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Dinner dates: Rustic Canyon's Beer Bash; Breadbar's 'Burning Sensations'; Alain Giraud's Jam Session; Grace's 7-Year Itch

March 22, 2010 |  7:12 am

So you didn't score a reservation to Ludo Bites 4.0? (Chef Ludovic Lefebvre's latest edition of his pop-up dining experience sold out on the first day that reservations were accepted.) Well, luckily, there are lots of other dining options around town. A few this week (and beyond):

Tomorrow: It's Rustic Canyon's 3rd Annual Beer Bash. Executive chef Evan Funke, beer sommelier Christina Perozzi and pastry chef Zoe Nathan have put together a five-course pairing menu, such as: fried baby artichokes served with the Bruery's Orchard White; lamb chops with Craftsman's Biere de Mars; and strawberry shortcake with Craftsman's Aurora Borealis. It's $75 per person, including the beer.

1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 393-7050, www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com.

Wednesday: Alain Giraud stars in Vibrato Jazz Grill's Jam Session. The executive chef of Anisette Brasserie is offering a "fresh from the farmer's market menu" to the tunes of Norman Panto's Quartet ("Mediterranean gypsy jazz"). $95 for four courses; wine pairings are additional.  

2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air, (310) 474-9400, www.vibratojazzgrill.com.

Thursday: Breadbar presents Sona chef de cuisine Kuniko Yagi's "Burning Sensations" menu (no, not that kind of burning sensation). Yagi's playing with heat and char with dishes such as bruleed seasonal vegetables and miso-marinated beef with charred Tokyo negi and burnt rice crisps. Yagi is the latest guest chef presented by Breadbar chef Sugie Nori's "Hatchi Series." The menu features eight small plate courses priced at $8 per dish (minimum order of three dishes per guest). 

Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., R-2, Los Angeles, (310) 277-3770, www.breadbar.net.

Now through May 7: Grace is celebrating its seventh anniversary. The Beverly Boulevard restaurant turned 7 last month and is celebrating with tasting menus featuring Grace "classics." Three courses cost $47 (plus $27 with wine pairings); five courses, $57 (plus $37 for wine); and the chef's menu is $97 (plus $57 with wine). Among the offerings: Dungeness crab salad, wild Burgundy snails, bacon-wrapped saddle of rabbit, and sticky toffee pudding. Doughnut-making classes are also being offered; call (323) 934-4400. 

7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 934-4400, www.gracerestaurant.com.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Grace restaurant. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.