Food News: Burgers, Beer, Rum, and Salmon Edition

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Summer 2010 is looking to be a big season for StarChef RayGarcia of FIG. Not only is he a featured artist on an upcoming “Michelin Mashup” at Mélisse, he’s manning a new hot dog cart by the pool at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. Now that’s what we call versatility. 

On Sunday, June 27th, diners at Mélisse are in for a Michelin star-studded affair. In the first of several slated collaborations, chef Garcia will be partnering with fellow members of the culinary Zodiac, local hero chef Josiah Citrin and visiting chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa, to put together an unforgettable meal for us spectacle-hungry Angelenos. Garcia has amuse bouche duties while Citrin and Kostow are alternating courses (five in total). The menu is priced at $150 perperson with $20 from each meal sold going towards the Special Olympics.

Further down Wilshire Blvd. at the Fairmont, Garcia is putting on a show all his own with his FIG Hot Dog Cart. This isn’t your run of the mill street corner wiener mobile. Dogs on-hand include The 2nd Street Dog (veggie wiener, green lentil chili, vinegar braised peppers, spelt bun), the Taco Dog (all beef wiener, slow braised carnitas, guacamole, creamed rajas, homemade esacabeche, thinly sliced radish, sesame seed bun), and of course the flagship FIG Dog (all beef wiener, cheese comte fondue, bacon-habañero marmalade, fritos, sesame seed bun). But the possibilities are endless with a do-it-yourself option that has hot dog lovers choosing from a bevy of toppings, buns, and condiments. (We’re checking the boxes next to chroizo de Bilbao and Dusseldorf mustard.) These meat rockets may seem counter productive to the beach body we’ve been training for, but lucky for us, there’s the pool nearby to work off the guilty pleasure.

Just wait an hour before jumping in.

P.S. Just a bit of self-promotion. On Wednesday, June 16, Los Angeles Magazine will be hosting an intimate culinary evening featuring the talents of (surprise, surprise) Ray Garcia. (Yeah, we can’t get enough of him either.) Watch him work, taste his wares, and try a FIG specialty cocktail, the blood orange and beet bellini. Join us from 7-9 p.m. at Snyder Diamond in Santa Monica.

Call Estrellita Dacanay at (323) 801-0034 for tickets ($40). Credit card payment only.