Cooking octopus can be tricky. But when done right, it's tender, delicious and loaded with health benefits (low-calorie, lean, vitamin-rich). Japanese and Mediterranean diets are swimming, as it were, with octopus options -- as is this town, where many restaurants have the dish on their menus. Accor ... More >>
2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic
Barbecue aficionados and grillmasters take note: The West Coast BBQ Classic returns to Long Beach. As contestants compete for a $9,000 cash prize and serious bragging rights, general-admission ticket holders can sample their wares for $2 each. Live bands are schedul ... More >>
For those who celebrate the holiday, Easter Sunday is a time to gather loved ones for brunch and, maybe, an afternoon egg hunt. If you're planning to host a celebration at home, there are purveyors and markets like Lindy & Grundy who offer a range of resources from traditional smoked hams and legs o ... More >>
It's common practice for politicians to call on their powerful friends to help raise money. Hollywood has long been involved in politics, and wealthy socialites and campaign fundraiser parties need one another to thrive and survive. But it's new for us to see prominent chefs in the city get involved ... More >>
FIG Inaugural Sausage Fest
Chefs Vartan Abgaryan (Public Kitchen), Greg Daniels (Haven Gastropub), Daniel Mattern (Cooks County), Bernhard Mairinger (BierBeisl) and Kris Morningstar (Ray's and Stark Bar) join FIG chef Ray Garcia to grill up their best homemade brats. Sides, snacks and beers from Smo ... More >>
Anne Fishbein/LA WeeklyRoasted beets and cheese at MB PostCan You Dig It?
Chef David LeFevre kicks off a seasonal series where he hosts a guest chef who will cook a three-course meal of shareable small plates. For the inaugural event, it's LeFevre's pal Giuseppe Tentori (Boka, GT Fish & Oyste ... More >>
They say too many cooks spoil the soup. So how about five chefs -- each with a distinct style -- all making burgers in the same kitchen, at one time? It's not a plot to ruin dinner, but rather the newest incarnation of Test Kitchen, happening Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Short Order. ... More >>
The opening line of A Tale of Two Cities might as well have been a Dickensinian prophecy for the 21st century at-home cook for whom there is no better and yet more confusing time. You can build a giant cupcake to be topped by home-made ice cream, all paired with your own soda or beer that you've bre ... More >>
Thanksgiving Eve Bash
Steady your nerves for a day of family togetherness with a pre-Thanksgiving shindig featuring a traditional Corn Hole Toss and $6 cups of a seasonal punch made with Wild Turkey. ($1 from each glass will be donated to a local shelter.)
WHEN: Nov. 23
WHERE: Seven Grand
COST: Free ... More >>
LA Wad/FlickrMendocino Farms Mascot inspired the new concept
Mendocino Farms is known for its quirky sandwiches -- the one that first got us was an addictive combo of duck confit with duck-skin cracklins -- and its approachable farm-to-table lunch fare at its three locations (two downtown and ... More >>
F. FriesemaJonagold apples
To get to Ray's, the new restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, you thread your way through Chris Burden's streetlamp installation, past the outdoor Stark Bar and into a glowing minimalist rectangle that abuts the soaring Ahmanson gallery like a glass s ... More >>
Lauren NobleKris Morningstar in front of LACMA's "Urban Light"
Just months after the official unveiling of LACMA's new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion comes word of its new culinary work of art, Ray's & Stark Bar, slated to debut on March 4.
The Patina Group, which oversees t ... More >>
After long ago upgrading from fast food spuds that were defrosted and deep-fried to pre-soaked, twice-fried shoestring fries, it seemed French fry technology could advance no further. Or so we thought. Heck, if a disposable razor can have five blades, why can't a potato be fried three times?
On a ... More >>
CASAchef Alex MorenoCASA in downtown L.A. hasn't had an easy start. Barely a month after it launched in January 2009, chef Kris Morningstar decamped for Mercantile and District. The Mexican restaurant consistently draws happy hour customers but hasn't had much success cracking L.A.'s foodist ... More >>
Restaurateur George Abou-Daoud (Bowery, Delancey, Mercantile, Mission Cantina, Tamarind Deli) has already covered a lot of restaurant genres with his string of Hollywood bars and eateries, and this week he's ready to debut his next project. District opens Wednesday next to Mercantile on Sunset Blvd. ... More >>
Restaurateur George Abou-Daoud can't seem to get enough dining action with his already hopping Los Angeles-based eateries, the Bowery, Mission Cantina and Delancey. "I love being around food," says Abou-Daoud, shrugging. Next Monday Abou-Daoud and chef Kris Morningstar (Blue Velvet, A.O.C), will off ... More >>