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3 Events: Pici's cicchetti, Chichen Itza class, NoHo taco cook-off

September 23, 2011 |  6:00 am


Italian snacks: At Pici Enoteca, a new Italian spot in Beverly Hills, chef-owner Jason Harley introduces "Cicchetti Hour," Monday through Saturday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Cicchetti (pronounced chi-KET-tee) are small snacks or side dishes enjoyed with wine or beer. In the tradition of cicchetti, Harley's offering a menu of $7 small plates with $7 glasses of wine and $4 Italian beers. There's hand-rolled Pici pasta with tomato-basil sauce; fig jam, prosciutto and mozzarella panini on black olive bread; meatballs with tomato-basil-garlic sauce; and fried Fontina ravioli. 

212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 274-7424, www.pici.co.

Taco contest: The NoHo Taco Cook-Off Festival is set for Saturday at the Sears North Hollywood: 20 amateur chefs will compete for the title of best taco (and a new Kenmore range). A gourmet food truck panel of judges will critique and announce the winner of the contest. There will be 25 food trucks, live music, dancers, aerial performances, piñata breakings, belly dancers, hula-hoop performers, dog adoptions and raffle prizes. Part of the proceeds go to the Forgotten Dog, a dog rescue group. Tickets, available online, are $4. Contestants will began preparing tacos at 11:30 a.m., and a winner will be announced at 4:30 p.m. 

Sears North Hollywood, 12121 Victory Blvd. (at Laurel Canyon), www.nohofoodtruckfest.com.

Day of the Dead cooking: Chichén Itzá restaurant's chef-owner, Gilberto Cetina, is cooking for Hanal Pixan (Día de los Muertos), offering a class on Oct. 28 on how to prepare a special Day of the Dead meal. (The Maya call the day that honors the dead Hanal Pixan.) Class will be followed by a four-course sit-down dinner. On the menu: xec,  citrus-jícama salad; mucbil pollo, chicken tamal pie; buñuelos de yuca, cassava fritters with honey; and atole nuevo,  hot green corn "porridge."  Mucbil pollo is a dish reserved for Hanal Pixan. It is a link to the ancient Maya, who would bury their dead with corn to sustain them on their journey to the afterlife. Class is from 6 to 9 p.m.; size is limited. $59 (plus tax) includes the class, ingredients and dinner. You can invite a friend to join you for dinner; dinner only is $20 per person. To sign up for the class, call the restaurant.

At Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 741-1075, www.chichenitzarestaurant.com.


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Photo: The No Tomatoes Indian food truck will be at the NoHo Taco Cook-Off. Credit: No Tomatoes