Deals & Events
LA Dining Deals and Events, March 17-23By Lesley Balla
March 17, 2014
Tuesday, March 18
You already know about the endless brunch buffet and unique bottomless cocktails at Zengo, but now the Santa Monica Place restaurant offers the same for dinner. From 5 PM to close, you'll find two AYCE menus - one for $49, which includes unlimited small plates like XO edamame, Thai chicken empanadas, hoisin pork arepas and cocktails; and one for $59 per person, for additional main dishes like chipotle-miso black cod, pan-seared scallops and ancho-rubbed beef short ribs. The menus are available daily (395 Santa Monica Place; 310-899-1000).
Wednesday, March 19
Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday event this month is March Madness-themed. That means it's all beer, basketball and brackets for the downtown-wide happy hour, including specials at places like Rocco's, Rush Street, City Tavern and Wildcraft among others. Go here for a full rundown of deals that take place from 5-9 PM.
Thursday, March 20
It's Washington oyster night at Bar Marmont tonight, with cool, briny oysters on the half shell, plus specials like Manhattan clam chowder, black eyed pea beignets, lemon meringue "pie-scream," and various Bloody Mary concoctions. Starts at 6 PM (8171 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-650-0575).
Friday, March 21
Two big events this weekend bring big name chefs to the area. In LA, it's the new All-Star Chef Classic and its kitchen stadium at L.A. Live. Out of the four events, you'll meet and eat with local and visiting chefs, including Ludovic Lefebvre, Nancy Silverton, Dominique Crenn, Gavin Kaysen, Paul Qui, Ricardo Zarate, Alain Passard and more. Go here for details and ticket info. Or head out of town for the Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert, which features lunches, dinners and events with David LeFevre, Matthew Accarino, Brooke Williamson, Roy Choi and more.
Saturday, March 22
We have great West Coast crab, but for a real treat head to Cut in Beverly Hills for Florida stone crab claws. On Wednesday through Saturday - from now through the end of March - get three claws with citrus and fennel slaw for $38, or individual claws for $12 a piece at the adjacent Sidebar lounge (9500 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-275-5200).
Sunday, March 23
Check out Derek Hughes' show Insomnia at Casa del Mar and grab dinner at Catch, which features a special three-course menu in honor of the show on Sunday evenings. Chef Sven Mede's menu includes dishes like fluke crudo with pickled chanterelles, big eye tuna with shaved fennel and pine nuts, and a chocolate and espresso tart for dessert. Dinner is $39 per person; tickets for Insomnia are separate (1910 Ocean Way).