3 food events you should know about: Breadbar's dessert workshop; Potato Week at Larchmont Grill; Rock Sugar ingredient scavenger hunt
'Festive Desserts Without Fear': Robert Wemischner, author of "The Dessert Architect," is hosting a hands-on class on Sunday, Nov. 14., to teach participants the art of creating desserts. The workshop will show you how to prepare: pears in caramel with vanilla ice cream, cranberry pistachio tart and "chocolate fantasy" served with fruits of the season. (We're just not sure where the fear ever came in.) Seating is limited; reservations recommended. $70. 5 to 8 p.m.
BreadBar West Third 8718 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, (310)-205-0124, www.breadbar.net.
An homage to the potato’s possibilities: From Monday, Nov. 8, to Sunday, Nov. 14., Larchmont Grill's tuber initiative is centered on a three-course potato menu for lunch or dinner. Aiming to reveal potatoes' limitless possibilities, the selection includes a sweet onion and purple potato tart and a sweet potato cheesecake for dessert. (A week of potatoes, great; just don't go overboard.)
5750 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323)-464-4277, http://www.larchmontgrill.com.
Shop with a chef: Catering to foodies that love Asian food but don't know where to get quality Asian ingredients, chef Mohan Ismail of Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen will lead a small group on a shopping tour that begins at the Los Angeles fish market downtown. The hunt continues at 99 Ranch in Van Nuys, after which guests will return to the Century City restaurant to observe Ismail demo some of his specialties such as steamed bass with crispy organic tofu and mango sticky rice. Saturday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. (meet at Rock Sugar) to 2 p.m. $150 per person.
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, (310)-552-9988, www.rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com.
-- Max Diamond
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