Even though we have one of the best collections of eateries in the world in L.A., there are still certain restaurants capable of taunting us from afar. For me, the worst offender has always been Mission Chinese Food in New York and San Francisco. Chef Danny Bowien’s Sichaun peppercorn-studded mapo tofu—especially when it’s been irreverently stuffed into a burrito or piled on top of pizza—has been staring me in the face via Instagram and Twitter for half a decade and I’ve never been able to put it in my mouth (airline miles only add up so quickly). At long last, Bowien is coming to L.A.
To promote the new Mission Chinese Food cookbook, which was co-written by Lucky Peach editor-in-chief Chris Ying, Bowien is hosting a family-style dinner at WeHo’s Night + Market on November 20. And he’s going to be hooking up with some friends. Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market Song), Chad Robertson (Tartine Bread), and Andy Ricker (Pok Pok) will also be contributing to the feast. For the $100 admission price you’ll get a book, drinks, dinner, and possibly the impending sense of doom that comes with realizing Mission Chinese Food will never open an L.A. location.