By Jill Weinlein, 2/23/2012
Brewing Beer Class at Comme Ça
Celebrate Leap Year day, Feb. 29, with a beer class followed by a five-course tasting menu prepared by Comme Ça chefs Kuniko Yagi and Eric Samaniego. The beer class begins at 5 p.m. and is $35. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. The Bruery owner Patrick Rue and head brewer Tyler King will curate the beer class and pairings. The beer class and five-course menu is $90 per person. 8479 Melrose Ave. (323)782-1104.
Second Glass, 29¢
Vertical Wine Bistro is offering a Leap Year special on Feb. 29. Guests will receive wine and food specials at 29¢ while sitting in the bar and lounge area. Explore 55 selections of wines by the glass. 70 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena (626)795-3999.
Noe Restaurant & Freemark Abbey
Leap Day at Noe in the Omni Los Angeles Hotel will be celebrated with an evening with winemaker Ted Edwards from the Napa Winery, Freemark Abbey. Chef Glen Ishii will prepare a five-course prix fixe menu for $75 per person. A pouring of Freemark Abbey’s Riesling “Edelwein Gold” will top off this special night. 251 S. Olive (213)356-4100.
Currywurst is celebrating 2012 by giving each customer a free sausage every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the first 20 minutes and 12 seconds. It’s only for the month of Feb. and good for one sausage per customer. Try the bockwurst, Hungarian or chicken thueringer with sautéed onions or sauerkraut with homemade mustard. 109 N. Fairfax Ave. (323)413-2627.
Summerland at Napa Valley Grille
Celebrate this Friday with a five-course wine pairing dinner with one of Central Coast’s great wineries, Summerland Winery. Chef Taylor Boudreaux will prepare a culinary journey for $75 per person. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Napa Valley Grille,1100 Glendon Ave. (310)824-3322.
New Menu at Grand Lux Café
There are 25 new dishes on the expansive menu including a cheese and charcuterie board, wood grilled pork chops, and a prosciutto and arugula pizza. Butterscotch caramel pudding is one of the highlights of the dessert menu. Lower level of the Beverly Center, 121 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)855-1122.
Tea at the New Chado
Enjoy a full three-course Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chado) or order mouth-watering sandwiches, homemade soups, salads and sweets. Try the Punjab sandwich with eggs marinated in Chado’s lapsang souchong smoked tea. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (323)472-8111. Hollywood & Highland, level 2 (suite 211) near Kodak Theatre entrance. Also in Pasadena at 79 N. Raymond Ave. (626)431-2832.
Jar and Huntington Meats are teaming up at the Original Farmers Market at Thrid & Fairfax on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. The class will demonstrate how to butcher a pig, from the snout to the tail. Enjoy samplings of Jar’s best pork dishes with recipes to take home. The class is $125 per person. Call Huntington Meats to reserve a spot. 6333 W. Third St. (323)938-5383. Jar is located at 8225 Beverly Blvd. (323)655-6566.
Mardi Gras West
The 12th Annual Mardi Gras festival at Uncle Darrow’s Cajun/Creole Eatery is on Fat Saturday, Feb. 25 from 1-5:00p.m. Enjoy live zydeco, jazz and blues by T-Lou and Super Hot Zydeco Band. Farm-raised, grain-fed seafood is used in their award-winning Filé Gumbo. Let the good times roll! 2560 Lincoln S. Blvd., Marina del Rey. (310)306-4866.
Cassoulet Night at Lucques
Enjoy the food, wine and customs of France with Chef Suzanne Goin and sommelier Caroline Styne on March 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Since cassoulet is traditionally served during the colder months in France, it will be served for a three-course Sunday supper for $45 per guest. Start with a salad with Vernieres Roquefort with local walnuts, walnut oil and honey. The entrée is cassoulet de Maison with duck confit, garlic sausage and white beans. Finish with a Gascon almond cake with roasted apples and prune-armagnac ice cream. 8474 Melrose Ave. (323)655-6277.
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Check into the hotel on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and purchase a $150 food and beverage credit for only $100. The credit may be used at Breeze restaurant, Lobby Court & Patio and Xbar while staying at the hotel. That’s a 33 percent discount now until Labor Day. 2025 Ave. of Stars (310)228-1234.
Colman Andrews at Farmshop
On Tues. Feb. 28 the Farmshop will host a four-course, family-style dinner with dishes from Colman Andrews latest cookbook, “The Country Cooking of Italy”. Andrews will sign copies, meet guests and answer questions. He is the recipient of eight James Beard awards. This entertaining evening with dinner and a signed copy of the book is $90. 225 26th St. (310)566-2400.
Club Culinaire at Maison Richard
Maison Richard is holding a special Club Culinaire evening of dining on Mon. Feb 27. Join hosts Huguette and Thierry for a cocktail reception at 7 p.m., followed by a three-course dinner paired with wines at 8 p.m. There will also be a live performance by Nathalie Alice. The menu includes an appetizer of endive salad with baby beets and goat cheese or crab salad with cabbage; a main course of skirt steak served with potato gratin or shrimp linguini with a touch of garlic; and an a-la-carte dessert choice. Wines include Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte (donated by Chateau Ste. Michelle), Cuvee de Golfe de St. Tropez, 2010 (donated by Volubilis), and Chateau de Fronsac, Bordeaux 2008 (donated by TruWines). Cost is $35 for Club Culinaire members, $45 for non-members. 707 N. Stanley Ave. For reservations, call (949)295-0506.
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