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Spring Events for L.A. Food Lovers

Spring Events for L.A. Food Lovers


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Top Chef contestant Stefan Richter Holds Anniversary Dinners

Top Chef contestant and Stefan’s at LA Farm owner Stefan Richter will be holding three-course prix-fixe menu dinners to celebrate his 15th anniversary in America. Call 310.449.4000 for reservations.

Chef Suzanne Tracht and Jar Host Guest Chef Dinner to Honor 65th Anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day

On April 13, Jar owner Chef Suzanne Tracht will host a special dinner to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day. Guest chefs Assaf Granit and Uri Navon from Jerusalem’s Machneyuda restaurant will prepare sashimi, roasted eggplant, calamari, a field mushroom confit, and basbusa for dessert. The traditional Middle Eastern feast will benefit Ultimate Peace, a summer camp and year-round program uniting Jewish and Arab youths in Israel. Reservations can be made at 323.655.6566.

Chef Suzanne Goin & Chef Alice Waters Host Fundraiser

On Sunday, April 21, L.A. Chef Suzanne Goin and special guest chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse will help raise funds to build a kitchen for the Larchmont Charter School in West Hollywood. Diners can enjoy a healthy lunch produced from local farmers’ market products with an ethnic flare. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Carondelet House, and Waters and Goin will sign cookbooks with proceeds benefiting the new Larchmont Charter School kitchen. Prices are $150 for reception andlunch, $500 for single ticket and welcome reception with Alice, $5,000 for a table of 10 plus welcome reception and $1,000 to eat lunch with Alice. Tickets can be purchased here.

Restaurant Openings

The Langham Resort in Pasadena has opened The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse with Chef Anthony Zappola, previously from Craft, at the helm.

UMAMIcatessan has begun a series of guest chef dinners at The Residency Downtown. Currently Chef Micah Wexler is cooking “Live and Dine in LA” themed-meals every Thursday night. Two seatings serving 12 diners each seating are offered at 7:45 and 9:30 p.m.

Chef Ricardo Zarate of Picca and Mo-Chica fame will open Paiche, his Peruvian-Japanese Restaurant in Marina Del Rey on April 12.


A Snappy Spring Salad That Comes Together in 20 Minutes

PREP TALK Smashed and salted, the cucumbers really soak up the jerk vinaigrette, a blend of warming spices, aromatics and fresh lime.

THINK OF THIS salad as a love letter to Los Angeles in springtime. At Bridgetown Roti, chef Rashida Holmes serves dishes marrying the Caribbean flavors she grew up with to the region’s bounty of local produce.

A combination of smashed cucumbers and sugar snap peas with a jerk-spiced vinaigrette, Ms. Holmes’s second Slow Food Fast recipe draws on lessons gleaned in some of L.A.’s top kitchens. For example, she learned to smash cucumbers this way working beside chef Alex Chang at the Exchange (which has since closed), downtown. “It’s a Japanese technique,” she said. “Salting them draws out their water so they can better absorb the seasonings.”

Sugar snap peas are at peak sweetness right now, and Ms. Holmes considers making the most of seasonal ingredients a key takeaway from her years of working in L.A. “I go to the Santa Monica Farmers Market as much as possible,” she said. “Sugar snaps are one of my favorite parts of spring.”

To explore and search through all our recipes, check out the new WSJ Recipes page.

—Kitty Greenwald is a chef, food writer and the co-author of ‘Slow Fires’ (Clarkson Potter)


VIRTUAL TEAM BUILDING & PRIVATE GROUP COOKING CLASSES

Virtual Team Building and Group Cooking Classes

LA Food Works is proud to offer our Virtual Team Building and Cooking Party Events to accommodate the special times we live in! Combining the fun of our in-person culinary events with the safety of a remote meeting, our collaborative virtual cooking classes and virtual team building are a great way to build camaraderie or celebrate a special occasion when meeting in person is not possible. Powered by Zoom, our informative yet festive gatherings include interactive cooking demonstrations, fun competitive culinary themed games, and lots of time to ask questions and chat about anything in the kitchen. Recipes are sent out ahead of time for guests to join in, follow along and cook with us. LA Food Works does not ship food, but we will happily help assemble ingredient kits for local pickup or food delivery with Instacart anywhere in the US.

So come hang out with us in our kitchen from the safety of your own!

Virtual Event Menu Options
Spring-Summer 2021

Please select 1 Set of Recipes for your Online Event

Hello Spring!
Spring Vegetables and Chicken en Papillote
Sprinach-Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds
Peach Bread Pudding


Taste of Itally

Rao's Roasted Lemon Chicken
5 Ingredient Slow Simmered Marinara with Spaghetti
Red Wine Chocolate Cake


Mediterranean Vegan Feast

Orzo and Chickpea Stew (Pasta e Ceci)
Kale Salad with Roasted Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette
Lemon Olive Oil Cake


Latin American Bistro Favorites

Chimichurri with Roasted Vegetables
Chicken Tinga Tostadas
Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding


Asian Culinary Delights

Roasted Wasabi Crusted Salmon
5 Spice Shitake Rice
Matcha Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Alternatives/Substitutions for vegan, vegetarian and other allergy restricted diets happily suggested and accommodated


Snail Festival

Although France is famously known for eating snails, many families in Crete may have a snail meal weekly. A small village in Vlaheronitisa, Crete, holds a Snail Festival where travellers can munch on the small mollusks on the first Saturday of August. Snail snacks range from fried, sautéed in butter, served with artichoke and many more styles of cooking. This event is a party until the wee hours of the following morning but with handfuls of free snails and the local drink, “raki,” why go home early?


15 Company Lunch Catering Ideas for Events at Your office

Ordering lunch for yourself is easy. Ordering lunch for your entire company? Not so much. Coming up with company lunch catering ideas that will please all of your coworkers’ taste buds can be stressful, but we have a few ideas that might help.

Here at Fooda, we spend a lot of time thinking about lunch. A catered lunch is more than just a break in the workday, it’s an opportunity to bring the entire company together around a shared culinary experience. Anyone can order sandwiches, but for a truly exciting and memorable company lunch, you need some catering ideas that go just a bit outside of the box.

Because lunch is more-or-less always on our minds, we’ve created this list of 15 catering ideas that will have the entire company salivating.

1. Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Let’s take just a moment to appreciate the hearty simplicity of the grilled cheese sandwich. Buttery toasted bread wrapped around a gooey, melted heart of cheesy goodness … mmmmm. It’s a meal that anyone can make, but it can also be completely transformed when it’s reinvented by a passionate chef. Who wouldn’t want to try a rustic sourdough stuffed with crisp bacon, sweet green apple slices, and spicy mustard on a bed of melted provolone, Swiss, and Gouda? The flavor combinations of a gourmet grilled cheese are endless, and many chefs can even adapt their recipes to accommodate non-dairy and vegan/vegetarian options. (Yes, cheese-free grilled cheese is totally a thing.)

2. Savory Crêpes

The French have a long street-food tradition, and savory crêpes may be the best-known example here in the U.S. Unlike the sweet, breakfast-specific variety, savory crêpes are an essentially French spin on comfort food. From the rustic appeal of ham, mozzarella, and mustard to more complex flavors combinations like chicken breast with mushrooms and goat cheese, crêpes provide an ideal platform for delivering a filling, flavor-packed lunch. And if you really want your teams to say “Vive la France!” just add some classic pommes frites with herb-infused mayonnaise on the side.

3. Hot Chicken

A little spicy heat can turn ordinary fried chicken into a truly extraordinary meal. A little too much heat … well, let’s just avoid that. Once Nashville’s best-kept culinary secret, hot chicken shacks have been popping up all over the country in the last decade. While most people are content to stick to the milder versions of hot chicken (for good reason), it might be worth ordering a few plates of the medium and genuinely hot stuff for everyone to sample. Just be sure keep a few heat-killing ice-cream sandwiches on hand in case anyone gets a little too brave, and maybe avoid anything with Ghost Peppers or Carolina Reapers in the ingredients.

4. Indian Street Food

Until you’ve experienced it for yourself, it’s difficult to appreciate just how varied, complex, and delicious Indian street food can be. It’s also one of the rare fast-food styles that lean heavily on vegetarian offerings, owing to the meat-free traditions of India’s Hindu population. From lighter fare like bhelpuri (puffed rice, vegetables and tamarind sauce) and aloo chaat (spiced fried potatoes) to more substantial dishes like kheema pav (also known as “Indian Sloppy Joes”), your teams are sure to find a new favorite dish. Some Indian menus even include meat-based options, like chicken pakora and malasa fish rolls, which could help to appease any grumbling carnivores.

5. Cajun Classics

Another great option for an office filled with spice lovers, Cajun cooking has plenty to offer. It’s hard for anyone to turn down the chance to sample some legit Louisiana seafood gumbo and jambalaya, or to pass up a shrimp po’ boy. It’s a distinctly American cuisine that many people, particularly outside of the Gulf Coast, might not have had the opportunity to try.

6. Korean Tacos

This uniquely delicious collision of flavors could just be the most exciting culinary crossover of the modern age. Korean tacos started out as a novelty option in the L.A. food truck scene back in 2009, but today they’re everywhere. Who knew that filling traditional Mexican corn tortillas with bulgogi and kimchi (among other Korean-style options) could result in such an intensely yummy lunch? If you live in a major city, odds are that there’s at least one place to get your fix of this must-try Latin-Asian street food. If your company lunches are getting a little predictable, Korean tacos may be just the thing.

7. Bánh Mì

One of the tastier results of European colonialism, this distinctly Vietnamese style of sandwich marries French baguettes with southeast Asian ingredients like daikon and chả lụa (pork sausage). It’s been a popular street food in Saigon since the 1950s, and in recent years bánh mì stands and food trucks have become an increasingly common sight in U.S. cities. Combined with some fresh spring rolls, and you have a perfectly bright and tasty mid-day meal that won’t put your team into an afternoon food coma.

8. Authentic Mexican Street Tacos

When you want to please absolutely everyone in the office, it’s hard to go wrong with tacos. At the same time, haven’t we all gotten a little bored with the standard fillings of ground beef, tomato, lettuce, sour cream and cheddar? It’s time to go back to the authentic Mexican flavors that started it all. Doesn’t a skirt steak taco with cilantro, diced onions and salsa verde make your mouth water? How about fried fish with avocado crema and a squeeze of fresh lime juice? Or carnitas with pickled red onions and jalapeno? Combine this with a bowl of chips, a bowl of guacamole, and a big helping of fresh salsa, and lunch becomes an office fiesta!

9. Great American Road Trip

One of the more creative company lunch catering ideas… What if you could take a food-fueled trip across the U.S. without ever leaving the office? It’s easier than you may think. Just set up a few tables, and decide on a few iconic dishes from across the country for your coworkers to sample. In a large city, you’ll be able to bring together everything from Brooklyn-style thin-crust pizza and legit-tasting Philly Cheesesteaks to Sushi Burritos from San Fran and beignets from New Orleans. The possibilities are endless, with virtually every restaurant and caterer having some tasty original takes on these classic American dishes.

10. BBQ

From vinegar-drenched pulled pork to tomato-sweetened ribs, and from smoked brisket to dry rubbed chicken, few lunch options have the staggering variety of the humble barbeque. And, as any BBQ aficionado will tell you, the sides matter just as much as the meats. Roasted brussels sprouts, mac & cheese, collard greens, baked beans … what more do you need? And don’t forget the cornbread. Sure, BBQ can get a little messy, but it’s nothing that a few hand wipes and napkins can’t fix. That said, this may not be a great option if your company as a busy afternoon ahead, because at least half of your staff will be quietly napping in a meeting room after lunch.

11. Poke

If you’re worried that a meal best described as a “raw seafood salad” might not be to everyone’s taste, we get that. But poke isn’t just the latest Hawaiian food fad. It’s a dish that’s having a real cultural “moment” among foodies, combining equal parts sushi and spice into something that’s genuinely delicious. It’s also a much healthier option than a lot of lunch options. Why not lean into it, and give your colleagues something they can Instagram? Maybe with the caption: “Best. Lunch. Ever.”

12. Waffles

Forget about those sweet, dessert-like Belgian waffles, piled high with strawberries and whipped cream. We’re talking about the savory, mouth-watering waffle dishes that are taking the culinary world by storm. From the classic combo of chicken and waffle sandwiches (if you haven’t tried it, now’s the time) to gastropub variations like cornbread and chili waffles, hashbrown waffles, waffled falafel. There’s no shortage of incredible savory creations out there, so why not wow your coworkers with waffles?

13. Thai

In 2017, after polling some 35,000 people with a passion for global foods, CNN Travel published their list of the “World’s 50 Best Foods.” Thai cuisine absolutely dominated that list, taking seven out of the 50 slots. That’s probably not a surprise for anyone who has tasted moo nam tok (grilled pork with lemon juice, green onions, chili, mint sprigs, fish sauce and toasted rice) or som tam (papaya salad with tamarind juice, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, and string beans). Sure, Thai food has a well-deserved reputation for being a little fiery, but you can always ask the caterer to turn the heat down a little so that the rest of the flavors shine.

14. Shawarma

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has already done a lot to shape today’s pop culture, but its most important culinary legacy is almost certainly the post-credits scene in The Avengers, which introduced an entire generation of movie-goers to this absolutely delectable street food from the Eastern Mediterranean. What’s not to like about delicately thin shavings of lamb, chicken, turkey, or beef served on pita or other flatbread? Add a few sides like rice or fries, and you have the makings of a truly heroic company lunch.

15. Pizza

We promised you out-of-the-box lunch ideas, but this one is more literal than figurative. Pizza is the one option that almost no one will grumble about. Everyone likes pizza. In fact, about 1 in 8 Americans eats pizza on any given day. Part of pizza’s lasting popularity comes from its variety. There are countless topping and sauce combinations out there, and plenty of caterers who have truly original pizza recipes. Ever tried a bacon and egg pizza? How about a walnut and portabella one with a pesto base? Even if you just stick to the classic pepperoni, pizza is the can’t miss meal that you can always count on to feed an army of coworkers.

One of the great things about coming up with company lunch catering ideas for your company lunch is that even a smallish city can have a ton of great options for feeding your coworkers. If you work in an area with a thriving food scene, as many of us do, you’ll never run out of new dishes and flavors to try. By bringing a little variety into the company lunch, you’re giving every you work with a little taste of what your city has to offer.

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VegFest Los Angeles

May 3rd

VegFest Los Angeles is L.A.’s largest cruelty-free festival and is a project of Toward’s Freedom, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. VegFest is filled with food, fun, and inspiration. With a combination of a delicious vegan international food court, live music, empowering speakers on health, environmental, humanitarian and animal topics, kids’ activities, animal adoptions, an eco-marketplace with over 150 vendors, and more, make for an unforgettable earth-friendly experience that is sure to be enjoyable for all.

Price: GA Free


Los Angeles

While gastronomy may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Los Angeles, the city’s spralling palm-lined boulevards hide an endless array of culinary treasures, from haute cuisine to street food, with countless international cuisines and local classics like the ever-present California diner. Those who take the time (and brave the traffic) to experience all on offer in the ‘City of Angels’ are bound to discover one of its biggest secrets: LA is a foodie paradise.

Eat
With a culinary scene as diverse as the people and cultures that call the city home, LA has something for everyone. Recent trends like pop-ups and food trucks share the stage with California icons and offerings from the world’s most renowned chefs. LA’s culinary creations exemplify its quintessentially American yet proudly multicultural spirit: this is the city that invented both the cheeseburger and the Korean taco.

Drink
Home of the classic tiki bar and the Moscow mule, LA has a long history of cocktail culture. But if copper mugs and colorful drinks with tiny umbrellas aren’t your thing, you can sip luscious California wines and local craft brews, or visit one of city’s many world-class mixology and whiskey bars.

Experience
From Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard to Venice Beach and Santa Monica, LA is a wonderland of tastes, cultures, and experiences. Whether you’re grabbing a bite at one of the city’s many iconic film locations or strolling through the recently revitalized downtown, La-La Land is truly one-of-a-kind.


Eater Staff

Eater is a popular website focused on food news and dining guides for cities all over the country. A subdivision of the site, Eater Los Angeles, makes up one of the most comprehensive collections of food-oriented current events in the city. From new restaurant openings to profiles on the culinary masterminds behind Los Angeles’s best cuisine, this site has it all covered.

You can find coverage organized by neighborhood or simply browse the front page for a guaranteed good read on the happenings of the Los Angeles food scene. The Eater staff does a great job of ensuring you stay up to date on all things food in whimsical La La Land.


VIRTUAL TEAM BUILDING & PRIVATE GROUP COOKING CLASSES

Virtual Team Building and Group Cooking Classes

LA Food Works is proud to offer our Virtual Team Building and Cooking Party Events to accommodate the special times we live in! Combining the fun of our in-person culinary events with the safety of a remote meeting, our collaborative virtual cooking classes and virtual team building are a great way to build camaraderie or celebrate a special occasion when meeting in person is not possible. Powered by Zoom, our informative yet festive gatherings include interactive cooking demonstrations, fun competitive culinary themed games, and lots of time to ask questions and chat about anything in the kitchen. Recipes are sent out ahead of time for guests to join in, follow along and cook with us. LA Food Works does not ship food, but we will happily help assemble ingredient kits for local pickup or food delivery with Instacart anywhere in the US.

So come hang out with us in our kitchen from the safety of your own!

Virtual Event Menu Options
Spring-Summer 2021

Please select 1 Set of Recipes for your Online Event

Hello Spring!
Spring Vegetables and Chicken en Papillote
Sprinach-Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds
Peach Bread Pudding


Taste of Itally

Rao's Roasted Lemon Chicken
5 Ingredient Slow Simmered Marinara with Spaghetti
Red Wine Chocolate Cake


Mediterranean Vegan Feast

Orzo and Chickpea Stew (Pasta e Ceci)
Kale Salad with Roasted Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette
Lemon Olive Oil Cake


Latin American Bistro Favorites

Chimichurri with Roasted Vegetables
Chicken Tinga Tostadas
Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding


Asian Culinary Delights

Roasted Wasabi Crusted Salmon
5 Spice Shitake Rice
Matcha Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Alternatives/Substitutions for vegan, vegetarian and other allergy restricted diets happily suggested and accommodated


Calendar of Food Events

Montaluce Winery and Estates Spring Show House Event. The Villa Rossese, an elegant Tuscan villa, will be on full display. Proceeds from this event will support the High Museum and the historic Holly Theater. Montaluce is a 400 acre community with 300 new homes of various sizes, built in the style of old Tuscany alongside 35 acres of vineyards and located in the north Georgia mountains near the historic town of Dahlonega, known for America&rsquos first gold rush in the 1820&rsquos. Residents of Montaluce enjoy numerous luxuries including a state of the art winery, an Italian restaurant with an award-winning chef, miles of walking trails, a world-class spa, mountain views and plenty of areas dedicated to green space.

WHAT: Spring Show House Event: Villa Rossese
This event is sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

WHEN: Sunday, April 6 through Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm
Monday through Wednesday by appointment

WHERE: Montaluce Winery and Estates

HOW: If you have interest in viewing the Villa Rossese open house, e-mail [email protected] Tickets are $15 per person.

April 10-April 13

Los Angeles Art Weekend highlights the city&rsquos creative talent and L.A.’s cultural offerings. It links together the city&rsquos diverse artistic geography, spotlighting the newest developments in art, design and architecture. Los Angeles Art Weekend 2008 invites you to engage with Los Angeles artists, curators, and cultural leaders at special events, public programs and exhibitions happening throughout L.A.

May 14 &ndash June 1

What: Join professional chef Maite Gomez-Rejon for this culinary workshop exploring the traditions of the 17th- and 18th-century French court. Participants will tour artworks from the time of Louis XIV , prepare a meal during a hands-on cooking session, and enjoy a class lunch together. Course fee $45.

When: Thursday, May 14, 2008, 10:30a.m. &ndash 2:00p.m.
Sunday, June 1, 2008, 10:30a.m. &ndash 2:00p.m. (course repeats)

Where: Private Dining Room, 2nd Floor of the Food Service Building
Getty Center, Los Angeles
1200 Getty Center Drive

Course Fee: $45 (Each course open to 20 participants).

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