3 Food Events You Should Know About: Nathan's hot dog eating contest in South Bay; Bruery beer-maker dinner at Craft; Old Pasadena Restaurant Week
The Bruery meets Craft: Orange County's Bruery is the featured brewer at Craft's first beer-maker dinner of 2011, on Monday, June 6. So here's the planned menu: charred calamari salad with Fresno chiles and oregano, with Hottenroth wheat beer; cured yelloweye snapper and watermelon, Thai basil and crispy rice, with Trade Winds, a tripel with Thai basil; buckwheat tagliatelle, bratwurst, morels and onion soubisse, with Saison Rue, a Belgian-French farmhouse ale with rye; Ellensburg lamb sweetbreads, green chickpeas and fava beans, with Marron Acidifie Imperial Oud Bruin and Mischief Belgian strong ale; California cheese, with Rugbrød Danish rye ale; and mignardises, with Cuir bourbon barrel-aged ale. A reception is at 6:30 p.m., dinner's at 7. $95 per person. Contact Anna Morini for reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (424) 204-7485. (Reservations cannot be made via Open Table for this event.) 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, www.craftlosangeles.com.
Hot dogs galore: Nathan's in Hawthorne -- the only Nathan's Famous in the L.A. area -- is holding a hot dog eating contest on Sunday, June 12, at South Bay Ford. It's one of 16 qualifying rounds leading to the annual July 4 contest on Coney Island. (FYI, Joey Chestnut of San Jose holds the world record for eating 68 Nathan's Famous hot dogs -- with buns -- in 10 minutes. He is seeking his fifth straight title this year.) Registration is closed because of the number of applicants, but you can watch. Noon to 4 p.m. 5100 Rosecrans Ave., Hawthorne.
Pasadena restaurant week: More than 20 Pasadena restaurants will take part in the third annual Old Pasadena Restaurant Week, June 1-8. Three-course meals will start at $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner, with part of the proceeds benefiting Union Station Homeless Services. Participating restaurants include Vertical Wine Bistro, Pop Champagne & Dessert Bar, Café Santorini, Quadrupel Brasserie, 1810 Argentinean Restaurant, Villa Sorriso and Sushi Roku. For a complete list of restaurants and menus, go to www.oldpasadena.org/restaurantweek.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Joey Chestnut. Credit: Stan Honda/EPA.