3 Food Events You Should Know About: Culina kicks off 30 days of risotto; soba at Breadbar and green tea chocolates at the Bazaar, for Japan relief efforts
The risotto schedule: Culina Modern Italian offers 30 days of risotto for the month of April. The schedule for the first 20 days is above. $19 each. 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles; (310) 860-4000; www.culinarestaurant.com.
Help with green tea tablets: Now through April 30, the Bazaar by José Andrés is donating 100% of proceeds from the sale of its green tea-infused white chocolate tablets to the Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Japan. They're available in the Bazaar's patisserie. $3 each or $24 for a 24-piece box, available until the end of April. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 246-5555; www.thebazaar.com.
Making soba: Cookbook author and soba maker Sonoko Sakai presents another soba workshop Saturday, April 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Breadbar on 3rd Street. Learn how to make soba noodles with organic stone-milled Dattan and Japanese buckwheat flours. The cost is $125 per person, and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Japan Sake Organization Relief Fund for sake brewers who suffered damage in last month's earthquake and tsunami. Includes a soba tasting paired with sake and buckwheat tea. Limited to 12 students. (Bring an apron, head bandana and closed-toe shoes, and a container to take home soba.) For more info and to reserve, call the 3rd Street Breadbar. 8718 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (310) 205-0124; www.breadbar.net.
-- Betty Hallock