We’ve written extensively about our love for the restaurant scene in Los Angeles, with lines and lines about the great ethnic enclaves, late night dining and an emerging downtown scene that doesn’t seem to be letting up. Writing this from our Midtown Manhattan office, with our awesome weather and quirky neighbors, it sort of makes us want to move to Los Angeles, like, last January. We’re also quite jealous about these upcoming food events, which you should totally check out and maybe cash in some airline miles to attend.
DFC Downtown Brunch Up
Arts District café Daily Dose will host slightly elusive film editor and fried chicken savant Dante Gonzales (read our interview) for a badass brunch. On the menu: Organic scrambled eggs with heirloom fingerling potatoes and Dante’s Sock-It-To-Me fried chicken. “I love our shared eco-fresh values of sustainability and honest foods,” says Gonzales of the collaboration. Tickets are $15/person. Info: dailydoseinc.com.
Animal x Catbird Seat
Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson, the duo behind Nashville’s acclaimed tasting room The Catbird Seat, will be setting up at Animal for a night that we are sure will involve shots of Fernet Branca. Also, lots of courses. Eight will run you $135 per person. But we think there will be more, more, more! Reservations can be made by calling Animal after 2 p.m. Pacific time. animalrestaurant.com
Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinners at Paichẽ
Our man from Food GPS Josh Lurie tipped us to a pair of events he is co-hosting with F&W at soon-to open Peruvian izakaya Paichẽ. It’s the third restaurant from the team behind Picca and Mo-Chica (chef Ricardo Zarate and business partner Stephane Bombet). Zarate’s invited a few Best New Chefs to cook with him for two blowout dinners. Portland chef Naomi Pomeroy on the first night and Jamie Bissonnette / Viet Pham on the second. You can check out the menu here.
Night Market + Pok Pok
Portland/NYC chef Andy Ricker, who recently spent seven weeks in Thailand, is on the road again and will cook at Night + Market with chef Kris Yenbamroong to help celebrate Songkran (Thai New Year). The dinner is apparently a private affair (unless you’re bros with somebody at Singha), but Yenbamroong will be offering up some comp seats. Those can be secured by sending the restaurant an email and saying nice things about Kris’ cooking. Or feigning a terminal disease. Or maybe you’re really hot. thenightmarket.blogspot.com
Graham Elliot x Son of a Gun
Chicago chef Graham Elliot will post up at Son of a Gun for two nights to cook a five-course tasting menu with regional wines paired by his sommelier Jamie Kluz. The menu is $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity. An extra $40 will get you some of that Cali juice. Call Son of a Gun directly at 323-782 9033 for reservations. sonofagunrestaurant.com
Le Grand Fooding
Oh snap, Le Fooding is really taking over America now. Having run four years of successful events in New York City, the Paris-based publication is setting up at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. There will be two evening tasting events featuring a bunch of great Los Angeles (Nancy Silverton, Ludo Lefebvre Roy Choi, Josef Centeno) and Paris-based chefs (Gregory Marchand, Inaki Aizpitarte). We’re pretty sure Daft Punk will be grilling something too. Tickets are $50, available via pre-sale now for MasterCard cardholders. General sales begin April 2. The event also benefits the L.A. Food Bank and MOCA. legrandfooding.com