PPLA Food Fare
This annual food and wine event returns this year with big culinary names, like Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts, Celestino Drago, Suzanne Goin, Joe Miller, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, Alain Giraud, and Jenny Rush among many others. Over 150 participants, from restaurants to breweries, will be sampling food and drinks. There’s also a raffle and a silent auction. Proceeds go to Planned Parenthood L.A.
PPLA Food Fare takes place this Thursday, March 3 at Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave #203, Santa Monica. Today is the last day to buy tickets online, but they be available at the door. $150 for daytime entree, $250 for evening tickets.
Cliff’s Edge Winemaker Dinner
This Thursday marks the first date in Cliff’s Edge new monthly winemaker dinner series. The inaugural dinner will showcase wines from Napa’s organic winery Young Inglewood—co-owner Scott Young will be to talk up the wines he makes with his mother, and Cliff’s new chef Gavin Humes will provide food pairings. Expect cheese, venison tartare, sweetbreads, and other tasty treats.
All-Star Chef Classic
Four days of food from some of L.A.’s most celebrated chefs comes to L.A. Live this month for a Master Dinner Series (which take place in an arena setting), food fest-like tastings, and even a kid’s cooking class. Tickets are still available for the Noche de Masters Dinner, featuring José Andrés and Food Network’s Aarón Sánchez, the American Masters Dinner from Johnny Iuzzini, Naomi Pomeroy, Sean Brock, Jamie Bissonnette, and Wylie Dufresne, and the strolling events, Global Grand Tasting and Grill & Chill.
Break Bread L.A.
You have until March 13 to take in the massive cake sculptures (not edible, sorry) of Break Bread L.A. The exhibit from artists Scott Hove and Baker’s Son is essentially a six-room frosting-filled (again, not edible) maze that features candy chandeliers, circus mirrors, a watercolor ice cream truck, Zumanity lounge and coffee shop. There are some fun pop-ups planned in conjunction with Break Bread for March, including a brunch with Prince+Pantry and more.
Melisse Benefit for ment’or BKB Foundation
The ment’or BKB Foundation, founded by Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jérôme Bocuse, provides educational and mentorship opportunities to aspiring culinary professionals around the country. Six guests chefs, including Shaun Hergatt (Juni) and Justin Cogley (Aubergine), will be serving a seven-course meal at his Santa Monica restaurant Melisse to benefit the program. Porcini mushroom lasagna and foie gras are on the menu.
The benefit takes place on March 13 at Melisse, 1104 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica. There are two seatings, $195 per person. Call for reservations: 310-395-0881
Latin Food Fest
This San Diego food fest is coming to L.A. this month for four days of tastings and cooking demos showcasing flavors from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. There’s also a kick off party and a private chef’s dinner. The two-day Grande Tasting includes food, wine, and spirit tastings—kids are welcome during on the second day. This year’s chefs include Ricardo Zarate, Tati Polo, Connie Cossio, and more.
Taste of Israel
There’s a new food fest in town, and this time the focus is on Israeli cuisine. L.A. and Israel-based chefs, including Alex Reznik (Ditmas Kitchen & Cocktails) and Israeli Master Chef Shaul Ben Haderet among many others, will provide unlimited tastings of Kosher food, and 19 wineries will also be on hand. Proceeds go to Meir Panim, a program that fights hunger and poverty in Israel.