LA Dining Deals and Events, Oct. 7-13
By Lesley Balla
October 7, 2013
Photo by: Circa MB
Monday, October 7
Cooks County kicks off its month-long Oktoberfest celebration tonight. Every Monday, look for a special seasonal prix fixe menu alongside the regular a la carte offerings. Tonight it’s one of those awesome spretzels with mustard dipping sauce, pork schnitzel with warm potato salad and mache, and Stiegl Gold beer, all for $32 (8009 Beverly Blvd.; 323-653-8009).
Tuesday, October 8
A special grilled cheese menu is on offer every Tuesday night at Circa in Manhattan Beach. For $15, you get a sandwich, choice of slaw or fries, and a cocktail. Think: gouda, Saint Andre and tomato aioli on rustic country loaf; housemade mozzarella, tomato jam; chicken, sriracha, blue cheese and celery on sourdough; and prosciutto with Red Dragon and house-made pickles on country loaf (903 Manhattan Ave.; 310-374-4422).
Wednesday, October 9
Muddy Leek and several neighbors host a progressive dinner along Culver City's art walk scene. Start with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, like quinoa fritters with apple or chicken liver mousse on five-spice crackers, at Muddy Leek, and then move to the Koplin Del Rio Gallery for art, snacks and more drinks, and desserts and cocktails at Bar & Garden. The night starts at 6 PM. Tickets are $38 per person and can be purchased here (8631 W. Washington Blvd.; 310-838-2281).
Thursday, October 10
Known for boozy milkshakes and off-the-charts donuts, BLD pastry chef Mariah Swan now moves into spiked soda fountain treats that feature Art in the Age small-batch spirits. The event starts with a tasting of the unique spirits, things like Root, a root beer-inspired quaff, Rhubarb Tea, and Snap, a ginger-infused brew, and then a dessert-y spiked drink inspired by the spirits. Cocktails are $12 apiece, or a tasting (shots) of all for $15. Chef Neal Fraser will add some special savory items to the menu for the tasting, too. Starts at 5 PM (7450 Beverly Blvd.; 323-930-9744).
Friday, October 11
Tonight the James Beard Foundation Taste America Tour hits Union Station with a sit-down dinner from chefs Rick Bayless, Jeremy Fox, Michael Cimarusti, Nobu Matsuhisa and Karen Hatfield, plus a cocktail party on the south patio with bites from Mexican and gourmet food trucks, including Mariscos Jalisco, Let's Be Frank, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Komodo and Tacos Leo, and craft beers from local breweries. Tickets for the whole shebang are $185 with proceeds going to the Los Angeles Community Garden Council. Festivities begin at 6:30 PM with the seated dinner at 8 PM.
Saturday, October 12
The Pitfire Artisan Pizza on Fairfax got itself a new cocktail bar and program, with new drinks and late-night hours starting this week. The fall menu includes things like the Rumpkin Pie (dark rum, carrot simple syrup, lemon, soda) and the I Got Beet (gin, beet simple syrup, Peychaud's Bitters and lime) and cocktails on tap. To eat, look for special pizzas and snacks like oven-roasted chicken wings with tomato ginger jam. New hours are keeping the joint open until midnight on weekdays and 1 AM on the weekends (801 N. Fairfax Ave.; 323-544-6240).
Sunday, October 13
KCRW brings together top California chefs from different generations to discuss the evolution of California cuisine on the New Roads campus today. Evan Kleiman and Ruth Reichl moderate the talk with Roy Choi, Joyce Goldstein (Square One), Eduardo Ruiz (Corazon y Miel), Nancy Silverton (Mozza) and Sang Yoon (Lukshon, Father's Office), covering everything from farm-to-table to food trucks. Doors open at 2 PM, and the program begins at 3 PM. Tickets are $30; get them here.