4 Food Events You Shouldn’t Miss This Week

From a six-course taco dinner to pastry chefs running the kitchen, your weekend is set

Tacolandia’s Night of Modern Mexican Cuisine
Is there anyone in L.A. more passionate about Mexican cuisine than Bill Esparza? We doubt it. That’s why we’re so excited for the Modern Mexican dinner Esparza helped put together. Hosted by Ray Garcia (B.S. Taqueria), the six-course meal will also showcase the talents of Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos) and Mexican-trained chefs, like Benito Molina, Guillermo Gonzales, and Diego Hernandez. A cocktail reception by DeLeón Tequila will kick off the event, which will take place at Garcia’s upcoming Broken Spanish (we can’t wait to get a glimpse of that).
redarrowTacolandia’s Night of Modern Cuisine is this Friday, June 5, starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $107 and can be purchased here.

Bakers Making Everything at Elysian
In January, Elysian hosted three nights of pastry chefs flexing their savory-making muscles. It was such a hit that they’re doing it again in June, starting this weekend and featuring some heavy hitters: Proof’s Na Young Ma, Christine Moore of Little Flower Company and Lincoln, and Shannon Swindle of Craft LA. All the menus are featured on Elysian’s Web site. Up first is Ma’s four-course meal, which sounds pretty intriguing—there’s a banchan plate and a daikon grantine we’d like to get our hands on.
redarrowElysian, 2806 Clearwater St., 323-522-6625. You can make reservations for any of these three dinners on the website.

Los Angeles Bread Festival
A two-day bread festival is coming to Grand Central Market this weekend, and it’s totally free. There will be a pop-up marketplace where you can buy bread from Mark Stambler, K&V and more; and workshops about sourdough wild-yeast starters and things of that nature. Panels will include discussions on Southern California’s Latino bread heritage and L.A.’s bread movement from the perspective of farmers while demonstrations, like tortilla-making by Chiles Secos and milling by Grist & Toll are also on the schedule.
redarrowLos Angeles Bread Festival is at GCM, 317 S. Broadway Street; 213-624-2378. Event takes place June 6 – 7. No entree fee.

L.A. River Series: Food Desert to Food Zone
The L.A. Design Festival is hosting a three-part series about the L.A. River. One of the talks, scheduled for June 6, will focus on the developing urban agricultural zones along the river. Panelists will include guerrilla gardener Ron Finley.
redarrowFood Desert to Food Zone panel discussion will take place at Lacy Street Studios, 2630 Lacy Street, from 10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. on June 6. The event is free, but you must RSVP online.