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May is national asparagus month and on Sat. May 14 at 1 p.m., Chef Andreas of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel will guide guests on how to make tasty dishes with the green vegetable that are low calorie, low sodium, an excellent source of vitamin B6 and potassium. Guests prepare their own meals to enjoy at the Chef’s table with wine tasting. The cost is $45 per person. 404 S. Figueroa St. RSVP at Claudia.Lambaren@westin.com
Hollywood Roosevelt Lunch
Weekday lunch is now served at Public Kitchen & Bar from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Executive Chef Tim Goodell’s menu includes a Public burger with aged cheddar, bacon, roasted tomato jam, hatch green chili and roasted mushrooms. Also, crispy buttermilk chicken, matzo ball soup and a new lunchtime signature “Lunch board” with a choice of SRF corned beef, cured Italian meats, shaved prime rib or pastrami cured salmon with all the savory accoutrements. Free valet parking with validation. 7000 Hollywood Blvd. (323)769-8888.
BBQ Class at BLT
Chef Brian Moyers of BLT Steak Los Angeles is offering a “How to throw the perfect summer barbecue” class on May 14 from 12:30 p.m. Moyers discusses the merits of certain cuts of meat and demonstrate several tasty marinades. $80 per person includes lunch with wine pairings. 8720 Sunset Blvd. Contact Nicole at (310)360-1950.
Sweet Aid forJapan
Magnolia Bakery is offering a special Japan cupcake ($3) to support Japan Society’s earthquake relief fund throughout the month of May. For each Japan cupcake sold, Magnolia will donate $1 to the Japan Society’s earthquake relief fund. The classic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes are topped with white buttercream and a fresh raspberry to signify the “rising sun” symbol known as “Nisshoki.” 8389 W. Third St. (323)951-0636.
$19.91 Late Night Menu
Now until June 29, Locanda del Lago celebrates its 20-year anniversary with signature entrees priced at $19.91. On Monday – Wednesday from 9 p.m. to closing, guests can sip summertime cocktails featuring market-fresh fruits, herbs, and organic liquors while enjoying a delicious Northern Italian meal for under $20. 231 Arizona Ave. (310)451-3525.
AOC Wine Dinner
Taste the wines of Kabaj from Slovenia on May 16 at 7 p.m. with enologist Jean Michel Morel. His boutique winery is in Goriska Brda region of western Slovenia. When Slovenia disbanded from Yugoslavia in the 90s, Morel and his wife Katja Kabaj released the first wine of the estate under her family name. Kabaj wines are unforgettable and winemaker Morel will be on hand to discuss the wines and lead guests through a four-course dinner designed by Chef Suzanne Goin. The event is $100 per person. 8022 W. Third St. (323)653-6359.
Royal Dinner at a/k/a Bistro
Experience a five-course meal paired with eight wines on May 16. The event begins at 6:30 and is $220 per person. Hungarian Oremus wines and Spanish wines from the Ribera del Duero wine region will be offered with a feast fit for a King and Queen. One Colorado Plaza – 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, (626)564.8111, www.akabistro.com,
Crepes and Wine Dinner at La Cachette
Sit on the La Cachette Bistro patio on May 17 from 6 p.m. and experience Pierre’s freshly made crepes. The outside bar will offer special cocktails for this unique evening event. The following evening on May 18 at 7 p.m. Louis of Beaucanon Estates in Napa and Chateau Canon will pour wines with a six-course menu. The cost is $90 for food and wine. 1733 Ocean Ave. (310)434-9509.
Cass Wine Tasting Dinner
L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is offering a six-course menu paired with Cass Estate grown and handcrafted wines on May 24 at 7 p.m. Ted Plemons from Cass Vineyard & Winery will pour Rose, Viognier, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Syrah Port. 9291 Burton Way (323)850-5558.
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