Four food events you should know about: Now with more Bastille Day
You say it's your birthday The Original Farmers Market celebrates its 75th birthday with a week's worth of activities and an evening's worth of fun called "Taste of Farmers Market," which includes food samples and discounts from dozens of vendors, book signings and live music. The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets $20. (323) 933-9211. www.farmersmarketla.com.
It's beer time Akasha restaurant hosts a New Belgium beer dinner featuring summer dishes made with local farmers market ingredients and prepared by Akasha Richmond, paired with beers crafted by Eric and Lauren Salazar of New Belgium Brewery. On the menu: Carlsbad Aqua Farm oysters, beer-battered calamari and okra, Niman Ranch beer-braised pork shoulder and flourless black ale chocolate torte. A vegetarian menu is available upon request. Akasha restaurant, 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 7:30 p.m. $45 for dinner and drinks. (Wow!) Reservations required. (310) 845-1700.
I freak for France Finally, a true Bastille Day celebration can be had, at Maison 140, where the hotel's Parisian-style Bar Noir is teaming up with Club Culinaire of French Cuisine to present a party worthy of this town's most committed Francophiles. A DJ will spin French tunes while guests sip on French wine and Champagne and nibble on French cheese and fruit. The party is co-hosted by Sophie Gayot of Gayot.com and the hotel is offering a special overnight rate of $75 for revelers who'd rather not drive home. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hope Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Maison 140, 140 S. Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills. 6 to 11 p.m. $85. (310) 281-4000. www.maison140beverlyhills.com.
A decade of the tasty Melisse restaurant is turning 10 years old, and to celebrate it's throwing a birthday dinner party on Bastille Day. Chef Josiah Citrin will put together a special four-course menu to be served for $100 that evening. Then, for the remainder of July, the restaurant will offer a 10-course menu featuring Citrin's favorite dishes from the last 10 years, priced at $150 per person and accompanied by the option of a $10 corkage fee. House specialties include Mandarin tomato soup, egg caviar with cauliflower mousseline and lemon-chive creme fraiche. Melisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 395-0881. www. melisse.com
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Absinthe is prepared at Bar Noir in Maison 140. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times.