3 food events you should know about: Share Our Strength benefit at Test Kitchen; Taste of Mexico; dinner for Barbara Fairchild at Eva
Share Our Strength, a nonprofit that aims to end childhood hunger in the U.S., presents a benefit dinner featuring five courses from five chefs at the Test Kitchen on Dec. 13. The menu from chefs Alain Giraud, Walter Manzke, Michael Voltaggio, Neal Fraser and Jordan Kahn includes wine pairings: oxtail consomme, mushroom royale and black truffles (2009 Baker Lane Syrah Rosé); scallops with hazelnuts and cauliflower (2008 Stoller Dundee Hills Chardonnay); black cod, chicken dashi, matsutake (2009 Martian Ranch Viognier); grilled pork tenderloin with squash, chestnuts, bacon and violet mustard (Josh Klapper La Fenetre Pinot Noir); and coconut bavarois with coffee ice cream, Thai basil, peanut croquant and chicory. The cost is $500 per person, which includes an invitation to the opening reception (there also will be separate ticket sales for the opening reception). SOS founder Billy Shore will speak at the event. Reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m.
Test Kitchen, 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets, contact Judy Walker at email@example.com or (949) 481-7792.
Los Angeles Mexican restaurants La Casita Mexicana, Guelaguetza, Frida Mexican Cuisine and La Monarca Bakery hosts the Taste of Mexico, which takes place Saturday at Vibiana downtown. The Taste of Mexico's Bicentennial Celebration: 200 Years of Mexico's Cuisine will feature tastings of regional Mexican dishes, samples of tequila and mezca, and entertainment including mariachi and dance performances by troupes from Oaxaca and Jalisco. Tickets are $75 presale, and part of the proceeds go to Heal the Bay. 5 to 10 p.m.
Vibiana (former Cathedral), 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles. For more info and tickets, go to Thetasteofmexico.org.
Eva restaurant is throwing a dinner party for Barbara Fairchild on Dec. 21. Chef Mark Gold along with Octavio Becerra of Palate, Laurent Quenioux of Bistro LQ, Mako and Suzanne Tracht of Jar are each cooking a course in appreciation of Fairchild's tenure as editor in chief of Bon Appetit. Seatings are at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $95 per person, plus $50 for wine pairings. (Also, Eva begins brunch service on Sundays, starting Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
7458 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 634-0700; Evarestaurantla.com.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Test Kitchen. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times