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Bon Appétit Grub Crawl is set for July 13-15

GrubCrawl_logo_black_final-After experiencing many a pub crawl abroad, the founders of Grub Crawl came back to the States with a business venture: to lead guided tours--not of bars--but restaurants. The company has been taking groups of foodies on a series of grub crawls around the Bay Area since 2009 and now brings the idea of food "crawling" to L.A.

The Los Angeles edition of the Bon Appétit Grub Crawl will be hitting up three delicious neighborhoods to dine July 13-15.

The tour starts on Friday in downtown L.A. with stops at Cole's, Umamicatessen, Las Perlas and Seven Grand. Next up on the tour, continued on Saturday, is Hollywood and West Hollywood with Mozza, Scuola Di Pizza, Pour Vous, Street, the Spare Room and Night + Market on the itinerary. Saturday's crawl will conclude with a live music performance by Vacationer at the Roxy. The final leg of the tour will include eateries on the Westside with visits to Father's Office, Sotto, Picca and Lukshon. Yum...

Attend the entire three-day event for $200 per person or pick one of the three-neighborhood food crawls for $80-$100. Tickets can be purchased online.



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Oyster night is Thursday at Cliff's Edge

Oyster night at Cliff's Edge
Designer extraordinaire Dana Hollister has built a marble-topped oyster bar in a shady nook of the already lovely back patio at her Silver Lake restaurant, Cliff's Edge. Right now it comes alive only on Thursday nights when the restaurant begins shucking mollusks at 6 p.m. and doesn't stop until they're all gone. 

Get there early, though, because happy hour lasts until 7 p.m. and during that time all oysters go for $1. After that a half-dozen costs $12 and a dozen costs $20. A 19th century French Empire chandelier hangs over the oyster bar and behind it a mirror serves as a menu for Champagne and white wine by the glass as well as whatever oyster-related cocktail the bar has dreamed up.

Cliff's Edge has been busier than ever since chef Ben Bailly took over the kitchen, and oyster night already has a great draw. Eventually Hollister would like to offer oysters at least four nights a week and maybe even put some stools at the bar, which would seat diners on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cliff's Edge, 3626 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. (323) 666-6116; www.cliffsedgecafe.com.


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Un Petit Porc returns to Gram & Papa's [with menu]

PorcUn Petit Porc returns to Gram & Papa's on Tuesday, June 19, and Wednesday, June 20. It's a porchetta-menu collaboration between chef Ludo Lefebvre, Gram & Papa's owner Mike Ilic and sneaks store Undefeated's James Bond -- the same trio who teamed up for the inaugural Un Petit Porc in December. 

The menu includes: bagna cauda and aioli; pork-belly wrapped pork shoulder with potato dinner rolls and orange jam slaw, or arugula sandwich with tomato confit and burrata on country bread; broccolini with chile, garlic confit and Pecorino; fries with escargot butter; and creme fraiche panna cotta with caramel. And the cost is $49 per person.

Reservation lines open at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 15, at (213) 624-7277. Three seatings are available for the porchetta dinner, at 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  

Gram & Papa's, 227 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, www.gramandpapas.com.


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Rabbit, it's what's for dinner at Locanda del Lago

Locanda del Lago

Rabbit may not be the first meat that comes to mind when trying to decide what's for dinner, but today at Locanda del Lago restaurant in Santa Monica, there's rabbit on the menu -- lots of it.

Executive chef Gianfranco Minuz has created a five-course meal celebrating the flavors of rabbit as part of the restaurant's ongoing Morso della Bestia, Bite of the Beast, monthly dinner series that occurs the last Thursday of every month. This month's menu will highlight produce from the Santa Monica farmers market and De Bruin Brothers rabbit, a breed that's been fed a diet of alfalfa, oats, wheat and barley. Dishes will include a roasted rabbit loin, rabbit shoulder and belly risotto, rabbit liver and roasted rabbit leg. The dessert, a chocolate cake, is thankfully void of the long-eared creature.

The five-course meal begins at 7 p.m., is $48 per person and includes unlimited litros of house red and white Italian wine (not including tax and gratuity). Reservations are recommended.

231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 451.3525


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Photo: Interior of Locanda del Lago. Credit: Emanuela Cottu for Locanda del Lago

[Updated] Mother's Day 2012 dining guide


What better way to show mom you care than by giving her a much needed break? Treat your mom to a meal with the family. Here's a list of places around town serving Mother's Day specials: 

The Tasting Kitchen will serve Mother's Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring dishes such as the squash blossom, tomato and ricotta frittata ($13), savory waffles with fried clucks (chicken) ($18) and the short rib hash with baked egg and gremolata ($18). Mix things up with one of bartender Justin Pike's original cocktails, the French Tutor (Pernod, Chardonnay and lemon) or the Blue Monday (vodka, blueberry and clove), both $12.

Fig & Olive is offering a three-course prix-fixe Mother's Day brunch menu ($48 per person) inspired by founder Laurent Halasz's mother, Francine. The Mougine-inspired brunch will feature items such as Francine's Farmer's market zucchini terrine, salmon and scallop en papillote and a rasberry meringue.

Mr. C Beverly Hills will have a prix-fixe Mother's Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($60 per person) that will include a classic Cipriani bellini. Diners can enjoy dishes such as the seasonal gazpacho with melon or the smoked salmon, leek and yukon potato quiche while listening to a special performance of smooth jazz by the Jimmy Gimelli Jazztet.

Napa Valley Grille invites guests to celebrate with a Mother’s Day brunch buffet ($49 for adults, $19 for children) featuring an omelet and prime rib carving station from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Treat mom to bottomless mimosas for $12.

The Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills will serve a three-course brunch from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte champagne ($115 per person and $39 for children under 12). Executive Chef James Overbaugh's menu will include a smoked salmon with baby beet salad, pan-roasted Walleye pike fillet and a pastry buffet.

Scarpetta is offering an Italian buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which will include carving, baked pasta, whole roasted fish, omelet and dessert stations ($88 for adults, $35 for children). Add bottomless bloody Marys, bellinis or mimosas for $17.

Casa Vega is serving owner Christy Vega Fowler's own grandmother's beef, chicken and vegetable tamales for $3 each, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Red O will serve a special brunch featuring chef Rick Bayless’ huevos rancheros verdes and chilaquiles al guajillo with a selection of hand-crafted beverages, freshly squeezed juices and agua frescas. All mothers will be treated to a complimentary cocktail.

Enoteca Drago will be offering a three-course menu from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($48 per person) with dishes such as the lamb belly chicharon, grilled calamari and lobster spaghettini.

Ra Pour is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu ($39 for adults, $16 for children) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dishes include the egg yolk and ricotta ravioli with duck confit, custard-style brioche French toast and the "mimosa" tangerine sponge cake.

Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian Hotel is offering a prix-fixe brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., which includes bottomless mimosas, mojitos and bloody Marys ($42). Dishes will include a selection of Cuban-style pastries, choice of entree and the chef's selection of signature desserts.

Street will offer a special brunch menu created by co-chefs Susan Feniger and Kajsa Agler from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which will include Danish chestnut popovers, soft Indian Semolina and crispy soft shell crab. Diners can order a la carte or share the entire menu with their table for $35 per person.

Mezze is offering a tasting menu of the restaurant's specialty small plates, flatbreads, large plates, vegetables and desserts ($65 per person) from 5 to 10 p.m. 

Drago Centro is offering a prix-fixe lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., which includes zucchini agnolotti, diver scallops, confit duck and other specialty items for $39.

RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen will have a special five-course menu available May 12 and 13. The menu is $52 per person, and includes signature dishes such as the crispy chicken samosas, lacquered BBQ ribs and roasted Jidori chicken.

One Pico at Shutter's is offering a three-course prix fixe menu ($80 per person). The menu choices include homemade tagliatelle with walnut, ricotta pesto, Dover sole with brown butter crust and pain perdu.

Locanda del Lago will have a prix fixe Festa della Mamma menu ( three courses for $39 per person, four courses for $55 per person) inspired by Chef Minuz's mother "Mamma Adelia." Menu items include the Polipo e Patate (octopus salad with meyer lemon dressing), the Gnocchi di Zucca al Gorgonzola (Homesmade squash gnocchi) and the Branzino all Livornese (Pan-roasted Mediterranean striped bass). The menu is available all day May 13 and for dinner May 12 and May 14 to May 18.  

Caulfield's at The Thompson Beverly Hills is offering a Mother's Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring items such as the Brioche French toast with apple compote, grilled wild salmon with lemon-braised kale and key lime pie. The three-course brunch is $45 per person or for $60 per person have unlimited blood orange mimosas. Mothers will recieve a box of Caulfield's artisan caramels.


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Photo: Terry Campbell of Dana Point shares a Mother's Day moment at brunch with daughter Ryan Cady. Credit: Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times.

[Updated on May 7, 2012 at 3:42 P.M. Two more restaurants were added to the dining guide.]

Sunday pig supper at Eveleigh

PigHere's another opportunity to learn what to do with a whole pig. Eveleigh's monthly Sunday Supper series heads into its second installment, this one with a Devils Gulch Ranch suckling pig to be prepared by chef Jordan Toft.

The West Hollywood restaurant's monthly dinners feature seasonal ingredients and a 30-minute "class" followed by a family-style supper. Themes include butchery demos, wine tastings and mixology sessions, to showcases of alternative cooking techniques. Barman David Kupchinsky creates cocktail pairings to go with the menu.

On Sunday you might expect charcuterie such as head cheese, pork liver terrine and sausages; roasted pork shoulder; and rolled porchetta. Along with Devils Gulch Ranch asparagus, bitter greens and puntarelle. Throw in a raw milk latte cotto with sprouted almond and oro blanco ice. 

Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. $75 per person; advance purchase required. 

8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (424) 239-1630, www.theeveleigh.com. 


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Cochon 555 returns to L.A.; chefs announced

Cochon 555
Cochon 555 -- the contest in which five chefs compete against each other in a whole-pig cook-off -- will return to Los Angeles on May 6. The five chefs create a nose-to-tail menu featuring five heritage breed pigs, served with wines from five winemakers. Judges and guests vote on the best preparations. This year's chefs are: Chad Colby of Mozza; Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station; Neal Fraser and Travis Lorton of the Strand House, Grace & BLT; Jason Neroni of Superba Snack Bar; and Micah Wexler of Mezze. The event takes place at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Tickets start at $125 per person, available at www.cochon555.com.


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'LudoBites Foie Gras Night': Reservations lottery starts Friday

The way people are eating up foie gras, it's as if they're never going to eat it again. Oh, wait, maybe they won't. At least not in California, when a ban on the fattened duck liver goes into effect in July. And as the ban fast approaches, the opportunities to eat it several courses at a time keep coming. Bring your fat pants and a fat wallet (foie ain't cheap!). But the latest all-foie-gras dinner may be a tough reservation. Chef Ludo Lefebvre's "Best of LudoBites Foie Gras Night" takes place next Tuesday at Gram & Papas downtown, and spots at 25 tables will be assigned via lottery. Sign up for the reservation lotto at UrbanSpoon, starting on Friday at 10 a.m.


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Hungry Cat's Crabfest 8 (and more half-price oysters)

It's only April but already the Hungry Cat is selling tickets for its Crabfest -- which takes place Sunday, July 15. Guess spots go fast when people hear "crabs, crabs and more crabs." It's the eighth annual blue crab extravaganza for the original Hollywood Hungry Cat -- expect messy crab cracking and Old Bay-stained fingers. Tickets, $75 each, are pre-sale only and won't be sold the day of the event. Call or stop by the Hollywood location to purchase tickets. 

Meanwhile, the Hungry Cat in Santa Monica Canyon is celebrating its first anniversary on Wednesday, April 25. That means half-price oysters (regularly $15 for a half dozen or $30 for a dozen) and all-night happy hour -- half-price cocktails and draft beer. 

Hollywood Hungry Cat, 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 462-2155 (you can also email infohollywood@thehungrycat.com); Santa Monica Canyon Hungry Cat, 100 W. Channel Road, (310) 459-3337, www.thehungrycat.com. 


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Restaurant roundup: Easter and Passover, brunch or dinner

BouchonalexgallardoHave you planned your holiday meal yet? If you're looking to go out on the town, here's a list of a variety of places — from Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills to the San Diego Zoo — offering brunch or dinner:

 The Backyard RestaurantBackyard Restaurant will serve Easter Sunday Brunch for $20.12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the restaurant will also offer Easter egg hunts at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Some of the menu items include passion fruit, lemon drop and berry scones with French butter, truffled egg-in-the-hole with brioche and lobster hash. 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 443-8218.

Bouchon Bistro/Bouchon Bakery: Bouchon Bistro is offering buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, and chive waffles with cheddar grits, Vermont maple syrup and Tahitian vanilla bean butter and sauce chasseur for both brunch and dinner on Easter. $36 per person. Bouchon Bakery is offering Easter treats such as hot cross buns and pecan clusters. 235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 271-9910 (Ext. 621 for the bakery).

Café del Rey: Café del Rey is offering a three-course prix fixe Easter brunch for $38 per person. Chef Daniel Roberts is featuring such dishes as eggs Florentine with sweet potato and duck confit hash, brioche French toast with pear syrup, bacon and whipped cream, and more. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 823-6395.

Coupa Cafe: Coupa Café will be offering Easter brunch for $28 per person. Menu includes mimosas or peach bellinis, mini cachapas, eggs Benedict, Reina Pepiada arepa and more. 419 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 385-0420.

Fig & Olive: Fig & Olive on Melrose Place will be offering three-course prix-fixe brunch and buffet menus starting at $40 from 12 to 3:30 p.m. with dishes featuring flavors from the south of France. Menu features items such as gig gorgonzola tartlet, grilled thyme chicken paillard salad, and for dessert strawberry rhubarb macaroon. 8490 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, (310) 360-9100 .

FraicheFraiche's Easter brunch, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes dishes such as lobster bisque, steak 'n' eggs with home fries), and for dessert, “Our World-Famous Dessert Platter.” 9411 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310) 839-6800.  

Locanda del Lago: A “Buona Pasque” Italian-style Easter menu runs for a week starting Saturday, with a special prix-fixe menu starting at $48 for three courses. Menu items include cestino di Parmigiano con crescione, uova di quaglie e asparagi bianchi (parmesan “basket” filled with watercress, white asparagus salad with chive aioli and hard-boiled quail eggs.) 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 451-3525.

Mimi’s Café: Mimi’s Café is offering "Easter Feast To-Go" through Sunday.  Serves six to eight guests for $84.99. The menu features dishes such as sliced pit-roasted ham with homemade honey Dijon glaze, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, dessert and more. 2925 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 668-1715.

Napa Valley Grille: The Napa Valley Grille is offering an Easter brunch buffet. Adults $49 and children $19; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A wine-country inspired brunch buffet with menu items to include spring onion soup and kale salad, an omelet station, and steak hash with poached eggs. 1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 824-3322.  

Pann’s: This Easter Sunday Pann’s is giving away chocolate bunnies to all patrons who wear hats, bonnets, caps, etc. Enjoy a free bunny or just fried chicken and waffles and Pann’s homemade chocolate Easter muffins. 6710 La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 776-3770.

EastereggroyallepetrossianPetrossian: Petrossian will be serving Easter brunch for $45 and $59. Some of the menu items include Festive Egg Royale (soft scrambled egg, vodka whipped cream), Smoked salmon bagel with caviar (cream cheese, capers, red onion, mixed greens) and for dessert almond crème brûlée with Russian tea cookies. 321 N Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 271-6300. 

Playa: Playa will be offering Easter brunch and dinner on Sunday. Specials include smoked salmon with poached eggs for brunch and crispy blue corn taco with corned beef and serrano ham tamal with piquillo salsa for dinner. 7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 933-5300.

Raphael: Raphael is offering a Euro-Japanese three-course Easter brunch featuring menu items such as roasted apple salad, chilled wild nettle soup, brioche French toast, Valrhona chocolate pots de crème, and more. $35 per person, $25 for children 12 and under. 11616 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 505-3337.

Royal/T: Royal/T café will be offering an Easter Sunday brunch menu highlighting dishes such as Peter Rabbit’s carrot ginger soup, Easter quiche with bacon, spinach, shallots and cheese. The menu items will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 559-6300.

San Diego Zoo: The San Diego Zoo is offering an Easter brunch prepared by zoo executive chef Chris Mirguet along with chef Charles Boukas. $39.95 per person for adults and $18.95 for children ages 3 to 11. 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, (619) 557-3964.

Street: Street’s chefs Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger are offering a Saturday night Seder led by Rabbi Eleanor Steinman with dishes such as warm halloumi salad and Moroccan lamb.  Easter brunch is offered on Sunday with egg dishes from around the world. Passover Seder, $55 per person; Easter brunch à la carte. 742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 203-0500.

Vermont Kitchen and Bar: Vermont Kitchen and bar will be offering Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It will be its regular brunch menu with a special Easter menu item and beverages. 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 661-6163.

The Winery: The Winery will be offering a three-course Easter brunch Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $32.95 per guest. Menu items: seared rare ahi tuna (with avocado, mango, cucumber, cilantro-orange vinaigrette) and chile lime-rubbed Hawaiian mahi mahi (with roasted tropical fruit chutney, jasmine rice, lemongrass-Gewurztraminer butter). 2647 Park Ave, Tustin, (714) 258-7600.

— Rachel Sherman and Sarah Al-Abdulrahim

Photos, from top: Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times; Easter Egg Royales at Petrossian. Credit: Petrossian.


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