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To commemorate Arbor Day, Mohawk Bend is showcasing cocktail renditions of their modern spirits and FruitLab liqueurs at a cocktail party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 26. Chat with the owners of GreenBar Collective and distillers Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd. (213)483-2337.
5×5 Dinner at Melisse
On April 29, enjoy five extraordinary tasting dinners by six top chefs in Los Angeles. Josiah Citrin of Melisse; Michael Cimarusti from Providence; Gino Angelini of Angelini Osteria; Rory Hermann from Bouchon and Michael Voltaggio of Ink will each prepare a course in the style of the host restaurant. Ludo Lefebvre is a special guest chef. A portion of the $150 per person dinner will be donated to the Special Olympics. Wine pairings are available at an additional charge. Melisse,1104 Wilshire Blvd. (310)395-0881
Best of Italy
Chef Claud Beltran at Noir Food & Wine prepares a family style Italian dinner on April 29. Social time and an aperitif begins at 6:30 p.m. Seating for dinner begins sharply at 7 p.m. Great wine varietals from Italy will be featured. The dinner is $49 per person, plus a $10 gratuity and sales tax. 40 N. Mentor Ave. Pasadena (626)795-7199.
The Westin Bonaventure is offering a “Cooking on the Edge with Executive Chef Andreas Nieto” on Sat. May 5. The class will feature line caught Baja California halibut and Peruvian mango ceviche with micro cilantro. Also, you will learn how to prepare Niman Ranch chipotle crusted pork chops with julienne chayote and warm tomatillo salsa. Dessert is a caramelized brown sugar “flan de coco” with toasted Pacific coconut sprinkle. This three-course meal is paired with a tasting of Partida Tequilas. A guest mixologist will teach attendees how to make the perfect cocktail. Class begins at 1 p.m. and costs $55 per person. 404 S. Figueros St. RSVP to Claudia.Lambaren@westin.com
Crawfish Boil at Dominick’s
Chef Brandon Boudet is serving his New Orleans inspired dishes May 5 and 19. It begins at 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Dominick’s brunch menu is also available. Enjoy boiled Louisiana crawfish simmering in salt, garlic and cayenne peppers at $10.99 per pound with beer for $3 or a bottle of Dominick’s red and white wine for $12. Roast beef po’ boys are $8 and a crawfish boiled artichoke with a Creole remoulade is $11. 8715 Beverly Blvd. (310)652-2335.
Blu Jam Cafe
On May 1, enjoy a selection of French wines with a delicious French tasting menu for $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Owner/chef/sommelier Kamil Majer will prepare an Endive salad and potato and leek soup to accompany a risotto with bacon, cream, garlic greens, peas, parsley and Parmesan topped with a fresh poached egg. Each course will be offered with a glass of French wine. The main course is grilled peppercorn tenderloin with crispy potato and cognac cream sauce accompanied with a De Mecard, Bordeaux, 2009. Dessert is a crepe filled with sautéed bananas and hazelnut-chocolate sauce, topped with vanilla cream and a glass of Doisy-Vedrines, Sauternes, 2003. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. 7371 Melrose Ave. (323)951-9191.
Follow A Chef
Visitors and tourists can meet on Wed. and Sat. mornings at 9 a.m. at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market to shop and discuss seasonal ingredients with recognizable chefs. At 10 a.m. walk over to The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories at Santa Monica Place to prepare culinary delights for a light tasting and food demonstration. Take home recipes and chat with the chefs. Register in advance for this free event at www.thegourmandiseschool.com. On May 2, follow Chef and author Michael Natkin. Two hours of free parking in garages 7 and 8, 395 Santa Monica Place # 329 (310)656-8800.
Sandwich Happy Hour
Marcona is offering a 2-fer Happy Hour on their gourmet sandwiches on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can choose a Marcona Chicken Pesto, Bodega (just $5), BLT, Turkey Romesco, Tofu Thai or Burlington sandwich and receive the second sandwich of equal or lesser value for free. While at Marcona, join their sandwich passport loyalty program. Get a free sandwich with every nine purchased. Don’t forget to order one of the sweet cookies, pastries or cakes. 7368 Melrose Ave. (323)951-9991.
Cinco De Mayo Tequila Tasting
Public School 612 is hosting a tequila-tasting class with traditional Mexican food on May 5. Guests receive a four-course meal and drink pairing for a $40 tuition per student. Purchase your ticket in advance and receive a $10 promotional card to be used at a later date. Class begins at 2 p.m. and will be taught by beverage expert Patrick Thomas and Chef Danta Ascenzi. 612 S. Flower St. (310)395-5050.
Gift Card Special
The Daily Grill is giving a $25 gift card for future use for every $150 spent on to-go orders for lunch and dinner today and tomorrow. Enjoy mouthwatering steaks, chops, seafood, sandwiches and salads. Order from the popular Simply 600 menu offering fully portioned dishes that are all less than 600 calories. 612 S. Flower St. (213)622-4500 and 5410 W. Century Blvd. (310)665-0149.
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