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LA Dining Deals and Events, April 21-27

By Lesley Balla
April 21, 2014
Photo by: The Hungry Cat

Monday, April 21
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee hosts Pajo Bruich, formerly of Sacramento’s Enotria Restaurant, for three weeks at the Scratch Bar chef's counter starting today. Bruich, known for his modernist approach to cooking, will cook multi-course tasting menus for his residency, and you may see dishes like Caesar salad kale chips; beef tartare with crispy tendon, egg yolk and capers; laminated pain au lait with cultured goat and cow's milk butter; spring's first risotto with richotta, herbs, shoots and spring vegetables; and pork belly confit with sunflower and hemp seeds. The tasting menu is $111 per person with optional wine pairings. Burich will be in the house on Monday and Tuesday evenings, continuing on April 22, 28-29, and May 5-6. Reservations are required (111 N La Cienega Blvd.; 310-289-8010).

Tuesday, April 22
With Scarpetta chef Freddy Vargas competing on Ilan Hall's Knife Fight this week, the Bev Hill restaurant will extend its happy hour menu from 4-11 PM tonight. Stick around for the show and you'll be treated to extra snacks starting around 8 PM. A screening of the show begins at 9 PM (225 N. Canon Dr.; 310-860-7970).

Wednesday, April 23
Learn everything you wanted to know about mezcal but were afraid to ask at Guelaguetza tonight. Co-owner Bricia Lopez is hosting a special seminar called “El Lenguaje del Mezcal” with expert Erick Rodriguez. The two will cover the making of mezcal and introduce you to some small producers, including Wahaka Mezcal, and you'll taste some very limited edition spirits. Tickets are $70 per person, which includes the seminar, tastings and food. Get them here (3014 W. Olympic Blvd.; 213-427-0608).

Thursday, April 24
If that's not enough of the agave spirits, there's tequila tasting dinner at Petrossian tonight. Chef Giselle Wellman will create a five-course menu and 123 Organic Tequila will be served alongside each course. It's a mash-up of the caviar house and chef's Mexican roots, with dishes like Dungeness crab and corn soup with serrano chile, avocado and lime; jicama smoked trout tacos; and carnitas a la Bourguignon. A cocktail reception begins at 7:30 PM with dinner to follow at 8 PM. $99 per person (321 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310-271-6300).

Friday, April 25
Celebrate Earth Day all week at BLVD 16 at the Hotel Palomar in Westwood. For every cocktail made with Greenbar Distillery spirits, the only organic, carbon-negative distillery in LA, a tree will be planted in the imbiber's honor. So, drink a White Julep, made with Slow Hand white whiskey, or a Mayan Magi Water, made with Ixa organic tequila and get a tree planted in your name. The offer ends on April 27 (10740 Wilshire Blvd.).

Saturday, April 26
Celebrate all things spring with authors Kevin West (Saving the Season) and Joseph Shuldiner (Pure Vegan) at the Institute of Domestic Technology's one-day workshop. The day starts with morning coffee service and a "toast bar" featuring homemade jams and turns into four classes where you'll learn to make things like pickled carrots, rhubarb jam with mezcal, pickled eggs in sriracha sauce and fennel beets with gin. $195 per person includes lunch, beverages, ingredients and supplies. Class is held at the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills from 10 AM-4 PM (905 Loma Vista Dr.).

Sunday, April 27
Another day, another Hungry Cat celebration. This time it's the third anniversary of the Santa Monica restaurant, which means one thing: oysterpalooza! There will be half-priced oysters and happy hour cocktails all day, plus the regular brunch, lunch and dinner menus from 11 AM-9 PM. Reservations are recommended (100 W. Channel Rd.; 310-459-3337).

Places Mentioned

Scarpetta Los Angeles

Italian • Beverly Hills

Food24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$66
 
 
 
The Hungry Cat Santa Monica

Seafood • Pacific Palisades

Food23 Decor19 Service21 Cost$50
 
 
 
Petrossian

French • West Hollywood

Food25 Decor21 Service24 Cost$62
 
 
 
Guelaguetza

Mexican • Mid-City

Food24 Decor18 Service21 Cost$24
 
 
 
 
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