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James Beard Taste America L.A.
Vibiana is holding a festive evening with some of America’s finest culinary stars on Friday, Oct. 6. A VIP reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m.; general admission begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail party and tasting reception. Chefs Amanda Chapman and Johnny Ray Zone, of Howlin’ Ray’s; Evan Funke, of Felix; Justin Hilbert, of Maude; Sara Kramer, of Kismet; and David Schlosser, of Shibumi, will present dishes before dinner is served. Meet James Beard All-Star winner Barbara Lynch, from Barbara Lynch Gruppo in Boston, and local James Beard winners Michael Cimarusti, of Providence and Connie and Ted’s; pastry chef Shannon Swindle, from Craft Los Angeles; and host chef Neal Fraser, of Redbird. Co-chairs include James Beard Award Winner Mary Sue Milliken, chef/owner of Border Grill Restaurants and Border Grill Truck. Jordan Nova, wine director at Waldorf Astoria and Jean-Georges in Beverly Hills will also participate. Chef Monti Carlo and Food Network personality Simon Majumdar will serve as masters of ceremony. Lynch and Cimarusti will prepare the dinner. Premier dining tickets are $300 per person and include a cocktail reception, dinner and the auctions. 214 S. Main St. To purchase tickets, visit jamesbeard.org/events/taste-america-los-angeles-dinner.
National Noodle Day
Celebrate National Noodle Day on Friday, Oct. 6 at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen in Century City. The chefs prepare dishes with noodles from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India and other countries. The Kuala Lumpur golden noodles are served with shrimp, Chinese chives and chili-soy. Try the flat rice noodles with mixed vegetables, and the cellophane noodles with wok-fried vegetables. For a more exotic dish, order Hokkien egg noodles mixed with shrimp, calamari, bok choy, egg, garlic and spicy shrimp sambal. Thai noodles can be ordered with chicken and shrimp, or vegetarian tofu topped with crushed peanuts and egg. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)552-9988.
Lost at Sea Coldplay special
On Friday, Oct. 6, Lost at Sea in Pasadena will celebrate Coldplay’s concert at the Rose Bowl by featuring its “Hymn for the Weekend” Oyster & Drink happy hour and weekend kick-off. The special includes a half-dozen fresh Capital oysters and choice of house wine or Coronado Brewing Company beer for $15. For a full pre-concert meal, guests can order from the menu including butter- poached lobster, crab gnocchi and grilled octopus. Lost at Sea is a collaboration between Chef Tim Carey and Wine Director Santos Uy, who are also from Papilles Bistro. 57 Holly St., (626)385-7644.
Rock & Brews Rocktöberfest
From Friday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 22, Rock & Brews is offering “Rocktöberfest” specials in celebration of the traditional Bavarian festival. The “Rocktöberfest” menu features beer specials and German-inspired foods such as giant pretzels, bratwurst sandwiches on Bavarian pretzel rolls, chicken schnitzel sandwiches and platters, and braised red cabbage. One-liter steins are available for purchase with a choice of German-inspired beers such as Spaten Lager and Franzikaner Hefe-Weiss. At Rock & Brews El Segundo, a DJ will spin classic rock tunes and dirndl girls will be featured on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to closing. 615 Main St., El Segundo, (310)615-9890; 6300 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, (310)378-4970.
Oktoberfest at Forman’s
Put on lederhosen and head to Forman’s Whiskey Tavern on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8 for an Oktoberfest celebration. The tavern will celebrate with specially-priced Paulaner Oktoberfest beers and German-style brats. Stein lifting contests with prizes will be held. 10149 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, (818)760-6900.
Tony’s Darts Away
Tony’s Darts Away is holding a special $30 per person dinner on Saturday, Oct. 7 to help the nonprofit LA Kitchen. Seatings will be held at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Menu items include warm spinach dip served in a bread bowl for sharing, beet and arugula salad, and pork belly, mushroom or crispy barbecue sliders with chips. Finish with vegan cheesecake with seasonal fruit toppings. Tickets can be purchased by visiting tonys.la. 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., (818)253-1710.
L.A. Loves Puerto Rico
From Saturday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Oct. 14, over 100 chefs and mixologists will prepare dishes and drinks with proceeds donated to Unidos Por Puerto Rico. The program is part of an initiative by Puerto Rico’s First Lady Beatriz Rosselló to provide aid and support to people suffering in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Marie. Head bartender Christiaan Rollick will serve L.A. Loves Puerto Rico cocktails at Suzanne Goin’s a.o.c., Lucques and Tavern. Other participating restaurants include 71Above, AR Cucina, Craft, Jar, Kettle Black, Little Beast, MP Post, Miro, Osteria Mozza, Redbird, Sawyer and Wolf. For a complete list of chefs, restaurants and participants, visit lalovespr.com/food-drink.
Los Angeles Rams tasting event
The second annual “Taste of The Rams” on Monday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Universal Studios features some of Los Angeles’ best chefs and restaurants. The fundraiser supports the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Vartan Abgaryan (71 Above), Dave Histed (Pavilions), Wilfrid Hocquet (Georgie), Ted Hopson, (The Bellwether), Bruce Kalman (Union), Jessica Largey (Simone), Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Border Grill), Steve Samson (Sotto and RossobluI), Adam Sobel (Cal Mare), Yoya Takahashi (Umi) and Benjamin Udave (Sysco) will prepare special small plates. The festivities include appearances by “Taste of the Rams” honorary chair and Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley, as well as Los Angeles Rams alumni and players, cheerleaders and Rampage, the Rams’ mascot. Individual tickets are $150. 100 Universal City Plaza. lafoodbank.org/rams.
Patina wine dinner
Chef Joachim Splichal and Patina Kitchen alum chef Santiago Migoya will prepare a six-course menu for $150 per person during a special dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 12. Migoya, who owns Talo in Mexico City, returns to Patina to prepare six plates paired with wine. The chef celebrates the culinary crossroads between Mexican and new Basque cuisine, offering classic flavors with a modern twist. Menu highlights include tapas, tortilla and mussel soup, seared foie gras with mole sauce and olive oil chocolate truffle. Diners must be 21 or older. 141 S. Grand Ave., (213)972-3331.
‘Tactober’ at Pink Taco on Sunset
Pink Taco is partnering with Breast Cancer Angels during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and is donating 10 percent of sales from a special menu and T-shirt sales to the nonprofit. Breast Cancer Angels is a Southern California charity that provides women with financial assistance during treatment. 8225 W. Sunset Blvd., (323)380-7474.
Brack Shop Tavern
During October, enjoy a Pink Oaxacan Negroni at Brack Shop Tavern, which will donate 50 percent of proceeds from sales of the cocktails to the Helen David Relief Fund. The nonprofit assists women in the beverage industry with breast cancer and was developed in honor of Helen David, a bar owner who fought breast cancer twice but ultimately succumbed to the disease. 525 W. Seventh St., (213)232-8657.
Lawry’s pink ice cream sundae
Lawry’s, one of Los Angeles’ favorite prime rib restaurants, is offering a special pink C.C. Brown’s Sundae during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The sundae is made tableside with pink strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, nuts and hot fudge from C.C. Brown’s Ice Cream Parlor. Lawry’s will donate 100 percent of net proceeds from sales of the sweet treat to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For diners who prefer to finish with wine rather than dessert, Lawry’s has teamed up with J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, which will also contribute a portion of sales to the foundation throughout October. 100 La Cienega Blvd., (310)652-2827.
Salt & Straw Halloween treats
During October, Salt & Straw is offering five new flavors such as a green ice cream called Creepy Crawly Critters with real grasshoppers, ants and other insects trapped in fragments of hard candy. Dracula’s Blood Pudding is a combination of warm spices and cream. Other flavors include The Great Candycopia made with salted butterscotch ice cream and pieces of Snickers, Whoppers, Heath bars and peanut butter cups. The Essence of Ghost has a lingering smokiness with notes of bitterness. Freckle & Hyde Potion is a two-sided combination made with cranberry sorbet flecked with dark chocolate and bitter melon coconut sherbet with coconut ash coated pop rocks. Flavors are available by the scoop and pint at the Larchmont Village, West Hollywood, Abbot Kinney, Studio City and Arts District shops. 240 N. Larchmont Blvd., (323)466-0485; 8949 Santa Monica Blvd., (424)288-4818; 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd., (310) 310-8429; 12180 ½ Ventura Blvd., (818)358-2890; 829 E. Third St., (213)988-7070.
Taco Mondays at Casa Vega
The 61-year-old Mexican restaurant Casa Vega is offering a taco special every Monday in October for $1 starting on Monday, Oct. 9. Second-generation owner Christy Vega pairs the tacos with the restaurant’s margaritas and cervezas. 13301 Ventura Blvd., (818)788-4868.
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