The Patina Group is opening its Bordeaux Special Reserve Cellar (we imagine it as a dungeon-like crypt, really) starting this week and running until March 31 to commemorate the new decade. James Beard-nominated Master Sommelier Eric Espuny has selected approximately 15 boutique and cult Bordeaux wines from the 2000, 2003 and 2005 vintages, three of the best in recent memory. Bottles will range from a mere $79 all the way up to $495-you know, just in case you don't have to make your car payment this month. The celebration will also include special wine dinners at Pinot Bistro, Café Pinot and Pinot Provence (dates TBD). In the meantime, you can sip your savings away at Café Pinot, Catal, Kendall's Brasserie, Nick + Stef's Steakhouse, Pinot Bistro and Pinot Provence.
700 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, (213) 239-6500
Taste some of Santa Barbara County's finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at this special dinner hosted by Eva. Chef Mark Gold is preparing a five-course meal including dishes like foie gras with tangerine and smoked nuts, taglietelli with black truffle and reggiano cheese, bluefin tuna with shitake lime sauce prime beef with rutabaga and bone marrow, and for dessert, an almond-apple concoction. Dinner costs $100 per person for food and wine, and is limited to 60 guests, so be sure to get your reservations in as early as possible.
HDV Wine Dinner at The London, January 21 (...more)
HdV Wines is short for Hyde de Villaine, and is the grafting of two major winemaking rootstocks from Napa and Burgundy thanks to the marriage of Pamela Hyde (Napa) and Aubert de Villaine (Burgundy). It's kind of like the wine world's way of solving the Eastside versus Westside debate. Now everyone can eat and drink in harmony at a wine dinner hosted by Gordon Ramsay at the London in the company of winemaker Stephane de Villaine. Executive Chef Andy Cook and Sommelier Aaron Elliott have devised a four-course pairing menu ($150 per person) including delicacies like salmon mi-cuit with macedoine of beetroot and gruyere cheese horseradish cream topped with a deep-fried oyster; roasted quail with foie gras and saffron chutney; Nebraska Black Angus tenderloin and slow-braised Wagyu short rib with root vegetables in Madeira jus; and a cheese-dessert course.
Usually known for their "Cupcake Challenge" and "Mac 'n Cheese" melees, Drink: Eat: Play is hosting an International Wine Tasting this Saturday from 5:00-8:00pm. The wine list, carefully selected by K&L Wines, comes from countries as diverse as Italy, Germany, South Africa, Spain, Australia, Israel, France, New Zealand, and, quite surprisingly, Brazil. Admission is $60 and includes unlimited samplings. You can purchase tickets from Brown Paper Tickets.
1755 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, (310) 902-6955
Chef William Annesley, or "Bloody Bill" as he's affectionately known, is hunting his way through the Los Angeles mountains for deer, quail, and coyote (kind of gross, if you ask us), as well as through the back alleys of Chinatown for unique herbs and spices for the special tapas menu he will create each Thursday at the Libertine now through February. Some of the dishes include BBQ ribs, and Tandoori chicken pinxos with a cucumber raita and mango chutney. Find out more on the chef's Twitter page here.
8210 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, (310) 656-3005
Komodo Food Truck Mixes Tex-Mex and Asian (...more)
What with Korean tacos courtesy of Kogi, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a more extensive menu of Tex-Mex specialties by way of the Far East. That's what you'll find on the fusion menu of L.A.'s newest food truck, Komodo. At the grill is Erwin Tjahyadi, formerly of the Hotel Bel-Air, and he'll be serving up specials like a "Burgerito" (combining two of our favorite foods), a "Seoul Food Special" of barbecued rib eye in traditional Korean sauce, Southeast Asian shrimp with tropical "blazing" spices, and sides like truffle fries, guacamole rolls and meatballs with romesco sauce. Follow on Twitter to find out when the truck will be in your neighborhood.
L.A. Times Loving the New Face of Musso & Frank's (...more)
After years, no decades, of a stale concept, Musso & Frank's is finally finding some new life aside from the bustling trade in tourists. Some of the recent innovations include a bar that stays open late-night on weekends serving not just the signature martinis for which this bar noir is famous, but also an expanded wine list. There's also music piping in over the new sound system: mostly nostalgic tunes from the greats like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and the Duke, that hearken to the restaurant's golden age Hollywood past. All these updates are due to the recent takeover by Jordan Jones, 29, whose forebears were some of the early owners. To read more about what's new, take a look at this article from the L.A. Times.
Star Chefs Announces L.A.'s Rising Stars (...more)
Chances are unless you're a hardcore foodie, you've never heard of StarChefs.com, but the site came out with an announcement this week that has the culinary scene in Los Angeles buzzing, their annual list of L.A.'s rising star chefs. On the list: Kuniko Yagi of Sona, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo at Animal, Church and State's Walter Manzke, Rory Herrmann at Bouchon, Diana Stavaridis at BLD, Pizzeria Ortica's Stephan Samson and Zachary Pollack, Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio who now runs The Dining Room at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, followed by two San Diego chefs. To learn more about the pastry chefs, mixologists and sommeliers read the full article.
$5 Hot Toddy Menu at Beachcomber (...more)
Sure, it might not dip below 50 degrees in L.A. even in winter, but there's no reason you can't enjoy a nice, steaming hot toddy to warm your bones and thaw your throat. The Beachcomber Café and Bar in Malibu has added a special wintertime $5 Hot Toddy lineup to it's "5-5-5 Martini Time Menu" that will be available now through the end of March. Still cold after a piping hot Buttered Rum, Café Godiva or Cinnamon Toast (with spiced rum and hot apple cider)? Grab a seat near the heaters and borrow one of the restaurant's blankets to cozy up while you wait for your next drink.
Every Monday-Friday from 4:00-8:00pm, fill up on $5 dishes and cocktails at this decades-old Sunset spot. Appetizers include Mediterranean-inspired dishes like Tuscan chicken skewers with kalamata olives and cherry tomatoes, Greek meatballs with feta and spicy tomato broth, and mac and cheese with prosciutto. Cocktails are also just $5 apiece. Who said drinking on the Sunset Strip had to be expensive?
8768 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, (310) 659-6022