4 Food Events You Should Know About: Italian dinner at Culina; House Farm Workers! fundraiser; Culinary 'Tour de France' at Pinot Bistro; 'Simply diVine' at Two Rodeo
Italia all the way: On July 21, Beverly Hills-adjacet Culina hosts a dinner in bravo of author and Esquire food correspondent John Mariani’s "How Italian Food Conquered the World." The five-course meal explores the history of Italian cuisine with dishes such as a squid ink pasta and monkfish wrapped in guanciale. Tickets are $125 per person and include wine pairings along with a copy of Mariani’s new book. 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., (310) 860-4000, culinarestaurant.com.
Support the farm workers: House Farm Workers! presents “From Field to Fork” on July 16 at the UC Hansen Agricultural Center in Santa Paula. From 4 to 8 p.m., farmers and local chefs will come together on Faulkner Farm in an effort to raise funds to support and promote housing for Ventura County farm workers. Tickets are $125 per person and include a fields and gardens tour, a five-course meal and wine pourings. 14292 Telegraph Road, Santa Paula, (805) 921-0430, aginnovations.org.
Tour de France: The 98th annual Tour de France is underway this month. In celebration, Pinot Bistro executive chef Steven Mary is creating a tasting menu with dishes from various regions of France, including entrees such as pan-roasted quail and slow-braised beef cheek bourguignon. The featured menu is available through July 24, throughout the duration of the race, and costs $45. 12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 990-0500, pinotbistro.com.
Summer Soirée: On Aug. 27, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center celebrates its 40th anniversary with an evening outdoors at its “Simply diVine” event at Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Participating restaurants include Street and Border Grill, Jar, the Gorbals, AOC, Lucques, Tavern and Fabiolus Café. Ticket prices range from $150 to $500. Simplydivinela.org.
-- Caitlin Keller
Photo: Culina's dining room. Credit: Culinarestaurant.com