L.A. Food Events Worth Nibbling on: 3/7 – 3/12

A guide for the next five days of food events worth checking out.

34th Annual PPLA Food Fare – 3/7 

Head to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to sample dishes from some of L.A.’s finest restaurants at this annual fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. What began in 1979 as a simple cooking demonstration by Julia Child has grown into a massive food fest with bites and drinks from more than 100 restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Participants include A.O.C., the Hart & the Hunter, and Craft, to name a few. Tickets are $150 for daytime admittance, $225 for evening. VIP options are also available. More Information.

The Hungry Cat Hollywood’s 8th Anniversary and Baltimore Bash – 3/8

To celebrate the seafood spot’s eighth anniversary, the Hungry Cat Hollywood is paying homage to chef David Lentz’s hometown of Baltimore. Feast on pit beef, a Baltimore tradition, as well as seafood classics such as grilled oysters and delicacies from the restaurant’s famous raw bar. Top the night off with $8 specialty cocktails from guest bartenders Matt Jeronimo and Josh Curtis, or a brew from the special beer station. More information.

Cooking Class at Trattoria Neapolis – 3/9

Learn to make pasta like a true nonna at a cooking class hosted by chef Bryant Wigger of Pasadena’s Trattoria Neapolis. From 2 to 4 p.m. learn how to whip up (and eat) a spring-inspired Italian meal of wild arugula salad, cavatelli pasta (from scratch!), and grilled California lamb chops vignarola. The $75 fee includes a glass of wine, house-made gelato, and the fruits of your labors. More information.

Sushi, Sake, and Sumo Wrestling at Supperclub – 3/10 – 3/11

Want the chance to see two world-class, 400-pound sumo wrestlers battle in person? This is your chance. Living Social is throwing a Sushi and Sumo event at Hollywood’s eccentric Supperclub venue. Cheer on the wrestlers while dining on a five-course Japanese meal and sampling a flight of three sakes. Think you can take on one of the big men? A special “Get in the Wring” package lets you take a turn in the arena yourself. The event takes place throughout the day on March 10 and 11. More information.

Alain Giraud, Caviar, and Champagne at the Strand House – 3/11

For the restaurant’s second Culinary Masters dinner, the Strand House welcomes acclaimed French chef Alain Giraud for a night of caviar and champagne beginning at 7 p.m. Giraud has teamed with Strand House chef Greg Hozinsky to create a decadent five-course caviar menu with dishes such as egg custard with caviar and lobster-caviar crepes. The $200 prix-fixe menu also includes a caviar and champagne tasting as well as a fromage course. More information.