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Small Bites: Rivera cocktail party and book signing, new menu at Grace, classes on table manners

April 14, 2009 |  4:02 pm

Rivera

Book signing dinner at Rivera: Rivera is celebrating Michael Crouser's photographic monograph "Los Toros," a black-and-white narrative depicting the world of the bullfight. This event is a book signing and cocktail party. Crouser also will unveil his panoramic bullring mural and image of matadora Cristina Sánchez as permanent additions to Rivera's dining room. A four-course prix-fixe "Los Toros" dinner will be offered for $65, and mixologist Julian Cox will introduce a new cocktail. Wednesday.  Cocktail reception, 5 to 7 p.m., prix-fixe dinner, 7 to 10 p.m. 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 749-1460, www.riverarestaurant.com.

What's new at Grace: Grace chef-owner Neal Fraser has announced a new spring menu at his Beverly Boulevard restaurant, including a seasonal prix-fixe menu that's $45 for three courses (wine pairings will cost an additional $25). On the prix-fixe menu: house-cured Tasmanian salmon with herb blini and horseradish crème fraîche; slow-cooked wild halibut with English pea risotto, ramps, chanterelles and green garlic; and Meyer lemon ricotta cheese cake with candied kumquats, Thai basil vodka and poppy-seed tuile. 7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 934-4400, www.gracerestaurant.com.

Table manners for kids: A six-part series of classes for children and teens at Piccolo Chef Culinary Academy for the Young Gourmet. Class 1 starts with topics such as sneezing and coughing, keeping promises and pointing and whispering. By the final class, kids will have learned the finer points of passing items with a serving utensil, how to handle difficult foods (ribs, fried chicken),  sending food back and buffet dining. Fee is $150 for the series. Wednesdays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. The Westside Children's Center, 12120 Wagner St., Culver City, (310) 295-4208, www.piccolochef.com.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo of Rivera by Christine Cotter / Los Angeles TImes

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