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5 Food Events You Should Know About: Udon noodle workshop; pastry demo at Montage; Cecconi’s Sunday supper; WP24's lounge menu; fried chicken at Bouchon


Udon at JANM: The Japanese American Museum will be holding a workshop for students to try their hand at making udon on June 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instructor Sonoko Sakai suggests that students bring closed-toed shoes, an apron and containers to take home extras. Only 12 spots available. The price for the course is $75 for museum members and $85 for non-members. Call the museum to make a reservation. 369 E 1st St., Los Angeles, (213) 625-0414, www.janm.org.

Let us eat cake: On June 29, Montage Beverly Hills executive pastry chef Richard Ruskell will give a demonstration on what he claims is the best chocolate cake -- a blackout cake. The class will take place in the Scarpetta display kitchen at the hotel. Space is limited to 15 guests at $50 per person. Call (310) 860-7940 to reserve a seat. 225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hillswww.montagebeverlyhills.com. 

A Sunday mealCecconi's in West Hollywood is offering a Sunday supper menu that will feed up to four people for $50 total. These dinners may include pizza, pasta and a salad. You can purchase a house bottle of red or white wine for an extra $25. Additional menu items may be added for parties larger than four.  8764 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 432-2000, cecconiswesthollywood.com

WP24 lounge menu: At WP24, Wolfgang Puck's modern Chinese restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, diners in the lounge can taste some of the restaurant's signature dishes this summer through a special three-course menu. For $24, you get a first course, main course and dessert.  Menu options will change weekly based on seasonal availability. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 743-8824www.wolfgangpuck.com.

Fried chicken:  Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc fried chicken will be returning to Bouchon in Beverly Hills this Monday, June 27, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The dish will be served with New York cheddar biscuits and gravy, macaroni and cheese and braised collard greens. This one-day special is $36 per person. Call the restaurant or go to OpenTable to make a reservation. 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, (310) 271-9910www.bouchonbistro.com. 


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4 Food Events You Should Know About: Drago tasting menu; Public Kitchen happy hour; Yujean Kang's 20th anniversary; Surfrider dinner at Cafe del Rey

Peaches Seasonal tasting menu: On June 27, executive chef Evan Gotanda and two guest chefs will create a five-course tasting menu highlighting local and seasonal ingredients at Santa Monica's Drago restaurant. Dishes include pan-seared branzino and chai-spiced duck. The menu is $65 per person with an option to add cocktail pairings for an extra $25. For a reservation call (310) 828-1585. 2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

5 for 5 happy hour: Public Kitchen at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is offering five signature menu items priced at $5 for happy hour. The specialty cocktail and appetizers change daily, meaning one night you might devour chickpea-and-three-cheese fritters, and the next time chicharrones with chili and lime. 3 to 7p.m. Monday to Friday. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 769-8888.

20th-anniversary specials: Yujean Kang's Chinese restaurant is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The restaurant will be serving two different menus priced at $20 per person.  A four-course chef's tasting menu will be offered Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, a family-style dinner for two will be served. Menu items will change monthly. 67 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, (626) 858-0855.

Saturday soiree: Cafe del Rey is teaming up with Surfrider Foundation's West L.A./Malibu chapter to commemorate the restaurant's 20th anniversary. The event will include live music and a Champagne tasting, and executive chef Daniel Roberts will make Mediterranean-inspired hors d'oeuvres. The celebration will be held June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Surfrider Foundation is asking for a $20 donation per guest.  4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 823-6395.


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-- Leah Rodrigues

Photo credit: La Grande Farmers' Market

4 Food Events You Should Know About: Vegan Beer Fest; 'Stars of California'; grilling for Meals on Wheels; Henriot Champagne mixer

TonyVegan Beer Fest: Tony Yanow of Tony's Darts Away and blogger Quarry Girl launch the 2nd annual Vegan Beer Festival on June 25 at the Roxy on Sunset Boulevard. The festival will feature several California craft breweries along with food from vegan restaurants and food trucks. In addition, there will be live performances from local bands. Tickets are $15 to $50 and can be purchased online at TicketWeb. Proceeds of the event will be donated to ARME (Animal Rescue Media Education).

Grilling on the Beach: On July 28, 10 L.A. chefs will be grilling at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica as a benefit for the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. Each chef will make a signature dish directly on the beach. Guest chefs include Mark Peel from Campanile, Sherry Yard from Spago and Piero Selvaggio of Valentino.  A silent auction will be held, featuring a large selection on luxury travel. Tickets are $150 each. To purchase tickets, visit http://eveningonthebeach.com.

"Stars of California": Seven resort chefs from Orange County along with 20 California boutique wineries will come together on June 23 to raise money for four Southern Californian charities including Make-A-Wish, Oceana, Special Olympics and Lupus LAChefs such as Richard Sandoval from Raya and Splashes' Jeff Armstrong will be making a variety of small plates for guests to try. There will be a silent auction offering a range of hotel packages. Tickets are $120 per person or $200 per couple. For more information, go to www.starsofcalifornia.com.

Champagne mixer: Sonoma Wine Garden at Santa Monica Place is having a Henriot champagne tasting on June 29. Henriot will be pouring its Brut Souverain NV, Blanc de Blancs NV, Brut Rose NV and Brut Millesime 1998. Tickets are $39 per person. To reserve a space, call (424) 214-4560. 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, www.sonomawinegarden.com.


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--Leah Rodrigues


Photo: Tony Yanow at Tony's Darts Away. Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times

Late night at Playa

Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila just checked in at John Sedlar's new restaurant Playa, which is located in the old Grace space on Beverly Boulevard.

The story is the third in a new series of columns called "Tasting Menu," which has replaced Virbila's previous first-look stories titled "Early Bird," which used to run in Monday's Calendar section. The "Tasting Menu" columns will run semi-regularly in Friday's Calendar section on the new nightlife page (D3).

Read Virbila's take on Playa here. It seems like she really enjoyed herself:

No doubt about it, Playa is splashy and fun, with big windows onto the street, the better to see and be seen.

In other Playa news, the restaurant just announced its new "Late Night at Playa" menu. From 10 p.m. to close (midnight on weeknights, 1 a.m. on weekends) diners at the bar and communal tables can opt for a $22 prix fixe special that includes a choice of two maize cakes and a cocktail or glass of wine.

Soon Playa will begin offering nightly late-night off-menu specials during the same hours.

Playa, 7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A. (323) 933-5300; www.playarivera.com.

--Jessica Gelt

Photo: Maize cake salsa semilla at Playa. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times


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