One of the best things about living in LA is the never-ending stream of new restaurants to check out. But with a plethora of options, it can be difficult to pin down the next place you should go. To help narrow down where you should eat and drink, Karin E. Baker, Deputy Editor of Flavorpill Los Angeles, suggests some one-off or infrequent food events to indulge in. Read on for her top picks for the next week.
Wednesday, March 20
Tres Sietes Tequila Tasting Get schooled in all things tequila at Tortilla Republic. This chic West Hollywood Mexican eatery teams up with premium tequila brand Tres Sietes for a tequila tasting on March 20. Sip a variety of tequilas paired with Mexican tapas, including such temptations as scallops wrapped in piloncillo-bacon, goat cheese-stuffed red jalapenos, steak and grilled red peppers topped with tomatillo, and mini tres leches cake. Tortilla Republic’s tequila tasting series continues every third Wednesday of the month, so if you miss this class or want to deepen your knowledge about the agave-based liquor, the next tasting takes place on April 17.
Thursday, March 21
Eastside LA Beer Hop LA Green Drinks is a group with a simple mission: to help the environmentally concerned meet like-mindeds over a drink. On March 21, join Green Drinks for a beer hop by bus. This private bus will make a circuit around three of LA’s best places for craft beer: Mohawk End in Echo Park, Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, and The Pub at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village. Drinking on the bus is allowed – bring your own beer (you can store it in the bus’ cooler) or purchase $4 Golden Road beer specials at each location.
Umamicatassen’s The Residency: To Live & Dine in LA Umamicatassen presents a new dining program, “The Residency.” During The Residency’s first pop-up series, subtitled “To Live and Dine in LA,” chef Micah Wexler of Mezze visits Downtown’s Umamicatassen for ten Thursday nights to present imaginative five-course tasting menus to a dozen adventurous diners, each based on a different LA neighborhood. The second event, on March 21, a salute to multi-cultural Boyle Heights, begins with an Irish-influenced dish: pig trotter with black truffle and parmesan on toast; proceeds to the Jewish-influenced gefilte fish served Iron Chef-style with crème fraiche and caviar; followed by a Japanese dish: agadashi tofu with tuna kama and dashi; the Mexican dish Birria de Chivo, aka Lamb Stew with charred spring onion and pickled chili; and the dessert course, churros with chocolate. Based on the gastronomic wonders Flavorpill experienced during The Residency’s first week, an homage to Pico Boulevard with a menu that included a deconstruction of Versailles’ famous garlic chicken; a briny/earthy bloody clam chowder with borscht inspired by La Cevicheria; and a reconfigured banana cream pie à la the famed Apple Pan, it’s sure to be a foodie paradise every week.
Wednesday, March 27
Dishcrawl Hollywood Dishcrawl is like a pub crawl for food lovers. This progressive dinner focuses on the culinary pleasures of a neighborhood, and this time, it’s Hollywood’s Cahuenga Corridor. Over the course of the evening, ticket-holders will visit four restaurants. From location to location, they’ll partake of each restaurant’s specialties and meet the chefs or owners. The locations are secret, which is all the more reason to mingle with other foodies as you try new dishes, explore a neighborhood, and support local businesses.