National Chili Day
Celebrate National Chili Day on Thursday, Feb. 23 at Clifton’s Republic, formerly Clifton’s Cafeteria. Walt Disney often dined at Clifton’s and had a reserved booth in the corner on the third floor where he enjoyed one of his favorite dishes – Clifton’s signature short rib chili. Reopened in 2015, the owner brought back Disney’s favorite chili, made with housemade barbecue sauce, short ribs, brisket, diced rib-eye roast, onions, red bell peppers, San Marzano tomatoes, beans and seasonings. 648 S. Broadway, (213)627-1673.
Chili Day at Boneyard Bistro
Boneyard Bistro is celebrating National Chili Day with melt-in-your-mouth sweet and savory Kobe beef chili with cheddar cheese, mustard, onions and pickles in a doughnut. They also serve a signature brisket-tri tip chili with cheddar cheese, diced onions, tomatoes and sour cream. Another favorite is Great Maple’s hearty beef chili and cheese made with slow cooked ground beef, kidney beans, brown beans, spices and grilled baguette cheese points drizzled with honey. 13539 Ventura Blvd., (818)906-7427.
Pitchoun! Bakery wine and cheese
Taste three cheeses paired with three French wines on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pitchoun! Bakery. Listen to lounge music performed during happy hour and order from a special menu with dry meats, salami, cheeses, homemade terrines and antipasti. A Mardi Gras celebration runs from Friday, Feb. 24 through Wednesday, Feb. 29 with fresh beignets. 545 S. Olive St., (213)689-3240.
Little Dom’s Mardi Gras menu
From Saturday, Feb. 25 through Tuesday, Feb. 28, chef Brandon Boudet, a native of New Orleans, brings the flavors of Mardi Gras to his Los Feliz restaurant Little Dom’s. Enjoy a Fat Tuesday feast with boudin balls, red beans and rice, pork belly cracklins, soft crab po’ boys, beignets and classic shrimp, andouille and chicken gumbo. Finish with a slice of King cake. 2128 Hillhurst Ave., (323)661-0055.
Four Seasons dinner and a movie
Enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe dinner at Culina on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. before a showing of the Oscar-nominated movie “Hidden Figures” at 8 p.m. in a private screening room. The dinner and a movie fundraiser benefits the Make a Film Foundation. The cost is $69. Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel, 300 S. Doheny Drive, (310)860-4000.
Thin mint shake
To celebrate Girl Scout Cookie season, Hopdoddy is offering thin mint shakes through Tuesday, Feb. 28. The shakes are made with crushed thin mint Girl Scout Cookies blended with their house-made vanilla ice cream and sweet mint white chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream and more thin mint cookie pieces. 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd. #1120, (310)410-2337; 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., (310)414-2337.
Cimarusti cooking classes
On Thursday, March 2 from 7 to 9 p.m., chef and owner Michael Cimarusti of Providence, Connie and Ted’s and Cape Seafood will host an intimate cooking class with culinary director Brandon Gray at Cape Seafood and Provisions. Seafood enthusiasts of all skill levels can learn the essentials of fish cookery. The classes are small with a maximum of 10 guests and cost $100 per person. Dinner with Cimarusti and Gray is held after the class. An additional class will be held on Thursday, March 30. 801 N. Fairfax Ave., (323)556-2525.
PPLA Food Festival
Enjoy more than 150 fine dishes and libations on Thursday, March 2 at the Baker Hangar while supporting Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ health services and education programs. The PPLA Food Fare Festival features two sessions, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Experience dishes by Southern California’s best chefs, restaurants and caterers. Over 35 vendors will pour wine, cocktails, beer, spirits, coffee and tea. Shop for art, jewelry, handbags, pajama sets, home décor, cashmere throws and children’s apparel. A wine and spirit auction will be held. Advance tickets are $150 for the early session and $250 for the evening session. 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica. pplafoodfare.com.
Bacari GDL opens
Robert and Danny Kronfli with executive chef Lior Hillel recently debuted Bacari GDL, the third outlet of their Venetian tavern concept at The Americana at Brand, joining Bacaro LA near downtown and Bacari PDR in Playa Del Rey. The Italian-inspired restaurant focuses on fire-roasted dishes made in a wood stone oven and Mediterranean influences. The menu differs from those at its sister restaurants, but includes the popular mac and cheese, below. 757 Americana Way, Glendale. (818)696-1460.
Komodo introduces new burritos
The chefs at Komodo’s Venice location are serving breakfast burritos made with eggs, red bell pepper, jalapeño, button mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, sour cream, tater tots, cilantro and sliced green onion. The burritos are available through Friday, March 31 on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also through March 31, all Komodo locations will offer spicy pork bulgogirritos rolled with sweet and spicy marinated pork, pickled crunchy cabbage slaw, sriracha aioli and chopped cilantro. 235 Main St., Venice, (310)255-6742; 8809 W. Pico Blvd., (310)246-5153.
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