A special night at Redbird for C-CAP Los Angeles
Tonight, April 25, Chef Neal Fraser will host the second annual Full Circle Benefit dinner to support the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program in the Los Angeles area. The festivities begin in the garden with sparkling wine, cocktails, beer and passed hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. Afterwards, a five-course dinner will be prepared by some of Los Angeles’ most talented chefs. Fraser will be in the kitchen with Josiah Citrin, Monti Carlo, Sandra Cordero, Duff Goldman, Antonia Lofaso, Nicole Rucker, Anthony Greco, Kyle Johnson and Dustin Trani. A live auction by emcee and auctioneer Billy Harris will follow. Tickets are $250, and proceeds from the event help underserved high school students with education and career opportunities in the culinary arts. Visit ccapinc.org/events/c-cap-las-2nd-annual-full-circle-benefit/ for tickets. 114 E. Second St., (213)788-1191.
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna
Enjoy a VIP premium seat experience in the exclusive VIP suite with a cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres, private terrace and a special gift. This multi-sensory show is set on a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. The show runs April 25 to May 26 at the L.A. Waterfront. Weekday shows are at 8 p.m., Saturday shows are at 4:30 and 8 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at cirquedusoleil.com/usa/los-angeles/amaluna/buy-tickets. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, (877)924-7783.
The public can taste some of the best American and National League ballpark fare from April 26-28 at the Magic Box at the Reef. Enjoy the D-Backs’ Churro Dog, the Mariners’ toasted grasshoppers and the Dodgers’ sisig fries all in one indoor space. In addition to these ballpark bites, there is also international cuisine, including Japanese curry, fish and chips with mushy peas from London, and a Mexican “Monster Dog” from Sultanes de Monterrey. Inside the exhibit is food-inspired exhibits for Instagram photos. A standard ticket includes eight food items and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages for $45 or eight food items and three beers for $60. Upgrade to an MVP food ticket for $75 to taste 33 food items and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, or 33 food items and three beers for $90. The event will be open Friday from 4 to 11 p.m, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. mlb.com/baseball-food-festival/tickets. 1933 S. Broadway.
Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation
At Media Park on May 4, enjoy an afternoon of unlimited bites and sips from some of L.A.’s best chefs, restaurants and drink purveyors. The restaurants participating include Ample Hills Creamery, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Baltaire, Border Grill, Bourbon Steak, Charcoal Venice, China’s Tacos, Commerson, Dog Haus, Eagle Rock Public House, Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant, Jaffa Palms, Jitlada, Los Balcones, Maude, Maple Block Meat Co., McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, Salazar, Socalo, Tartine Bianco, Tesse, The Bazaar by José Andrés, The Culver Hotel, The Restaurant at Montage Beverly Hills, Valerie Confections and Viviane Restaurant. There will be a silent auction, photo booth, Chrysler Pacifica kids activity and lawn games area, and a drawing to win a gift card from every participating restaurant. This event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Citi cardmembers can enter the first 6 digits of their Citi card to enjoy 10% off preferred tickets. Purchase tickets online at events.nokidhungry.org/events/los-angeles-taste-nation/. Media Park, 9091 Culver Blvd., Culver City.
Special dinner at Rustic Canyon
On Tuesday, April 30, Rustic Canyon will welcome chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark from San Francisco’s Foreign Cinema restaurant. They will cook a special five-course dinner with Rustic Canyon’s Chef de Cuisine Andy Doubrava. The dishes include Northern and Southern California specialties with an emphasis on global spices and vegetable-driven fare. Seatings are available at 5:30 p.m., via Resy. Tickets are $105 per person and copies of “The Foreign Cinema Cookbook: Recipes and Stories Under the Stars,” one of NPR’s Best Books of 2018, will be available for purchase. 1119 Wilshire Blvd., (310)393-7050.
Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the outdoor certified market provides some of the finest California-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, juices, breads and specialty items in a festive outdoor setting. This market showcases more than 60 local farmers and vendors and features a petting zoo and live music. 9300 Civic Center Drive, (310)285-6830.
Michael’s Santa Monica celebrates 40 years
On Sunday, April 28, the iconic Westside dining destination Michael’s Santa Monica celebrates its 40-year anniversary from noon to 4 p.m. Proprietor Michael McCarty welcomes back an all-star lineup of chef alumni, including Jonathan Waxman, Mark Peel, Brooke Williamson, Sang Yoon, Miles Thompson, Roy Yamaguchi, Kazuto Matsusaka, Ryan DeNicola, Zack Bruell, Dorte Lambert, Martin Garcia, Wendy Roskin, Mikey Stern, John-Carlos Kuramoto and Olivier Rousselle. The chefs will serve dishes from stations set up throughout the lounge and garden patio. Michael’s beverage director Gabriel Pérez and former wine director Roni Ginach (Roni Selects) will offer wine pairings to complement each dish. The Michael’s kitchen team, led by chefs Jeff Lustre (Alimento, Palena DC) and Matthew Wilson (Augustine Wine Bar, Sqirl), will serve additional passed bites. The restaurant’s décor showcases museum-caliber art curated by McCarty and his wife, artist Kim McCarty. Guests will also be able to view original works and prints by artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney and Analia Saban. A ticket to this tasting event includes food, wine, gratuity and a signed copy of the Michael’s cookbook for $150. Proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America. 1147 3rd St., (310)451-0843.
Taste of the Eastside
Taste of the Eastside is returning to celebrate the ever-evolving and diverse Eastside and surrounding neighborhoods of Los Angeles on Sunday, April 28. VIP admission starts at 3 p.m. and general admission at 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.
More than 30 vendors of savory food and drink will have something for everyone to love. Some of the local establishments include Silverlake’s delectable Chinese spot, Fat Dragon, the cozy Los Feliz joint Little Dom’s, sweet Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Cafe Birdie, Sweetfin, Jewel, Brack Shop Tavern, Eagle Rock Public House, Momed, wine merchants Silver Lake Wines, signature cocktails from Mohawk Bend and Greenbar Craft Distillery.
KCRW DJ favorites Raul Campos and Garth Trinidad will be spinning tunes. All proceeds from Taste of the Eastside will be donated to highly-deserving local organizations, including Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School, the Pablove Foundation, and Friends of the LA River. TOTE continues to be an environmentally friendly festival by making an effort to compost, recycle and reduce waste wherever possible.
The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens is located at 570 W. Ave. 26 #100. For information and tickets, visit tasteoftheeastside.com/tickets.
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