By Jill Weinlein, 5/31/2012
Rick Bayless at Red O
Tonight and tomorrow, June 1, celebrity chef Rick Bayless will be at the Red O restaurant in honor of its two-year anniversary. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Bayless will be signing copies of his latest cookbook, “Fiesta at Rick’s”, during the Red O Street Food Social Hours. Guests will meet Bayless in the tequila lounge and on the outdoor patio. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Dinner service begins at 6 p.m. with Chef Bayless cooking some of his signature dishes. Try some of his new Mexican raw bar and ceviche menu items. Chef Bayless’ favorite desserts, Strawberry Shortcake will be served on-the-house to celebrate the anniversary. 8155 Melrose Ave. (323)655-5009.
Locando del Lago’s Rabbit Dinner
Tonight Chef Minuz will feature a five-course Morso della Bestia menu spotlighting De Bruin Brothers rabbit. Raised on a diet of sweet alfalfa, oats, wheat and barley without any antibiotics or hormones, enjoy roasted rabbit loin, rabbit shoulder and belly risotto, rabbit liver with garden peas, and roasted rabbit leg. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and is available in both the dining room and at the restaurant’s communal table. The rustic Northern Italian cuisine is $48 per person and includes unlimited litros of house red and white. Dessert is a chocolate cake with cherries and whipped cream. Price does not include tax and gratuity. 231 Arizona Ave. (310)451-3525
LA Wine Fest
Part of the Raleigh Studios will be transformed into one of LA’s largest educational wine festivals on June 9 and June 10. Come experience award-winning wines, food trucks and gourmet treats. The two-day event will feature a variety of tasting classes taught by wine and spirits professionals. Live entertainment and international cuisine samples will entice guests throughout the day. On June 9, the festival begins at 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. On June 10 it begins at 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 each day or $139 for a couple per day. A weekend pass is $139. 5300 Melrose Ave. Purchase tickets at www.LAWineFest.com
Tres by Jose Andres
Kick off the first weekend of summer with a new build-your-own Bloody Mary bar during Sat. brunch. Build your favorite brunch libation with cured meats, pickled vegetables and olives. Top it with Beluga, Belvedere, Stoli or Karlssons vodka. The Bloody Mary bar is $16 per person and is offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pair it with quail eggs sunny side up or olive oil mini pancakes. Unlimited complimentary Cava is on Sat. during brunch. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd. (310)246-5551.
Gay Pride Cupcakes
Magnolia is celebrating all the colors of the rainbow with a delicious vanilla or chocolate cupcake with buttercream and an edible rainbow decoration for $3.50 each. The cupcakes will be available in the store during the weekend of LA Pride on June 8 through June 10. Advance orders available now. 8389 W. Third. St. (323)951-0636.
Girl and a Grill
Starting June 1 through Aug. 31 at Nick & Stef’s every Friday night, Executive Chef Megan Logan steps out of the kitchen to grill on the patio. Using prime cuts of meat, Logan grills tri-tip, skirt steak and flat iron steak. She also grills ribs, chicken breast, bbq shrimp and grilled oysters. Prices range from $8 to $20. Salads and sides are available for $5 each. 330 S. Hope St. (213)680-0330.
Wine Tasting Event
On June 2 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wood and Vine will host winemaker David Vergari with flights of Vergari wines. They will also serve wines that he crafted for Thornton Winery. The cost is $8 per person. Taste some great red Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels. Bottles will be available to purchase on the day of the tasting. 6280 Hollywood Blvd. (323)334-3360.
Roof Top Dining
Now until Sept. 2, sit among lush Mediterranean foliage and enjoy the spectacular views of the skyline at The Roof Garden restaurant at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Al fresco dining is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. offering barbecued specialties fresh off the grill. Some of the dishes include a swordfish filet with orange chipotle and 16 oz. bone-in prime dry-aged Harvey Guss Rib Eye Steak. Entrées range from $24 to $45 and include two side dishes. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd. (310)975-2855.
Outdoor Brunch at JW Marriott L.A.
The ION Rooftop Bar and Lounge at the L.A. LIVE is offering a lively Blues and BBQ brunch every Sunday until Labor Day weekend. Classic grilled meats include Baby Back Ribs, BBQ Chicken and Grilled Skirt Steak. Some of the homemade sides are cooked baked beans and corn cobettes. Sip a fresh mint mojito while sitting in the open-air rooftop bar and lounge while great blues and soul musical guests perform. Some of the artists performing include The George Dez band, The Dustbowl Revival and Jason Joseph and the Spectacular. A choice of BBQ entrée with accompanying sides is $18 per person. Sunday Blues Brunch begins at 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)743-8800.
Freddy Smalls Bar + Kitchen
Mon. through Thurs. from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. enjoy a new happy hour menu with $7 beer, wine and cocktails. Bar menu items include fried Brussels sprouts, Buffalo deviled eggs, chicken liver mousse on toast and Belgian waffle with grilled strawberries, bacon butter and bourbon maple syrup. These items range from $3 to $7. Stay late and try the crisp pig ear sandwich after 10:30 p.m. 11520 W. Pico Blvd. (310)479-3000.
Petrossian Signature Picnic Baskets
Custom-made picnic baskets for 4 to 6 people are ideal for the Hollywood Bowl, day at the beach or for parties. They include 30g classic Trasmontanus caviar, 10 blinis, small crème fraiche, 2 oz. slice of Petrossian foie gras preserved in Armagnac, hand-sliced smoked salmon, housemade pickles, Petrossian raspberry jam, caper berries, fresh baguette, 6 assorted French chocolates and 6 assorted cookies, along with a 375 ML Louis Roederer Brut Premier for $250. 321 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)271-0576.
Summer Tasting at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
The first Monday of every month, Chef will prepare a four-course summer tasting menu paired with a rotating selection of wines for $195 per person. Meals will include a selection of the best farmers market ingredients. Seatings for the June 4 tasting is available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 710 Stone Cyn. Rd. (310)909-1644.