3 food events you should know about: Mexico's bicentennial at Test Kitchen; 'Tampopo' at Royal/T; '13 Days of Halloween' at Village Bakery
Mexico 2010: The Test Kitchen this week celebrates Mexico's bicentennial by hosting Baja chefs Diego Hernandez, formerly of Restaurante Uno in Tijuana; Ismene Venegas of Restaurante La Contra del Parque in Ensenada; and Guillermo Barreto of El Sarmiento restaurant in Ensenada. On Wednesday and Thursday, the three will prepare a spontaneous six-course menu; $50 per person. On Friday and Saturday, Joshua Gil of Mitla, the modern Oaxacan restaurant that he and Bricia Lopez plan to open next month, is offering a five-course menu for $55: sopa de guias with squash vines, chepil, zucchini stems, blossoms, chochoyote and chinicuil sauce; tlayuda of white white beans, mole coloradito, avocado leaves, cactuses and shrimp; braised turkey with hoja santa, black beans, poleo and bean masa tortillas; venison with yellow mole; and guava sponge cake with Oaxacan chocolate and goat milk caramel. 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 277-0133, testkitchenla.com
Ramen and a movie: Royal/T starts its fall entertainment line-up for "Nighttime @ Royal/T" on Wednesday with a screening of Juzo Itami's "Tampopo," the classic cult film about ramen culture in Japan. Before the screening in Royal/T's back lounge space, Jordan A. Yamaji Smith, a lecturer in Japanese studies and comparative literature at UCLA and Long Beach State, will discuss "Food, Sex, Satire in Modern Japan." A special ramen menu will be available in the cafe starting at 6 p.m. The film starts at 7:30 p.m. 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 559-6300, www.royal-t.org.
Countdown to Halloween: There are still a few days left of "13 Days of Halloween." Until Sunday, the Village Bakery in Atwater Village is featuring a different Halloween treat each day. Peanut butter and dark chocolate "monster eyeballs," bandaged Rice Krispie treat mummy heads, green marshmallow witches' fingers, and meringue ghosts dipped in chocolate and toasted coconut have been a few of the featured baked goods that baker-owner Barbara Monderine has dreamed up. 3119 Los Feliz Blvd., (323) 662-8600, www.thevillagebakeryandcafe.com.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Balloons over the Angel of Independence in Mexico City in celebration of Mexico's bicentennial. Credit: Marco Ugarte / Associated Press.