Four food events you should know about: Now with a good cause
Dine out for a cure Who can argue with that logic? Especially when the cure in question is for breast cancer and the dining involves 17 restaurants including Ford's Filling Station, Rush Street, the Madison, Blvd. 16, Le Grande Orange and Cezanne at Le Merigot Hotel. Participating restaurants will serve you delicious food and then give 10% of the profits to the L.A. County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For a full list of participating restaurants go to www.komenlacounty.org.
Dinner in Venice (without leaving town)Tonight All' Angelo is hosting the first in what will become a monthly Venetian dinner series. The dinners are inspired by a book of 5th century Venetian recipes that owner Stefano Ongaro's father recently acquired at an auction. Ergo, the monthly program is called "5th Century Venetian Tastings." For tonight's event, dinner will be paired with wines from a winery near Venice called Vignalta. On the menu: Venetian-style codfish and grilled radicchio, squid-ink-infused bigoli with clams, and pork ribs and homemade sausage with braised cabbage. All' Angelo, 7166 Melrose Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. $45, $28 optional wine pairing. (323) 933-9540. www.allangelo.com.
Mojito dinner and the L.A. Sparks Enjoy a four-course dinner with three minty mojitos on Ciudad's patio this evening. As an added bonus you'll also get a snifter of Zaya Gran Reserva 12-year-old rum to sip on. The menu includes Dungeness crab verrine, watermelon salad, Zaya braised beef and flan in caramel coconut rum sauce. Also of note: On Thursday evening Ciudad will have members of the L.A. Sparks basketball team on hand to serve dinners. The fabulous ladies will then donate all their tips to the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and Women's Care Cottage. Ciudad, 445 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 7 p.m. $45. (213) 486-5171. www.ciudad-la.com.
Get Victorian Heritage Square, one of L.A.’s most underrated museums, is hosting a series of mini-festivals beginning tonight and continuing every Thursday evening for the rest of the month. The final event takes place Aug. 9. The museum lawn, which houses eight pristinely preserved Victorian structures, will become a stage for musical performances, including the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas, who perform this evening. Local food vendors, including Papa Pollo and Edible Arrangements, will also be on hand, along with costumed docents. Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., L.A. Free. 5 p.m. (323) 225-2700. www.heritagesquare.org.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Heritage Square Museum at sunset. Credit: Ken J. Johnson, courtesy of the Cultural Heritage Foundation of Southern California