By Jill Weinlein, 3/22/2012
New Sandwich Shop on Melrose
Marcona is serving a variety of delicious gourmet sandwiches on Melrose. Owner Collier Ulrich has teamed with Chef Matthew Moss from Chicago and Pastry Chef Janna Leone from Los Angeles to create an East Coast “deli-style” sandwich with Mediterranean and California influences. Step up to the counter to order a Marcona chicken pesto with charred chicken, almond pesto, currants and greens on a honey wheat roll or a hangar steak sandwich with apricot chutney, blue cheese, greens and fresh herbs on a French baguette. Be sure to try the Mediterranean salad with sun dried tomatoes and the white bean salad with red onion and mint. Leone’s brownies and cookies are divine. 7368 Melrose Ave. (323)951-9991.
M Café is launching a “Sweet & Savory” hands-on cooking demo on March 27 at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Beverly Hills M Café location. The class features natural foods without the use of refined sugars, dairy, eggs, meat or poultry. Learn how to make a nut and mushroom pate, barley and green garbanzo salad and a flourless orange and almond cake. The class costs $35 per person and includes dinner, beverage, recipes and a question and answer session with consulting Chef Lee Gross. Learn about M Café’s 3-day D.I.Y. juice cleanse program with recipes and tips to follow at home. Consulting Chef Lee Gross offers a new seasonal spring menu that cleanses away the winter blues. 9433 Brighton Way, (310)838-8459 and 7119 Melrose Ave. (323)525-0588.
Planet Dailies LA Has a Heart
Located at the Original Farmers Market, Planet Dailies is donating 20 percent of all food sales for a two-week period to the Best Buddies organization. Funds will be split between the Best Buddies International and Best Buddies of California chapter until April 4. Best Buddies was founded by Anthony K. Shriver to create one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Planet Dailies is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and appeals to all taste buds with inventive salads, sandwiches, pastas, seafood, steaks, burgers and Chinese fare. 6333 W. Third St. Ste. P20, (323)370-6560.
National Paella Day
On Tues. March 27, Café del Rey offers three versions of paella made with local produce from nearby farmers’ markets. Guests may visit special stations for complimentary samples of Spain’s favorite dish and chat with the Executive Chef Daniel Roberts. Seafood, meat and vegetable paella goes nicely with red and white housemade sangria with ginger, strawberries and other seasonal fruit. Guests ordering the paella special will receive a free glass of sangria. Finish with Arroz Crème Catalana (Spanish rice pudding). Available for dinner only from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 4451 Admiralty Way (310)823-6395.
Marino Ristorante’s Spring Dishes
Chef Sal Marino is creating some new spring dishes based on the produce of the season. His organic pea tendrils with burrata and English peas goes nicely with Jimenez Farms goat Osso Buco with celery root and rapini. Or try their papardelle coniglio with free range rabbit ragout with tomatoes and thyme. 6001 Melrose Ave. (323)466-8812.
3Twenty Special Wine Event
On March 26, learn about some of the best Sauvignon Blancs from around the world. Edgar will discuss the wines and offer suggestions of the perfect small plates to accompany each tasting. 320 S. La Brea Ave. (323)334-3360.
Class on Lamb Preparation
Owner and Chef Suzanne Tracht of Jar is teaming up with Huntington Meats at the Farmers Market on Sun. March 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The class is an “up close and personal” look at how to break down a whole lamb. Tracht will give guests samples of her lamb ribs marinated in pineapple juice, coriander and black pepper with sweet onion salad; lamb satay with Zanzibar spice and peanuts and braised lamb shank with star anise. The cost is $125 per guest, all inclusive. 6333 W. Third St. (323)938-5383.