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Four Food Events You Should Know About: You've finally met your matcha

July 30, 2009 |  2:33 pm

Matcha

THURSDAY

Michael Voltaggio
The former Bazaar chef is taking his highly anticipated turn guest-cheffing at Breadbar's hatachi series. The weekly series features eight small plates created by the guest chef, each priced at $8. Voltaggio's chosen theme is "An experience of texture and flavor, an artistic series of small plates." David Haskell, formerly of BIN 8945, will do the wine pairings and work the front of the house. Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. 6 to 10 p.m. Guests must order a minimum of three dishes. (310) 277-3770. www.breadbar.net.

Cooking Korean Join cookbook author and Food section contributor Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee as she talks about her new book, "Quick and Easy Korean Cooking: More than 70 Everyday Recipes." Her book includes recipes for appetizers, snacks, soups, hot pots, rice noodles and entrees. It also devotes an entire chapter to kim chi. Lee is a first-generation Korean American and has written about food for The Times, Eating Well and Korean Culture. Korean snacksand drinks will be provided. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 7:30 p.m. Program included in museum admission, $9 general, $7 students and seniors. (626) 449-2742, ext. 20. www.pacificasiamuseum.org.

Matcha maker If you're a fan of the delicious powdered ceremonial Japanese teacalled matcha, then you'll want to make a reservation to attend a special matcha-themed night at Le Palais Gourmet. Chef and owner of Jin Patisserie, Kristy Choo, will make matcha-infused desserts including cakes, chocolate and creme brulee. Hot and cold matcha drinks will also be served. So, hurry up and find out why the Buddhists have been drinking the super-healthy beverage for more than 800 years (and why it retails for $50 per 30 grams). Le Palais Gourmet, 401 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills. 6:30 p.m. $40. RSVP required, (310) 271-7922. www.lepalaisgourmet.com.

Getting rummy in the O.C. Enjoy cigars and rum under the Southern California stars as the nearly 40-year-old Cellar restaurant hosts a decadent four-course dinner paired with Appleton sipping rum and Royal Jamaica cigars. The Cellar, 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton. 6:30 p.m. $69.95. (714) 525-5682. www.cellardining.com.

--Jessica Gelt

Photo:Trio of pots de creme with matcha, dark chocolate (bottom left) milk chocolate (right) and white chocolate (rear). Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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