Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 1/24/2013


New Chef at The Peninsula

Executive Chef James Overbaugh, now the Executive Assistant Manager of Food & Beverage Operations, has hired Executive Chef David Codney to create some great new dishes for the Belvedere menu. The restaurant is the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Southern CA. Some of his signature dishes include a smoked gazpacho consommé with avocado and heirloom pear tomato. His roasted rack of lamb is served with a sundried tomato and olive tapenade with preserved lemon. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd. (310)551-2888.


Learn to Make Sushi

Learn Japanese vocabulary, basic expressions and Japanese culture while making sushi with professional chef, Andy Matsuda, founder of Sushi Chef Institute. Seats are limited for the Jan. 30 class from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The fee is $35 per person. 5700 Wilshire Blvd.
Ste. 100, (323)761-7510.


Dining at the SB Film Festival

Almost 20 Santa Barbara restaurants are having a special prix fixe menu during the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Now through Feb. 3, Bistro 111 is offering a three-course meal served with wine for $38 per person. Julienne Restaurant is having a “Big Lebowski Meal” with a three-course meal for $25 per person. Miro at the beachfront Bacara Resort is having an elegant three-course tasting menu for $45 per person. Instead of driving back to Los Angeles, lodging specials are available at many resorts, hotels and B & Bs. To see the list of participating restaurants and accommodations, go to www.santabarbaraca.com.


dineLA at Jar

A three-course dinner will be served for $45 during dineLA. Start with either the soup of the day or butter lettuce salad with lemon garlic vinaigrette. Entrées are a choice of bistro steak with Jar fries and pea tendrils or cedar smoked wild Alaskan salmon with celery root purée. Finish with a butterscotch or chocolate pudding. 8225 Beverly Dr. (323)655-6566.



Enjoy rustic American/French cuisine during lunch for a limited time during dineLA Restaurant Week, now through January 28. Celebrated chef Raphael Lunetta of JiRaffe will be open for lunch (M-F) and dinner nightly. This special three-course lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and is $25. Try one of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market produce infused lemonades. Dinner will be nightly from 5:30 p.m., including Sunday, Jan. 27 for this one week only, with a three-course $45.00 special dineLA menu. Reservations are suggested. 502 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)917-6671.



Chef Niki Nakayama invites diners to celebrate life and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For three consecutive Sundays, Chef Nakayama is preparing a five-course Chef’s Tasting menu for $55 per person at her restaurant, n/naka. Sommelier Jeffrey Stivers is offering an optional wine pairing at an additional cost. The first dinner is Jan. 27 with the first seating at 5:30 p.m. 3455 S. Overland Ave. (310)836-6252. eat/give/hope@n/naka



There are two menus daily during dineLA. Lunch is $25 for two courses that include croque madame, caviar salad or a smoked salmon bagel plate. Finish with a vanilla panna cotta, white peach tart or sorbet trio. For dinner, the three-course menu for $45 includes Petrossian roe blinis or a warm pear and celery root soup or wasabi tarama rice cakes. Entrées include smoked trout, lamb shank, Mediterranean Sea bass or caviar pasta. 321 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)271-0576.


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