Zen dining: Starting Tuesday through Sept. 28, Breadbar hosts chef David Schlosser and his “Za-Zen” pop-up, offering a taste of kappo cuisine based on a formal style of dining from Kyoto, Japan. Dishes explore the balance in traditional Japanese cuisine between seafood and farmed vegetables and sea plants. A seven-course "plant and fungi" menu includes germinated rice with barley, fresh chestnuts, lotus root pickle, kelp soup and black sesame mochi; fall mushrooms marinated, grilled and smoked in hay, with sesame and kinako paste; and fig filled with red bean and cinnamon ($34). Another menu includes hirame sashimi, pressed in kelp and marinated konbu jinme with mountain yam, nori cube, wasabi and wasabi sprout; autumn knife fish sanma with prickly ash pepper and marinated winter vegetables; and persimmon with shaved black sugar ($46). 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
Breadbar, 8718 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (310) 205-0124, www.breadbar.net.
A fundraiser, and an anniversary: Eva restaurant and Share Our Strength host a fundraising dinner to help fight childhood hunger on Wednesday. Four courses feature the produce of Alex Weiser and include: potato with clam; cod caponata; chicken with charred onion; and "chocolate with chocolate." $65 per person. And on Sept. 29, chef Mark Gold celebrates Eva's first anniversary with special guest chefs Josiah Citrin, Michael Cimarusti, Walter Manzke and Sherry Yard. Five courses for $150; an additional $50 with wine pairing. Reservations required.
7458 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 634-0700, www.evarestaurantla.com.
Puck-a-palooza: Tickets for the American Wine & Food Festival, benefiting Los Angeles Meals on Wheels programs, are now on sale. The 28th annual bacchanalia hosted by the Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation, takes place Sept. 25 at Universal Studios' back lot. Among the chefs at this year's event: Gino Angelini, Paul Bartolotta, Floyd Cardoz, Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone, Dean Fearing, Thomas Keller, Paul Liebrandt and more. See the jump for the full list of participating chefs. The next day, on Sept. 26, Wolfgang Puck, Lee Hefter and Barbara Lazaroff with executive pastry chef Sherry Yard host the Chefs Grand Tasting Dinner at Spago. Tickets are $300 for the AWFF, and $750 per person or $7,000 per table for the Chefs Grand Tasting.
American Wine & Food Festival, Universal Studios’ back lot, 3900 Lankershim Blvd., Gate 3, Universal City. Chefs Grand Tasting Dinner, Spago Beverly Hills, 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. For tickets and more info, go to www.awff.org/tickets.
Pork! Beans! Cube Marketplace & Cafe, along with Steven Sando of Rancho Gordo and Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller of Fatted Calf charcuterie, present a pork and beans rooftop barbecue fundraiser at its downtown factory on Oct. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Dishes will incorporate products from the Bay Area's Fatted Calf (pork) and Rancho Gordo (beans). All proceeds from the event will benefit Cube Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the development of garden-to-table programs for local underprivileged children and their parents. Corey Landis & the Attacks and Quinn DeVeaux & the Blue Beat Review are scheduled to perform. $64 per person in advance, $75 at the door.
Cube Foundation Rooftop Garden, 550 Ceres Ave., Los Angeles, www.cubemarketplace.com.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Mark Gold at Eva. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times