Impress your date with an Italian cooking lesson from Ombra’s chef Michael Young

Chef Michael Young from Ombra in Studio City, CA is going to be teaching a hands-on cooking course called “Godfather Cooking Class” featuring classic Italian dishes on Sunday, February 12. For $99 per person or $169 for a couple, students will get a recipe packet, wooden spoon, and a pound of dried pasta. The dishes include: Braciole (thinly sliced and pounded meat that is filled, tied and braised in a tomato sauce); Meatballs and Sunday Sauce; Mostaccioli (baked pasta); and Sicilian Cannoli. Want to see what Michael can do? Check out the video below. 3737 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City 91604. 818-985-7337. Read More

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La Festa dei Sette Pesci: the Feast of Seven Fishes, a southern Italian tradition

L.A. restaurants celebrating the "Feast of the Seven Fishes" with special menus

La Festa dei Sette Pesci is a tradition originating from Southern Italy that’s celebrated on Christmas Eve in observance of the birth of Baby Jesus through a feast of seven fishes. The fish-centered meal comes from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstinence. Fish counts have been known to go up to nine different varieties.

Chef Ian Gresik of Drago Centro in downtown Los Angeles has this to say, “The feast of seven fishes means experiencing a long standing Italian tradition, like stepping into the past when holidays meant good food, and family.” To celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes, restaurants in L.A. have created their own fish centered menus for one night only on Christmas Eve, December 24. Read More

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Michael Young of Ombra: an accidental chef

An eclectic path ending at his own restaurant

Chef Michael Young of Ombra in Studio City, CA has been cooking for nearly 19 years, but he wasn’t always into cooking. With a diverse upbringing from his family owning sandwich shops in Brooklyn to playing college soccer in Boston and going to law school in California, Michael somehow ended up owning his own restaurant. We followed chef around the kitchen as he showed us how to make homemade ravioli, shared his thoughts on wine, the Ombra concept and soccer. Read More

Michael Ruhlman’s four course dinner and book signing at Farmshop, and Vignalta wine dinner at Ombra

On Thursday, December 1 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Farmshop in Santa Monica is hosting a four course family-style dinner prepared by Jeff Cerciello and Michael Ruhlman, along with a book signing of Michael Ruhlman’s new book “Ruhlman’s Twenty”. Dinner cost $75 per person and comes with the book. Call 310-566-2400 for reservations. 225 26th St., Suite 25, Santa Monica, CA 90402.

Chef Michael Young of Ombra in Studio City is preparing a five course dinner and wine-pairing with Italy’s Vignalta founder Lucio Gomiero on Wednesday, December 7 from 6 PM – 10 PM. Dinner and wine pairing cost is $89. Call 818-985-7337 for reservations. 3737 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Read More