American Craft Beer Week with The Tripel and Smog City Brewery

Join The Tripel in Playa Del Rey and Smog City Brewery of Tustin in celebration of American Craft Beer Week on May 21st at 6:30PM. After starting with a cocktail beer hour,  guests will then enjoy a 4-course tasting menu paired with limited edition Smog City beer on draft.  Some of the menu items include: Sweetened Egg Omelette and Wood Ear Mushrooms, Black Bread with Rabbit Pâté and Pickled Icicle Radish, and the Beet Pasta with Wild Boar Ragout and Porcini Mushroom. While this event is priced at $65/person, the Tripel will also be offering a selection of Smog City beers alongside the special menu a la carte from 9PM-close. 333 Culver Boulevard, Playa Del Rey, CA  90293

“Trap Door Dining” popping up

Head to tail fin dining

Join Chef Kenny Selinger starting Monday, May 21st at 6:30p and 9:00p for the first of the two pop-up dinners from the “Trap Door Dining” series. This 5 course prix fixe menu will focus on 4 sustainable fish dishes prepared using different methods and paired with Dragonette Cellar wines, as well as a dessert dish, at an undisclosed location on the eastern border of West Hollywood. Priced at $59.00/person with advance reservation and $69.00/person at the door, each dinner has a limit of 20 guests. To make reservations please contact the Trap Door Dining team at Undisclosed location, West Hollywood, CA

Mother’s Day Round Up Part 2

More ways to feed her your love and appreciation

If the last Mother’s Day round up wasn’t enough, here are more Mother’s Day options for you, mom, wifey, aunties, and grandmas. Better make that reservation now.

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French American comfort food at Faux Pas Bistro

Now open

Faux Pas Bistro in Mid City has officially joined the LA restaurant scene and is now opened. Designed by Spacecraft and operated by United Culinary Artist, Faux Pas Bistro serves up classic French comfort foods with an American twist.   Read More


Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles’ New Rooftop Cocktail Garden

Infusing the freshest ingredients into summer cocktails

The perfect summer weather that everyone envy’s in Los Angeles is quickly approaching.  Why not make your out-of-town friends a little more jealous and enjoy a summer cocktail that matches the climate?   Read More

Mother’s Day Round Up Part 1

Ways to feed her your love and appreciation

As Mother’s Day is just around the corner once again, it’s time to show that special lady what she means to you. But where to begin? Lets start with her belly. Here are some spots to hit up with your momma. Read More

New Spring Menus throughout Los Angeles

A taste of spring

Although the recent California weather doesn’t quite reflect it, spring has indeed arrived. And so have spring menus!  Read More

Crawfish Boil at Dominick’s

Back for its third year

Beginning May 5th from 1 2PM – 4 PM, and every Saturday there after for the month of May, Dominick’s in West Hollywood will be hosting its Annual Crawfish Boil. Join Chef Brandon Boudet and Dominick’s patio for 300lbs of boiled crawfish. In addition to the crawfish[10.99/lb], Chef Brandon is offering ½ Dozen Oysters[$14], Roast Beef Po’ Boy[$8], Crawfish Boiled Artichoke with Creole Remoulade[$11], Maui Onion Rings[$7], New Orleans Sno Balls[$3.25] (Blueberry, Raspberry, Chocolate and Coconut Cream), a Shot of Old New Orleans Spiced Rum[$9] (can added to the Sno Ball), $3 Beers, and Dago Red, Dago White & Prosecco[$12 per bottle]. 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day

Commerating through food and drink

Often confused with Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the unlikely Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla and this year, it’s also Derby Day! Who needs more reason to celebrate? Here are some tasty events honoring this glorious occasion. Read More

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.

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

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 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.

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