Oliverio’s Second Annual Sorprendente — 5/8
Sorprendente is the Italian word for surprise, but for Oliverio chef Mirko Paderno it means a giant poolside food festival with a fleet of food purveyors, California wineries, and live entertainment. This Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., Angelenos can drink as much as they want from the bottomless cocktail bar while nibbling on endless bites from folks like the Truffle Brothers and Santa Monica Seafood. Tickets are $85 per person and include all food and drinks. More information.
Chef Mori Onodera at Il Grano — 5/9-10
Take an Italian chef who uses line-caught fish and seasonal ingredients, pair him with a top L.A. sushi chef, and you’re in for a fabulously fishy night at Il Grano. Mori Onodera will stop into Il Grano for two nights this week to prepare a 12-course collaborative dinner with chef Sal Marino. The event costs $125 per person and reservations are required. More information.
Third Annual West Coast Barbecue Classic at the Queen Mary — 5/10
Get your bibs ready, because 62 barbecue masters are gathering at the Queen Mary in Long Beach to compete for the title of West Coast BBQ Pitmaster Champion. The cooks will compete in categories like best chicken, ribs, and pork to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes. Bonus: There’s also an old-timey watermelon-eating contest! The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door. More information.
Head’s Up: It’s Mother’s Day — 5/11
Considering all those grocery store tantrums and calls to the principal’s office, we’d say you owe your mom pretty big. Whether you’re saying thanks for the years of love or sorry for the gray hairs, we’ve rounded up the best places to take your mama (or baby mama) out for a day of appreciation. The list has something for all maternal types, from the day drinker to the health nut. More information.
First Annual Hunger Gala at Fifty Seven — 5/12
Help feed more than 50,000 hungry Angelenos by indulging in a six-course dinner by big time chefs like David Nayfield (Fifty Seven), Tim Hollingsworth (French Laundry), and Ari Taymor (Alma). Sound like a win-win? We think so. Downtown’s Fifty Seven is hosting the event, which starts with an hour-long cocktail reception at 7 p.m. followed by a prix-fixe meal with wine pairings at 8 p.m. The dinner costs $275 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. More information.
Spring Art Panel: Food and Art at the Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery — 5/12
Artsy farts and food junkies are in for a discussion of epic proportions presented by the American Friends of the Israel Museum at the Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery. The event will be hosted by chefs Assaf Granit (CEO and chef of Machneyuda Restaurant Group), Suzanne Tracht (Jar), and directors of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Anne and Jerome Fisher. Starting at 7 p.m., guests can sit in on the chefs discussing the historical relationship between art and food while tasting food creations from the chefs and sipping unlimited drinks from the open bar. Tickets are $500 per person, $120 if you’re under the age of 35, and all proceeds will go to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. More information.