4 Food Events: Winter ColLAb, 'bill-to-tail' feast and more
Winter ColLAb: L.A. craft-beer trailblazers Ryan Sweeney (Verdugo Bar and the Surly Goat), Brian Lenzo (Blue Palms Brewhouse), Clay Harding (38° Ale House & Grill) and Tony Yanow (Tony's Darts Away and Mohawk Bend) have come together once again to present ColLAboration a pop-up mobile craft beer garden. The event will be held at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A. (located near the Metro Blue Line) on Feb. 26. The beer garden will feature signature winter brews from Bootleggers, Bruery, Dogfish Head , Eagle Rock Brewery, Eel River, Hangar 24, Golden Road Brewing and more. Pliny the Younger from Russian River (only available on tap) will also be on site. There are several ticket packages available ranging from $15 to $38, which can be purchased online. 1050 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, (213) 746-5670, www.collaboration.la/.
Napa Valle Grille: Executive chef Taylor Boudreaux and Summerland Winery founder Nebilo “Bilo” Zarif have crafted an exclusive five-course wine pairing dinner ($75 per person) to showcase Central Coast wines on Feb. 24. Diners will sample an '08 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir paired with crispy duck breast and chanterelles, parsnip puree, mushroom foam and micro basil; and an '09 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah to complement an oven-roasted venison chop with seared foie gras, Parmesan potato cake, creamed Bloomsburg spinach and a truffled Syrah reduction. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended. 1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 824-3322, www.napavalleygrille.com.
Muscovy duck dinner: On Feb. 23, Locanda del Lago continues its whole-animal dinner series with a five-course meal featuring Muscovy duck sourced from San Joaquin Valley’s Grimaud Farms. For $70 per person, with unlimited house red and white wines (or $54 per person without wine), guests can savor dishes such as housemade duck pâté with Pink Lady apple-mustard compote, duck ravioli with shallot confit reduction, and roasted duck breast with espresso sauce and sautéed Swiss chard. Reservations are required for this dinner. 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 451-3525, www.lagosantamonica.com.
Vertical Wine Bistro: In honor of leap year, the wine bar is offering food and drink specials for a mere 29 cents on Feb. 29. Guests who order a glass of wine can receive a second glass for 29 cents (there are 55 varieties to choose from). For those diners who have come with an appetite, they can create their own pairing of one cheese and one charcuterie for 29 cents. The full menu will also be available. 70 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, (626) 795-3999, www.verticalwinebistro.com.
-- Leah Rodrigues
Photo: Meg Gill, president and co-founder of Golden Road Brewing, and Mohawk Bend restaurant and bar owner Tony Yanow. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times