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L.A. Food Events Worth Nibbling On: April 4 Edition

A guide to the upcoming week's most delicious happenings.

Yamashiro Farmers' Market Returns – 4/4
L.A.’s favorite night market makes its seasonal debut tonight. The market at Yamashiro features fresh produce and tasty nibbles, including lasagna cupcakes from Heirloom LA, ice cream sandwiches from CoolHaus, burgers from the Flat Iron Truck, and more. To celebrate the market's fourth year, Yamashiro has launched a revamped Middle Eastern-Asian menu, with dishes such as preserved lemon and honey chicken and harissa shrimp. The farmer’s market at Yamashiro takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday through September. More information.

Blood Drive at Plan Check – 4/5
Donate blood in return for a free donut and beer? Sounds like a good deal to us!  Stop by West L.A.’s  Plan Check restaurant, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and donate blood to the American Red Cross Blood Drive. In exchange, participants will receive a complimentary beer and one of the chef's famous crullers. More information.

Northern Thai Feast at Night+Market – 4/5
Seats are scarce—in fact, they may be sold out—but West Hollywood's Thai street food café Night+Market is celebrating Thai New Year with an exclusive “Songkran” dinner. Kris Yenbamroong will team up with the James Beard Award-winning chef of New York's Pok Pok, Andy Ricker, to create a feast of northern Thai cuisine. The dinner is sponsored by Singha, so chosen diners can expect plenty of beer to accompany the Thai creations. More information.

Hollywood Farmers’ Market Spice Alley – 4/7
This Sunday, the Hollywood Farmers' market presents a new extension with Spice Alley, where local vendors will offer gourmet salts, spices, teas, herbs, grains, beans, and more. The new strip will occupy Cahuenga Boulevard’s EaCa alley, and restaurants that back onto it—including Berlin Currywurst and La Velvet Margarita Cantina—will participate with rotating specials featured around the theme of spice. More information.

Sushi Showdown at RA Sushi – 4/7
Think you can eat sushi like a pro? RA Sushi is hosting a sushi-eating contest being held at all locations today from 3 to 6 p.m. Competitors will compete for a grand prize of free sushi for a year, and each location will crown one winner. Bystanders can cheer for contestants while enjoying featured specials such as $5 Freethrow Bombs, $6 Throwdown Rolls, and more. You'd better hurry—the deadline to sign up as a competitor is April 4. More information.

Graham Elliot Pop-Up at Son of a Gun – 4/8 to 4/9
Two-Michelin star Chicago chef Graham Elliot makes a guest chef appearance at Son of a Gun April 8 and 9.  Elliot, his sous chef John Slack, and corporate chef Merlin Verrier will conjure up a $100 five-course tasting menu, with an optional $40 regional wine pairing curated by sommelier Jami Kluz. Reservations required. More information. 

Simmzy’s House-Aged Clutch Release – 4/9
Manhattan Beach gastropub Simmzy’s debuts its first house-aged beer, a dark sour ale. The New Belgian Clutch has been aging since 2011 and will be poured by the glass along with other New Belgian brews for between $6.50 and $7.50. A goat cheese soufflé with bacon, dates, and coffee-cherries is available to help soak up the brewskis. The beer gets tapped at 5 p.m. More information.

Stefan Richter’s $15 15th Anniversary Menu at L.A. Farm – 4/9 to 4/10
Born in Finland and raised in Germany, Top Chef alum Stefan Richter celebrates his 15th year in the U.S. with a special anniversary menu at his Santa Monica restaurant, L.A. Farm. On April 9 and 10, Richter will feature a special $15 three-course menu from 5:30 to 10 p.m. that stars gravlax with a dill-mustard sauce and watercress, smoked potato soup, and German sausage with sauerkraut in a beer sauce. More information.

“Pretzels and Ponies” at Tom Bergin’s – through April
In honor of soft pretzel month (yes, it's a thing), Tom Bergin's is offering a rotating series of pretzel and beer pairings throughout April. Winner of Los Angeles magazine's 2012 Best of L.A. award for top soft pretzel, the famed Tom Bergin's twist will accompany a seven-ounce beer for just $9. Expect a different beer offered each week alongside the salty knots. More information.