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

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

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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

11th Annual 'Dine About Town San Francisco'

Dine About Town San Francisco” returns on June 1 and runs through the 15. Offering over 100 participating restaurants, the “Dine About Town San Francisco” program includes two-course lunch menus for $17.95 and/or a three-course dinner menus for $34.95. The list of participating restaurants can be found after May 15 at dineabouttown.com. To save even more dough, pay with your American Express Card to receive $15 back when dining three or more times, but remember to register your card at dineabouttown.com.

Beer festival at Tony’s Darts Away

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