By Jill Weinlein, 7/12/2012
Toast French Independence Day with Executive Chef Pascal Lorange at Fig & Olive on July 14. Enjoy a cocktail and Aperitivo special while listening to live music. Starting on July 16, enjoy the benefits of dineLA with a three-course lunch for $25 and dinner for $35 per person. For lunch, start with a pea and mint soup or fig gorgonzola manchego salad followed by a summer chicken Tajine or paella del Mar. Some of the items on the dinner menu include truffle risotto or steak tartar. Pastry Chef Andrew LeStrourgeon offers guests a strawberry crostini or chocolate pot de crème. 8490 Melrose Pl. (310)360-9100.
Happy Bastille Day
On July 14, AOC will offer a Batille dinner for $45 per person. The three-course meal includes a goat cheese tartine with haricots verts a la nicoise. Guests may choose the AOC bouilabaisse with rock cod, halibut, mussels, clams and rouille or Niman Ranch steak frites with roasted shallots and a béarnaise sauce. Finish with fromage with figs and walnuts or beignets with vanilla ice cream and bittersweet chocolate sauce. 8022 W. Third St. (323)653-6359.
Enjoy a French accordian player from 6-9 p.m. as you dine on authentic French cuisine for Bastille Day. With a great selection of French wines to accompany your meal, you’ll feel you’re in France at this lovely outdoor bistro at the Original Farmers Market. 6333 W. Third St. (323)939-7792. www.mrmarcel.com.
Francophiles will enjoy spending Bastille Day at Papilles on July 14 with delicious French food and wine. Chef Tim is creating a special three-course menu that includes French onion soup or frisée salad with French radishes. The second course is moules frites or steak frites. Finish with camembert or chocolate mousse. This celebratory meal is $30 per person. There are two seatings. The first is from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Second seating begins at 8 p.m. 6221 Franklin Ave. (323)871-2026.
Dining Block Party
Concern Foundation is having their 38th annual fundraising event at Paramount Studios on Sat., July 14. Lance Freed will be honored with a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the birth of Rock & Roll and the legacy of Alan Freed. The doors open at 6 p.m. with over 50 restaurants and caterers in Los Angeles offering specialty dishes to each guest. Live music will be performed at various stages with appearances by the Tim Nolan band, the Wonderelles and DJ Dwayne Brown. 5555 Melrose Ave. (310)360-6100.
New Menu at Petrossian
On the patio, the La Boutique Summer menu features dishes to be enjoyed with a glass of wine or champagne. Some of Chef Giselle’s newest plates include burrata with apricots, basil and prosciutto, citrus and herb marinated with a grilled baguette and watermelon with soy sesame vinaigrette, chives and caviar. Other favorites are a Blini sampler; fig and brie with walnut bread and prime flat iron crostinis. The menu is available Mon. through Sat. from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 321 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)271-0576.
Yogurtland has partnered with Sanrio in promoting Hello Kitty and her friends. Every two weeks Yogurtland will introduce new Hello Kitty cups and spoons. One week it will be Hello Kitty, two weeks later TuxeidoSam, Little Twin Stars and Badtz Maru. 5541 W. Sunset Blvd. (323)461-0091, 100 Universal City Plaza (818)505-0059, 310 S. La Brea Ave. (323)936-5428.
dineLA German Cuisine
Starting July 16 Wirsthaus will offer a three-course dineLA authentic German dinner for $35.00. July is also the “31 Days of German Riesling.” Two German Rieslings will be offered daily at a special price by the glass. 345 N. La Brea Ave. (323)931-9291.
Obika Summer Dinner Special
Every day of the week Obika is creating Italian inspired traditional dishes using the freshest ingredients. Mondays they serve cannelloni with zucchini, stracciatella, thyme and Pecorino sardo. Saturdays are shimp and zucchini risorro and Sunday is Taglierini with peas, oven roasted ham and Parmigiano Reggiano. Come try their special lunch deal for under $10. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)556-2452.
Help Chef David LeFevre celebrate his birthday on July 16 with six chefs from some of L.A.’s most notable restaurants. A five-course menu featuring produce from Coastal Farms, Windrose Farms and Harry’s Berries will be served in two seatings. The first seating is at 5:45 p.m., 6 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. The second seating is at 8 p.m., 8:15 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Dinner is $80 per person or $115 with wine pairing. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Common Threads. 114 Manhattan Ave. (310)545-5405.
dineLA Restaurant Week
From July 16 to 27, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau is debuting its first annual summer dineLA featuring some of Los Angeles’ premiere and diverse restaurants offering dining deals. This is the first time that the promotion is offered on Saturdays. To learn more about the participating restaurants, go to www.dinela.com
Napa Valley Grille
Executive Chef Taylor Boudreaux is preparing a two-course lunch for $20 and three-course dinner for $35 during dineLA. Some of the rustic wine country cuisine includes summer corn soup, pesto flatbread or a stone fruit salad. The main course lunch entrees include steamed mussels and clams or a signature chicken kale salad. Guest may chose grilled Scottish salmon or beer braised short ribs as a dinner entrée. Desserts include peach galette or butterscotch bread pudding. 1100 Glendon Ave. (310)824-3322.
Help Fight Cancer
Magnolia Bakery is teaming up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand during the week of Magnolia’s second anniversary, July 14 to July 21, by donating 100 percent of all proceeds from the sale of their lemon baked goods to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Purchase a lemon cupcake, muffin, shortbread cookie or lemon bar to help fight pediatric cancer. 8389 W. Third. St. (323)951-0636.