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.

Love Apple Farms to begin designer seedling sale

Having trouble finding that perfect tomato-seed strain? Love Apple Farms can help with their Annual Seedling Sale, where tomato-lovers can check out over 100 varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings. From March 10 – June 30, Ivy’s Porch in Scotts Valley will be home to the seedling sale. Guests can purchase a variety of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes including the Black Oxheart, Chili Verde, Super Marzano, Ludmilla's Pink Heart, and Berkeley Tie-Dye ($3.50 to $5.50 each) while learning at-home landscaping and plant a garden. Ivy's Porch will be open Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM. Ivy’s Porch: 5311 Scotts Valley Drive Scotts Valley, CA 95066. 831-588-3801.

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.

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The Hopping Pig: Crispy Pork Belly

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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