4 food events you should know about: L.A. Street Food Fest, Hungry Cat's Gulf Benefit, 'Power of Miso,' more Ludo Bites 5.0
Mark your calendars:July 24: The L.A. Street Food Fest takes place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, with 60 vendors including Antojitos Carmen, Cemitas y Clayudas Pal Cabron, Dim Sum Truck, Mo-Chica, Grilled Cheese Truck and Ta Bom. General-admission tickets are already sold out, but there are still some VIP tickets available. (Tickets are available in advance only, not at the door.) The VIP ticket, at $65, gets you early entrance during a preview hour from 4 to 5 p.m. and special parking; there will be unlimited samples of eats and drinks, a photo booth and performances by Warpaint and the Deadly Syndrome. 4 to 5 p.m. preview, 5:30 to 9 p.m. general admission. Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. Go to www.lastreetfoodfest.com for tickets.
July 24: On Saturday, reservations for the remaining weeks of Ludo Lefebvre's pop-up restaurant LudoBites 5.0 at Gram & Papas will open at 9:30 a.m. Reservations will be available at www.ludobites.com and are provided by OpenTable. The remaining dates are Aug. 4 to Sept. 3 (Monday to Friday nights). Ludo Bites will be closed Aug. 19 and 20.
July 27: A share of the sales from the Hungry Cat's Gulf Benefit on Tuesday will go to the "Adopt a Fisherman" relief fund, an effort to help those who have lost their livelihoods because of the oil spill. The menu includes a full raw bar with crawfish and head-on shrimp; gem lettuces with blue crab, egg, buttermilk and mustard; oysters en brochette; alligator beignets; gumbo with shrimp, crab and andouille sausage; trout amandine; soft-shell crab po' boy; pan-roasted soft-shell crawfish, grits and fried green tomatoes; and blackened redfish with corn puree, succotash and crab pearls. Among the drink options are a Creole julep, Hurricane, Vieux Carre and Sazerac. 1535 N. Vine, Hollywood, (323) 462-2155, www.thehungrycat.com.
July 29: The next dinner in Breadbar's Hatchi series stars Makoto Okuwa of Sashi Sushi & Sake Lounge, titled "The Power of Miso." The featured ingredient? Um, miso. As always, eight dishes for eight dollars. Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 277-3770, www.breadbar.net.
-- Betty Hallock