Brewster’s Pool Bar. Read More

Events & Festivals

“Eat Good Food” with Sam Mogannam

Four course dinner at Farmshop

Join Farmshop in Santa Monica, CA and Sam Mogannam of San Francisco’s iconic Bi-Rite Market on Friday, May 11th from 5:30PM – 9:30PM for dinner and signing of his new book, Eat Good Food. Read More

Events & Festivals

El Segundo Brewing Co. celebrates 1st anniversary!

Introducing Double IPA, Two 5 Left

After completing their first year, El Segundo Brewing Co.is celebrating with a VIP party and the release of their first Double IPA – Two 5 Left! Join El Segundo Brewing Co. on Sunday May 20th from noon – 2PM for a special VIP party Read More

Food

M Cafe de Chaya

Healthy and flavorful

M Cafe de Chaya, located in Mid City and Beverly Hills, is led by Chef Lee Gross in contemporary macrobiotic cuisine. The stigma behind health food, vegan options, the raw food movement, and macrobiotic cuisine generally dances around the notion that it tastes like cardboard, lacks flavor, and is just really bad. However, Chef Gross’ creative cooking and attention to bold flavors illustrates the wide range of macrobiotic cuisine. Read More

Mother’s Day round up part 3

Still no reservation? Cutting it close aren't we?

Mother’s Day seems to have snuck up on you, but worry not, here is a third round up of ways to show mom you care, take your pick. Read More

Food

Getting your shawarma fix

What is shawarma?

After sitting through 142 minutes of “The Avengers,” these superheros taunt your hungry bellies as you watch them consume a feast of shawarma. What is shawarma? Shawarma is a middle eastern meat preparation, where lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or mixed meats are grilled on spits and served on a plate, on a pita, or wrap. But this description could never do your taste buds justice. Here are places where you can find out for yourself.

Ro-Ro’s Chicken – The “healthy Lebanese cuisine.” 660 W Sunset Blvd, Ste C, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Mezze  – Available are the shawarma dish of brisket, amba, and house made pickles on the dinner menu and the chicken shawarma sandwich at the bar also with amba and house pickles, served on a sesame baguette. 401 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90048

Spitz –  sandwiches, wraps, salads, and plates of shawarma. 371 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Jazz Brunch at The Charleston

With bottomless mimosas

The Charleston in Santa Monica, CA has kicked off its very own Jazz Brunch with Chef Jet Tila’s twist on traditional brunch dishes to the sound of The Richard Glaser Band. Available on Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., some of Chef Tila’s menu items include the Short Rib Hash & Eggs with your choice of Eggs and Toast and the Bread Pudding French Toast made with Brioche Bread Pudding with Maple Syrup. Brunch cocktails include the Charlie Sheen Tiger Blood-y Mary – Vodka, Sambal Chili Sauce, Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Capers, and Pickles and of course, the Bottomless Mimosa – fresh squeezed Orange Juice and Champagne. 2460 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403