Our Guide to the Best Food Events in L.A.

Food festivals, pop-up dinners, and more special events to savor

There’s always something new happening in L.A.’s dining scene, and it’s not just the constant new restaurant openings. A food-lover could pack their schedule with all the tasting festivals, pop-up dinners, theme nights, takeovers, and other events going on. We’re picking some of the most delicious and interesting food events in L.A. so you can savor every special bite.

The Billy Harris Dinner Series

Roving dinner party host Billy Harris pops up in the restaurants of notable chefs to encourage them to assemble one-night-only luxury dinner parties for groups of food enthusiasts. The events may seem extravagant, but it’s for a good cause–the dinners benefit the Trotter Project with provides mentorship to at-risk youth. Five L.A. events remain in his 2018 season: November 7 with Adam Perry Lang at APL ($235), November 9 with Nancy Silverton at Osteria Mozza ($375), November 10 with Ludo Lefebvre at Trois Mec ($400), December 4 with Nyesha Arrington at Native, and a special Hanukkah edition at Genghis Cohen on December 10 ($99).

November 7, 9, and 10, and December 4 and 10, at 6:30 p.m.; various locations. Tickets $99-$400.   

Chef Ignacio Mattos L.A. Event Series

New York chef Ingacio Mattos is dropping into L.A. for a series of events to promote his new cookbook, Estela. On Monday, November 12, catch Ignacio teaming up with Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow to put some dishes from the book on Sqirl’s lunch menu, and then co-hosting a talk at Now Serving. On November 13, it’s a family-style dinner at Gjusta ($130), which can be booked by emailing estelaxgjusta@gjusta.com. Wednesday, he’ll pop up at Neuehouse for a book talk. For the finale of his tour, he’ll be cooking at midcentury landmark Schindler House for a benefit dinner ($125).

November 12 to 15; Various locations.    

Tokezito Tacos Pop-Up 

Chef Suleyma Ramirez is bringing nostalgic Mexican cooking inspired by her own family recipes to this pop-up at Melody. Expect tacos made with thick, handmade flour tortillas (some people might rank them among the best flour tortillas in L.A.), Veracruz-style picaditas, ceviches, and other special dishes.

November 12, 15, 20, 27, 5-11 p.m.; Melody, 751 N. Virgil Ave., East Hollywood.

Beaujolais Nouveau Soirée at Monsieur Marcel 

Tucked away inside the Original Farmers Market, Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market and Restaurant is a delightful throwback. In honor of the annual arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau wine from France, they’re throwing a traditional celebration, with a choice of set menu ($49) or a la carte food options, live musical performances in tribute to Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour–and so much Beaujolais.

November 15, 5-9 p.m.; Monsieur Marcel at the Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax.  

No Turkey, No Problem: A Vegan Thanksgiving

Beelman’s is making a plant-based Thanksgiving a breeze with this special dinner. For just $25 per person, enjoy a set menu with vegan dishes including Field Roast Celebration Roast with peach and apricot compote, mashed potatoes with veggie gravy, and pumpkin pie with ginger and bourbon. The pub’s standard, all-plant menu will also be available a la carte.

November 22, 5 – 10 p.m.; Beelman’s, 600 S. Spring St., downtown. $25.

Frenchgiving at Belle Vie

If you’re not big on cooking, or just want a low-key Thanksgiving with a bit of je ne sais quoi, pop into this charming French bistro-wine bar. A three-course set menu includes soup, a turkey breast ballotine with parsnips and other delights, and dessert. And, of course, you can add plenty of wine.

November 22, 2-6 p.m.; Belle Vie, 11916 Wilshire Blvd., Sawtelle. $49.  

Conversation with Heritage Baking Author Ellen King 

Get your fill of holiday baking inspiration when Hewn Bakery’s Ellen King drops by Friends & Family for a talk about her new cookbook Heritage Baking. She’ll be joined by two of L.A.’s own star bakers, Roxana Jullapat and Daniel Mattern, and Nan Kohler of Grist & Toll.

November 27, 4 p.m.; Friends & Family, 5150 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood. Free.

Los Angeles Times 101 Restaurants We Love

Launched by the late Jonathan Gold, the 101 list will continue at the Times. In conjunction with the publication of this year’s list, the paper is throwing a party featuring several big names on the scene, including Bavel, APL, Bestiva, Felix, and Jitlada. Tickets to this fête include tastings from all the restaurants and unlimited pours of wine.

December 3, 6:30 p.m.; The MacArthur, 607 S. Park View St., Westlake. $135.

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