Cole's 109th Anniversary, a multicourse dinner with live jazz and a best-dressed contest. During four separate dinner seatings, chefs Neal Fraser of Redbird and Christian Page of Cassell's Hamburgers serve up a meal of roast lamb, sides, pie for dessert and, from the bar, two classic cocktails. Naturally, there will be lots and lots of French dip sandwiches. Just don't utter the name Philippe.
Two L.A. institutions claim to have invented the French dip sandwich: Cole's, "Originators of the French Dip," on Sixth Street downtown, and Philippe the Original in Chinatown. In 2017, it doesn't seem like there's any settling the dispute (or any point in laboring over trying to settle it), but both spots were founded in 1908, which means there's a pair of beefy, gravy-sopped 109th birthdays to celebrate this year. The former celebrates with