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3 Food Events You Should Know About: Discount tickets for Taste of the Nation; Kulov tea festival at Royal/T; Maine lobster season at Water Grill and more

May 10, 2011 |  5:10 pm


Pre-Taste of the Nation events: On May 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sofitel L.A., a percentage of the sales of SimonLA's dish of scarlet sea scallop with yellow beet napoleon will be donated to Taste of the Nation Los Angeles. And if you buy a ticket to TOTNLA (which takes place June 12 in Culver City's Media Park), you'll be entered into a raffle to win a two-night stay at the Sofitel. Tickets will be available on this night only at a $15-off discount. On May 25 from 7 to 9 p.m., Hatfield's hosts a cocktail party for $50 per ticket, which will be donated to TOTNLA. A ticket includes passed appetizers and complimentary cocktail (cash bar also available). Guests can buy TOTNLA tickets on this night only at a discount of $25 off general admission and $40 off VIP. SimonLA at the Sofitel, 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 278-5444, www.simonlarestaurant.com; Hatfield's, 6703 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 935-2977, www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com.

It's Maine lobster season: King's Seafood Co. is offering special lobster dishes at its restaurants between mid-May and early July, when it expects to sell more than 20,000 Maine lobsters, flown in from the East Coast twice a week. At Water Grill downtown: A weekly Sunday Clam Bake is a three-course lobster feast served family-style for $49. Also, its lobster roll (traditional or Connecticut-style) will be featured at lunch. At Ocean Avenue Seafood in Santa Monica they'll be serving eight sizes of live Maine lobster (steamed or clam-baked), as well as lobster roll. At King's Fish House locations, Lobster Festival will take place May 11 to July 5, with lobster bisque, lobster deviled eggs, New England lobster roll, steak and lobster Oscar, and whole live lobsters in various sizes. A 1 1/4-pound lobster meal with side dishes will start at $25.85. Water Grill, 544 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 891-0900, www.watergrill.com; Ocean Avenue Seafood, 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 394-5669, www.oceanave.com; King's Fish House, for locations, go to www.kingsfishhouse.com.

Tea-mania: Celebrating all things tea, Royal/T in Culver City hosts Kulov's Annual Tea Lovers Festival from Friday to Sunday with film, food, shopping, live entertainment and workshops. Highlights include the Tea Lovers Pop-Up Shop: blends by master tea artist Steve Schwartz of Art of Tea and Royal/T's specialty lines of brews, tea candles and gift baskets. On Friday from 7 to 10 p.m., a screening of the "The Meaning of Tea" and a discussion with director Scott Chamberlin Hoyt; live music by KCRW's Tom Schnabel; and tastings by the Hankook Tea Co. On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., tea tastings, lectures and workshops will include a "Tea Patisserie" seminar on tea-infused sweets with chef Kristy Choo of Jin Patisserie. The Royal/T cafe will feature a menu of ochazuke: seaweed, sour plum or spicy cod roe served over rice and covered with hot green tea. Plus green-tea-infused desserts. 8910 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 559-6300, www.royal-t.org. 

-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times