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New York Asian food fest Luckyrice heads west

The Luckyrice Festival, a celebration of Asian food, is set to hit Los Angeles on Aug. 4, hosted by chef Sang Yoon of Father's Office and LukshonThe Luckyrice Festival, a celebration of Asian food, is set to hit Los Angeles on Aug. 4, hosted by chef Sang Yoon of Father's Office and Lukshon. Luckyrice just had its sold-out inaugural Las Vegas event, and earlier this year completed its third New York festival. 

For the L.A. version of the event, the open-loft warehouse within HD Buttercup at Culver City's Helms Bakery complex is to be transformed with Chinese boudoirs and pagodas.  

Chefs including Susan Feninger of Street, Bryant Ng of Spice Table, Jet Tila of Charleston, Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market, Mohan Ismail of RockSugar, Diep Tran of Good Girl Dinette and Jenee Kim of Parks BBQ are to be among the participants.

Mixologists including Rosie Ruiz of Big Bar, Jaymee Mandeville of Drago Centro, Joseph Brooks of Mixology 101 and Gary Hayward of Bombay Sapphire are to serve 16 custom Asian-styled cocktails featuring Bombay Sapphire East and other spirits. Alcohol connoisseurs can enjoy Singha Beer, craft sake and shochu, and homemade ginger ales.

Luckyrice is set for Saturday, Aug. 4, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at HD Buttercup/Helms Bakery Building. 3225 Helms Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $88 for VIP access. VIP access is from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and provides all-evening access to a VIP chefs lounge. Tickets can be purchased at www.luckyrice.com.


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Photo: Food trucks at the New York Luckyrice Festival in May. Credit: Todd Leong

ForYourArt hosts L.A.-made food pop-up shop

ForYourArtThis Saturday ForYourArt is hosting New. Artisanal. Now., a pop-up shop of locally produced food. It’s timed to coincide with Made in LA 2012, the Hammer Museum’s first large-scale event showcasing local artists.

Attendees will be able to purchase treats such as bacon-and-date spread from De Vamore, ice cream from Peddler’s Creamery, salted caramel and chocolate sauce from Z Confections, fruit presses and preserves from Grace & I and loads more. The selections were chosen by Krista Simmons of “Top Chef Masters” and LAist, Shawna Dawson of Artisanal LA and Michaele Musel of the Secret Fork.

Founded by Bettina Korek in 2006, ForYourArt has been described as an art website, event producer and museum guide publisher. It debuted its Wilshire public space in March 2012.

Noon to 6 p.m. at ForYourArt, 6020 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Admission is free while goods can be purchased at various prices. www.foryourart.com


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Hometown girl makes good! Julia Child week in Pasadena

Julia Child week in PasadenaIt's safe to say that when she was growing up there, Julia Child had mixed feelings about Pasadena. In those days she found it quite conservative. "I am, of course, 'persona traitoria' to my family in California, who are Old Guard Republicans of the blackest and most violently Neanderthal stripe," she once wrote a friend. But that was a long time ago and the city has changed a lot. So much so that to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the television cooking pioneer's birth, eight Pasadena restaurants will be serving special Julia Child menus.

The celebration, dreamed up by Child's publisher Alfred A. Knopf (and timed to coordinate with their publication of Bob Spitz's new Child biography "Dearie"), will be observed at a/k/a an American Bistro, Cheval Blanc Bistro, Maison Akira, POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, StillRoom, the Royce at Langham and Vertical Wine Bistro. Each will be serving dishes based on or inspired by Child's recipes.

In addition, on Aug. 15, the city of Pasadena will be hosting a city-wide cocktail party in Child's honor. At 7 p.m., restaurant diners will host a toast to the great gal.

If you're not in Pasadena, fear not. Other Southern California restaurants, including Comme Ca, Church & State, Jar, Kendall's Brasserie, Tavern, Cafe Pierre, Maison Giraud, 71 Palm and Secret Garden will also be hosting celebrations.


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3 Events: Street Food Fest; PigOut; rooftop dinner & a movie

Grilled Cheese Truck Street eats: This year’s L.A. Street Food Fest is this Saturday at the Rose Bowl. More than 75 food trucks and restaurants are participating, offering a literal smorgasbord of casual street food, gastropub fare, ice cream, coffee, beer, tequila and so much more. Participants include: Grilled Cheese Truck, Mighty Boba Truck, Peking Duck Truck, Gravy Train Poutinerie, Antojitos Sofy, Sabor de Bahia, Dog Haus, Starry Kitchen and many more. 3 to 4:30 p.m. for VIP early admission: $65. 5 to 9 p.m. for general admission: $45. Tickets are all-inclusive and can be bought online. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, www.lastreetfoodfest.com.

Pig party: On Aug. 5, chef Amar Santana of broadwaybyamarsantana.com and Bobby Navarro of 100eats100days.com host PigOut, a pig-centric social at the Newport Dunes Resort in Orange County. The event will feature chefs and mixologists cooking up and shaking up tastes of all things pig and cocktails. A portion of the proceeds will go to Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), which provides scholarship, education and career opportunities for students in the food and hospitality industry. Among the featured chefs are: Casey Overton, the Loft at Montage Laguna Beach; Deborah Schneider, Sol Cocina; Matt Molina and Emily Corliss, Pizzeria Mozza; and many more. Mixologists include: Jason Schiffer and Dave Castillo, 320 Main; Felicia Chavez, Two 40 South; and Matt Ellingson and Ryland Brown, Napa Rose Restaurant. 1 to 4 p.m. General admission: $75 (in advance) and $90 (at the door). VIP admission: $100 (in advance) and $120 (at the door). 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, (949) 729-3863, www.100eats100days.com.

Dinner and a movie: Every Tuesday from July through September at the rooftop of the Thompson Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Reporter and the Motion Picture & Television Fund are screening films and serving them with dinner. Patrons can cozy up in a cabana or grab a seat poolside, and order meals representative of famous directors. (The Scorsese special includes burrata and peppers, New York strip steak, fries and a bottle of red.) Also available are specialty cocktails and old-fashioned sodas, as well as classic movie grub like Dots and Milk Duds. Select screenings will be preceded by special guest Q&A’s, moderated by the Hollywood Reporter. Films include: "Stand by Me," "When Harry Met Sally," "Moulin Rouge," "The Goonies," "L.A. Confidential," "Speed," "Catch Me if You Can," "St. Elmo’s Fire," "Reality Bites," "A Fish Called Wanda," "The Usual Suspects" and "L.A. Story." Tuesdays until Sept. 25, doors open 7 p.m., movies start 9 p.m. $20 (includes small popcorn and soda). 9360 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, (310) 943-1105, www.caulfieldsbeverlyhills.com/filmfest.


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At the Getty Villa, a lecture on Greek drinking rituals

Red volute kraterThe Getty Villa will offer a lecture Saturday on the symposion, an ancient Greek social custom where men socialized and drank wine. Historian Oswyn Murray of Oxford University will lead the talk and afterwards, guests will be able to enjoy appetizers and taste a selection of four wines inspired by historic techniques.

Three wines are made with grapes fermented in terra cotta vessels partially buried underground, a method similar to those of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The fourth wine is made from grapes indigenous to the Greek Islands as far back as 3,500 years ago.

The wine list includes: a 2001 Gravner Anfora Bianco Breg, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy; a 2009 Azienda Agricola COS Pithos, Sicily, Italy; a 2009 Del Dotto Clay Vessel Zinfandel, Napa Valley, California; and a 2010 Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri, Santorini, Greece.

“Drinking in the Greek Manner: A Brief History of the Symposion” will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Villa Auditorium for the lecture and the Inner Peristyle for the wine tasting. 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Tickets are $60 and can be reserved online or by calling (310) 440-7300. 


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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.



Highlights from MAD2 food symposium in Copenhagen

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Mad2The second annual MAD food symposium spearheaded by Noma chef Rene Redzepi took place this week under a blue and yellow circus tent pitched on a hay-strewn meadow at the edge of Copenhagen. An audience of international food devotees lucky enough to score tickets descended on the Danish capital to hear speakers address the role of the chef in a world whose food system is increasingly complicated.

MAD is a tantalizing mix of high-minded intentions and the best chefs in the world (with occasional moments of the sanctimonious, bizarre or poorly translated) in a Nordic setting free of the telltales of commercial sponsorship (i.e., demos equipped by All-Clad). There was smorrebrod (open-faced sandwiches) for lunch and Coffee Collective coffee to help the jet-lagged, or the hungover (one assumes that’s also what prompted David Chang to board the morning shuttle boat with a tallboy of Carlsberg and Johnny Iuzzini to pass around a bottle of bourbon before entering the tent).

This year’s theme for MAD (which means “food” in Danish) was “appetite,” and speakers included food suppliers, academics and chefs such as Dan Barber, Chang, Leif Sorenson and Ferran Adria. (You know it’s MAD2 when you spot Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Ludovic Lefebvre, Wylie Dufresne and Bertrand Grebaut on the same night at Christian Puglisi’s Relae restaurant in Norrebro.)

The conference accommodated 550 people, up from 300 last year, says Noma director Peter Kreiner. Redzepi announced next year’s MAD conference will be curated by Chang and the producers of his quarterly magazine Lucky Peach, to be held Aug. 25 to 26, 2013, with the theme of “guts.”  

Among the 20 talks at MAD2, more than a handful especially stood out. Some quick-and-dirty highlights follow:

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Fourth of July 2012 dining guide: Holiday food and drink specials


Throwing a Fourth of July backyard BBQ is a fun way to spend the holiday, but sometimes it's nice to sit back and have someone else worry about the cooking. Here's a list of restaurants around town offering special Fourth of July cocktails, menu items and discounts:

Rock & Reilly's Irish whisky bar is having a "Reilly's backyard BBQ" with brats and burgers on its backyard patio. The bar also came up with a Fourth of July cocktail called the "Miss American Pie" made with Old Shine Apple Pie, basil, cranberry juice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Pink Taco is serving its El Presidential Margarita made with Don Julio's 1942, fresh lime, raw agave nectar and a splash of Combier. Get a 2 for 1 margarita pitchers from 3 to 7 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. at both the Sunset Strip and Century City locations.

Fuku Burger will offer a special Declaration Burger topped with mac & cheese and crispy onion rings. Wash it all down with a Fuku Firework (Sapporo with a shot of sake) or the Independence flight of Fuku's domestic beers. 

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Napa Valley Grille is celebrating with a patriotic happy hour from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4. The extended happy hour will be available at the bar and on the patio. It includes 50-cent sweet chile-glazed chicken wings, $2 PBRs and a $4 Firecracker cocktail.

Burger Lounge is offering grass-fed beef corn dogs with spicy mustard and organic ketchup ($5.95) or with onion rings and a Maine Root "Agave Pink Drink" ($10.95). 

Cecconi's will celebrate the Fourth with its new seasonal pizza night featuring different pizzas from chef Andrea Cavaliere. The pizzas are inspired by what's fresh at the Santa Monica farmers market that morning.

STREET is serving a Backyard Barbecue for four that includes the Jamaican Gingerbrew chicken, a slider assortment of Yuzu Kosho burgers, black bean veggie burgers, fried chicken and Korean BBQ shortribs, a variety of sides (Malaysian baked beans, chilled soba noodle salad) and for dessert Mexican spiced dulce de leche double chocolate fudge and toasted coconut jello ($100 for the group, plus tax). The restaurant will also offer the world-flavor bento box with tastes of the Burmese melon salad, Japanese potato salad and more ($30, plus tax).

Moon Juice is offering some figure-friendly juices that you can drink on their own or with tequila or vodka for a cocktail. The new summer flavors include honeydew, cilantro and lime; cantaloupe and nectarine; watermelon, tomato and lime; and cucumber, pineapple and jalapeno ($9-12).

Magnolia Bakery is offering Fourth of July-decorated cupcakes ($3.50 each) and a variety of blueberry desserts, including the Blueberry Jamboree or classic Blueberry Pie (slice $4 to $4.50 and pie $24).

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below or fill us in on your plans for the holiday.


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Architectural cake-off at M&A in Silver Lake

M&AcakeoffExperimental architectural center Materials & Applications in Silver Lake is celebrating its 10th birthday with a cake-off. Fifteen Los Angeles-based architects and designers have been invited to create architectural birthday cakes. These will be raffled off at M&A's birthday party on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The designers contributing architectural cakes are: 

Predock Frane (Hadrian Predock); Chu + Gooding (Annie Chu); Escher GuneWardena Architecture (Frank Escher); Gensler (Ian McDuff); Deegan Day (Yo Oshima); Deutsch (Chris Becker); Patterns (Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich); Noah Riley Design; Warren Techenin; Barbara Bestor; MASS (Ana Henton with Sugarbird Sweets & Teas); Osborn (Michael Pinto); Modal Design (Daniel Monti); Taalman Koch; and Andy Goldman.

"It's our 10th birthday, we have to have cake at the party," says M&A founding director Jenna Didier. "One of our board of directors said, 'Let's have architects create cakes.' 

We just asked them to make sure the cake was a minimum of 10 inches by 10 inches and at maximum would still fit on the shelf of a refrigerator. People have taken liberties...."

The cake-off gala is an official event of Los Angeles Design Week and is a fund-raiser for M&A, a nonprofit organization that produces full-scale architectural installations. A bike tour of architectural gems around Silver Lake kicks off the days' festivities (register here: 10-year-bike-tour.eventbrite.com).

Funds raised by the raffle and bike tour will go to support future M&A projects in its open-to-the-public courtyard and in blighted urban sites targeted for the coming year. Admission is $10 and includes a raffle ticket to win a cake and gift certificates and gift baskets from local businesses.

The raffle will be emcee'd by musician and TV's "Lie To Me" star Brendan Hines. The CoolHaus ice cream truck will be selling its architectural-themed frozen sundries; 10% of proceeds will go to benefit M&A. 

1619 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 913-0915, www.emanate.org. 


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Golden Road beer dinner: Tin Roof Bistro chef Anne Conness hosts a Golden Road Brewing beer dinner tonight. The five-course menu is paired with some limited Golden Road brews, and Golden Road co-founder Meg Gill will be there to talk shop. On the menu: cream cheese and crab wontons with Golden Road Hefeweizen; white shrimp ceviche with watermelon and arugula with Point the Way IPA; caramelized Brussels sprouts and crisp duck with Either Side of the Hill; English steak and ale pie with Get Up Offa That Brown; and salted caramel profiteroles and chocolate sauce with Hudson Rye Porter. 7 p.m. $45 per person. 

3500 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 393-0900, www.tinroofbistro.com. 

'How to Taste Like a Sommelier': Taste wine like a master sommelier at the Taste of Orange County this weekend. Master sommelier and certified wine educator Michael Jordan from the Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim will lead a blind tasting. (Jordan is one out of only 15 people in the world to possess both the master sommelier and the certified wine diplomas.) The tasting takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Also catch a tequila and food pairing with expert Julie Harrington-Griffin on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $49 per person (per session).  

For more information, visit www.tasteofoc.com.

'Art Beyond the Glass': Bartending and art come together in "Art Beyond the Glass," which takes place at Sadie LA in Hollywood on Sunday, showcasing art from participating bartenders. The cocktails, the art hanging on the walls and the music will be created or performed by L.A.'s top bartenders. Admission includes open bar and appetizers. There also will be prizes. 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online; proceeds benefit Inner-City Arts. For more information and participating bartenders, visit thirstyinla.com

1638 N. Las Palmas, Hollywood, (323) 467-0200, www.sadiela.com. 

Celebrating summer: Wirtshaus German restaurant and beer garden (www.facebook.com/WirtshausLA) ushers in summer Wednesday with traditional German music and drink specials from 5 p.m. to close. Its featured drink special is Berliner Weisse mit Schuss, a sour wheat beer from northern Germany, served with syrups such as raspberry or the herb woodruff. Wirtshaus will be airing the UEFA Euro 2012 Championship on a 100-inch projection screen in their "soccer room," on the flat-screen TV at the main bar, and on its new TV on the dog-friendly outdoor patio.

345 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 931-9291, www.wirtshausla.com. 


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