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4 Events: Ray's and Stark, Chaya, Golden Road Brewing, Papilles

ChayaBirthday party: On March 5, Ray's and Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is celebrating its first year with a party. Executive chef Kris Morningstar has devised a menu featuring the best dishes of the year, such as chile with chorizo, dates, local goat cheese and almond sauce; squid ink pasta with garlic, chile, mint, opal basil and bottarga; and crispy pork belly with black vinegar sauce.   Sommelier-barsmith Paul Sanguinetti and general manager Martin Riese will DJ throughout the evening and guests will be able to participate in free screen printing on the patio. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 857-6180, www.raysandstarkbar.com.

Good things come in threes: To commemorate Chaya Downtown's third birthday, the restaurant is featuring a three-course prix-fixe menu ($33 per person) and $3 happy hour specials during March.  The menu will consist of roasted heirloom beets with baked cana de cabra cheese, arugula, fennel and balsamic must, grilled Wagyu flank steak and sweet potato frites, with Belgian chocolate fondant with raspberry coulis and mascarpone ice cream for dessert. For happy hour, guests can savor bar bites such as the spicy tuna hand roll, buttermilk-poached chicken skewers with soy glaze and seven spices, and a flat bread of the day with a chef’s choice of marinara, olives, asiago and arugula.  On March 16, the official anniversary date, Chaya Downtown will host a “Flights and Bites” wine tasting with Chateau Ste. Michelle for $33 per person. 525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 236-9577, www.thechaya.com.

Beer for benefit: Golden Road Brewing is teaming up with the Whole Planet Foundation to raise money for the organization by hosting a beer festival on March 11.  Attendees will be able to sample the brewery's signature beers, including the Point the Way IPA, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Either Side of the Hill (strong ale) and Get Up Offa That Brown.  Food will be provided by Whole Foods Market and local vendors.  The foundation is dedicated to alleviating poverty in the developing world by providing families with the tools to expand their home businesses.  Tickets for this event are $20 per person and can be purchased online. 5410 W. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, (213) 373-4677, www.eventbrite.com, www.goldenroad.la.

"Off the Clock" wine tasting: On Sunday, wine aficionado Santos Uy will be highlighting five wines along with a myriad of sweet and savory bites from his new restaurant, Papilles, at local wine shop Domaine LA.  The featured wines will include a 2010 Batic Pinela and 2000 Lopez de Heredia Rosado. The tasting is capped at 25 guests, with tickets ($15 per person) available for purchase online6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, www.domaine547.com.

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Photo: Chaya Downtown. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Family supper benefit at Good Girl Dinette

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On Oct. 3, Good Girl Dinette will host a family supper benefiting the Young Folks Urban Farmers' project at the Los Angeles Leadership Academy's urban farm.

The Young Folks Urban Farmers is a collective of young people looking to change the way urban L.A. eats. The group has partnered with the academy in Lincoln Heights to bring the community a 4-acre farm (currently growing tomatoes, beans, squash, cucumbers, strawberries, melons and peppers) where the collaborative effort of backyard farmers, students, staff, faculty and parents approach sustainability through urban food production.

The Oct. 3 dinner will help fund an Urban Farming elective course offered to high school students at  the academy this fall as well as an after-school program. The meal will be completely sourced from local farmers and prepared by Diep Tran, founder and chef of the American-Vietnamese diner, and team.

Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased online through EventBrite or at Good Girl Dinette.

110 N. Ave. 56, L.A., (323) 257-8980, goodgirlfoods.com.
 
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BloomfestLA goes down downtown on Saturday

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Named in honor of community activist Joel Bloom, BloomfestLA is this Saturday, July 23. Within the Downtown Arts District's 52-block boundaries, the community event will celebrate all things culturally vibrant with indie music, street art and food. Participating food trucks include Coolhaus, Gourmet Genie, India Jones Chow, LudoTruck, the Surfer Taco and Ahn-Joo Truck in addition to canopy vendors (Divine Dips Vegan Ice Creme and Sno-Con Amor) and resident restaurants Angel City Brewing, K-Town BBQ, Nola's of New Orleans, the Pie Hole, Wurstküche, Zip Fusion Sushi, Novel Cafe and Cafe Metropol. Admission to BloomfestLA is free; the event starts at 2 p.m. Bloomfestla.com.

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4 Wine Events You Should Know About: City of Angels Wine Fest; Melville wine dinner at Providence; Grgich at the Belvedere; wine and cheese class at Little Door

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Downtown wine festival: The Rotary Club of Los Angeles Foundation hosts its second annual City of Angels Wine Fest on Memorial Day at the Music Center Plaza downtown. Food and drink will be provided by California wineries and restaurants Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, Café Pinot, Kendall's Brasserie, Zucca Ristorante and Tina Tacos. There will be a silent auction and live performances by Ours and the Family Crest. Part of the silent auction will be sponsored by Saatchi Online, featuring donating artists. Money goes toward fighting homelessness on behalf of L.A.'s Volunteers of America, whose transitional facility in downtown Los Angeles provides shelter and job opportunities for more than 1,800 homeless annually. May 30, 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $150, available online at www.cityofangelswinefest.com.  

Wine and cheese: Staci Miller, wine director at the Little Door, leads classes on boutique wines and artisan cheeses from producers around the world. Wines are paired with fresh and bloomy, washed rind and aged cheeses as Miller discusses cheese and wine pairing fundamentals. Classes take place at the Little Door and include six wine and cheese pairings, light appetizers and take-home handouts. The May 25 class spotlights cheese and wine from California, Oregon and Washington. 7 to 9 p.m. $68 per person (or $108 for two people in the same class). Sign up online at lawinetasting.com8164 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, www.thelittledoor.com. 

Melville at Providence: Providence will collaborate with Melville winemaker Greg Brewer for a special dinner on May 25 featuring some of the winery's Library wines. The menu: soy milk panna cotta yuzu, uni and salted cherry blossom with 2008 Viognier "Verna's"; charcoal-grilled spot prawn, spot prawn consommé and ginger with Chardonnay "Clone 76 Inox"; Japanese unagi brown butter whipped potatoes, nori,  lemon with 2002 Chardonnay "Estate"; roasted rack of Duroc pork, morels and cherry confiture with 2002 Pinot Noir "Carrie's Estate"; market cheese and petit fours. $135 per person. Call for reservations. 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 460-4170, www.providencela.com. 

Grgich at the Belvedere: On May 19 and 20, the Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills will host a wine dinner with Napa Valley's Grgich Hills Estate. Executive chef James Overbaugh and sous chef Marc Bouchard are serving a five-course menu paired with Grgich Hills wines, such as roasted duck breast with rhubarb compote, cassis reduction and lentil fritter with 2006 Grgich Hills Merlot, and seared scallop carpaccio with green papaya salad with 2009 Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc. See the full menu here. Ivo Jeramaz, the winemaker of Grgich Hills, will be there to discuss the wines. $110 per person. Call (310) 975-2736 or e-mail diningpbh@peninsula.com for reservations. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 925-2736, www.peninsula.com

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Melville Winery. Credit: Melville Winery

4 Food Events You Should Know About: Sausage-fest at Corkbar; charity dinners for Japan; Magnum pop-up at Royal/T; Easter cooking demo at BLT Steak

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Dinner for Japan: Mark your calendar for May 16 and May 18, when BreadBar is hosting two benefit dinners for Japan relief efforts. On May 16 at BreadBar Century City, the first dinner will have two seatings, at 6 and 8:45 p.m. A five-course tasting menu for $110 will include dishes from David Myers (Comme Ca), Michael Cimarusti (Providence), Walter Manzke (Church & State), Hiroyuki Urasawa (Urasawa) and Ramon Perez (Sona). In addition, a silent auction will be held immediately after dinner. All proceeds will go to the Ibaraki prefecture of Japan. On May 18, David Myers spearheads the second tasting menu for $110 at Comme Ca, with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal), Jordan Kahn (Red Medicine), Michael Voltaggio (Ink.) and Roy Choi (Kogi BBQ). There will a silent auction held after dinner as well.

Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, No. R-2., Los Angeles, (310)-277-3770, www.breadbar.net. Comme Ca, 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323) 782-1104, www.commecarestaurant.com. 

Royal/T pop-up: Royal/T hosts culinary pop-up series "Magnum" for three evenings, offering your choice of bar bites or full tasting menu. Chef Joseph Mahon and sommelier David Haskell offer three different tasting menus ranging ($62 to $118) with optional wine, beer and sake pairings ($45 to $92). Dishes include a miso-cured hangar steak with shiitake mushroom tempura and ponzu sauce as well as braised baby octopus with leek risotto and pancetta vinaigrette. Reservations can be made my emailing magnumdh@gmail.com or calling (323)-798-4648. Small plates cost about $15, including oysters with brown butter and lemon sliders with chipotle aioli. Part of the proceeds from the dinner and all of the proceeds from a silent auction will be donated to a chosen restaurant or sake brewery in northern Japan.

8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310)-559-6300, www.royal-t.org.

Sausage extravaganza: On April 27 at 6 p.m. until closing, Corkbar will pay homage to the sausage by hosting a three-course $25 prix-fixe dinner in partnership with Huntington Meats. The dinner will also include craft beer and wine pairings for $10 to $15.    

403 W. 12th St., Los Angeles, (213)-746-0050, www.corkbar.com. 

BLT cooking class: Fans of cooking classes, BLT Steak and eating enthusiasts alike can take part in chef Brian Moyers' "easy Easter dishes" tutorial on Saturday at 1 p.m. After a 90-minute demo, attendees will feel confident preparing spring vegetable salads, lamb dishes and the recipe for BLT’s popovers. Guests are rewarded for their efforts with a three-course meal paired with wines. Call ahead to reserve a spot; admission is $80.

8720 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310)-360-1950, http://www.bltsteak.com.

-- Max Diamond
Photo: Sausages at Huntington Meats at the Original Farmer's Market. Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times

Food for a good cause

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It seems that spring has brought with it an abundance of good food and good causes. Beyond the many restaurants and eateries that have jumped at the chance to provide Japan with support in the wake of the current disaster, there are many providing other charities with support, as well.

Food truck fest: On Saturday, 15 gourmet food trucks will gather in North Hollywood for a street festival to support the community. In addition to the food, there will be 40 vendors and live entertainment, including extreme martial arts and the Millennium dance group. A portion of the proceeds will go to MuttmatchLA, an organization that finds homes for abandoned and unwanted dogs.

Breadbar: Breadbar is currently supporting UNICEF's Tap Project to provide safe, clean water to children around the world. The restaurant is encouraging diners to donate $1 or more for the usual complimentary tap water served at the restaurant. Then, for each dollar paid, the restaurant will match it, all proceeds going to the project. 8718 West 3rd St., Los Angeles; (310) 205-0124.
Westfield Century City Mall, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 277-3770.

Get your wine on: The Capital Grille has released a limited-production Napa Cabernet Sauvignon for its second annual Artist Series Wine Event. With each purchase, the restaurant will donate $25 of it to the national charity Share Our Strength in support of its mission to end childhood hunger in America. 8614 W. Beverly Blvd., Suite 157, Los Angeles; (310) 358-0650. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa; (714) 432-1140.

La Brea Bakery: Along with Foundation Rwanda, La Brea Bakery will present the first annual Food & Fotos LA on April 7 at 6 p.m. The event will feature award-winning photography and cuisine from some of the city's top chefs, with proceeds used to help sponsor education for 1,500 Rwandan children. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

SLS Hotel: This will be the spot of Austria Uncorked, an event featuring hundreds of Austrian wines paired with cuisine from José Andrés of The Bazaar and dessert by Wolfgang Puck. There will also be a VIP hour just before the event, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, a local education program that provides nutritious meals to home-bound seniors and other residents in need across Los Angeles. It's not until May 2, but purchase tickets now.

 -- Emma Wartzman

4 Food Events You Should Know About: Meltdown Comics' meat-themed night; Corkbar celebrates its 2-year anniversary; Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery gives back; Melting Pot gives free fondue [Updated]

Meat Meat mania: Let's clink plastic cups and toast to meat. Thursday night from 7 to 10, Meltdown Comics in Hollywood will be hosting a night all about meat to kick off a new exhibition that will be on display through March 17. Alie and Georgia (of Drinks with Alie and Georgia) will be serving cocktails rimmed in barbeque sauce as guests walk through the warehouse-sized comic book emporium and feast their eyes on meat-themed artwork.

Meltdown Comics, 7522 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Popping bottles: Raise your glasses and mark Saturday on your calendar, when Corkbar celebrates its two-year anniversary from 5 to 10 p.m. with a $2 tastes menu, happy hour pricing and a hefty dose of limited-edition beers.  Your stomach and wallet will thank you for filling up on the likes of “ball park sliders” with pork sausage and relish on a pretzel bun or mac ‘n’ cheese with pasilla chiles. On the big night, Stone Brewing will unveil its limited edition Lukcy Basartd Ale that commemorates the 13th year of the brewery’s Arrogant Bastard Ale. Although your memory may be hazy, it certainly has the makings of a night to remember. 

Corkbar, 403 West 12th St., Los Angeles; (213) 746-0050.

Beer for a good cause: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery has announced its 15th annual partnership with local fire departments with the Fire Chief Ale limited-time-only promotion. From Tuesday through April 17, the restaurant will be featuring its popular seasonal beer along with an accompanying menu.  For every pint of Fire Chief Ale sold during the promotion, Rock Bottom will donate 25 cents to local fire departments and their related charities.

Rock Bottom Restaraunt, 8980 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla; (858) 450-9277.

National Cheese Fondue Day: Make your reservations now for The Melting Pot Restaurant's celebration of National Cheese Fondue Day on April 11, when they'll be serving free cheese fondue at all of their locations. For now you can visit their website and watch videos of their head chef talking about all things cheese, including Cheese Weight Lifting, Cheese Facial, Cheese Brain Freeze and Cheesy Pick Up Lines.

www.411iscoming.com

-- Emma Wartzman and Max Diamond

[Updated 1:16 p.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled the names of the beers being highlighted. Stone Brewing is serving up Lukcy Basartd Ale, which commemorates the brewery's Arrogant Bastard Ale.]

Get your cupcake on this Saturday

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Cupcake lovers are heading off to camp: Cupcake Camp LA.

Part fund-raiser, part bake-off and mostly just a really good excuse to eat cupcakes, Cupcake Camp LA comes to the Music Box Theater in Hollywood Saturday to showcase the work of commercial and amateur bakers.

You'll get to vote for your favorite cupcake. In addition to good 'ol fashion cupcakes, there will also be holiday-themed and wedding cupcakes unveiled during the day's two tasting sessions. One will be held from noon to 2 p.m., the other from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 apiece and include five tasting coupons. Tickets for younger than five are $5 apiece and include three tasting coupons, and there will be a special area for kids to try their hand at decorating cupcakes.

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4 food events you should know about: Chefs cookout for Alex's; Ammo's fundraiser; 'comfort dinners' at Petrossian; making tamales at MOLAA

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Chefs fundraiser: Chef Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne of Lucques, A.O.C. and Tavern and chef David Lentz of the Hungry Cat will host L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade on Sunday, a chefs cookout to raise money and awareness for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. Jennifer Garner is the honorary chair, Jim Belushi is the emcee, and participating chefs from all over the country include  John Besh of August in New Orleans, Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, David Tanis of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in New York and Neal Fraser of Grace in L.A. $150 for general admission or $350 for the VIP special seating and after-party. All proceeds go to Alex's Lemonade Stand. Tickets are available at www.lucques.com, www.thehungrycat.com or www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/la-loves-alexs-lemonade. Noon to 4 p.m. Culver Studios, 9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 

$ for Edible Schoolyard: Ammo chef Daniel Mattern and pastry chef Roxana Jullapat announce their first annual "Brunch & Bake Sale," to take place on Sunday, benefiting the Edible Schoolyard program at Larchmont Charter School. Some bake sale treats from the pastry kitchen to look forward to: petite cinnamon buns, carrot cake muffins, pumpkin bread, cheddar biscuits with farmhouse butter, and breakfast beignets with fruity dipping sauce. And from the brunch menu: steel-cut oatmeal with warm pear compote and muscovado sugar, heirloom apple pancake baked in a wood-burning oven, and thick-cut brioche French toast with Roxana's cherry preserves and maple syrup. All of the proceeds from the bake sale and 15% of brunch sales will be donated. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 1155 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, (323) 467-3293, www.ammocafe.com.

Petrossian prix-fixe: Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant in West Hollywood has kicked off prix-fixe dinners on Thursday nights: three courses for $44 with a French comfort-food theme. Chef Benjamin Bailly features classic French dishes such as frisee aux lardons, boudin blanc with pomme puree and caramel pot de creme. Thursdays, 5 to 9:30 p.m. 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 271-0576, www.petrossian.com. 

Tamale time: The Museum of Latin American Art offers a series of "Buen Provecho" cooking classes with instructor Consuelo Campos, including a tamale-making class on Saturday, just in time for the holidays. For additional information, e-mail education@molaa.org or call (562) 216-4108. $25 for members, $35 for non-members. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, (562) 437-1689, www.molaa.org.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Pecan sticky buns served at brunch at Ammo. Credit: Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times

4 food events you should know about: Bocuse d'Or dinner at Providence; New York Times' Mark Bittman talks 'Food Matters'; Tom Colicchio's South Aussi supper; Starry Kitchen takes over Mandoline Grill

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Bocuse dinner: Providence hosts a benefit dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 16., to promote the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation. Los Angeles chefs Josiah Citrin, Walter Manzke, Alain Giraud and Tony Esnault join Providence chef-owner Michael Cimarusti and pastry chef Adrian Vasquez to cook a multi-course dinner that features their interpretations of the most celebrated dishes of chef Paul Bocuse, founder of the Bocuse d'Or competition in Lyon, France. (See the menu after the jump; it's worth taking a look.) There also will be a silent auction featuring items such as dinner at Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills and Daniel Boulud's exclusive "Sky Box" at Daniel in New York. $150 per person. Call for reservations. 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 460-4170, www.providencela.com.

'The Food Matters Cookbook': Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's "Good Food" and chef-owner of Angeli Caffe, leads a conversation with Mark Bittman of the New York Times, discussing his latest book, "The Food Matters Cookbook." Bittman will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Skirball Cultural Center about ways to reduce carbon footprints (and waistlines), and how to buy and eat sustainably, seasonally and pleasurably. A book signing and tasting follow. 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15; advance reservations required. Buy online or by phone. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, (877) 722-4849 for tickets, www.skirball.org. 

Colicchio cooks at Craft L.A.:After a trip to South Australia, chef Tom Colicchio will host a special dinner at Craft Los Angeles to celebrate the region's food and wine. On Monday, Nov. 1, he's preparing a five-course tasting menu that will feature, for example, South Australian rock lobster tails and wagyu beef. Guests will also get to hear about his favorite experiences down under, such as exploring Kangaroo Island and taking a swim with bluefin tuna. $250 per person (includes tax and gratuity). For reservations, call Anna Morini at (424) 204-7485 or e-mail amorini@craftlosangeles.com. Reception is at 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. 10100 Constellation Blvd., Century City, (310) 279-4180, www.craftrestaurant.com

Starry Kitchen as Mandoline Grill, with wine:Catch Nguyen and Thi Tran of Starry Kitchen during their guest stint on the Mandoline Grill truck at wine shop Domaine LA's wine tasting on Sunday, Oct. 24. Domaine LA will be pouring a flight of five Spanish and Portuguese wines from importer Luis Moya of Vinos Unico, including Cava, Vinho Verde, Txakolina and two reds. The Trans will be serving their crispy tofu balls, among other favorite Starry Kitchen dishes. $15 per person (does not include food). Tickets are available online and at the event. 2 to 5 p.m. 6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, www.domaine547.com/store. 

-- Betty Hallock 

Photo: Thi and Nguyen Tran at Starry Kitchen. Credit: Krista Simmons / Los Angeles Times 

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