4 food events you should know about: Bocuse d'Or dinner at Providence; New York Times' Mark Bittman talks 'Food Matters'; Tom Colicchio's South Aussi supper; Starry Kitchen takes over Mandoline Grill
Bocuse dinner: Providence hosts a benefit dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 16., to promote the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation. Los Angeles chefs Josiah Citrin, Walter Manzke, Alain Giraud and Tony Esnault join Providence chef-owner Michael Cimarusti and pastry chef Adrian Vasquez to cook a multi-course dinner that features their interpretations of the most celebrated dishes of chef Paul Bocuse, founder of the Bocuse d'Or competition in Lyon, France. (See the menu after the jump; it's worth taking a look.) There also will be a silent auction featuring items such as dinner at Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills and Daniel Boulud's exclusive "Sky Box" at Daniel in New York. $150 per person. Call for reservations. 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 460-4170, www.providencela.com.
'The Food Matters Cookbook': Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's "Good Food" and chef-owner of Angeli Caffe, leads a conversation with Mark Bittman of the New York Times, discussing his latest book, "The Food Matters Cookbook." Bittman will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Skirball Cultural Center about ways to reduce carbon footprints (and waistlines), and how to buy and eat sustainably, seasonally and pleasurably. A book signing and tasting follow. 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15; advance reservations required. Buy online or by phone. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, (877) 722-4849 for tickets, www.skirball.org.
Colicchio cooks at Craft L.A.:After a trip to South Australia, chef Tom Colicchio will host a special dinner at Craft Los Angeles to celebrate the region's food and wine. On Monday, Nov. 1, he's preparing a five-course tasting menu that will feature, for example, South Australian rock lobster tails and wagyu beef. Guests will also get to hear about his favorite experiences down under, such as exploring Kangaroo Island and taking a swim with bluefin tuna. $250 per person (includes tax and gratuity). For reservations, call Anna Morini at (424) 204-7485 or e-mail email@example.com. Reception is at 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. 10100 Constellation Blvd., Century City, (310) 279-4180, www.craftrestaurant.com.
Starry Kitchen as Mandoline Grill, with wine:Catch Nguyen and Thi Tran of Starry Kitchen during their guest stint on the Mandoline Grill truck at wine shop Domaine LA's wine tasting on Sunday, Oct. 24. Domaine LA will be pouring a flight of five Spanish and Portuguese wines from importer Luis Moya of Vinos Unico, including Cava, Vinho Verde, Txakolina and two reds. The Trans will be serving their crispy tofu balls, among other favorite Starry Kitchen dishes. $15 per person (does not include food). Tickets are available online and at the event. 2 to 5 p.m. 6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, www.domaine547.com/store.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Thi and Nguyen Tran at Starry Kitchen. Credit: Krista Simmons / Los Angeles Times
Bocuse d'Or Foundation Benefit Dinner
amuse bouche dodine de canard a l'ancienne (duck stuffed with foie gras, truffle and pistachio) Josiah Citrin
gratin de homard a la newburg (gratinéed lobster, sherry, sauce glaçage royale) Walter Manzke
Soupe Paul Bocuse (double capon consommé, foie gras, black truffle, puff pastry) Alain Giraud
Rouget en écaille (wild French rouget sautéed in potato scales, two sauces) Michael Cimarusti
Granité des vignerons du beaujolais filet de chevreuil (loin of venison roasted market vegetables and fall fruits) Tony Esnault
Trio de dessert classique de maison Bocuse: crêpe a l’orange, tarte tatin, crème brulée Adrian Vasquez