Deals & Events

LA Dining Deals and Events, Feb. 18-23

By Lesley Balla  |  February 18, 2014
Credit: Cochon 555

Tuesday, February 18
If you can’t make the extremely popular cassoulet night at Lucques this Sunday, you can order for pick-up. One helping of the rich and hearty French classic made with beans, garlic sausage and duck and pork confit comes in its own earthenware cazuela with instructions for preparation. Having seen the recipe for Suzanne Goin’s cassoulet, this is so, so, so much easier. Trust. Orders must be made by the close of day today for pickup on February 23. $35 per person (8474 Melrose Ave.; 323-655-6277).

Wednesday, February 19
Cecconi’s launches a new “4 to 7” aperitivo menu this week with $4 ciccetti: Venetian snacks like mortadella-stuffed fried olives and pizzettes. There are also specials on draft beer, wines by the glass and cocktails. The happy hour menu is available Tuesday through Saturday, 4-7 PM (8764 Melrose Ave.; 310-432-2000).

Thursday, February 20
Dine on uni tarts, lemon-thyme pasta with Brussels sprouts and bacon, black cod with ancient rice and ume, stuffed Jidori chicken with root vegetables and TCHO chocolate mousse at Jist Cafe in Little Tokyo tonight. Chef Glen Ishii will cook with Seije Wakabayashi, formerly of San Francisco’s Bushi Tei. Five courses for $55 per person. Starts at 6 PM. Call for reservations (116 Judge John Aiso St.; 213-792-2116).

Friday, February 21
You can still get in on some Olympics fervor (and flavor) at both Plan Check locations this week with a burger, fries and pint of Smog City Little Bo Pilsner for $20. Find it for lunch and dinner through Sunday, February 23 (1800 Sawtelle Blvd. and 351 N. Fairfax Ave.).

Saturday, February 22
The Japanese ramen chain Men Oh Tokushima opens its fourth U.S. location today in Torrance. To celebrate, it will have $1 bowls of noodles for the first 200 customers. The line will be long but the porky bowls are worth it. The new outpost is located in the Nijiya Market plaza and opens at 11:30 AM (2141 W. 182nd St.).

Sunday, February 23
Cochon 555, the ultimate celebration of heritage pigs and what our local chefs can do with them, is back in action today with an enormously porky feast at The Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica. Five chefs and their teams are given a different heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a distinguished panel of judges and the crowd, and there's tons of beer, wine and bourbon to go along with it. Whoever gets the most votes wins the title of Prince or Princess of Porc and goes on to the Grand Cochon event in Aspen. But honestly, the pig party is the best part. Participating chefs this year include last year's winner, Ray Garcia (Fig), Ray England (Craft Los Angeles), Christian Page (Short Order), Brian Howard (Comme Ca) and regional guest Jason Neve (B&B Ristorante, Las Vegas). Jet Tila (The Charleston) and the butchers and butcherettes from Lindy & Grundy will also get piggy with it. Tickets are $125 for general admission and $200 for VIP; get them both here. 4-8 PM (101 Wilshire Blvd.).