Three food(ish) events you should know about: French women, French wine, more Julie Powell
Wednesday: For anyone obsessed with French women (and not just what they eat and why they don't get fat), here's an opportunity to meet Debra Ollivier, author of "What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind." Cheese and wine will be served at a book signing and talk. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Alliance Française de Los Angeles, 10390 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 120, L.A. Free. Reservations required; e-mail email@example.com.
Friday (to March 31): Patina Restaurant Group unveils a collection of “Bordeaux Special Reserve” wines at select restaurants from its private reserve cellar (think the 2000 Château Pichon-Baron or the 2004 Château Latour à Pomerol). Bottles range in price from $79 to $495 and are available to diners until March 31, or while inventory lasts. Patina sommelier Eric Espuny also will host wine dinners at Pinot Bistro, Café Pinot and Pinot Provence (dates forthcoming). Available at: Café Pinot, 700 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, (213) 239-6500; Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, (714) 774-4442; Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A., (213) 972-7322; Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, 330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, (213) 680-0330; Pinot Bistro, 12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 990-0500; Pinot Provence, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 444-5900.
Jan. 23: At the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Julie Powell will team with the resort's chef, Jamie West, for a cooking demonstration of some of Julia Child's recipes. It's part of a special event package offered by the hotel and includes the demonstration, dinner, overnight accommodations Saturday night, and breakfast in the herb garden on Sunday morning. $700 per couple (golf available in lieu of the cooking demo), or $500 for individual accommodation (not including taxes). Call for reservations: (800) 422-6524.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: A tasting of Bordeaux wines. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles