Deals & Events
Dining Deals and Events, June 2-8By Lesley Balla
June 2, 2014
Monday, June 2
It's officially Ramen Week, or so says Weekly LaLaLa, a Japanese magazine that's behind the annual Ramen Festival, which means special deals on bowls of ramen from Torrance to Little Tokyo now through June 5. Here’s the list of deals, including cold ramen at Daikokuya, tsukemen at Tsujita and yaki ramen at Shin Sen Gumi, all for under $5.
Tuesday, June 3
Canele started a new happy hour, which is similar to the older new happy hour only this time it’s longer (from 5-7 PM) and discounts are on select dishes vs. half-price off the entire menu. Red and white wine by the glass are only $5, bubbles are $7, snacks like olives and almonds are $4, and the chicken liver pate, brandade and assorted crostini are $7. Find the deal every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (3219 Glendale Blvd.; 323-666-7133).
Wednesday, June 4
Chef Jimmy Shaw celebrates Mexican wine with a couple of dinners at Loteria Grill this week. Tonight at Loteria Hollywood, he and Tijuana chef Javier Plascencia will cook an eight-course menu to be paired with wines from Baja. Maite Gomez-Rejon from Artbites will give a talk on the history of Mexican wine, and KCRW DJ Raul Campos will add some vibes to the night. Tickets are $75 per person. On Thursday at Loteria Santa Monica, the two chefs throw a more casual street-food affair with a walk-around tasting throughout the Third Street Promenade spot. Festivities begin at 4:30 PM; tickets are $45 per person. Get tickets for both right here.
Thursday, June 5
What's a vegan who loves a meat-eater to do? Go with it. Chef Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg, the duo behind The Lusty Vegan, a forthcoming cookbook and advice guide for vegans dating non-vegans, will host a pop-up at the G2 Gallery in Venice tonight. The five-course dinner includes dishes like balsamic and truffle mac and yeast (oh, how we can hear Annie Hall's Alvy Singer now...), citrus-pickled fennel salad, hearts of palm "crab cakes" and strawberry shortcake with ice cream. Tickets are $65 per person, or $95 with wine pairings. 7 PM. Make reservations here (1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd.).
Friday, June 6
All of the Michael's Restaurant Group restaurants, including Michael's on Naples, Michael's Pizzeria and Chianina Steakhouse in Long Beach, are now serving nose-to-tail (and feather) dishes utilizing pigs, rabbit, quail and lamb from Devil's Gulch Ranch. Check out the new menus starting tonight.
Saturday, June 7
For National Iced Tea Month, the American Tea Room in Beverly Hills will have free samples of various signature drinks throughout June. Think: matcha smoothies, herbal iced teas and horchata, to name a few. The kind of thing you need after shopping around the neighborhood. No purchase necessary to try the Saturday Sipdown samples (401 N. Canon Dr.; 310-271-7922).
Sunday, June 8
Cooking for a Cure brings some of LA's top chefs to Plan Check Bar + Kitchen to benefit pancreatic cancer research this afternoon. Ernesto Uchimura and pals Michael Voltaggio, Josef Centeno, Bernhard Mairinger, Brendan Collins, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo will all cook dishes for the walk-around tasting, with cocktails from Steve Livigni, Pablo Moix and Matthew Biancaniello, plus beer and wine. Noon-4 PM. Tickets are $200 and can be purchased here (351 N. Fairfax Ave.).