Book signing at Grand Central Market
Celebrate the glory of cheese at Grand Central Market today, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at a book discussion and signing by David Asher. The celebrated cheesemaker, author of “The Art of Natural Cheesemaking,” will offer step-by-step instructions on how to make cheese in a home kitchen and will demonstrate how to make fermented dairy items such as kefir, creme fraiche and cultured butter. A selection of cheese and wine will be served, and books signed by the author will be available for purchase. DTLA Cheese will also offer grilled cheese flights throughout the weekend. 317 S. Broadway #45, (213)290-3060.
Fritzi opens tomorrow
Chef Neal Fraser will debut his new brew fare-inspired restaurant, Fritzi, on Friday, Jan. 29 in the Arts District Brewery in DTLA. Fraser has a loyal following at Fritzi Dog at the Farmers Market, and his latest culinary venture highlights wood-fired rotisserie fare. The industrial-chic restaurant serves lunch and dinner entrées including wood-fired rotisserie chicken, steak frites, Santa Barbara white fish and handcrafted potatoes served waffle-style, fried and tots. The brewery serves seasonal beers, Fritzi handcrafted cocktails and wine. 814 Traction Ave., (213)537-0327.
Social hour at Ashland Hill
The Santa Monica beer garden, Ashland Hill, celebrates its first birthday on Friday, Jan. 29 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. with $1 draft beers and free samples of dishes. Discounted samplings of the restaurant’s most popular dishes are available daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Guests who order the House on the House wine special receive a second round of house wine free. Order Tabit’s tiny tastings and build a three-dish sampler for $12. Chef Brad Miller’s signature dishes include avocado and roasted tomato toast, charred shishito mac and cheese, crispy cauliflower, crispy roasted Brussels sprouts and falafel and sesame labneh. The “Flights and Fries” special for $12 comes with a choice of four, five-ounce draft beers and herb parmesan fries, sweet potato fires or tarragon vinegar house chips served on a wooden platter. 2803 Main St., (310)399-7900.
Decadent truffle dinner
Truffles take center stage at a special Patina signature wine dinner on Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at The Boddy House in Descanso Gardens. Truffles are featured in delectable roasted vegetable salads and pasta courses include fresh shaved black truffle. Pan roasted “hen of the woods” mushrooms are served in the truffle-crusted Jidori chicken breast. Finish with dark and light chocolate truffles. The dinner includes wine pairing and is $100 per person. Reservations are required by Feb. 2. 1418 Descanso Drive. (213)864-2241, www.descansoorders.com.
Just opened in Playa Vista
SOL Cocina Playa Vista recently opened, offering simple coastal cooking and authentic Baja-Mexican cuisine. Sit in the restaurant’s outdoor patio for lunch and dinner served seven days a week. The relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere features an indoor-outdoor bar, fire pit patio seating and a view overlooking the park and bluffs. The bar has over 70 artisan, premium and ultra-premium tequilas and mezcals. The menu features wood-grilled tacos and Baja-influenced seafood prepared by chef de cuisine Tia Baker. 12775 W. Millennium Dr., Suite 160, (424)289-0066.
Made in Brooklyn
The Made in Brooklyn food truck serves classic New York-style pizza. The pizza pies are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Chef, owner and native Brooklynite Sean Popock creates the house-made tomato sauce, sausage, meatballs and pizza dough in the truck using the same equipment found in New York’s best pizzerias. He offers pizza, hero sandwiches, garlic knots and salads for lunch and dinner in a bigger than average food truck with its double-deck pizza ovens. Made in Brooklyn encourages patrons to “Hold it. Fold it. Eat it.” Follow Made in Brooklyn on Twitter @MIBpizza and Instagram @madeinbrooklynnypizza for hours and locations.
The Six Restaurant celebrity breakfast
The Six Restaurant is named after The Society of Six, a community of six artists who, during the 1920’s prohibition era, created art with their homemade meals, brews and wines. They recently hosted a celebrity breakfast with actor William Shatner, CEO of the Hollywood Charity Horse Show. Shatner emceed a check donation ceremony at the restaurant and awarded $500,000 to organizations helping children in Los Angeles, including AHEAD With Horses, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League and The Painted Turtle. The Six Restaurant was built using primarily recycled materials. Theyserve locally sourced fare on cast iron skillets and rustic wood planks. On the menu offers six starters, six entrees, six red wines, six white wines, six brews on tap and six desserts. 12650 Ventura Blvd., (818)761-2319.
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