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3 Food Events You Should Know About: Ceviche, wine and food celebration and French barbecue

July 26, 2011 | 12:32 pm

Cold fish: When it's warm outside, doesn't a forkful of tart, chilled ceviche sound good? Gilberto Cetina, chef-owner of Chichén Itzá restaurant in the Mercado la Paloma near USC, will teach you how to make it in a cooking class at the restaurant Aug. 5. In addition, learn to make xec, the Yucatecan salad of jicama and citrus; tikin xec, fish in a recado rojo marinade; and fried plantains with Mexican cream. It’s $75 and you can bring a noncooking friend for an extra $20. The class is limited to 25 people. Sign up at the restaurant or call (323) 257-9722.

Chichén Itzá, 3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, www.chichenitzarestaurant.com.

Good cause: Eat good food, drink great wine and help raise money for the Michael Bonaccorsi scholarship fund Sunday at Wally's 8th Annual Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration held at Wally's Wine & Spirits on Westwood. Bonaccorsi, the Spago sommelier turned Central Coast winemaker, died in 2004, and for the last eight years, his many admirers have gathered to celebrate and raise money for the annual scholarship given in his name to a student at the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. Restaurants participating include the Hitching Post II, Mozza, La Brea Bakery, Jar, Spago, Cut, Lucques, AOC, Tavern, Hungry Cat, Wine Cask, Brother's Restaurant at Mattei's Tavern, Mélisse, M.B. Post, Mezze, not just one but two Bouchons (both the one in Santa Barbara and Thomas Keller's unrelated restaurant in Beverly Hills) and Wilshire. Wineries include Au Bon Climat, Qupe, L'Aventure, Melville, Alma Rosa, Loring, Rusack, Talley, Palmina, the Ojai Vineyard and Margerum. Tickets are $95 in advance and $125 at the door. There's a special one-hour-early VIP admission for $149 in advance and $175 at the door.

Wally's Wine & Spirits, 2107 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, www.wallywine.com.

French 'que: How would a French bistro do American barbecue? Find out Sunday at Bouchon Beverly Hills as they put on a "Barbecue Americain," featuring baby back ribs, Hobbs Shore pulled pork and grilled sausage, pork and beans, coleslaw and cornbread. $45 per person.

Bouchon Beverly Hills, 235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 271-9910, www.bouchonbistro.com.


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Photo: Chichén Itzá restaurant